Giving Their All – All Year Round
For many, the idea of volunteering means finding an issue you care deeply about and giving your time to help out programs that address that issue. But what if you care about a multitude of issues? Meet Nancy Carie and Lois Ruppel; a dynamic duo whose volunteering knows no bounds.
Nancy and Lois are both members of the RSVP Advisory Council in Knox County, Indiana… but that is just the beginning of a long list of volunteer duties the duo has taken on. Both ladies volunteer at the Expired, Unused and Unwanted Drug Toss. Partnering with Solid Waste Management, this program teaches the community about the proper disposal of pharmaceuticals.
In 2008, when Knox County National Guard members were called to active duty, these ladies were among a group of council members who developed the WE CARE – Military Support Packs program.
Trained by Prevent Blindness Indiana, both Nancy and Lois donate service hours screening nearly 850 children annually for Amblyopia (lazy eye) and Stereopsis (depth perception) through the Vision Screening Program.
The spirit of service that Nancy and Lois uphold extends through the holiday season. Nancy is not seen the weeks before Christmas without her purple notebook. She schedules the shopping sites for the Little Elves Workshop for a local day care center. Lois is responsible for scheduling the volunteer elves to be at the right site at the right time. Her cell phone is handy day and night and she can remember which volunteer is scheduled at any of the 21 sites. A very organized and crafty lady, Lois also makes all the table favors for the volunteers at the end of program wrap up lunch.
Recipients of the Presidential Service Awards, Nancy and Lois are firm believers in giving back and they both truly embody the essence of the Daily Points of Light Award.