Hudson resident adds sparkle to TreasuresIf you shop at Treasures from the Heart in River Falls on Wednesdays and Fridays, you’ll most likely be greeted by the jewelry lady. The jewelry lady is also known as Carole Englund of Hudson.
If you shop at Treasures from the Heart in River Falls on Wednesdays and Fridays, you’ll most likely be greeted by the jewelry lady. She’s usually working behind the sales counter, and always saying hello to the customers who walk in the door. The jewelry lady is also known as Carole Englund of Hudson.
“I knew I wanted to volunteer,” Englund said, after retiring in 2009 from her 20-year career working in the Stillwater and Roseville school districts. “I wanted to do something in retail, help people in our community, and work with other volunteers.”
She began volunteering in 2010 for Treasures from the Heart, the second-hand store which raises funds to support ADORAY Home Health and Hospice patients in West-Central Wisconsin communities. Each volunteer at the store finds their own niche, and because of Englund’s natural skills with people, she began helping customers on the sales floor and ringing up their purchases.
“I really love our customers,” she said.
Englund gradually took over the jewelry department from another volunteer who was moving. Englund cleans and prices the necklaces, earrings, watches, and bracelets that are donated to the store, and attractively arranges the pieces in the display cases near the register.
“Carole’s a gem,” said Treasures Volunteer Coordinator Jenny Hennemann. “She’s really wonderful with our customers, and besides being in the store, she puts in many hours at home getting our jewelry ready to sell.”
In 2011, Englund gave 550 volunteer hours to Treasures, which is over 10 hours a week.
She and her husband live in Hudson and will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in August. The couple has three children, two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Besides her family, Englund said, “Working here to help people in the community is one of the highlights of my life.”
Englund will be honored, along with 270 volunteers, during April’s Volunteer Appreciation event held by ADORAY. The organization depends on volunteers for hospice volunteering, office help, and to help operate Treasures from the Heart in Baldwin and River Falls.
The not-for-profit ADORAY Home Health and Hospice is owned by Baldwin Area Medical Center; Hudson Hospital & Clinics; River Falls Area Hospital; and Westfields Hospital, New Richmond. Since 1995, ADORAY has served thousands of patients in St. Croix, Pierce, Polk and Western Dunn Counties.
For volunteer opportunities, contact Jenny Hennemann at (715) 452-9771 for River Falls Treasures store. To learn more about hospice volunteer opportunities or to volunteer at Baldwin Treasures store, contact Volunteer Coordinator Debbie Milligan at (715) 684-5020.