United Way of Marathon County and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program volunteers (RSVP) celebrate the valuable contributions of AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers who pledge to volunteer for our nation as part of the annual AmeriCorps Week.
In honor of AmeriCorps Week, AmeriCorps Seniors have collaborated with Project Puppet Pal Kits. This kit focuses on providing an expressive and creative outlet for preschool and pediatric patients through the use of puppets for children in hospitals all over the country, including Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Marshfield Children’s Hospital, and Children’s Hospital Wisconsin. RSVP volunteers will gather at the United Way Office the week of March 13-17 to assemble 1,500 activity kits that will be distributed to children and help alleviate anxiety as well as help children feel less isolated while in the hospital. These activity kits will be packed with love and care, as the volunteers celebrate being able to give back.
The weeklong celebration also honors the contributions and support of thousands of local organizations that make AmeriCorps + AmeriCorps Seniors programs possible. In 2022, approximately 301 AmeriCorps Seniors Volunteers served 33,000 hours at 42 organizations in Marathon County.
“We are proud to be part of AmeriCorps and grateful for the AmeriCorps Senior members who volunteer in Marathon County,” said Jeff Sargent, Executive Director for United Way of Marathon County.
AmeriCorps engages 250,000 Americans each year in sustained, results-driven service through AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors programs. These dedicated citizens help communities ensure students stay on track to graduate, combat hunger and homelessness, respond to natural disasters, fight the opioid epidemic, help seniors live independently, support veterans and military families, and much more. More than 1.2 million Americans have served their country through AmeriCorps and millions more have served in AmeriCorps Seniors since 1994.