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Three RSVP volunteers were selected to receive special honors from a field of 74 amazing nominees who provide service to Dane County at this year's United Way Volunteer Award ceremony.

RSVP was proud to nominate Karl Stadler in recognition of his many years of exceptional service.  Karl received the 2016 Mike McKinney Community Volunteer Award (names for the longtime Madison newscaster, volunteer and mentor who passed away in 2006).  In the 10 years he has volunteered through RSVP, Karl has worked with the Porchlight Maintenance Department repairing housing for formerly homeless folks; with Habitat ReStore unloading trucks and stocking shelves; with the American Red Cross helping with disaster relief; and with RSVP maintaining our CSCI building.  He has accumulated 9,100 hours of volunteer service!

RSVP volunteer driver Larry Schaefer was nominated by SAIL (Supporting Active Independent Lives) and received the Community Volunteer Award for Lifetime Achievement.  Larry has been volunteering with SAIL for 10 years.  He provides rides as a volunteer driver for RSVP and the Middleton Senior Center, and has spent 7,500 hours driving people to appointments since 1997.

RSVP volunteer Bob Gwynne was nominated and received the Distinguished Service Award for his work with Triangle Community Ministry and Second Harvest.  Bob is a board member at Triangle Community Ministry and single-handedly started the Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry in 2009.  This mobile pantry is available to 500 residents in downtown Madison.

RSVP is happy to honor the work of these and all volunteers in our community who truly do make a difference.


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