Displaying all 9 episodes

Coaching People along the Path to Recovery

In this episode of The S-Files, we are exploring the service done by AmeriCorps member Chelsea Korzenieski, who is serving with Marshfield Clinic Health Systems AmeriCorps Recovery Corps in Ladysmith. Chelsea discusses how she is assisting individuals impacted by substance abuse and helping them work towards their recovery goals. Listen in to learn how Chelsea is helping people take positive steps on their individual recovery journeys. Chelsea channels her own experience of being in recovery to make a difference for others as they strive to achieve their recovery goals.

Building Capacity with Serve Wisconsin's AmeriCorps VISTA Members

In this episode of The S-Files, we are checking out the service stories of two AmeriCorps VISTA members serving as part of the initial cohort of members with Serve Wisconsin's AmeriCorps VISTA initiative. We first speak with Kailee Remez, who is addressing food insecurity at Carroll University. We then continue our conversation by speaking with Tony Schultz, who is working on several initiatives through his VISTA service at the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council. Listen in to learn how these AmeriCorps VISTA members are addressing poverty and strengthening the capacity of organizations as they address different concerns throughout the state.

AmeriCorps Service at the Racine Zoo – Tortoises, Tenrecs, and Rhinos, Oh My!

In this episode of The S-Files, we are checking out the service stories of two AmeriCorps members that are serving with the Racine Zoo AmeriCorps Program. We start our conversation with Kelsey Sanders, who is serving this year at the Racine Zoo after previously serving as an AmeriCorps member in Florida. We then sit down to speak with Brian Butt, who recently completed his degree in zoology and is bringing this passion to his service at the Racine Zoo. Listen in to learn how Racine Zoo AmeriCorps Program members bring both engaging scientific programming and ambassador animals to students in the Racine Area School District and participate in the care of the animals at the Racine Zoo.

Helping Feed Others in Need while Serving during COVID-19

In this episode of The S-Files, we are going back to look at the service done in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by Lisa Penterman, who was a recipient of the COVID-19 Response Service Award at the 2021 Governor’s Service Awards. Lisa was recognized for the impacts of her AmeriCorps service with the Be Well Fox Valley AmeriCorps program while serving at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin. We discuss several aspects of how her service helped people facing food insecurity during the pandemic, including helping operate mobile food banks, conducting pantry order reviews, and doing outreach to members of the public about FoodShare. Listen in to learn about the impacts of her service for the public and for herself, as we discuss highlights from her time as an AmeriCorps member and how it influences the work she is currently doing at Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin following the completion of her AmeriCorps service.

Answering the Call to Respond to COVID-19 with MCHS Volunteer Wisconsin

In this episode of The S-Files, we are going back to look at the service done by AmeriCorps members with Marshfield Clinic Health Systems AmeriCorps Volunteer Wisconsin since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of the impact of their service, MCHS Volunteer Wisconsin was honored with a COVID-19 Response Service Award at the 2021 Governor’s Service Awards. Since the ceremony this summer, MCHS Volunteer Wisconsin has folded into the larger MCHS Community Corps program, whose AmeriCorps members started serving this fall. We start our conversation with Shelly Kaiser, who was the program director for MCHS Volunteer Wisconsin, to get an overview of the different types of service that their AmeriCorps members have done to respond to COVID-19. We next sit down with AmeriCorps member Mario Fregoso, who served with Volunteer Wisconsin last year and is continuing to serve as part of MCHS Community Corps at United Way of Dane County supporting their Wisconsin 211 program. Listen in to learn how MCHS Volunteer Wisconsin AmeriCorps members helped others through answering COVID-19 calls at 211, assisted food pantries and other non-profits, facilitated safe opportunities for volunteers to help in their communities, and many other response efforts during the pandemic.

Coordinating Volunteer Assistance for Afghan Guests at Fort McCoy – Part 2

In this episode of The S-Files, we are continuing a multi-episode look at how organizations have mobilized volunteers to assist the Afghan guests staying at Fort McCoy and respond to disasters here in Wisconsin. Our second episode focuses on regional coordination efforts by two organizations that are helping to create local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs) through Serve Wisconsin’s Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) grant. We start our conversation with Jen Schmitz from River 2 Ridge Disaster Resilience, which is our West Central Wisconsin VGF grantee. We next speak with Aimee Wollman Nesseth from the Northwestern Wisconsin Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition from Wisconsin Emergency Management, which is our Northwest Wisconsin VGF grantee. Listen in to learn how these organizations are communicating across their newly developed regional and local VOAD networks to support efforts assisting the Afghan guests, including how they have brought together the organizations in their region. You can also learn about how these organizations have used their volunteer networks and organizational resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.

Coordinating Volunteer Assistance for Afghan Guests at Fort McCoy – Part 1

In this episode of The S-Files, we are starting a multi-episode look at how organizations have mobilized volunteers to assist the Afghan guests staying at Fort McCoy and respond to disasters here in Wisconsin. Our first episode focuses on statewide coordination efforts and how multiple organizations and agencies are working together to facilitate these volunteer efforts. We start our conversation with John Stuhlmacher from Team Rubicon, who is currently the chair of Wisconsin Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). We next speak with Shane Goss from Wisconsin Emergency Management, who serves as the State Voluntary Agency Liaison. Listen in to learn how these groups have helped coordinate the volunteers response across the state to not only assist the Afghan guests, but also to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters. You can also learn about how they have worked with Serve Wisconsin to support the creation of local VOADs to enhance this response through the Volunteer Generation Fund.

Opening up Nature for Others with WisCorps

In this episode of The S-Files, we are exploring the service done by AmeriCorps members with WisCorps during a visit to Myrick Park in La Crosse. We start our conversation with Matt Brantner, WisCorps Executive Director, discussing the conservation and disaster relief projects their members complete throughout the state and how they are trying to make nature more accessible through their service. We next sit down with WisCorps AmeriCorps members Shannon Columb and Ashley Nowak, who both recently started a second AmeriCorps term as Environmental Educators. Listen in to learn how the AmeriCorps members serving with WisCorps are impacting how Wisconsinites can experience nature through the projects they have completed statewide and by providing environmental education for our youngest students and children of all ages.

Bringing the Farm to School through Service

In this episode of The S-Files, we are checking out the service stories of two AmeriCorps members that recently started their second term serving with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction AmeriCorps Farm to School Program, which received the 2021 Governor’s Service Award as AmeriCorps Program of the Year. We first sit down with Maddie Smith, serving at the Oregon School District, and then speak with David Lee Schneider, serving at the Howard Suamico School District. Listen in to learn how Farm to School AmeriCorps members provide nutrition education, manage school gardens, integrate local foods into school meals and tastings, and connect farmers and school food service directors through the recently launched Wisconsin Local Food Database.