Capital Campaign 2023

OUR GOAL: $4,750,000

$4,051,788 raised so far


Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) awarded Winona Volunteer Services (WVS) a direct grant of $100,000 supporting the Capital Campaign on September 25, 2023. Furthermore, Otto Bremer Trust is providing WVS the opportunity of an additional $150,000 grant with the condition WVS raise a one-to-one match.

We have successfully met this goal. Thank you for your support!! You did it for WVS!

Our Challenge Grant Goal: $150,000

$150,000 raised!!

This is just outstanding, and we must roll on to secure the remaining funds needed to meet our overall goal.
WVS needs your support and contribution of any size. Please donate and help us build the future of WVS. Thank you!

To create a new Winona Volunteer Services facility to better serve the community with dignity for the next 50 years.

Winona Volunteer Services has occupied the 60 year old building at 416 East Second Street since 1997 and the 52 year old building at 402 East Second Street since 2006. We have maintained these buildings and adapted them to suit our growing needs but we can’t go any further. With the purchase of the 65 year old building at 77 Laird Street, we have the opportunity to design a space between Laird and Chestnut Streets that will offer our services under one roof to those seeking help with basic needs.



Our location is an asset. It is within walking distance from the court house and Winona County Services. We have referral relationships with at least 8 nearby churches. It is two streets away from the bus stop and passengers can request a deviation to stop at our building. We are in a neighborhood setting near the east end yet private enough for folks not to feel exposed by coming here.

Construction Progress

March 28
March 7
December 8
November 17
September 22
September 1
August 25
August 11
July 28



2024 Winona Volunteer Services Board of Directors

Peter Bagshaw, President – Retired Human Resource Manager
Matt Esch, Vice President – Midtown Foods
Kevin Mahoney, Treasurer – Edward Jones
Julie Kosidowski, Secretary – Business Owner, Engrav’s Decorating
Heather Beier – Business Owner
Kristin Biesanz – Active Community Member
Morgan Gish – Coldwell Banker River Valley Realtors
Nick Larson – Community Development Specialist for the City of Winona
Jessie Rivers – Business Owner, Equestrian Center
Tiffany Schindeldecker – Business Owner, Gilmore Avenue Car Wash
Jolene Vaselaar – AVP, Retail Operations for Altra Federal Credit Union
Dan Weis – Retired Banker


Sandra Burke, Executive Director (2001)
Kay Peterson, Client Services Coordinator (2005)
Bev Speltz, Volunteer Coordinator (2009)
Jen Breitlow, Nutrition Educator (2019)
Amanda Moldenhauer, Community Health Worker (2021)




Supplemental Food Shelf
Free food to income-eligible residents, open five days a week

  • Average # of households served each month in 2021: 466
  • Average # of pounds each household receives: 81
  • Average # of volunteers it takes to open the food shelf per day: 6
  • # of pounds of purchased in 2021: 220,487 (for $76,098)
  • # of pounds rescued from local stores in 2021: 107,919 (Kwik Trip, Target, Midtown, WalMart, HyVee, Aldi, and Bluff Country Co-op)

“Bless you guys for what you do” – 2022 Food Shelf shopper

Home Delivered Meals
Lunchtime meals delivered by volunteers to qualifying residents

  • Cost per meal for self-pay clients: $6.25
  • Average # of individuals served per month in 2021: 114
  • Number of individual volunteers who delivered in 2021: 80
  • Number of businesses/organizations that delivered in 2021: 16
  • Number of congregations that delivered in 2021: 11

“I really appreciate them. I could not make a meal like that. I would need too many oxygen breaks.” -Home Delivered Meals recipient in 2022

Coordinated Assistance Program
Centralized assistance and referral resource for struggling community members

  • Number of church partners: 30+
  • Number of vouchers issued in 2021: 552
  • Number of intentional referrals made in 2021: 531
  • Number of homeless ‘households’ we interacted with in July 2022: 32 Primary source of funding for vouchers: Winona Community Foundation
  • Average # of volunteers it takes per day to support program: 6

“I’m thankful for the assistance you provided to get me back on my feet!” – Coordinated Assistance recipient who received rent help in 2022

Pathways Community Hub
New Community Connector support for critical or chronic cases

  • Number of pathways closed (clients’ goals met) in first 12 months: 225
  • Average # of individuals receiving one-on-one help each month: 20

“You’ve helped me start putting my life back together, and I couldn’t have managed it without you.” -2022 Community Connector client

Nutrition Education
Helping improve the nutritional wellbeing of Food Shelf shoppers

  • Average # of different recipes shared each month in the Food Shelf: 18
  • Average # of monthly informal nutritional conversations in the Food Shelf: 60
  • Number of Food-Shelf specific cooking videos made by WVS for the public: 7

Groceries on the Go
Delivering groceries to eligible Winona residents who cannot get to the Food Shelf

  • Number of households who received delivered groceries in 2021: 108
  • Number of volunteers it takes each month to make this happen: 4

“Thank you, to all of you guys. Your help is a godsend.” – 2022 Groceries on the Go recipient

Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS)
Federally-funded boxes of basic nutritious food for qualifying seniors

  • Number of boxes distributed in 2021: 391
  • Average # of volunteers it takes to distribute these boxes each month: 21

Holiday Projects
Easter Dinner for the community & Christmas Ham Bags for Food Shelf shoppers

  • Number of years Chartwells has provided the Easter meal: 18
  • Number of volunteers WVS provides for Easter delivery in 2021: 25
  • Number of meals delivered by volunteers in 2021: 263
  • Number of years the Lions Club has supported the Ham Bags: 30

The Clothes Shop
Low-cost, high quality clothing for bargain hunters, the eco-friendly, & those in crisis

  • Amount of revenue in 2021: $110,763
  • Average price of an item in 2021: $1.99
  • Number of clothing donations made in 2021: 7,277
  • Average # of daily volunteers to operate the store: 6
  • Amount of free clothing given to struggling residents in 2021: $1,433
  • Number of times we filled our recycling partner’s truck in 2021 with unsold clothing: 5

“The store is well-organized and the volunteers are friendly and helpful”- Clothes Shop shopper in 2021

Volunteer Management
Recruit, track, engage and retain a strong volunteer work force to support our mission

  • Number of volunteers engaged in our mission through September 2022: 400+
  • Number of new volunteers in 2022 (through September): 38
  • Total # of volunteer hours given in 2021: 14,641
  • Value of these volunteer hours: $407,170

“We love volunteering (at WVS), donors appreciate and thank us for our dedication and commitment to the organization.” – Clothes Shop volunteer in 2022

“I was newly retired, and I believe in ‘feeding the hungry!” – Food Shelf volunteer 2021

VITA (Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
IRS-Certified free tax prep & filing help for low-income, disabled, or limited English-speaking

  • Number of years Catholic Charities has rented 77 Laird Street for this program: 3
  • Single person income limit in 2021 to receive free tax prep: $38,000
  • Number of Clients Served in the 2021 tax season: 1,077
  • Total Dollars Refunded: $1,912,207








We are grateful to the 45 individuals and businesses that supported Winona Volunteer Services with gifts and pledges to us during the “quiet phase” of this fundraising effort. On Friday, April 18th, 2023, we kicked-off the final phase of our Capital Campaign and announced our goal to raise $1,100,000 in 120 days to complete this Capital Campaign building project.

This revitalization effort ensures our services are around for the next 50 years and beyond. Please help us get to our goal with a pledge towards this building project.


Wieser Brothers General Contractor Inc. is an industry leader in design/build services. A full-service general contractor, located in La Crescent, MN and established in 1994, Wieser Brothers partners closely with clients to meet current and future building needs. Trust, Partnership, and Excellence are the cornerstones of all Wieser Brothers projects.



WVS Closing on September 19th and September 20th

The Winona Volunteer Services facility at 402 East 2nd Street will be closed on Tuesday September 19th and Wednesday September 20th.

The Food Shelf will be closed and staff will be working remotely those two days. Staff will respond to emails and voice messages but they will not be in the building.

If anyone needs to use the food shelf next week please plan to visit on Monday September 18th between 10am – 12:45pm. Otherwise the food shelf will reopen on Thursday September 21st from 3pm – 5:45pm.

Our contractor has advised us not to occupy the building while the new precast walls are being installed on the west side, closest to our existing building, as a safety measure. These walls weigh tons!!!

Please do not bring any donations of food or produce on those two days either. No one will be in the building to accept them.

Thank you and I appreciate your understanding.

September 12th, 2023|

WVS Breaks Ground

On July 5th, WVS held a groundbreaking ceremony for the future home of Winona Volunteer Services. This is an incredible milestone in WVS’s 50 year history. Sandra Burke, Executive Director said “We are actually building a facility that is designed for our needs and puts all our services under one roof. We are able to embark on building a home for WVS because of our organizational growth throughout the years and the impact our services have had on those in need.”

Special acknowledgements went to:

  • Wieser Brothers and OWA Architects for taking a design idea and making it come to life,
  • Fundraising mentor, Laura Eddy, for her reassurance and inspiration to conduct a capital campaign,
  • To all the “Quiet Phase” donors who pledged $3,833,000,
  • To the past and current WVS board of directors for their patience, insights and expertise for making this day possible and for seeing this build to completion,
  • To all the WVS volunteers throughout the years for their commitment and energy to serve others, and
  • To the WVS staff for their commitment to this journey and unwavering dedication to their work.