Evergreen Community Initiatives, is made up a lot of volunteers. Without our volunteers our programs won't exist. Our Board of Directors is made up of people from all walks of life with various skill sets, but they all have one common goal: to help people in our community. It started out sharing Movies In The Park with Highland Church of Plover and as the needs grew, so did the program list. They now feed and clothe the less fortunate, hang scarves from trees to help people keep warm during the long winter months and are now on the venture of securing a building with the code name "Warming Center" to give extra spaces for the homeless to stay.

Al Kinnunen

Seat : Honorarium
Position : Founding Chairperson
When : Founding Member to 2013

Al moved to Stevens Point in 2002 and immediately noticed the needs in the community around him. When an opportunity to arose to feed people and meet one of those needs at the place of peace, he immediately gathered his friends and signed up. At his first meal, 9 turkeys were deep fried, the driveway caught on fire twice, and Al caught the bug for helping others. Five years later the founding leadership team of Place of Peace were ready to retire, and trusted Al to continue on what they had started. We try to continue on as he would have, being there for people in our community. We can give away all the free stuff we want, but connection and love through conversation is what Evergreen Community Initiatives strives for.

Tiffani Krueger

Seat : Board of Directors
Position : Chair, Super mom and foster parent, Stevens Point
When : Founding Member to Present

Tiffani is a local champion and advocate for the homeless. She is also Committee Chair for the Stevens Point Warming Center, Smile for Christ’s Sake, and Tiff’s Kids Closet. Tiffani has a heart for all she encounters. Moved by her faith, John 14:18 says “I will not leave you as orphans...” and Tiff does everything she can to help those in most desperate of need, paying it forward, in our community.

Patti Lewis Hermes

Seat : Board of Directors
Position : Member at Large, Place of Peace meal coordinator/ Communications
When : 2014 Present

If you call to sign up to provide a meal or come to partake, you have most likely see Patti in the kitchen. When asked why she volunteered Patti said, “I volunteer because my passion is to help, serve and care for others. God said 'This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you.' John 15:12."

Robert Pattillo

Seat : Board of Directors
Position : Member at Large (Committee Chair), Maintence La Quinta, Stevens Point
When : Founding Member to Present

When getting groceries from the Place of Peace Pantry, Bob is hard to miss. A mainstay and main advocate of the pantry since Evergreen Community was started. When asked why he served, Bob had this to say:

“I love serving God and others. I have met and served with, so many awesome people. It is so rewarding and a blessing!”

Jeff Stelk

Seat : Uncomfortable Desk Chair
Position : Member at Large, Web Master, Video Producer, Stevens Point
When : 2010 to Present

Jeff started as head of security and tech support for Movies In The Park. Through that program he got to know Joel and Al and eventually the rest of the ECI crew. Recently Jeff donated his services to the cause by building and maintaining the Evergreen Community Initiatives website. Jeff not only helps out ECI, but he also is a co-manager of the photo and video Lifest group called the Ninjagraphers, photo/video guy for Royal Family Kids Camp and is a Cubmaster and Den Leader for the Cub Scouts.

Dee Ruttens

Seat : Board of Directors
Position :Member at Large
When : 2013-Current

Dee has participated and volunteered in many of Evergreen Community Initiative’s programs, since the beginning. She has always worked behind the scene, where ever needed. This past year she has taken on a more active role at Place of Peace, Tiff's Kid's Closet and Smile for Christ's Sake. As to why she loves volunteering in these areas? There is nothing more important than letting someone know, they are loved and special. The smile and hug I get in return, PRICELESS.

Julie Pickett Piltz

Seat : Board of Directors
Position :Member at Large, Grandmother, Mother of 2, and Wife
When : 2017 to Present

You will find Julie either on a homeless outreach, at the warming center volunteering, or in the food pantry as the newly appointed Pantry Lead. "By helping others, it gives me a gift of spirituality and gratitude for all the blessings the Lord has shown me."

Emily Waltenberg

Seat : Board of Directors
Position :Member at Large, Kids Closet Committee
When : 2017 to present

Emily learned about ECI, specifically The Kid's Closet when visiting Downtown Mission Church. After donating clothing a couple times, she took the plunge and began volunteering. She loves helping the families which come in, and helping things run smoothly. Emily has studied 4 years at The Herbal Academy earning the title of Family Herbalist. She spends her days homeschooling her 5 kids, reading, loving the Lord and being out in nature.