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The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of St. Croix County would like to thank our volunteers. The ongoing impact of their work across our programs is truly unmeasurable and invaluable. If we had to put it into numbers, the number of volunteer hours combined in 2019 and 2020 was 21,519.25 representing a value of $469,789.66 to St. Croix County.
During the St. Croix County Fair, ADRC Administrator Brad Beckman and Health and Human Services Director Bob Rohret presented a check to the County Administrator Ken Witt for that amount. The check is not a payment and will not be cashed, but it symbolizes the importance of the work done by our volunteers.
“We could never have served individuals and made a difference to so many in St. Croix County without the tremendous involvement and time from all of our volunteers. With the sincerest appreciation, we thank all the volunteers for a job well done. They truly make our communities and St. Croix County a better place to live.”
Brad Beckman - ADRC Administrator
With the challenges that the pandemic brought, volunteers and employees stepped up immediately to provide services. Their work made it possible to prepare and deliver meals, provide important information about the pandemic, assisting with taxes, and much more. The is a great list but their impact on others was even greater. We saw home delivered meals grow from 22,602 in 2019 to 37,555 in 2020. Some days alone, over 250 meals were delivered throughout the County. Many volunteers and drivers were the only contact some individuals had with another that day or week.
Since the pandemic, many of our home delivered meal participants shared what a blessing it was to have a warm meal, a sense of normalcy daily that someone was coming to the door, and the assurance of safety being able to stay home. Here are some heartfelt messages from some of our participants:
“Not being able to get around, I appreciate the volunteers bringing my meals every day. The volunteers are so polite, happy and cheerful. It’s amazing and wonderful how they take time out of their day to help us no matter the circumstances or weather. I live on a third-floor apartment and they bring it right to by door.”
“I appreciate them bringing the meals. They are all very nice people. It is clear they enjoy volunteering.”
“For me the volunteers are so helpful. There is one volunteer in particular that goes above and beyond. She is always so sweet and kind, bringing me flowers. There was a time when my air conditioner was not working. She came back and brought me an air conditioning unit that she was not using. She always puts a smile on my face and has gotten to be a really good friend.”
“Feel very blessed to live in our own home in the country, we are very grateful for the people who bake and cook the food”.
“Appreciated all the “extras” like apples, honey and treats for the holidays. It was very thoughtful and caring.”
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