Carol Wagner, Leader Correspondent
Matt and Jess Martens volunteer for the Home and School Association at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano.
Matt was born in Shawano and graduated from Shawano Community High School. He attended Milwaukee School of Engineering and then came back to Shawano, where he worked at various places. Matt then got his associate degree in mechanical design from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and has been working at Marion Plywood for three years.
Jess was born in Shawano and graduated from SCHS. She worked at CoVantage Credit Union for 11 years. For the past seven years, she has been an investment assistant at Premier Community Bank in Shawano.
The couple has been married 12 years and lives in the town of Richmond with their two children, Isabella, 7, and Brayden, 4. They enjoy camping, gardening and swimming in their pool. Jess does stamping and cross stitch.
Through Premier Community Bank the couple volunteers at the Shawano Country Chamber of Commerce Relay for Life and other community events.
Q How long have you volunteered with the Sacred Heart Home and School Association?
A Jess: “It’s been five years.”
Q How did you get started?
A Jess: “Our daughter was in school when she was 3. Right now, I’m the treasurer.”
Matt: “We went to one meeting and just kept going. Two years ago, I was the president. Whenever they have an event, we volunteer to help out.”
Q What does the association do?
A Matt: “We provide funds for their field trips with buses. We help with school supplies and big money items. During teacher appreciation week we provide meals and gifts for the teachers.”
Jess: “They ask for things and we provide them.”
Q How do you earn money?
A Jess: “We do bingo four times a year and there will be two fish fries this year. We have Shoparoo, which is an app on the smartphone. You have to sign up under Sacred Heart and take pictures of your receipts and it downloads. I wish more people would use it.”
Matt: “We do a wreath sale and different holiday decorations. It‘s also to get our families together and get to know each other. We collect Box Tops for Education, Coca-Cola caps and milk caps at school.”
Q Why do you volunteer?
A Jess: “It’s a good way to get involved in the school where your children go and stay active in your child’s life.”
Matt: “I like the sense of community of the people I work with. They’re like an extended family. It’s a way to be involved in the community.”