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Middleton Couple Embraces Volunteerism 

Many couples embrace a common interest to pursue, for Bob and Sue Miller it is serving as volunteers! With over 15 years of combined volunteering as home delivered meal drivers for Middleton Senior Center, the couple has made a strong commitment to their community. Both started out as substitute drivers and loved it so much they decided to expand their role to become regular drivers. Sue actually started driving while she was still working, delivering meals on her lunch break, and Bob started when he retired six years ago.

They agree that a couple of the benefits of volunteering are getting to have the one-on-one interaction with other seniors and being able to build relationships with those they serve. “I feel like we are making a difference and helping seniors to stay in their homes,” Sue said. “I encourage people to get involved before they retire, because meal delivery is very flexible.” Bob believes that often they are the only people some of the seniors see regularly. “I feel this contact is very important to their well-being,” he adds.

The pair likes to stay active and enjoy many hobbies including traveling, hiking, biking, neighborhood walks and exercise classes. Church is another outlet for their volunteer energy, where they both serve on the senior planning committee and volunteer with the Feed My Lambs program that provides food for children on weekends who otherwise may not have enough to eat.

As if that isn’t a full enough plate, Sue and Bob are both involved in their condo association and Bob also volunteers at the Middleton Outreach Ministry assisting with food distribution. Their involvement in various nonprofits is long-standing: years ago their love of movies inspired them to volunteer for the Wisconsin Film Festival and 15 years ago, Bob also started and ran the Middleton Good Neighbor Festival 5K race which is still going strong today (although it was virtual in 2020).

Sue grew up in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois, while Bob grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa. They met in Chicago when they were both working as CPAs and lived in the Minneapolis area for many years before coming to Madison in 1993. Bob and Sue have two sons who live in the Madison area and who have followed in their parents’ footsteps as accountants. After their retirement in 2014, they made a conscious decision to stay active in the community and have had a great experience volunteering through RSVP over the years.

Senior Centers across Dane County use home delivered meal drivers to help ensure area seniors receive the nutrition that they need to maintain their independence. This is a no-contact volunteer position where meals are dropped off at the recipient’s door. Hours are flexible and mileage reimbursement is available. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Mary Schmelzer, Driver Services Co-Manager, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, 608-441-7896 or .

Service Recipients Tell Us

Thankful
“I am so thankful this service is available. I am 90 years old, and have no family in this area. This program keeps me independent and in my home longer.”
- Sun Prairie Passenger
Impact on Community
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