For those of you that go south for the winter months, don’t forget to record your volunteer hours while out of state. Those hours are good in Indiana/Elkhart County. Every little bit helps. Keep Volunteering!!!!!


For a printable copy of this Volunteer Hours Record Form.CLICK HERE  or  download this from for Excel

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ECRTA 2018 Volunteer Hours
10,917.5 Volunteer Hours x $25.43/hr = $277,632.02

Teachers and school administrators have long been known for doing more than they were required to do to assist children and families in the school setting.  They went the second mile in helping children, youth, teenagers and their families when the need arose.

Elkhart County Retired Teachers continue to give their time and professional expertise to many organizations in Elkhart County. Keep tab of your 2019 hours to turn in by November 30, 2019.  At the regular meetings donations of canned food, paper products and monetary funds are taken and then given to The Window and Church Community Services in Elkhart.

  A new community service project for ECRTA is collecting eye glasses and hearing aids which in turn are donated to the Lion’s Club.  These glasses and hearing aids are used by the Lion’s Club for their mission project in Mexico.  Several of our members are involved in this project each September.  If you want more information about this worthwhile endeavor contact John Preheim, 875-6735.

Volunteers are honored by increments of 100 hours starting with 200 hours.  The Lifetime Certificate is given each year to a person that continues to give back to the community in many different areas.

Questions arise as to what can be considered for volunteer hours.  The following are just some suggestions.  You may have other ones that you do.


You may also count the time to and from your volunteer activity.  The only area that does not count is helping with your grandchildren and other family members.

Lifetime Award for Elkhart County

CCongratulations to Cathy VanHuystee received the Outstanding Volunteer/Lifetime Award in 2017 for her volunteering in 2016.  She volunteered 1478 hours in 2016:  she was trained in Stephen Ministry, volunteered in Ryan's Place as a facilitator for 4th and 5th graders, treasurer for Homemakers Extension Club and then served as President, served on several county extension committees, Volunteer Hostess in the Home and Family Arts Building at the 4-H Fair, Community Service Chair for ECRTA, helped at ECRTA Retirement workshop, advocate for a 26 year old autistic young man, and helped serve the all-day Matterhorn's/Salvation Army free Thanksgiving dinner serving 2300 people in 2016.

Congratulations to Gary Stoltz, the 2015 winner of the Lifetime Award for Elkhart County.  Gary volunteers with IRTA as well as our local ECRTA serving on legislative committees and keeping all of us informed regarding legislative decisions and representatives views; the legislative decisions obviously have an enormous impact on all of the retired teachers throughout our state.  Gary is also on the IRTA Foundation Board that sets policies for Scholarships, Hands-up and Helping Hands.  Gary volunteers for Church Community Service in various capacities.

2017 Scholarship Winner

Each year ECRTA presents a $1,000 scholarship to a county student majoring in education. This year's winner is Keri Rohr. Keri, a 2017 graduate of Northwood High School, is the daughter of Don and Tonya Rohr. Keri will be a junior at Bethel College with a major in elementary education.  Congratulations, Keri!