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"To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world."
~Dr. Seuss

This quote aptly describes all of our fantastic volunteers. Hear directly from ADRC customers to see how volunteers are the world to those in our community.

Homebound Meals:

Homebound meals make a difference!
"I am so grateful for these meals. They saved my life. I went from weighing 130 lbs. to 140 lbs., allowing my strength to come back. Because of this, I no longer need my homebound meals. I can make them myself. Thank you for helping me regain not only my strength, but my independence."

More than just a meal!
"A volunteer was delivering my meal one day and noticed my washing machine had flooded the floor. He alerted ADRC right away and, in turn, ADRC staff contacted me. I didn't know of a plumber to call to fix the problem, so ADRC staff got in touch with my daughter. My son ended up fixing the damaged pipes. I am so thankful this volunteer helped me with more than just a meal!"

Medicare Assistance:

Volunteers save money...big money!
"The new Part D plan I found with the help of a volunteer will save me almost $5,000 over my old plan! I am so happy to have found this service at ADRC."

Making the complicated uncomplicated!
"You have saved me hours of research and provided me with the best overview of Medicare coverage. It will be much easier for me to decide what to do when I enroll in Medicare."

Prevention Programs:

Caring support is most important!
"I loved this class. I felt welcomed and supported. I liked the fact that I was in the same boat as the volunteer leaders & others in the class. We learned from each other. I could tell the leaders cared about us. "

Make a connection...change a person's health!
"You spent a great deal of time helping my most wonderful Dad regain his "footing" through an in-home fall risk screen. You become a household word from the time you arrived. Dad took you very seriously and felt compelled to follow through on your prescriptions for better balance. You helped my folks remain in the home they loved. Hopefully someday I can meet you with a hand shake (Dad taught me that)."

All Volunteers & Volunteer ADRC Board Members:

Advocating for the ADRC!
"Many volunteers came out in support of saving the ADRC during the 2015-2017 Wisconsin state budget. A special thank you to Pat Finder-Stone and Keith Pamperin, who put in a ton of extra time & commitment to lead an advocacy training for board members and GBCAT (General Brown County Advocacy Team) volunteers. They know volunteers can be true advocates for our programs & services, and most importantly, the voice for the community members we all help. Our community played a big part in saving Wisconsin ADRCs, allowing us to continue to make a difference in the lives of so many!"
(Devon Christianson, Director)

Check out the great ways you can volunteer at the ADRC

LEEPS Volunteer

You can make a difference in the lives of people with memory loss in our community! Language Enriched Exercise Plus Socialization (LEEPS) volunteers partner with someone in the community who is experiencing early stages of memory loss. No previous experience is required. LEEPS will prepare you for this rewarding volunteer opportunity through training and on-going support. Meet your LEEPS partner twice a week for one hour. Work on an individual exercise plan to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility one day, and go out into the community to socialize and spend time doing enjoyable activities together the other day. Become a LEEPS volunteer and make a difference today! Print this LEEPS brochure for more information.

To learn more about other volunteering opportunities related to dementia, visit the Dementia- Programs in the Community page on the ADRC website.

Medicare Outreach Volunteer

Provide information and counseling on Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D through group presentations and individual counseling. Assist consumers in understanding Medicare-related and other benefit programs, and connect them to resources. A great way to meet new people! Presentations take you to various sites around Brown County. Both presentations and meetings with individuals take place on weekdays, typically during business hours but may include evenings. Approximate time commitment is 2-3 hours per month, perhaps more during the period October 15 - December 7. Knowledge and experience with Medicare is beneficial but not required as training is provided.

Caregiver Volunteers

Homebound Meal Delivery Driver

These important volunteers deliver nutritious meals to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in Brown County. Most volunteers like to drive one day a week, but you can also choose to drive twice a month or as often as you like. A mileage stipend is available. If you enjoy meeting new people and want to really make a difference in someone's life this is for you. Meals are delivered Monday-Friday, usually between 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Shopping Assistant

Shopping Assistant's provide an important service by taking seniors and disabled adults that do not drive grocery shopping and to other stores and errands like banking, etc. This gives them an opportunity to enjoy some company, get out of the house and get the things they need all at the same time. You are matched with an individual. Volunteers tell us they get as much enjoyment out of their relationship as the person they serve.

Friendly Visitor

Friendly Visitors provide an important link to the outside world for homebound seniors and disabled adults. This is a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys good company. Suggestions for visitors include playing cards or board games, baking cookies, potting plants, looking through photo albums, helping to write letters or just listening to or telling great stories. Many people have little or no contact with the outside world; as a friendly visitor you can help them feel more connected to the community.

Telephone Reassurance Caller

Telephone Reassurance Volunteers call persons who are homebound and in need of regular contact -- a chance to visit with someone on a regular basis. This is a great opportunity for someone to volunteer even if they don't drive. Reassurance callers say they get as much out of the calls as the person they visit with does.

Volunteering in Groups

Once a year in late October, the Aging & Disability Resource Center teams up with the Volunteer Center to provide help for seniors and adults with disabilities who own and live in their own homes by providing services that help get the outside of their homes ready for winter. The Volunteer Center recruits and coordinates the volunteer groups and the Aging & Disability Resource Center gathers the wishes. Maintaining a home is very expensive and living on a fixed income can make this impossible. This important work helps seniors and adults with disabilities continue to live in the homes they love.

See something you'd like to do?
Call the Volunteer Coordinator at (920) 448-4300

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