Archive for May, 2015
SHEBOYGAN (May 13, 2015) – For two years Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County staff and volunteers have used their personal cars and SUVs to haul tools, plants, veggie scraps, produce, dirt, fertilizer and compost around Sheboygan County in order to build and maintain gardens that produce fruits, vegetables and fresh herbs for individuals who receive nutritious homemade meals from the organization. Thanks to the generous donation of a 2000 Chevy Silverado from Van Horn Automotive Group the transporting will be much easier.
“It seemed like a distant dream to have a truck that would allow us to haul everything. You would be astounded at how many tools and supplies are going in and out of the gardens on a daily basis. It was a passing conversation that led to a phone call from a friend, an amazing ‘yes’ from Van Horn Automotive, and now we have a truck!” exclaimed Jane Nauschultz, produce manager for Meals On Wheels.
The truck has gone through all safety checks, has 117,300 miles, and has already been used by Meals On Wheels to transport tools, run garden supply errands, pick up materials for the Meals On Wheels orchard and carry multiple yards of mulch.
“Meals On Wheels is a great organization, we are so thankful for the work they do in the community. We want to give back to the same people and community that we live in and this is a great way to do it,” said Dick Strong, president of The Van Horn Automotive Group. “I truly appreciate what you guys do am glad we can be a small part of it.”
Currently Meals On Wheels manages gardens at Wisconsin Public Service and Ebenezer UCC. The organization also has a partnership with Golden Bear Farm in Kiel. Meals On Wheels donates large bins of fresh produce scraps to the farm which is used to feed the pigs, in turn the organization receives a discount on organic Berkshire pork.
“Having a garden truck dedicated to these tasks not only saves our personal vehicles, but gives us an organized space to keep shovels, trowels, harvest buckets and other garden tools,” Nauschultz said.
“Our mission is simple, to feed nutritious meals the homebound of Sheboygan County with a caring smile. Having our own truck allows us to move produce faster and more efficiently, so that our medically-tailored meals can be made from scratch with the freshest ingredients,” said Kelly Heyn, Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County CEO. “We are beyond blessed to live in such a great community where companies like The Van Horn Automotive Group jump in to meet a need. Thank you.”
Enhancing the quality of living through home-delivered meals and caring social interaction has been the mission of Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County since 1970. Requirements for service are not based on age, but based on the inability to prepare or obtain nutritious meals. There is no waiting list. Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County continues to serve as a model for other meal programs, across the nation, that want to adopt a local, fresh food approach in their own community.
About Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc. Meals On Wheels of Sheboygan County is the first program in the nation to significantly partner with local farmers and gardeners who donate fresh fruits and vegetables to be integrated directly into meals. A zero waste process enables sharing excess fruits or vegetables with local food pantries. Fresh produce ensures Meals On Wheels can continue to serve nutritional meals to more than 300 residents throughout Sheboygan County every day.
For additional information visit freshmealsonwheels.org
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On April 16th, 2015 Van Horn Automotive held a sign and drive for Camp Anokijig at the Kohler Design Center for their Earth Expo. The Van Horn Automotive group brought Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Chevrolet and Hyundai vehicles for visitors to test drive. For each test drive, $10 was donated to the kids at Camp Anokijig. The proceeds were put towards the kids’ activities at the camp.
On April 11, 2015 St. John the Baptist held an auction at the Osthoff in Elkhart Lake. The proceeds were put towards supporting the middle school combination desks, STEM resources, iPad cart, iPads, all-school assemblies, and Professional Development Opportunities for teaching staff. The Van Horn Automotive Group donated a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu towards the auction. The lucky winner who won the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu was Cheryl Gates.
The Van Horn Automotive Group chose to do something different this year at the 2015 Chamber Champions Gala. A name was to be picked out of a hat which contained all attendees’ names. The lucky winner was to choose a non-profit organization of their choice to donate the $1,000 to. The lucky winner this year was Mike Seifert of Feldmann Engineering. Mike chose to pay-it-forward to RCS Empowers Inc.
Van Horn Auto Group wraps up 2014 baseball season partnership with Plymouth Youth Baseball Plymouth, July 22, 2014 – Van Horn Auto Group, one of 22 Chevrolet dealers from the Milwaukee area that partnered with local youth baseball leagues for the 2014 baseball program, has concluded a successful season with Plymouth Youth Baseball. Van Horn Auto Group provided Plymouth Youth Baseball with new equipment, a monetary contribution and an opportunity for community members to raise funds for the league via a Test Drive fundraiser. “We’re glad we were able to extend Chevrolet’s commitment to spreading joyful play to the members of our community,” said Bruce Vreeke, Bodyshop Manager for Van Horn Auto Group.
Van Horn Auto Group partnered with the Plymouth Youth Baseball because of the league’s proximity to the dealership. Equipment donated by Van Horn Auto Group included items such as bags, batting tees, catcher’s gear, water bottles and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship also included youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, and instructors from Ripken Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. “We truly enjoyed being involved with Plymouth Youth Baseball this year,” said Vreeke. “This partnership gave us the opportunity to support the love of the game and we are thrilled to have achieved such positive results for the community.” In 2014, more than 1,600 Chevrolet dealers participated in Chevy Youth Baseball. Since the program began in 2006, Chevrolet has made a positive impact on more than 3.6 million children by bringing a unique experience to their community. For more information about Chevy Youth Baseball, visit www.YouthSportsWired.com.
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