Community Involvement

Donations of

Time, Talents, & Treasures.

Thank You !!

Laurie Anderson (volunteer) for hosting Manicures for the residents at Mill Valley Care Center (MVCC) and the tenants at Sunrise Villa Assisted Living (SVAL) during the morning on two Fridays.

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

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

Jill Nolting (volunteer) for her assistance in Activities (at Santa’s Workshop) during the afternoon on Friday.

Mary Jo Konrardy (staff), Dietary and Nursing staff for their assistance in Activities with the “Christmas Eve Party & Tracking of Santa Claus” that was held with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Tuesday. 

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

Raymond Hickson (resident) & Family for sharing his birthday cake with us.

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

Isabelle Brundage (resident) & Family for sharing her birthday homemade cherry pies and cream puffs with us.

Clifton Barnhart (tenant) for his donations of 2 platers of assorted cookies for the staff.

Hospice of Jackson County for their donations of cookies and candies for the staff.

J.K for their donations of goodies for the staff.

Anonymous for their donations of items.

Family of Arla House (resident) for their donations of items.

Phyllis Reistroffer for her donation to Activities.

Dula Tebbe for her donation of some year 2020 calendars.

Bellevue State Bank for their donation of year 2020 calendars.

Virginia Valant for her donations of paperback books.

Sandra Hayward for her donations of items.

Ruth Cavanaugh for her donation of a trivia booklet.

Virginia Valant for her donations of paperback books.

Sandra Kempter with Kevin Kempter (volunteers) for hosting “Seasons with Christmas Bells and the Captive Aromas” with discussions of Christmas past for/with the residents and tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Friday.

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

Laura McCool (volunteer) for hosting and making available “Knitting with Laura” & “Crocheting” and sharing “Local Chatter” / “Reminiscing” / “Memories” (fond memories) for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on four Tuesdays.  [As Laura & Don McCool leave us and move to Missouri, she takes “a piece of our hearts” with her.  Thank you, Laura, for taking the time to teach us to knit, guiding us every step of the way through some phenomenal knitting projects, as we were all novices.  Words seem inadequate to express our heartfelt thanks.  We are moved to say, “Thank You, Laura, and May God Bless you and yours with safe travels wherever your heart leads.”  Our knitting group is now “afloat” and flexing its newly found knitting skills.  “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” – Henry Adams.]

Dave Eischeid and Sue & Earl Sawvel (volunteers) for hosting “Artwork with Dave, Sue and Earl” (artwork class) at MVCC during the morning on two Thursdays and helping our resident/tenant art students unlock their art talents.  The Bellevue Arts Council for sponsoring this Painting Class.

Terry Mertens (volunteer) for hosting “Pet Therapy”, sharing her pet dog (a Black Lab named “Dan” from Danville, Iowa) and parrots (Chloe & Chili Pepper) (Alexandria Parrots) for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the mid-morning on Wednesday.

Gloria Petesch (volunteer) for hosting/presenting “Japan and the Chinese New Year” for/with the residents at MVCC and tenants at SVAL during the afternoon on Monday.  (An introduction into the cultural/ancestral history of the assorted regions and traditional Japanese and Chinese items were presented/discussed.  The attending residents/tenants were encouraged to participate and/or share their personal experiences during the presentation “Japan and Chinese New Year”.)

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

Karen Osar and Alice Kilburg (volunteers) for hosting bingo games for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on two Mondays.

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

Karen Osar and Dianne Finzel (volunteers) for hosting bingo games for/with the tenants at the SVAL during the afternoon on Monday.

Diane Dempewolf, Jennifer Murphy, Arlene Keil, Joy Hueneke, and Joyce Till with Sandra Kempter and Kevin Kempter (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Lutherans” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Mary Thielen, Jennifer Murphy, Rosie Williams, with Sandra Kempter, Kevin Kempter, 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.

Janis Kilburg, Molly Ploessl, Lila Banowetz Joyce Till and Karen Osar (volunteers) for hosting and assisting “Bingo games with the Rosary Society” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Wednesday.

Joy Hueneke (volunteer) with Theresa for hosting and assisting “Bingo games” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Saturday.

Joyce Till (volunteer) with Theresa for hosting and assisting “Bingo games” for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Saturday.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment (music & memories) for/with the residents at MVCC and tenants at SVAL during the noontime on five Fridays.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting “Music with Ray & Doris”, providing musical entertainment (music & memories) for/with the tenants/residents at MVCC during the evening time on three Mondays.

Ray & Doris Theisen (volunteers) for hosting/providing Christmas Music and singing entertainment for/with the tenants at SVAL and the residents at MVCC during the evening time on Christmas Eve on Tuesday.

Ray & Doris Theisen for hosting/providing the “New Year’s Eve Party” Music and singing entertainment for/with the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Mennonite Christmas Caroling Choir (volunteers) for their visit and singing in the dining area for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the evening on Sunday.  Theresa Schwager (staff) and the Nursing staff for assisting Activities.

Mennonite Choir (volunteers) for their visit and singing in the dining area for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the evening on Sunday.  Sandra and Robert Hayward (volunteers) for being the host and assisting this event.  The Dietary staff for their assistance during this event.

Teresa Jacobsen for hosting/providing “Old Time” Christmas Eve music entertainment for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Monday.

Gloria Petesch (volunteer) for providing Christmas Piano Music and singing entertainment for/with the tenants at SVAL and the residents at MVCC during the evening-time on Christmas Day on Wednesday.

Gloria Petesch (volunteer) for hosting the “Villa Choir” and singing Christmas music entertainment for/with the tenants at SVAL and a “Sing-Along” with the residents at MVCC during the evening-time on New Year’s Day on Wednesday.

Gloria Petesch (volunteer) for hosting the “Villa Choir” (with singing and piano music entertainment) with the tenants at SVAL and a “Sing-Along” (with singing and piano music entertainment) with the residents at MVCC during the evening on one Wednesday and two Thursdays.

Scott Kaczinski for hosting “Music with Scott”, providing guitar music entertainment for the residents at MVCC and tenants at SVAL during the mid-morning on Monday.

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

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

Father David Ambrosy (Visiting Priest at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting a Catholic Rosary, Mass, and Communion Church Service for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the morning on Thursday.

Pastor Dennis Miller (St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer) for hosting a Catholic Church Service for the residents/tenants at MVCC/SVAL during the morning on Sundays (via cable TV); and hosting a 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 a 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, Kenneth Kilburg, Lloyd Kilburg, Maryetta & Larry Lampe, Laura & Jr. Steines, Dale Banowetz, Marilyn & Merle Kilburg, and Judy Moran for assisting the residents/tenants and assisting/hosting the Catholic Rosary, Mass, and Communion Service for the Catholic residents/tenants at MVCC during the morning on Thursday/Wednesdays.

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

Pastor Paul Gammelin (St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer), and Carol Hammann (volunteer) for hosting the Lutheran Church Communion Service with the Lutheran residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Thursday.

Karen Osar (volunteer) for hosting the Lutheran Church Service (via cable and at the Fireplace) for the Lutherans (residents/tenants) at MVCC on five Sundays.

Pastor Shannon Witt (First Presbyterian Church, Bellevue, Iowa) (volunteer), and Carol Hammann (volunteer) for hosting the First Presbyterian Church Communion Service with the Presbyterian residents/tenants during the afternoon on Thursday.

Thanks to “Santa” who gave us a glimpse into his workshop just days before Christmas.  Santa’s helpers had been busy preparing for their “midnight delivery” on Christmas Eve.  Thanks to Carrie Weaver (Bellevue Chamber Executive Director), the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the Bellevue Chamber Board of Directors:  Mark Herman (President), Laura McCool (Vice President), Brittany Ehlinger (Secretary/Treasurer); Steve Nemmers (Board Member), Dennis Schroeder (Board Member), and Toby Giesemann; (Board Member), and Cindy Lenz (Board Member); the Bellevue Chamber members; 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” which made a difference in the lives of our residents and tenants this Christmas.

Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce (Carrie Weaver, Executive Director), all the Bellevue & Maquoketa area participants, Maquoketa Community Star Program (Wendy Zaruba and Tara Rosenbohm), Ronelle Clark & Laura Westhal (Christmas Star Program Maquoketa Community Services/Operation New View), Mill Valley Care Center & Sunrise Villa Assisted Living staff for their assistance this Christmas.

“Employee Chili Cookoff” was held for/with the residents and tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Tuesday.  (Employees were encouraged to enter the contest and bring a crockpot of their best chili.  The residents, tenants, volunteers, and Chef Chad were judges, they sampled and voted on the best ones.  The chili receiving the Best-of-Show will go on the menu for everyone in the facility on an unspecified day.  The Top 2 Chili winners each received a gift card.)  Congratulations to the Top #1 winner, James Harkness (Administrator); and the Top #2 Chili winner, Theresa Schwager (Recreational Program Assistant).  Thanks to all the participating Chili judges and staff.

January is/was National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month.  Master Ben Springer (Instructor, Springer’s Tae Kwon-Do & Akf Martial Arts Academy, Dubuque, Iowa) and his “Comets Afterschool Program Students” (CAPS) (Bellevue Elementary Afterschool Students) for giving us a working presentation/demonstration to/for the residents/tenants at MVCC during the afternoon on Thursday, January 23, 2020.  Master Ben Springer (guest speaker) introduced the residents/tenants to some basic “groundwork” exercises, hands-on assistance with one-on-one exercises with his students that could apply to the residents/tenants.  The attending residents/tenants were fully engaged in the discussions.  Special thanks to Mrs. Jeanette Hartung-Schroeder (Principal, Bellevue Elementary Community School), Master Ben Springer, his students, and Amy Nebling-Roth for granting us this opportunity to make a wonderful “community outreach” and learning experience for us.

Activity Professionals Week is/was January 19–25, 2020.  Every day, Activity staff members inspire, engage, and enrich the lives of those they serve throughout the years as they promote the well-being of everyone in the facility.  The same could also be said of our volunteers, who make a difference in the lives of those they touch every day.  Together we strive to “uplift the lives” of those we serve by reaching out personally to the residents, tenants, families, volunteers, and staff, the results/influences simply grow and flow out into the community.

Thanks to all our volunteers for being awesome.

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-Recreation 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.