Community Involvement

Donations of

Time, Talents, & Treasures.

Thank You !!

Sandra Hayward, Laurie Anderson, Sharon Konrardy, and Janis Kilburg (volunteers) for hosting Manicures for the residents at Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and for the tenants at Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) during the morning on Friday.

Laurie Anderson and Janis Kilburg (volunteers) for hosting Manicures for the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the morning on Friday.

Sandra Hayward, Laurie Anderson and Janis Kilburg (volunteers) for hosting Manicures for the residents/tenants MVCC/SVAL during the morning on Friday.

Sandra Hayward and Janis Kilburg (volunteers) for hosting Manicures for the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the morning on Friday.

Carrie Weaver (Executive Director, Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce), the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce membership, the Bellevue Chamber Board of Directors:  Billie Myers (President), Kim Galloway (Vice President), Laura McCool (Secretary), Jim Klein (Treasurer); Dr. Andy Miller (Board Member), Dennis Schroeder (Board Member), and Mark Herman (Board Member); the Bellevue Community, Maquoketa Community Star Program (Wendy Zaruba and Tara Rosenbohm), the Maquoketa Community; all participating staff at MVCC/SVAL, and all the Anonymous individuals who were generous in reaching out to “grasp a star” and helped to make a difference in the lives of the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during this Christmas.

Carrie Weaver (Executive Director, Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce), the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce members, and Laura McCool (volunteer) for their assistance and involvement with “Santa’s Arrival” during the afternoon on Friday.  Laura McCool (volunteer) for assisting Activities again during the afternoon on Friday.

The (25+) students from the Bellevue Community Elementary School with the 6th Grade Literacy Class taught by Kristen Wright (Middle & High School Teacher – Social Studies + Literacy + Bellevue BIG) for presenting a Christmas Play Performance for the residents and tenants in the dining area at MVCC during the afternoon on Thursday, December 20, 2018.  (The students did a wonderful presentation with clear diction, dialogue, and a well-written story and did a great job in engaging themselves in their characters and dialogue for the residents and tenants to enjoy.)  Mrs. Jeanette Hartung-Schroeder (Elementary & Preschool Principal, Bellevue Community Elementary School) for her assistance, teachers, and students for “making a difference this Christmas Season”.

Kim Ernst (Nurse Manager, SVAL) and Mary Jo Konrardy (Universal Worker, SVAL/MVCC) for hosting the Christmas Eve Party Exchange and providing pizza for the tenants at SVAL during the afternoon on Monday.

Laura McCool (volunteer) for assisting Activities during the afternoon on Monday and Wednesday.

Cindy Arensdorf for bringing in wind chimes, a wooden wind chime rack, and hand-crafted quilts for the residents and tenants.

Cindy Arensdorf for providing (almost daily) homemade baked “goodies” for the staff.

Family of Alvin Kilburg, Family of Joyce Welch, and Cindy Schlecht for the gifts of homemade cookies and “goodies” for the staff.

Marquette Catholic High School for their Christmas Tree Ornaments.

Bellevue American Legion Auxiliary and the St. Joseph / Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Youth Group for their Christmas card exchange with us.

Lorraine Knief (resident) & Family for sharing her birthday cake with us.

Eleanor Gerlach (resident) and Family for sharing her birthday cake with us.

Benita Dobson (resident) and Family for sharing her birthday cake with us.

Nicole Weis (volunteer, staff) for her assistance in Activities.

Nicole Weis and Erma Naeve (volunteers, staff) for assisting Theresa (staff) with disassembling the front Christmas tree after their work hours during the afternoon on Thursday.

Anonymous for their donations of assorted Christmas cards and items.

Anonymous for bringing in year 2019 calendars and items for the residents and tenants.

Anonymous for their donations of items.

Dave Eischeid and Karen Dunne (volunteers) for hosting “Artwork with Dave and Karen” (artwork classes) at MVCC during the morning on Thursdays and helping our resident/tenant art students unlock their art talents.  The Bellevue Arts Council for sponsoring this Painting Class.

Kenneth Kilburg (volunteer) for hosting “Kenny’s Visits” at MVCC and SVAL, visiting the residents and tenants during the morning on Monday and Tuesdays; and for hosting Men’s Club at MVCC with the men on Fridays.

Laura McCool (volunteer) for hosting and making available “Knitting with Laura” & “Crocheting”, “Reminiscing” (fond memories), and “Local Chatter” with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Tuesday and Wednesdays.

Rebecca Ross and Kaitlyn Ross (volunteers) for reading and playing “Uno card games” and “one on ones” with the residents during afternoon on New Year’s Day.

Kaitlyn Ross and Becky Ross (volunteers) for reading and “one on ones” with the residents during morning on Saturdays.

Kristine Sieverding-Carrier (volunteer) for hosting “Essential Oils Therapy with Kristine” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Kristine Sieverding-Carrier (volunteer) for hosting “Massage Therapy with Kristine” with the residents/tenants (and helping to exercise their mind and body) at SVAL during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Jason & Carrie Rowan (volunteers) for hosting “Pet Therapy with K-9 Comfort”, sharing a very obedient and friendly female dog named Ally with the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the afternoon on Wednesday.  [Ally is the “Therapy Dog” at/from Carson’s Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Jason Rowan is an Animal Behavior College (ABC) certified dog trainer with K-9 Comfort in Bellevue, Iowa.]

Jason & Carrie Rowan for hosting “Pet Therapy with K-9 Comfort”, sharing a very obedient and friendly female “Labradoodle” dog named “Lizzy” with the residents/tenants during the afternoon on Friday.  [Lizzy is “in training” to become a the “Therapy Dog” for/from Parker-Millard Funeral Service & Crematory in Columbia, Missouri.]

Terry Mertens (volunteer) for sharing her pets with the residents and tenants during the mid-morning on Wednesdays.

Kelly Barnes (volunteer, staff) for sharing her dog “Penelope” (a female Chihuahua) for the residents to enjoy for a time during the morning of Thursday.

Jr. Steines (volunteer) for hosting our Euchre Club with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Mondays.

Charlotte Cyze, Janis Kilburg, Diana Muenster, Molly Muenster, and Marilyn Kilburg, with Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Lutherans” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Dorothy Felderman, Gloria Sagers, Diane Dempewolf, Linda Ries, Arlene Keil, with Jennifer Murphy and Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Lutherans” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Marquette School volunteers:  Halle Kilburg, Miranda Peters, Ellie O’Brien, Sydney Jacobs, Amie Sieverding, Macey Kremer, and Evi Berthel for hosting card games “War Bunco, and Rummy” and “Bingo” with the residents at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Charlotte Cyze, Janis Kilburg, Joyce Till, Yvonne Meier, Bev Sullivan and Brody Sullivan (volunteers), with Benita Dobson (resident, volunteer) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Rosary Society” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Charlotte Cyze, Janis Kilburg, Diana Muenster, Molly Muenster, and Marilyn Kilburg, with Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Rosary Society” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

Charlotte Cyze, Janis Kilburg, Phyllis Schwager, Nancy Ploessl, and Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Rosary Society” at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Dianne Strickler, Joan Jess, Phyllis Reistroffer, Jo Ernst, Betty Sieverding, Vivian Pitlo, Bindi Kettmann, Jacee Kettmann, with Joyce Till (volunteers) for hosting and assisting at “Bingo games with the American Legion Auxiliary Ladies” at MVCC during the afternoon on Saturday.

Karen Osar (volunteer)and Lloyd Kilburg (tenant, volunteer) for hosting bingo games with the tenants at SVAL during the afternoon on Monday.

Marlene and Mark Cloos (volunteers) for hosting bingo games with the tenants at SVAL during the afternoon on Monday.

Karen Osar (volunteer) for hosting Rummy & card games with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Friday through Thursday (Jan. 11 – 17,2019).

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the noontime on Fridays and the evening time on Monday.

Ray & Doris Theisen for providing musical entertainment at our “New Year’s Eve Gathering with Happy Hour” held with the residents and tenants during the afternoon on Monday.

The Mennonite Christmas Carolers (volunteers) for their visit and singing in the Front Dining area of MVCC during the evening on Sunday.  Benita Dobson (resident, volunteer) for serving as hostess and assisting this event.  Thanks to the Nursing staff for assisting Activities.

Gloria Petesch (volunteer) for providing Christmas Music and singing entertainment with the tenants at SVAL and the residents at MVCC during the evening on Christmas Eve on Monday.

Jim Lucy for hosting “Music with Jim”, providing music entertainment for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Friday.  Sandra Hayward (volunteer) for engaging and dancing with some of the residents/tenants during the music for their enjoyment on Friday.

The Mennonite Choir (volunteers) for visiting and singing in the Front Dining area for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the evening on Sunday.  Benita Dobson (resident, volunteer) for serving as the hostess and assisting this event.  Sandra & Robert Hayward (volunteers) for assisting Activities.

Kelby Mueller (volunteer) for hosting “Music with Kelby”, providing musical entertainment for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the afternoon on Sunday.

Janis Kilburg (volunteer) for leading the Rosary prayers for the Catholics on Sundays.

Marylce Tebbe (tenant, volunteer) for leading the Rosary prayers for the Catholics on Sundays.

Pastor Dennis Miller (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting a Catholic Church Service during the morning on Sundays (via cable TV); and hosting a Rosary, Mass, and Communion Service at MVCC during the morning on Wednesdays.

Father Dave Ambrosy (Guest Pastor for the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Rosary, Mass, and Communion Service for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the morning on Wednesday.

Deacon Robert Wood (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Rosary and Communion Service at MVCC during the morning on Wednesday.

Ron Koos (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting the Catholic Rosary and Communion Service for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the morning on Wednesday.

Volunteers (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa):  Ron Koos, Dula Tebbe, Laura & Jr. Steines, Kenneth Kilburg, Lloyd Kilburg, Leo Kilburg, Judy Moran, Molly Ploessl, Marilyn & Merle Kilburg, Alice Kilburg, and Dale Banowetz for assisting the Catholic Rosary, Mass, and Communion Service and for assisting the residents/tenants during the morning on Wednesdays.

Pastor Paul Gammelin (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting a Lutheran Church Service for the residents/tenants during the morning on Sundays (via cable TV).

Pastor Paul Gammelin (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa) and Brenda Block (volunteers) for hosting a Lutheran Communion Service with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the morning on Thursday.

Pastor Paul Gammelin (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa) and Jan Schroeder (volunteers) for hosting a Lutheran Communion Service with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the mid-morning on Thursday.  Jan Schroeder (volunteer) for playing the piano during the Lutheran Service.

The volunteers of “Presbyterian Visits” for visiting with the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the entire day of Tuesday.

The volunteers from the “Christian Circle” for meeting at the SVAL during the afternoon on Friday.

Thanks to all the unnamed individuals who visited one-on-one with the residents / tenants to help uplift their days.  Thanks to all the residents, tenants, families, friends, visiting school children and teachers, volunteers, staff (Administrative, Nursing, Dietary, Housekeeping/Laundry, Maintenance, and Activity Departments), local area (Bellevue, Maquoketa, Preston, Andrew, St. Donatus, Springbrook) businesses, churches, and organizations, and other unnamed individuals for their assistance and support with all our activities / events / donations of the past month.