Participants can still sign up for the “Football Fun” Staying Put fundraiser. The two-hour session features coaching and special technique skills by Sage Rosenfels, a retired NFL quarterback. Submitted photo
Participants can still sign up for the “Football Fun” Staying Put fundraiser. The two-hour session features coaching and special technique skills by Sage Rosenfels, a retired NFL quarterback. Submitted photo

Submitted by Margy Balwierz, SVSSP President

SPRING VALLEY, WI – Participants can still sign up for the “Football Fun” Staying Put fundraiser Saturday, July 16, behind the high school. Signup is permitted the day of the event, but only if participants are there at 9:30am with a parent to sign.

The two-hour session, for kids 8-18, features coaching and special technique skills, like footwork, taught on the field by Sage Rosenfels, a retired NFL quarterback. Families, volunteers, clients, and donors are encouraged to come and watch the fun as the kids get guidance from an NFL pro. 

Door prizes will be given away; they will be drawn from all the kid’s names, and also available to those who sign up at the concessions stand if they come to watch. Prizes include Packer’s caps, signed Viking player photos, and free golf rounds at Spring Valley Golf Course.

The fee to play is $30 or $35, depending on age, and all donations go directly to Staying Put. Sage’s time is free of charge, having volunteered his time.

Many community businesses have given financial support to “Football Fun,” including The El Paso Bar and Grill, Sneakers, Hair Affaire, Maple Leaf Orchard, Premium Title Group, Arneson Insurance, Bank of Baldwin, Spring Valley Golf Course, Spring Valley Foods, and Spring Valley Drug and Hardware.

And what is Staying Put?
As we age, we think about our futures and about how we will be able to keep our lives going smoothly. We want to stay in our own homes for as long as we are able. Home is where we want to be. The non-profit organization Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put (SVSSP) gives a little help in remaining independent.

Things are going great for Staying Put, which is great for Spring Valley. Volunteers, whose numbers have grown from 15 to 55 since January, are now providing caring attention, increased mobility, and socialization to seniors and adults with disabilities.

Want help going fishing? Want someone to play cribbage with? Need a ride to church? Need help learning how to use email or FaceTime or Facebook?

Staying Put volunteers seem to enjoy giving help to those who need it. They share their time by offering individuals loving support, and support to their families as well. A little bit of support goes a long way, which makes for a stronger social fabric for the entire community.

Rides to appointments, community events, or a friend’s home can be scheduled on a one-time or regular basis. Staying Put volunteers also deliver locally for the ADRC Meals on Wheels Program. Volunteer delivery means a bit of chat time from a friendly person.

SVSSP volunteers are providing transportation to the Senior Dining Program at Sneakers, where elders and disabled adults can get out, go into town, and visit with others during lunch. Regular friendly social visits can give someone isolated something to look forward to. Enjoying time among others of all ages is great for both seniors and the healthy spirit of the community.

So, Spring Valley Seniors Staying Put provides friendly visits, phone calls, references, and other services. With growing interest and participation, they are always looking for more volunteers to offer a little of time for the rewards of giving meaningful help. More volunteers allow everyone’s requests to be served, and spread out the time needed from each volunteer.

Volunteer orientation is offered almost every month, the next of which is Saturday, August 13 from 10:30-12 at the Spring Valley Library. To become a volunteer, or to receive services, call (715) 778-5800 or check us out Facebook.

For more photos, see this week's Sun-Argus newspaper.