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  What's New & Noteworthy from
    Retired & Senior Volunteer Program
    (RSVP) of Dane County
    August 2019

RSVP of Dane County's mission is to make a positive impact in the community by recruiting volunteers 55 and older to help deliver priority services
to people of all ages, providing Dane County with a valuable resource.

 Volunteers in the News!!!
We know that volunteers are out in Dane County doing amazing things, so it's been great to see so many of you in the news, sharing the story of what you do as volunteers and why!

Take for example Foster Grandparent Charlotte Rankin's interview on Channel 3's 'Buzzed Into Madison"   (Click here);

Driver Escort Nora Geach and Bus Buddy Coordinator Heather Johns on on Madison City Channel's "Senior Beat" ( Click here);

Driver Escort driver Amy Lasch  (Click here)  and Home Delivered Meal driver Karen Wolf in  The Verona Press ( Click here) ;

Driver Escort Bob Korb in the Cambridge News/Deerfield Independent (Click here)

Driver Escort Dave Baltes in Middleton's "The Senior Sentinel" newsletter (Click here);

Tutors Fred Leidel and David Seligman in Madison Magazine (Click here)

Ride Coordinator and Driver Escort Richard Hoffman in the Stoughton Courier Hub  (Click here) ;

Driver Escort Mel Bankes in  The Star, with readers in Mazomanie, Black Earth, Sauk City and Prairie du Sac  (Click here); 

McFarland Group Project volunteers Trudy Brule, Audrey Boushon, Barb Janoski in The McFarland Thistle (Click here); and

Driver Escort Carol Longseth in Marshall's newspaper, The Courier (Click here).

Hats off to our wonderful volunteers, you are making a real difference in other people's lives! That's the true value of volunteering!
  Dane County Helps Battle
  Social Isolation

Social isolation continues to be a serious concern for so many people in Dane County, especially so for seniors and people with disabilities. In fact, research indicates that isolation has as big a negative impact on people's health as smoking!   

So it's exciting news that the Dane County Transportation Department is introducing a transportation option focused on rides to social outings, serving seniors and people with disabilities who live independently in their own homes in Madison, Monona, Middleton and Fitchburg.

The service is provided by Transit Solutions, the same company that contracts to take folks on weekly grocery and mall shopping trips, as well as rides to lunch-time meal sites in Dane County communities.

Trip plans for the new service include destinations like museums, Goodwill, movie theaters, Marshall's, HoChunk Gaming and more. Rides are door-to-door and are scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m., giving enough time to spread your wings to experience the destination!   To see the new schedules for East Madison/Monona schedule(Click here); West Madison/Middleton (Click here); South Madison/Fitchburg (Click here)

These kinds of programs make life in Dane County richer and more accessible for people who are often isolated.   For more information, contact Jane Betzig, Dane County Mobility Manager at [email protected] or 608-242-6486.

  Don't Miss the September 
  2019 Triad Conference


"Partners on a Mission to Serve" is the theme of the 17th RSVP/Triad of Dane County and Triad of Wisconsin Crime Prevention and Safety Conference and Expo on September 27, 2019, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at American Family Insurance, 6000 American Parkway, Madison WI.

This one-day event includes speakers, workshops and resource tables with the purpose of providing valuable information on topics related to crime prevention and safety, especially for seniors.

Workshops will include: Human Trafficking, Travel Safety, Current Drug Trends, Responding to Abuse in Later Life, 'Is it Dementia or Not,' Loneliness and Social Isolation, Good Neighbor Project, Aging in Place, and Triad Program Development.  The keynote speaker will be Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul. 

Registration fee is $35 and includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and materials.  To view the full conference schedule and register online, visit or call 608-441-7897.

  Mark Your Calendar: RSVP's        Volunteer Appreciation Event

  Intergenerational Volunteers      Needed in Schools for 2019-20

Foster Grandparent Alyce Haskins helping with STEM activities at Badgerland Chapter of Girl Scouts.
RSVP's Intergenerational program is looking for volunteer tutors/mentors or classroom assistants in Dane County schools for the 2019-20 school year. There is no minimum hour or day requirements, just a willingness to see students succeed academically.  

The program also offers other opportunities, such as the Computer Buddy program where you correspond weekly with a student by computer and at the end of the school year buddy party you can meet your buddy face to face and make that positive connection. It only requires about 30 minutes a week and your own computer.  

Also, we offer Commonwealth where you take part in a mock interview helping students practice their job interview skills, it occurs once a month on a given date and time.  

With Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland, you can lead a group of diverse girls with STEM projects, you are able to name the location, dates and afterschool time. 

If you become an RSVP Intergenerational volunteer you will receive volunteer insurance, quarterly RSVP newsletter and invite to recognition events.

If you qualify as a low-income senior, can commit to a minimum of five hours a week and would like to receive a tax-free stipend, meal/travel reimbursement and enjoy seeing students improve academically, you can tutor in Dane County schools as a Foster Grandparent.  The program has in-services and recognition events throughout the year. 

If you would like to be a part of the Intergenerational or Foster Grandparent program please contact Laura Mikkelson at  [email protected]  or 608-441-7894.  

 Thanks to our major Sponsors
MGE and Ho-Chunk Nation

Bus Buddy Tours

Tues., August 20
Point Cinema at 10:30
Enjoy a blockbuster movie and some popcorn at Point Cinema
Tues., September 24 
Lane's Bakery & UW Space Place
at 9:30
 Enjoy coffee and pastry at Lane's Bakery, followed by a tour of UW Space Place to l earn about the stars, constellations and planets.
Tues., October 23
End-of-season Lunch at RSVP
at 11:30
Enjoy lunch, a guest speaker from Madison Metro Bus, and information about Med Lock Boxes, with a Med Lock Box give-away!

For more information or to reserve your spot on an upcoming trip, please call Jan Karst at 441-7891 or [email protected] or Diana Jost at 441-1393 or [email protected].

This program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration as authorized Under 49 U.S.C. 5310 Mobility Options of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program (CFDA 20.521).

Important Dates

RSVP Office Closed:

Mon., September 2
Labor Day

Mon., September 30
Staff Retreat
Triad Events

West Madison:

Prescription and Illegal Drugs/CBD
Wed., August 21
 10:00 a.m.  
Speaker Skye Tikkanen, MS
Drug Poisoning Prevention
Program Mgr., Safe Communities

All Saints Neighborhood
Community Room,
511 Commerce Dr, Madison

Free Car Winterization
Wed., October 9
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Firestone at West Town, 
7105 Mineral Point Rd., Madison

Note: Chiropractic Wellness
Check available.

Estate Planning
Wed., October 23
10:00 a.m.
Speaker Tim Sugar, Neider & Bouchet, SC
Brookdale Senior Living, 429 S. Yellowstone Dr., Madison

Cottage Grove Triad:

 Dogs On Call
Tues., August 20
10:00 a.m.
 Speaker Artie Berning, President

107 E. Reynolds St., Cottage Grove  

Financial Elder Abuse
Tues., September 17
10:00 a.m.
Speaker John Hendrick,
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging
& Health Groups

107 E. Reynolds St., Cottage Grove

 Free Car Winterization
Sat., October 19
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Call Georgia at 839-4426
to make a reservation

Meinke Car Care, 
222 W. Cottage Grove Rd.,
Cottage Grove

Verona Triad:

Gang Education
September ( date/time TBD
call 848-0440 for details)
Speaker Sergeant Olson,
Verona Police Dept.

108  Paoli St., Verona

Free Car Winterization and Car-Fit Program
Friday, October 4
8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Hometown Auto Clinic,
700 S. Nine Mound Rd., Verona

For more information about Triad, contact 
Mary Stamstad at

Visit RSVP at Walgreens'
Senior Discount Days

RSVP distributes File of Life packets & other info at Walgreens each month. Stop by to  enjoy the senior discount!

September 3
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  
S. Park St. & Raymond Rd. 

November 5
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Verona & Cottage Grove Rd.

December 3
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Northport & Mineral Point Rd.

Volunteer Now!
Current Opportunities

 Mary Schmelzer
DRIVERS URGENTLY NEEDED  in all Dane County communities to provide  rides for seniors (60 yrs. and older) and veterans of all ages to medical and other important appointments, or to deliver meals to seniors in communities outside of Madison.  Very flexible schedule and mileage reimbursement/extra liability insurance is provided.   Drivers are especially needed  in Madison/Monona, Marshall/Cottage Grove, McFarland, Mount Horeb, Stoughton Sun Prairie, and Waunakee.

Jan  Karst  
441-7891 or [email protected] 
HENRY VILAS ZOO depends on volunteers to help drive the Zoo Train, operate the Carousel, help with feeding the goats, greet visitors as the Face of the Zoo, and many other fun and interesting assignments!
THE RIVER FOOD PANTRY needs volunteers to help stock shelves, sort clothing, prepare food and other projects at the pantry on the Northside. They also need volunteers to help with their mobile lunch program, MUNCH, to deliver nutritious lunches to children and teens on all non-school days as well as Saturdays and Sundays.
HABITAT RESTORES need volunteers to help sort and shelf donated items, unload donations, and work as cashiers in both stores, East and West. Many shifts are available. Revenue from goods sold at ReStore's helps to build 5 new Habitat homes a year in Dane County! You can help!
SSM HEALTH ST MARYS HOSPITAL needs volunteers who would enjoy delivering mail and flowers, as well as bringing the morning beverage cart to visitors in waiting areas. They also need Transporters who would meet non-emergency patients at Admissions and escort them to their rooms.
Help get food out to those who need it in our community! COMMUNITY ACTION COALITION needs volunteers to help in their warehouse sorting food and labeling cans. Shifts available are Monday, Tuesday, and Friday afternoons, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings and afternoons. Must be able to bend, stoop, and push carts.
WISCONSIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM needs Information Desk volunteers to greet visitors from around the world and help explain the layout of the Museum. A fun job!
COMMUNITY ACTION COALITION GLEANERS is looking for volunteers to do a weekly route of picking up excess food at one location (stores, etc) and delivering it to another (food pantries and nutrition sites).
CATHOLIC MULTICULTURAL CENTER needs Food Pantry Volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Help guests shop and load needed groceries! CMC provides free meals every day of the week. Help is needed in the kitchen preparing simple foods and serving them!
Open a whole new road to independ-
ence!  Learning to ride the Madison Metro Buses  can be confusing and intimidating! The RSVP BUS BUDDY  program needs volunteers who are seasoned bus riders who would like to teach others how to read the "Ride Guide" and take the buses. Take a ride with a new rider a few times until they feel confident to ride independently! Join us on Bus Buddy outings with groups of new learners from all sides of town to places of interest around Madison!
UNITYPOINT HEALTH MERITER HOSPITAL   needs volunteers to assist in the Gift shop, sewing small tote bags, delivering flowers, or greeting visitors as part of the Lobby team.

Kate Seal
310-7280 or [email protected]
   Group Projects volunteers  touch lives by using their knitting, sewing and/or crocheting talents to make warmth and comfort items. They make everything from baby items, afghans & quilts to those essential winter items like hats, mittens & scarves, which are distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout Dane County to help people of all ages.  
   If you, a friend, family or neighbor might be interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Kate Seal, Group Projects Coordinator, @  [email protected]  or 608-310-7280.   
   We are also always eager to extend our donations to new recipient organizations and eager to accept donations of yarn, quilting fabric and sewing notions.  There are so many ways to be involved in this program and make a difference in our community!

Mary Stamstad
441-7897 or [email protected]

Verona Triad needs committee members  to help plan educational programs for seniors on crime prevention and safety issues. 

The committee is made up of persons from the Verona Police Dept., FitchRona EMS, Verona Senior Center, Dane County Sheriff's Office, seniors and members of the general public. 

Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at the Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St., 10:00-11:30 am. 

If you are interested, contact
Becky Losby,
[email protected] ,
or Julie Larson,
[email protected] .

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Dane County
6501 Watts Rd., Ste. 250
Madison WI 53719

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