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Volunteers needed at Agrace Thrift Store in Janesville

Judy Purcell for Thrift PRAs printed in the Janesville Gazette, written by Shelly Birkelo, August 15, 2014

JANESVILLE—Karen Collas greeted shoppers at the front of Agrace Thrift Store, where she provides volunteer customer service.

Josie McIntosh was sorting and pricing donations for sale on the floor.

Ellen Ward busied herself in the stock room.

The three Janesville women are among 50 store volunteers.

Twenty more volunteers, 16 and older, are needed, especially for weekend shifts, said Judy Purcell, retail business manager of Agrace thrift stores in Janesville and Madison.

Volunteers are asked to work four-hour shifts once a week Monday through Friday or a shift every other weekend during a minimum six-month commitment, she said.

Customer service and merchandise volunteer options are available, Purcell said.

Those who choose to provide customer service operate the cash register, answer the phone and help customers.

Merchandising involves receiving, sorting and pricing donated items, stocking merchandise on the sales floor and helping create displays, she said.

Volunteers play an important role with Agrace because 100 percent of shop proceeds support the patients and families served by Agrace hospice and palliative care, Purcell said.

The resale shops also support Agrace grief services, clinical education, volunteer training and charity care, she said.

Personal stories of people who used Agrace programs and services led Collas, McIntosh and Ward to volunteer at the Janesville store that opened May 17 at 2043 Humes Road.

It was a natural fit for Collas, a retired teacher, to volunteer after losing a neighbor who received Agrace services.

"Her daughters spoke highly about the compassionate support Agrace provided and how comforting it was to them. I've never heard a bad word about it," she said.

The nonprofit health care organization provides services to patients and families throughout southern Wisconsin.

McIntosh, who is a retired nurse, said Agrace helped a family member.

"I saw what this organization did and how it helped, so I wanted to help," she said.

Agrace cared for Ward's husband for two weeks before he died two years ago.

"They put me at ease," she said.

Ward didn't think she'd ever be able to repay Agrace for what it did for her and her husband. She is volunteering at the store so others can receive the help they did.

"I love it," she said of the staff and volunteers.

"It's a gracious organization and I enjoy it," Ward said of her volunteerism.

Chelsea Smith, Janesville Agrace Thrift Store manager, agreed: "There are a plethora of opportunities with ongoing training."

"They are ambassadors for Agrace," Purcell said.

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TO VOLUNTEER

To learn about Agrace Thrift Store volunteer opportunities, stop at the store, 2043 Humes Road, and speak with Manager Chelsea Smith, call 608-314-2922 or visit agrace.org/volunteer.

Volunteers complete a phone interview process, submit an application and attend an orientation to learn more about Agrace and the ways volunteers contribute to its mission. After references are returned and background checks verified, Agrace will schedule shifts and and training.

Volunteer opportunities range from customer service to merchandising.

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Agrace East Thrift Store to Host Volunteer Open House

MADISON, Wis. – Are you looking for a unique, fun and rewarding volunteer opportunity? The Agrace Thrift Store has an immediate need for volunteers to help prepare donations for sale and run the cash register at their east-side location. The store, located at 1733 Thierer Road in Madison, runs almost exclusively thanks to the time and talent of generous community volunteers.

People interested in volunteering can stop in to learn more during regular store hours, or attend the thrift store’s volunteer open house, Saturday, July 26, from 10 a.m. through noon at the store. Individuals can also learn more by calling Agrace at (608) 327-7163 or visiting agracethriftstore.org

Agrace has an immediate need for volunteers for the following East thrift store roles:

Customer Service

Operates cash register, answers phone and provides exceptional customer service

Merchandise

Receives, sorts and prices donated items: stocks merchandise on the sales floor and assists in creating displays

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one four-hour shift per week for shifts on Monday through Friday, or, a shift every other weekend. The thrift store accepts and welcomes time-off requests. At least a six-month commitment is appreciated.

Shopping, donating and volunteering at Agrace Thrift Stores helps Agrace serve local patients and families coping with serious illness. Agrace is a nonprofit palliative care and hospice agency that has provided end-of-life care and related services to people in south central Wisconsin communities for more than 35 years.

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Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville Now Serving Patients

Agrace Janesville ribbon cu

 
A ribbon cutting for the 12-bed Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care was celebrated with Agrace staff, Forward Janesville and the Milton and Beloit Chambers of Commerce on June 27. 

JANESVILLE, Wis. – A ribbon cutting for the 12-bed Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care was celebrated with Agrace staff, Forward Janesville and the Milton and Beloit Chambers of Commerce on June 27. The new 12-bed inpatient hospice facility, located at 2901 N. Wright Rd in Janesville, began serving patients July 1.

Agrace provides short-term, acute care for its hospice patients at the Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Janesville. Inpatient care is utilized when hospice patients have urgent or complex pain or other symptoms that cannot be managed at home or in another care setting.

The new facility also features collaboration spaces for Agrace staff who provide in-home hospice care locally, as well as public spaces that will be used for grief support groups, staff and volunteer training, and community education and outreach.

The Agrace Center for Hospice & Palliative Care is a gift to the Rock County community completely funded through community donations. Donations to the Agrace Foundation’s Sharing the Journey, Building the Memory capital campaign are still needed. To donate or request more information, please call Jayme Roth at (608) 314-2923 or donate online at agrace.org/campaign. For more information about Agrace or to tour the facility, call (608) 755-1871 or visit agrace.org.

Founded in 1978, Agrace is a nonprofit, community-supported hospice and palliative care agency dedicated to providing exceptional care and support to patients and families facing the challenges of serious illness. With offices in Madison, Janesville and Baraboo, Agrace serves nearly 650 patients every day in southern Wisconsin.

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Agrace Thrift Store Opens in Janesville, Volunteers Needed

JANESVILLE, Wis. – A ribbon cutting with Forward Janesville took place at the new Janesville Agrace Thrift Store on June 27. The store, located at 2043 Humes Road in Janesville in the Target Shopping Center, runs almost exclusively thanks to the time and talent of volunteers and additional volunteers are urgently needed to help prepare donations for sale and run the cash register.

People interested in volunteering can stop in to learn more during regular store hours, or attend the thrift store’s volunteer open house, Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. through noon at the store. Individuals can also learn more by calling Agrace at (608) 314-2922 or visiting agracethriftstore.org

Agrace is seeking volunteers for the following thrift store roles:

Customer Service

Operates cash register, answers phone and provides exceptional customer service

Merchandise

Receives, sorts and prices donated items: stocks merchandise on the sales floor and assists in creating displays

Mover/Driver

Picks up and delivers donated furniture, transports merchandise to the sales floor

Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one four-hour shift per week for shifts on Monday through Friday, or, a shift every other weekend. The thrift store accepts and welcomes time-off requests. At least a six-month commitment is appreciated.

Shopping, donating and volunteering at Agrace Thrift Stores helps Agrace serve local patients and families coping with serious illness. Agrace is a nonprofit palliative care and hospice agency that has provided end-of-life care and related services to people in south central Wisconsin communities for more than 35 years.

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Agrace ready to unveil new Janesville inpatient facility

As printed in the Janesville Gazette, written by Shelly Birkelo, June 18, 2014

JANESVILLE—Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care invites the public to tour its new inpatient facility at 2901 N. Wright Road on Saturday.

Fundraising started in 2010. Construction on the only freestanding facility of its kind in Rock County started in September.

Donations plus proceeds from the sale of Agrace's 11,182-square-foot building at 3001 W. Memorial Drive to Crystal Consulting will cover $4.9 million of the $6.5 million cost of the 21,000-square-foot project, said Jayme Roth, Rock County development manager and general manager for Agrace.

Fundraising continues to cover the remaining $1.6 million, she said.

“We're having significant conversations with some local donors so feel very good about the campaign,” Roth said.

“There's still lots of naming opportunities,” she said.

The facility will be a resource for people facing life-limiting illness and for people grieving the loss of a loved one.

Staff moves into the building Tuesday. Patients start using the facility July 1.

Workers this week were busy inside and outside of the building putting on finishing touches.

The lobby will feature a hospitality volunteer who will have access to wheelchairs for arriving patients.

"This is where all visitors and patients arrive, whether they are here to visit a loved one, train or attend a grief group," Roth said.

A reflection room outside the patient and staff wings will be used for grief groups or family meetings.

A donor wall recognizes those who contributed $2,500 or more.

The Rockport Room and Riverside Room, named after city parks, can be combined to create a large community room or partitioned for meetings, staff education, grief groups or volunteering training. The rooms have a sink, ceiling-mounted projectors and tables on wheels.

“The intent was to make the space multipurpose,” Roth said.

Across the hall is a palliative care exam room and staff break room with lockers and an office for staff visiting from Agrace's Fitchburg headquarters.

The inpatient unit houses a wing facing Sandhill Drive and a wing facing Wright Road. The 12 spacious suites, including one double room for couples or pediatric patients, have linen closets, wardrobes with extra chairs, family nooks with sleeper sofas, tables, chairs, a TV and privacy curtain.

Patient beds and recliners are on wheels and can be rolled onto private patios. Oxygen tanks and other medical equipment are confined to cabinets "to alleviate the site of medical equipment and create a bedroom like at home," said Liz Kopling, director of marketing and communications.

Each wing has four closets to conceal carts for delivering meals, medications or supplies to create an atmosphere more like home, Roth said.

The Family Room has access to a patio and kitchenette and space to play cards, socialize or have a potluck.

The family pantry will have water and coffee plus a vending machine that includes toiletries. A spacious spa room features heat lamps, decorative curtains and a simple design for patient baths and showers.

Patio benches indicate donors' names. Landscaping will evolve.

“This is (making) history,” Roth said. “There's never been a free-standing inpatient hospice facility in Rock County.”

The only other one is Agrace's faciilty 35 miles away in Fitchburg, Kopling said.

Agrace staff will be on hand Saturday to answer questions and provide more information.