Congratulations

Frank Czarnecki (center) is congratulated by Volunteer Center Executive Director Christine Danielson (left) and Literacy Green Bay Executive Director Jennifer Nelson (right)

Congratulations to Frank Czarnecki, Winner of the Georgia-Pacific Adult Volunteer Award given out at the WPS Volunteer Awards.

 
Frank was nominated for his great work with Literacy Green Bay. Not only does Frank do a wonderful job there, he also finds the time to volunteer with the Red Cross as a transportation driver, special events, and golfs in our Red Cross outings. 

Volunteer Spotlight: Mark Riebe, Transportation Driver

National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, is a time to celebrate volunteers. This year’s theme, Celebrating People in Action, aptly describes volunteers from Northeast Wisconsin. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action. Learn more about some of the amazing people who give of their time, talent, money and blood to support the organization.

As a transportation driver for the American Red Cross, Mark Riebe is responsible for getting people in need to medical appointments, the grocery store, and anywhere else they may need to go.  He enjoys talking with his passengers about the “old days”. 

Mark was an insurance adjuster for 25 years and a long time financial supporter of the Red Cross.  After he retired he wanted to do something that would benefit those who needed help. “What better place to volunteer than the Red Cross?” 

Mark was drawn to the transportation program.  “Speaking for myself, that would be the single most difficult thing to lose, your ability to drive and thus your independence.”

Mark’s wife is a full time kindergarten teacher for the Green Bay School District.  When he’s not driving, he is busy taking care of the house.  He does all the cooking, cleaning, laundry and shopping.  As he says: “What can be better than coming home after working all day with 5 and 6 year olds and having a nice meal and a clean house?”

Mark’s advice for anyone thinking about volunteering:  “Don’t wait for the other guy to do it.  The warm feeling you get when someone tells you how much they appreciate the ride you just gave them is better than anything else you can imagine.”

If you would like to volunteer as a transportation driver, contact Jody Weyers, Volunteer Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter at 920-227-4287 or weyersj@arclakeland.org

Volunteer Spotlight: Dick Neuses

From the smile on his face you will believe he just got back from that trip in Ixtapa, Mexico or maybe he was just showing his grandkids how to slide down a snowy hill on a snow shovel. Dick Neuses is a jovial jokester that makes volunteer work seem like volunteer fun.

At the Red Cross, Dick helps with special events and he drives 2-3 times a week for transportation services. The Lakeland Chapter provides a unique service to its community with its transportation services, which is only possible because of volunteer drivers. The transportation services are provided to those 60 and over and to individuals with disabilities, allowing them to lead a fulfilling self-sufficient lifestyle.

Dick says the way the transportation group is structured is amazing. He finds the people at the Red Cross make it very easy to volunteer. “I like the people I work with and the people I serve.”

He must enjoy being involved in area organizations because he can be found helping out at many of them. Dick serves as a communion distributor and on the Parish Council and Finance Committee at SS Peter & Paul Parish in Green Bay. He volunteers at Bellin Health Events and the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon. He was also associated with the Lions Club and the Green Bay Engineering Club.

Dick met his wife, Marie, on the 7 am bus (#30, Jackson/Downer to Capitol) in Milwaukee. He went to school for mechanical engineering and she was attending beauty school. You can tell that he is a lucky man by the smile on his face but she must be pretty lucky too because he is a great cook and a ballroom dancer.

Jody (Middle) Jennifer & Dick staffing the margarita at the 2009 Brown County Golf Outing

She was from Eagle River and he was from Manitowoc but they raised their family in Denmark. They live in Green Bay now. Dick worked in construction doing everything from heavy equipment operator to business owner.

He’s retired now but he says has flunked out of retirement four times. He still does construction/engineering consultation or finds a summer project. “I get the itch,” says Dick. “Every summer when the sun comes out, it gets greener and I start thinking about the work.”

Volunteer Director, Jody Weyers, recruited Dick to volunteer for the Red Cross after meeting him at the gym.  “It took a few coffee clutches, to finally get him in the door, but I knew driving would be good fit with Dick’s personality and humor,” said Weyers. “We are now working on Marie, to help drive.”

“Life’s been pretty good to me and it feels good to give a little something back,” says Dick.