Common Good RSVP Program to Expand Services


Catholic Charities Awarded Funds to Expand Common Good RSVP Program Catholic Charities, Diocese of Winona, has been awarded funds to support the expansion of the Common Good Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).   The grant award expands the program service area to include the counties of Dodge, […]

Mayors to Recognize Common Good RSVP Volunteers

Rochester, Mankato, Northfield, Winona, Waseca Mayors Join Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service Catholic Charities’ Common Good RSVP volunteers will be honored as local Mayors join more than 1,000 mayors across the country for the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is […]

Retiring school volunteer, Grandma Helen, a ‘true treasure’ to Waseca students

Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 1:39 pm | Updated: 8:02 pm, Thu Jun 20, 2013. By Marianne When Principal John Huttemier whistled for quiet on the last day of school, the lunch room at the Waseca Intermediate School immediately fell silent. “It’s Grandma Helen’s last day here,” he announced as he turned and put his arm around […]

Waseca RSVP Pen Pals meet

Pen pals program helps Waseca fifth graders and senior citizens connect (click link to access article at Waseca County News website). Pen pals program helps Waseca fifth graders and senior citizens connect Posted on May 29, 2013 by Marianne Carlson After eight months of writing letters back and forth, Karen Simmons’ fifth graders finally got to meet […]

Mankato Students, Common Good RSVP Pen Pals Meet

Mankato Students, Common Good RSVP Volunteers meet after exchanging letters for six months (click here for link to feature story)  MANKATO , MINN. – After six months of writing back and forth to their senior citizen pen pals the students of Bridges Community School got to meet with their correspondents. The “Reasons to Write Project”, helps […]

Common Good RSVP Volunteer, Bill Wichmann, Featured in Winona Daily News

May 06, 2013 12:00 am  •   By Samantha Luhmann   Volunteering isn’t just a hobby for Winona resident Bill Wichmann. It’s a part of life. When he’s not giving tours at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, he’s likely at the Winona Senior Friendship Center socializing with longtime residents. When he’s not serving as a “book […]

Rochester seniors, grade-schoolers connect

Rochester seniors, grade-schoolers connect Nira Flaten gives her third-grade pen pal, Adline Kaska, a hug as they meet for the first time on Wednesday at Gramercy Park Cooperative. The two have been exchanging letters since November. “I love it,” said Adline. Third-grader Pacha Cluckey shows her pen pal Bette Klampe a booklet she made about […]

Thank You – Baby Bottle Campaign Success Supports Services for Mother & Child Assitance Fund

 Baby Bottle Campaign a Continued Success    The Diocese of Winona and Catholic Charities’ Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoption Program Thanks to everyone who participated in the Sixth Annual Baby Bottle Campaign!   With just a simple baby bottle to collect coins, we were able to raise over $44,000 to assist pregnant women and women with […]

Catholic Charities’ Adoption Story Featured in Rochester Post Bulletin

An inspiritng story of a Catholic Charities’ adoptive family was featured in the Rochester Post Bulletin in honor of National Adoption Month (November).   Take a look! For more information on Catholic Charities’ Adoption services, visit