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The Next Chapter

Kathy has been Executive Director of Interfaith Senior Programs since 2001. A native of Wisconsin, she lives in Waukesha with her husband Jim Durnil, and has two sons. Kathy can be seen often at local libraries, book stores, coffee houses, and just all over Waukesha enjoying the local businesses.

Teenagers and their service hours

 At Interfaith Senior Programs we work with more than 2,000 volunteers each year.  Many, approximately 60%, are retired from employment, about 35% are still working, and another 5% are under the age of 18.

Youth volunteer with us for a variety of reasons.  Here are a few:

  • Their family believes in community service, and the children are too young to even know that they are volunteers - they are just raking leaves for a senior who needs help
  • Part of a youth group at their church
  • Part of a merit badger for Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts

Sometimes we get phone calls from slightly anxious parents, usually Moms, asking if we have any activities that can be done by a teenager who is in sports, drama, church activities, and scouts, but somehow needs to find a way to complete service hours.  Yes! We do!  Mom relaxes, especially when finding out that activities such as designing birthday cards to be mailed to our seniors throughout the year can be done by the busy teenager at home, an hour or so at a time.  (We mail 1,200 cards to our clients, and another 2,000 cards to our volunteers - all hand-created cards designed by other volunteers.)

Anyone, including busy teenagers with anxious Moms, grandparents with young grandchildren who need a quiet activity, groups of stamping enthusiasts, people with artistic abilities ranging from minimal to impressive, are welcome to check out a packet that has the card stock and basic instructions.  Call our office at 262-549-3348 if you're interested, or just stop in at 210 NW Barstow Street, Suite 101 in downtown Waukesha to pick up a packet.  A little bit of time turns into a birthday card received by a senior, and it just might be the only way that their birthday is remembered.

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