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March 2018

Top volunteer always sees a chance to help

Posted on Mar 29, 2018, by

To read the comments of Cheri Duchrow’s nominator for a Celebrating Volunteers award you would think volunteering is more natural to her than breathing. She tells others, “Every moment and every person that stands in front of you is a volunteer opportunity to help or mentor someone to make a difference and change someone’s life.”  […]

Cancer made couple dedicated to helping

Posted on Mar 27, 2018, by

Jim and Sue Spierings know the help cancer patients need because they’ve been there. Jim was diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer in 2007 at age 50. After successful treatment at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, the family created the Spierings Cancer Foundation to help other families. Their main fund-raiser, Rock Cancer, held on the […]

Neenah student volunteers and recruits others

Posted on Mar 21, 2018, by

Rachel Miserlian has a dizzying number of volunteer involvements, but she doesn’t stop there. She also is a dedicated recruiter of volunteers at Neenah High School, encouraging her classmates to join volunteer groups that address social needs, or creating new organizations where none exist. That double dose of volunteer drive earned her the 2018 Youth […]

Mentor guides people to their own solutions

Posted on Mar 19, 2018, by

Bob DeKoch’s most valuable contribution as a leader doesn’t involve solving problems for people who come to him for help. His particular talent is in helping people see within themselves the means to solve the problem. That’s why Bob will be presented with the 2018 Paul and Elaine Groth Mentoring Award, sponsored by the Mielke […]

Arts advocacy goes on past work day

Posted on Mar 16, 2018, by

As if working a full-time job coordinating the arts needs of all of the students in the Appleton Area School District wasn’t enough t0 test the limits of anybody’s energy, Renee Ulman spends her free time volunteering with numerous nonprofit arts groups. Renee’s official title is Fine Arts Coordinator for the Appleton Area School District. […]

Off to a good JumpStart

Posted on Mar 14, 2018, by

A “Garage for Good” owned by two Fox Valley domestic abuse shelters is not only changing the lives of its customers and employees, it is treading new ground in state law. Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs of Appleton and the Christine Ann Center in Oshkosh opened a car repair business and training program called JumpStart, […]

Achievement gap under attack with STAR power

Posted on Mar 7, 2018, by

A measurable achievement gap between black students and the rest of the Fox Cities’ student population is about to encounter a shining STAR — Students on Target to Achieve Results, a new program of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley and its partner school districts and colleges. STAR — implemented in February […]

Honorees selected for Celebrating Volunteers

Posted on Mar 6, 2018, by

The award recipients have been chosen and registration is open for the 21st annual Celebrating Volunteers Community Gala on April 26 to honor outstanding volunteers in our community. The honorees for the seven awards being presented that evening are: Rachel Miserlian – Youth Scholarship Award, sponsored by Community First Credit Union. Nancy Heykes – Walter L. Rugland […]

Grant will put Neenah history in students’ hands

Posted on Mar 1, 2018, by

By Jane Lang Executive Director, Neenah Historical Society One of the greatest frustrations our local teachers have expressed to members of the Neenah Historical Society over the past few years is the lack of pertinent, grade-appropriate, local history to share with their students. With the help of a $3,500 Bright Idea Fund grant from the […]