Behind the Scenes Archive

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Former US Army Reserve Uses Talents to Assist Those Affected by Natural Disasters

Former US Army Reserve Uses Talents to Assist Those Affected by Natural Disasters

Max Oleson has always worked hard to assist people in need, no matter what the situation is. From serving in the US Army Reserve Commanding General to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Olseon believes in helping in any situation. Most recently, Oleson has dedicated himself to volunteering with the American Red Cross in the Disaster Services to help those impacted by natural disasters. Using his talents from his army reserve days, Oleson has proved himself as the 2012 American Red Cross From the Heart Hero.

May 2012
Volunteering is a Family Affair for Zoo Board President

Volunteering is a Family Affair for Zoo Board President

Tom Dott believes in giving back to his community. Alone with his wife Kira and son Brayden he plays a major role in sustaining Madison's free-admission Henry Vilas Zoo. From painting fences to cleaning building, no job is too small for the Zoological Society Board President.

May 2012
Local Librarian Sustains Library's Usefulness Through 21st Century

Local Librarian Sustains Library's Usefulness Through 21st Century

Leah Fritsche always knew she wanted to be a librarian. From a young age she was organizing the shelves in her bedroom by her own Dewey Decimal System. Now the Director of the Deerfield Public Library, Fritsche wants future generations to continue to be inspired by books. Fritsche has partnered with the Beyond the Page campaign to create a permanent endowment fund thatwill support Dane County libraries forever.

May 2012
Local Citizen Helps Run Online Auction to Benefit Dane County Rape Crisis Center

Local Citizen Helps Run Online Auction to Benefit Dane County Rape Crisis Center

Meg Rothstein was disheartened by the news of budget cuts to the Dane County Rape Crisis Center. And she decided to take action. She and others formed a grassroots organization to assist the RCC. Together, they are holding a citizen run online auction. Their actions show that citizens can make a difference during a time of budget cuts to beneficial services in Dane County.

May 2012
Former Educator Uses Retirement to Continue Improving the Environment for Kids

Former Educator Uses Retirement to Continue Improving the Environment for Kids

Some people use retirement to play golf, while others use it as a way to continue the work they have always been passionate about. Joel Stone choose to go the second route, and take a more hands-on approach to the passion he has always had for teaching about the environment. Since retirement, Stone has volunteered at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center doing any number of jobs, all in the hopes of keeping the environment a fun place for kids.

April 2012
Local Woman Working to Clean the Lakes That Inspired Her Career

Local Woman Working to Clean the Lakes That Inspired Her Career

Heather Allen found her passion as an undergraduate at the UW-Madison while studying conservation biology and sampling the streams that fed into the Yahara River. After years in D.C. workin on international water policy, Allen has returned to Madison to help protect the Yahara Watershed, and the Lakes it's connected to. Join Allen during World Water Week and help make clean water accessible to all.

March 2012
Student Uses Lessons From Home to Build Homes For Others

Student Uses Lessons From Home to Build Homes For Others

Many college students take going home for a good meal, or even their tiny apartment, for granted. UW-Madison student Jennifer Beth, however, is extremely grateful for her home and wants to give others a home as well. Working with the campus Habitat for Humanity, Beth helps those less fortunate than she has been by raising funds and building homes for those in need.

March 2012
Local Woman Turns Fear Into Strength with HDSA

Local Woman Turns Fear Into Strength with HDSA

Shana Martin decided to stand up to the disease her mother struggled against. A disease Martin holds a 50 percent chance of developing to this day. Rather than hide, Martin chose to fight the fatal Huntington's Disease by becoming the spokesperson for the Huntington's Disease Society of America 17 years ago.

March 2012
Friends of UW President Working to Ease Burden of Families With Cancer

Friends of UW President Working to Ease Burden of Families With Cancer

Most families never imagine the possibility of having to deal with a child with cancer. Debbie Cray has always blessed with a healthy family. Her gratefulness has inspired her to help those less fortunate by volunteering with Friends of UW.

February 2012
Mom Makes UCP Mission Her Personal Goal After Receiving Support for Son

Mom Makes UCP Mission Her Personal Goal After Receiving Support for Son

Melanie Patterson knew little about the world of people living with disabilities until her son was deemed eligible for UCP support at the age of 3. United Cerebral Palsy has helped make life for Melanie and her family easier for the past eight years. In thanks, Melanie volunteers to pay forward that help and create a world where anyone can participate.

February 2012

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