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Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) Program Recognized

Carol Deyaert from VIP’s Ram Crew is pictured with Lt. Gov. Kleefish accepting the award.

MADISON (WKOW) — A group of Wisconsin Department of Transportation workers were honored on Wednesday at the State Capitol for their dedication and service to the community. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch recognized the 30-year Anniversary of the Rest Area Maintenance Program.  Watch it on line – click here!

“We know that you guys do exactly what needs to be done every day to make sure that everyone’s safe,” said Kleefisch. “And that our rest areas are beautiful and that everyone has a really nice time and fond memories of our great state of Wisconsin, so thanks guys.”

The “RAM” program offers jobs to workers with disabilities to help them earn a paycheck and live independently.

17 million people stop at rest areas around Wisconsin every year. A recent survey revealed more than 95% of people reported cleanliness of restrooms as excellent or good.

The VIP Services Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) program provides facility maintenance for state-owned rest areas in Walworth and Rock County, as well as a Safety Weight Enforcement Facility in Dane County. VIP’s RAM crews also maintain the Genoa City Park and Ride site and the state welcome sign.  Congratulations RAM Crew!

 

 

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Volunteers Step in for Weeks of Caring

During Aurora Health Care’s Weeks of Caring campaign, VIP Services, Inc. clients, (seated, from the left), Travis Pederson, Kelly Findlay, Stephen Weisbrod and Martin Ingram, play Bingo Sept. 25 with volunteers (not in order) Marquette Baylor, Erica Ward, Dawn Greeson, Dawn Hixton and Denise Dobersztyn. Amy Rademaker (not pictured) also volunteered at VIP. (Heather Ruenz photo)

For the complete story go to My Walworth County – Southern Lakes News – click here!

For more photos and stories, go to our Facebook page – click here!

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VIP Voice Newsletter – Summer 2017

Hear ye, hear ye! Check out our latest edition of the VIP Voice!  VIP Services – Summer 2017 Newsletter

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Corporate Volunteers Give Back

Corporate Volunteers Giving Back – We recently welcomed volunteers from the bio-tech company, Genentech. They engaged with the clients on an art project that practices fine motor skills as well as enjoyed lively conversations followed by a tour. Thank you to Genentech for volunteering, making an impact in our community!

Corporate volunteering provides employees with meaningful opportunities to make a difference in their communities.  To learn more about our corporate volunteer opportunities, please contact Lynne Dempsey, Volunteer Coordinator at 262-723-4043 ext. 106 or lynnedempsey@vipservices-inc.org.

 

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VIP Closed on Monday, May 29th – Memorial Day

VIP Services will be closed in honor of Memorial Day – Monday, May 29.  

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VIP Closed on April 14th

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VIP Bowl-a-thon Thank You!

THANK YOU! A big thumbs-up to all who participated, sponsored, volunteered and cheered in our VIP Services 9th Annual Bowl-a-thon​! We had a blast raising more than $18,000 AND raising awareness for our mission to empower adults with disabilities. Check out these great photos – click here!

Congratulations to the TOP fundraising teams pictured below.  Picture 1: The Backstreet Gang (David, Derek, Jennifer and Steve) $1,356.  Picture 2: Elkhorn Rotary Club (Cindy, Bill, Tom and Dan) with $930.  Picture 3:  Findlay’s Green Bay Packers (Kelly, Andy, Frank, Laura and Connie) with $740.  Picture 4:  Scared Splitless from Peoples Bank​ (Lisa, Bryan, Alex and Egle) with $655.  Picture 5: Team Dowty from VIP (Barb, Pat, Joe and Scott) with $502.  Picture 6:  Team Shodeen (Beth, Joanie and Stephen) with $500! Teams raising more than $400 were awarded special prizes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A special thank you goes to Lavonne and Jack at Delavan Lanes​ for a great day and venue, to the AWESOME volunteer committee: Bob & Missy Putnam, Ed Scaro, Ellen Weber, Carol Prchal​, Connie Kretschmer and Regan Homan, to our AMAZING photographer, Marie Gornick and Frank Hoover, VIP Ambassador.  Be sure to mark your calendar for the 2018 Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, March 3, 2018!

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VIP in the News! Annual Recognition Dinner Recap

‘VIP Services Annual Recognition Dinner an evening of inspiration’ story and photos by Heather Ruenz, Editor of the Elkhorn Independent Newspaper. http://mywalworthcounty.com/?p=23066.  

Additional Pictures 1:  Chris Sonheim of Whitewater – Overall Individual Achievement Honoree is pictured with Cindy Simonsen, Executive Director and Donna Neshek, Board Chair 2: Lynne McIntyre VIP Services Ambassador and her coach, Pat Eames. 3. Scott Sims cleans windows on a truck at Kunes Country of Elkhorn – VIP’s Employer of the Year. Sims, a VIP client, has been an employee at Kunes for nearly a year. 4. Tom Keefe, President of Keefe Real Estate of Lake Geneva and staff from Lake Geneva – VIP’s Community Partner of the Year 5. Adam Wiese, President of A-1 Creative Packaging and staff from Palmyra – VIP’s Business of the Year, VIP Client 6. Dan Kunes, Scott Sims and Kelli Kunes.

 

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VIP in the News! ‘Building Full Lives’ Article 02.09.17

Joe Helper at his job in the community

Joe Helper, a client of VIP Services is shown working at his community-based job.  We were recently awarded a ‘Building Full Lives’ grant to support training efforts for staff who will play key roles in integrating people with disabilities in their communities.  Story by Heather Ruenz, Editor of the Elkhorn Independent Newspaper.

VIP Services preparing for future changes

 

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Join us for the 2017 Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, March 4th

Facebook Picture (3)Come have a ball at the annual Bowl-A-Thon!  Open to all ages and abilities.  Funds raised support VIP’s mission to empower adults with disabilities.  

The 9th Annual VIP Services Bowl-a-thon will take place on Saturday, March 4th at Delavan Lanes.  This popular event provides participants with the opportunity to raise funds for VIP Services operations while simultaneously having a fun time. The day will be divided into two sixteen team sessions, the first beginning at 12:00 p.m. and the second at 3:00 p.m. Special incentives will be offered for those teams who raise $400 or more in pledges.  Bowl-a-thon registration forms have recently been distributed. This event is sure to sell out early, so get your registration forms completed and returned as soon as possible.  For more information, contact Julie Cotter at 262-723-4043, ext. 105 or juliecotter@vipservices-inc.org.  We hope you can be a part of the 2017 Bowl-a-thon! 

VIP Services – Bowl-a-thon Event Flyer

Early bird registration is $80 per team (four people) till 2/13/17.  Team registration after 2/13/17 is $100 (team of four). Registration fee includes THREE games per person and shoe rental.  

VIP Services – 2017 Bowl-a-thon Team Registration Form

Official Rules Tips on Raising Pledges

Pledges-Donations Received Form

Interested in being Bowl-a-thon Sponsor?  We have lots of great opportunities available.  Sponsorship benefits include signage at the event, listing in VIP publications, Facebook and website, plus the good feeling that YOU are supporting the great programs and services at VIP!  Download the form (below) or click here:  VIP Services – 2017 Bowl-a-thon sponsorship link.

VIP Services – 2017 Bowl-a-thon Sponsorship Form

 

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