Beyond the Office Walls

An old proverb states, “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” We at The Volkers Group believe that to
be true. We participate in many activities that give us joy and provide a service to others. While the following
does not cover it all, we just wanted to share a little of what makes us tick. Where our heart and actions lay,
we find our passions and make them part of our lives. Whether it is serving in the mission field, playing Bingo
with a nursing home resident, taking flowers to a friend, or placing a phone call to make someone’s day, Doctor
Oz states one of the best health benefits we have is being connected. This spring we hope you bloom with
adventure and excitement.

spidermanMel Krueger has traded in some time on the golf course for some time with children. As he entered his career at The Volkers Group, Mel enjoys the flexible schedule to allow him to spend time with his youngest grandson, Jackson. Now age 3, it takes plenty of energy to chase him, tell stories, cook meals, and run like Spiderman! Mel believes the extra bonding time he receives while his daughter is at work is a benefit that pays dividends in love. Mel will welcome another grandchild into the family in September. This will make 7 grandchildren, ranging in age from 0 to 19!

 

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Jody Reinoehl is working with Altrusa on the 33rd Annual Chili Cook-off. The event will be held on Sept. 12, 2015 from 11:00 – 2:00 at 9th & Cherry in downtown Terre Haute.

The proceeds from the Chili Cook-off go to support many Wabash Valley literacy programs such as Vigo County GED Graduation, GED testing, Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition, Family Learning Day at Vigo County Public Library, (4) $1,000 financial needs scholarships and the Vigo County Spelling Bee. The funds also help purchase supplies for ISU Alternative Spring Break and our own junior service group “ASTRA”.

 

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The American Red Cross is part of the world’s largest humanitarian network with 13 million volunteers in 187 countries. Working together, they help respond to disasters, build safer communities, and teach the rules of war. Each year, they reach an average of more than 100 million people across the globe.

The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family, to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food; health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. In addition, The Red Cross helps military members, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to the challenges of military service. Emergency communications, training, support to wounded warriors and veterans, and access to community resources help an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually.

The American Red Cross is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the U.S. Each year, nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, helping to provide more than 40% of America’s blood supply. They are also the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in their training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.

team_runFrank and Janet Volkers traveled with son and daughter-in-law, Adam and Christina Crist, to Leon, Nicaragua last November. Working side by side with other members of Maryland Community Church and people from the village of El Jicarita, success was had with the drilling of a well providing clean drinking water to the people of the village. In addition to the drilling efforts, daily activities were provided for the children whose numbers swelled from 30 to 150! This is the second mission trip to Central America for Frank and Janet who previously went to El Salvador in 2012.

 

 

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Surviving the Color will hold its 2nd 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 2nd. Sponsored by Team of Mercy, the proceeds of this event will be used to continue to assist survivor’s families after a suicide. Having lost a granddaughter to suicide, Janet reminds us that we need to give comfort and care to those struggling to overcome the shock and grief of such a tragedy. Team of Mercy holds monthly support meetings on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Cross Lane Community Church. For more information about Team of Mercy, Surviving the Color, or to talk with someone, give Janet at call at (812) 232-5822.

 

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As a father of four, Kyle Volkers keeps busy. However, his most recent non-father endeavor is joining the board of Terre Foods Cooperative Market. Terre Foods is a member-owned organization formed to bring a whole foods grocery store to Terre Haute. The goal is to have a full service grocery store providing access to local, organic food and products. Not only does this give the Wabash Valley a source for healthy food, but also gives the community a unique venture with real economic benefits. The co-op has had a lot of interesting developments over the past few months, so look out for new and exciting updates from Terre Foods over the coming year. For more information, visit their website at: http://www.terrefoods.coop/

 

 

 

 

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