Volunteers Change Lives was the theme of Waupaca County’s annual Volunteer and Senior Citizen Picnic held Friday, Sept. 17, at the Iola Old Car Show grounds.
The event was sponsored by the Waupaca County Department of Health and Human Services.
There are over 700 volunteers in the DHHS Volunteer Program, according to volunteer coordinator Kristine Wiegman. They serve in a variety of ways from delivering meals to homebound residents – 443 are Meals-on-Wheels drivers alone – assisting once a month with office-related tasks in DHHS, driving county residents to medical appointments, visitation aides with children and families, guardians, peer companion, helping with the immunization clinics and serving at the county’s seven senior nutrition sites.
Wiegman noted that no county funds are allocated for the event.
“The volunteer recognition picnic is made possible only because of generous donations from local businesses,” Wiegman stated. “This year there were 84 contributor. Without the support from local businesses, the picnic would not happen. Clearly, volunteers are appreciated for their service.”
For more information on becoming a DHHS volunteer, contact Wiegman at 715-258-6277.