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Volunteer of the Week
Evergreen Costume Ladies are our Volunteers of the Week !

Thriving communities need the performing arts, not just as a means of entertainment, but as a means of creating dialogue within the community, developing understanding, and examining the threads that bind us together as human beings. Community theater programs such as Evergreen Productions `are essential in providing quality shows that are financially accessible to almost everyone in the community and that allows anyone to participate in a production.

As a group, the Evergreen costume ladies share their unique skills with a needle and thread and their creativity by creating costumes for theatrical productions. Each production that Evergreen does requires costumes that can be anything from simple, every day, modern clothing, to elaborate Victorian dresses complete with corsets, or fanciful animal costumes. When asked for something unusual like a dress that lights up for a production, they never say, "It can't be done" but accept the challenge and never fail to disappoint. Though one of these ladies may take the lead as the designer on a production, they all support each other and are always there to assist and share in the workload. Each show's director has a specific vision for their production and the costume ladies always help to bring that vision to life and usually exceed the director's expectations and provide them with something they never thought possible on such a small budget. These ladies work for hours on-end at home and at the theater to design and sew costumes for each production. Productions can have as few as 6 costumes to as many as 50. With 7-8 productions a season, these ladies can almost always be found at a sewing machine, cutting table, or taking measurements of cast members.

It can take years to perfect the skills that these ladies lend to the organization. Anyone can put clothes on an actor, but a costume designer must understand the character, the play, and the director's vision. Not only do these ladies create beautiful works of art, but they also never shy away from creating the pieces that need to be dirty and ugly. The organization would never be able to create the types of productions that it does if they did not know they have such talented and dedicated volunteers to fulfill this position. None of the ladies ever asks for anything in return for their efforts; in fact the opposite is true. They frequently donate, not just their time, but their own supplies, patterns, and fabrics. They take costumes home and wash them on their own time and at their own expense. They are always there for the organization, not just during rehearsals of a production, but during the entire run of the show in case anything rips, needs adjustments, or an actor needs help changing costumes quickly. The ladies rarely receive any praise and are happy to stay backstage, out of the spotlight and let the actors shine in their creations.

Thank you, Evergreen costume ladies, for sharing your unique skills and creativity by creating costumes for theatrical productions!
Dated Volunteer Opportunities
Girls on the Run Celebration 5k - November 9
Various opportunities available, including set up, registration, pre-race activities, finish line refreshments, course guides, water station, and take down. This event will be held at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton.  Click here to sign up Various shifts starting at 5:30 am. Minimum age: 10.
Girls on the Run-Northeast WI - Kathy Olson
Green Bay Packers Blood Drive - November 13
Various opportunities available, including helping with setup, refreshments, donor support, registration, and cleanup. Various shifts between 4:30 am and 7:30 pm.
American Red Cross - Rachel Harmann
Yard Work - November 16
Happily Ever After is looking for a group of 8-10 volunteers to help update their outdoor space at their Marion location prior to winter. Volunteers will dig around and underneath the fences, place and secure the plastic barrier, fill the holes back in, and shovel and level pea gravel. This work will help HEA secure the outdoor area for their dogs, ensuring they have a fun and safe space to play and run! 9:00 am-4:00 pm (end time is an approximation). Minimum age: 18.
Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary - Michelle Diederich
920-634-9701, lovetohelp@heanokill.org
Lighting Ceremony on Broadway - November 22
Various opportunities available, including helping with set up, cookie decorating, activity monitor, and crossing guards. Click here to sign up Various shifts starting at 2:30 pm.
On Broadway  - Chelsea Kocken
920-569-3425, chelsea@onbroadway.org
Polar Express - November 22-24, 29-30, and December 1-8
We are looking for volunteers to serve as ushers, game attendants and hot chocolate servers for three shows each night of the event. Volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with patrons as well as other volunteers. Dinner is provided for all volunteers. 3:00-9:00 pm. Minimum age: 16.
National Railroad Museum - Scott Lozar
920-437-7623 ext. 13, slozar@nationalrrmuseum.org
12th Annual Festival Foods Turkey Trot - November 27 & 28
Nov 27 : Help with pre-race packet pick up, registration and t-shirt pick up. Nov 28 : Volunteers are needed at the t-shirt, food and beverage, and pumpkin pie tents. They are also looking for course monitors. Various shifts each day.
Green Bay YMCA - Laurie Zastrow
Thanks for Giving - November 27
Volunteers will solicit monetary and food donations at a chosen Pick 'n Save location. Volunteer at either the Lime Kiln Rd. location in Green Bay or the N. Ballard Rd. location in Appleton. Volunteer in 2-hour shifts. 4 volunteers are needed per shift. 6:00-8:00 am, 8:00-10:00 am, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, 12:00-2:00 pm, 2:00-4:00 pm, or 4:00-6:00 pm.
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin - Dustin Herrmann
Holiday Dinner - December 4
Help serve meals to 60 assisted living residents and their families. Volunteers will help set up tables, pass out drinks, serve food, and clean up. They are having two dinner seatings. 4:00-7:30 pm (at the latest).
Angel's Touch Assisted Living - Kassie
Volunteer Information Sessions - December 9 Learn about the ways you can get involved with Literacy Green Bay! They are looking for volunteers for their Adult tutoring program, Administrative responsibilities and more. 9:00 am or 6:00 pm.
Literacy Green Bay - Robyn Hallet
920-435-2474, rhallet@literacygreenbay.org  
Elmore Elementary Holiday Store - December 12
Help students select gifts to give to their family members and then help wrap them. All volunteers must complete a background check. Click here to start this process . 8:00-11:00 am. 
Green Bay Area Public Schools - Amy Fish
920-228-1117, acfish@gbaps.org
Ongoing/Long-term Volunteer Opportunities
Visual Merchandising - Ongoing (through January 31)
Highlight important or seasonal merchandise and organize the merchandise to help create a better shopping experience for everyone. East & West locations. Monday-Saturday : 9:00 am-12:00 pm; 1:00-4:00 pm; 4:00-7:00 pm. Sunday : 9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00-4:00 pm.
St. Vincent de Paul Green Bay - Joyce Aiello
920-435-4040 ext. 107, joycea@svdpgb.org

Electrical Function Tester - Ongoing (through January 31)
If you are a bit of a gadget fan, figuring out how they work and making sure they are safe to use, this is the perfect volunteering role for you! Test the electrical equipment that is donated to St. Vincent de Paul making sure it is suitable and safe for sale. West locati on. Monday through Sunday : 9:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00-4:00 pm.
St. Vincent de Paul Green Bay - Joyce Aiello
920-435-4040 ext. 107, joycea@svdpgb.org
Companion Volunteer - Ongoing
Provide companionship to patients (by reading to them, playing cards, going outside with them for fresh air or simply talking). Minors should be accompanied by an adult. Flexible. 8:00 am-5:00 pm.
AseraCare Hospice  - Alison Holbrook

Pet Companion Volunteers - Ongoing
AseraCare Hospice is looking for individuals with a pet who would do well with visiting a hospice patients throughout the Green Bay and Appleton area. Flexible. Minimum age: 18.
AseraCare Hospice  - Alison Holbrook
Be A Big - Ongoing
There are more than 100 children waiting to be matched with an adult mentor, and more than 60 of those waiting are boys. Could you be a mentor to a child in need of a caring, positive role model? Bigs come from diverse backgrounds just like Littles. They are regular people, just like you. You don’t need any special degrees or job skills. You just have to want to positively impact a young person. Role models come in all shapes and sizes, and you could be a perfect fit.  Click here to learn more . Minimum age: 18.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin  - Jeanne Jauquet
920-498-2227, jeannej@bbbsnew.org
Parent Pals - Ongoing
Volunteer mentors spend time (2-3 times per month) with parents referred by Brown County Child Protective Services who have identified an interest in having an informal support in their lives. Mentors often spend time helping parents with minor children develop new skills that empower the family to live and function in a safe and healthy manner. Matches are based on compatibility and can continue for as long as both parties are interested though the hope would be to have volunteers engaged with their Parent Pal for a minimum of 12 months. Minimum age: 18.
Brown County Health & Human Services Department  -
Jenna Durkee
920-448-6023,  durkee_jm@co.brown.wi.us

Pals Program Mentors - Ongoing
Volunteer mentors spend time (2-3 times per month) in a recreational or learning activity with a child, age 3 or older, that has been referred by Brown County Child Protective Services. Volunteer mentors help the child adjust to the separation or loss of a parent, enhance self-esteem and confidence, and learn new skills. Matches are based on compatibility and can continue for as long as both parties are interested or until the youth is eighteen. They currently have a lengthy waiting list of boys and girls ages 3-17. Need spotlight: They have two brothers, ages 6 and 9, on the far west side of Brown County, who are in need of a positive, consistent adult role model. The boys enjoy art, crafts, sports, being outside and love superheroes. They like movies, video games and playing with Legos and action figures. They are excited to learn about and try new things. They ask that volunteers meet with their match at least 2-3 times per month for 1-2 hours each time. Minimum age: 18.
Brown County Health & Human Services Department  - Jamie Chaudoir
920-448-6271,  chaudoir_jl@co.brown.wi.us  OR
Jenna Durkee
920-448-6023,  durkee_jm@co.brown.wi.us
Bi-Lingual Girl Scout Recruitment - Through March as Needed
Assist Girl Scout staff members in recruiting Spanish-speaking girls and communicate information to parents. Times vary: Usually weeknights. Minimum age: 18.
Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes  - Kayla Beyersdorf
920-955-3404,   kbeyersdorf@gsnwgl.org
Administrative Support - Ongoing
Do you enjoy greeting people? Do you enjoy data entry and computers? Do you enjoy organizing? House of Hope is looking for people with any one or all of those skills to volunteer. This opportunity is flexible. Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Two- or three-hour shifts work best.
 House of Hope - Laurie Reinen
920-884-6740 ext. 205, LaurieR@houseofhopegb.org
Giraffe Volunteers - Ongoing
The NEW Zoo is looking for new volunteers to join our Giraffe Volunteer program! Teach people about giraffes and supervise the Giraffe Feeding Experience, which is open daily year-round. All training is provided. Click here to get started or contact Angela at volunteer@newzoo.org Volunteers must be aged 16+ to work at the Giraffe Feeding Experience on their own; volunteers aged 8-15 can assist with supervision.
NEW Zoo & Adventure Park - Angela
Companion Volunteer - Ongoing
Provide companionship, play cards, read, share music, support the patient and family (family caregiver may or may not be present). Visits typically last 1-3 hours. 
Unity Hospice - Kelly Lautenslager

Filled with Love Seamstress Volunteer - Ongoing
Sew pillows and teddy bears from patients’ clothing. All materials are provided; work at your own pace.
Unity Hospice - Kelly Lautenslager

Resale Shoppe Volunteers - Ongoing
Duties include cashiering, greeting customers, receiving, sorting, and pricing and staging items. Shifts are 3 hours in length.
Unity Hospice - Alicia Schram
920-338-1111, aschram@unityhospice.org
For More Volunteer Opportunities,
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Affiliate Partner of the Week
Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Brown County

Mission: To improve the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers through collaborations and partnerships.

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