Monday, September 3, 2012
Delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte were led by "Extreme Home Makeover" host Monday as they worked together to help build a home for a local veteran.
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Most convention events don’t involve Wisconsin delegates swinging hammers and painting walls, but this isn’t your average convention event. Democratic delegates — including those from Wisconsin — on Monday participated in the Craftsman House United project to build a home for a military veteran. Half the home was built last week by delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The home was transported to Charlotte, where Democrats finished up the work. The project was a collaboration between Heroes at Home, Rebuilding Together, Craftsman and NextGen Home, and was led by Ty Pennington, of "Extreme Home Makeover" fame.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Its something we all take for granted: shoes. Sussex Outreach Services is holding a back-to-school fundraiser for local kids starting the school year.
Sussex Outreach Services is hosting a collection for something most of us take for granted: shoes. With area students heading back to school in September, the local pantry is asking Sussex residents to consider making a $25 donation for their annual “New Shoes for Back to School” program. Village President Greg Goetz advised people to donate during the latest Village Board meeting, saying SOS and the community is in great need of the help. “SOS did a collection to give school shoes to needy kids in previous years, and it was a complete success,” Goetz said. “I think there was about $2,500 that was raised to help buy food and shoes for needy kids. These children are definitely in need of shoes so they can attend school.” And according to …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Dolores & Chester Becker have lived in Sussex for 22 years, and their volunteer work at the food pantry raises the bar for local residents.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Tom Andrews
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
If you’ve ever set foot inside the Sussex Food Pantry over the past 13 years, chances are you’ve probably encountered Dolores Becker. Dolores and her husband Chester have lived in Sussex for 22 years, and they're bringing new meaning to the word "volunteer." Dolores, 82, works in the clothing and house wares donation section while Chester, 81, who decided to start volunteering his time last year, works in the food donation area, stocking the shelves. For this couple, it’s more than just another chance to do something together. It’s a passion to simply help those less fortunate. “I wanted to do something,” Dolores explained. “We’re retired and I didn’t want to spend all of my life just at home doing nothing. I went to work at the Sussex …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Sussex Outreach Services raked in donations during the annual ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive, a cause celebrating its 20th anniversary.
It’s estimated that 5.7 million Americans utilize food banks like Sussex Outreach Services to supplement their pantries at home, and with such a great need, Sussex residents jumped into action. More than 7,000 food items were collected in the village during the annual “Stamp Out Hunger Day,” on Saturday, May 12. The National Letter Carriers Association organizes the collection, and local Sussex postal carriers put a plastic bag in every mailbox in hopes of snagging donations. Volunteers from Sussex Outreach Services and other area groups were at the post office sorting through all the donations on Saturday. “We received over 7,000 items of food in the drive,” said Sussex Outreach Services Director Jennifer Waltz. “I’m really happy with the…
Friday, April 20, 2012
Menomonee Falls 16-year-old Nicolas Bast has been a driving force behind WTMJ's annual Teddy Bear Patrol drive. He's been one of the top producers of "bear revenue" in the program's history.
Nicolas Bast's incredible efforts to collect Teddy Bears has caught national attention, and he has been chosen for Huffington Post's "Greatest Person of the Day" for April 23. Nicolas shares the honor with hundreds of other individuals across the country who are doing great things in their community. Forget your Wall Street-inspired perception of bear and bull markets for this story. For five years 16-year-old Nicolas Bast has reaped soul-satisfying dividends as a big-time trader in the "bear" market for 620 WTMJ’s annual Teddy Bear Patrol collection. WTMJ has sponsored the Teddy Bear collection in southeastern Wisconsin since 1993. The bears are given to local law enforcement and fire agencies, who then hand the bears to kids in the thick…
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Whether its a neighbor that fed your dog while you were out on Spring Break, or a friend that gives their time to help out at a soup kitchen on the weekend, share their stories in the comments section and spread the good news!
People in Sussex are doing meaningful things every day, and we think it's time the rest of the community hears about these good deeds. Whether they are volunteering their time with a local organization or quietly helping out a friend or neighbor, we would like you to recognize a local do-gooder in the comments section of this article. Patch already recognizes people that make a difference in the community, so we may want to interview and write about the person that you mention for our "Greatest Person" feature with their permission. Even if we don't write a news story, you can give that person their five minutes of fame by telling their story here for other community members to read. So, go ahead, tell us who deserves a little recognition…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The group of teenage volunteers presented an oversized check to the Vision Forward Association in Milwaukee.
Due to Lions Daze, everyone knows about the Sussex Lions Club and the amazing work they do for the community. However, the Sussex Leo Club is no stranger to community involvement either. Almost like a junior-Lions Club, the Leos are a group of more than 70 area students between the ages of 12 and 18. Each dollar they raise goes back into the community with their most recent donation of $350 going to the Vision Forward Association. As a Milwaukee-based organization serving all of southeastern Wisconsin, Vision Forward offers services to blind or visually impaired people of all ages. Vanessa Nerbun, the organization's resource development manager, says there's an estimated 60,000 people living with vision loss or blindness in Southeastern …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A pack of strong women in Sussex are lending a helping-hand, one project at a time, in an effort to address the needs of the local community.
With a common goal in mind, the Volunteer Organization of Women in Sussex (VOWS) is making the community better through big acts of service and volunteer. Each woman vows their commitment to a unified goal to make the community greater. With each act accomplished, the women fulfill their mission. Though the history of VOWS is short, the impact they have created in the community is noticeable. Now ten years old, the collaboration has led them to many community-orientated projects and they say they are ready for more. Amy Seay, president of VOWS, said the organization has filled her expectations and beyond since she joined when it first began in 2001, and she stays with the group because of how the union continues to serve the community. …
Monday, January 9, 2012
Application deadline to enroll with upcoming class is at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 30.
The Menomonee Falls Fire Department is currently accepting applications for on-call and volunteer firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians. No experience is necessary. Applicants must be 18 years of age and must pass both a written and physical agility test. Applications for the current recruitment class will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. Applications received after that time will be put in future classes. The MFFD is always in need of more members to protect the village and its residents. Check out this past Patch article to learn more about that need and the application process. Application packets may be picked up at the MFFD, Station 3, W140N7501 Lilly Rd., by email, or on the village website. For more information …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Students and staff were the ultimate charity organizers in Sussex this season.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The Hamilton School District truly held out a helping hand during this holiday season, but Hamilton High School takes the cake. Students and staff at the school got in the holiday spirit and generously donated to the community making the district a better place to live. The following is a summary of the multiple activities the high school participated in: Hamilton DECA, a business-marketing student organization, took holiday presents to first grade students in Milwaukee at Gaenslen Elementary School. Each first-grader received a gift bag from a DECA member who then spent about an hour with the first-graders, playing with their gifts and enjoying holiday refreshments. Spanish Club adopted two Hispanic families, with seven children total, …