Jean is the last surviving member of a group of ladies who started the Platteville Thrift Shop 41 years ago. With the mission statement: "To provide free and low cost clothing to those in need," the organization began small buthas expanded to its current larger space on Lancaster Street in Platteville. The Thrift Shop accepts clothing referrals from churches, schools, and community organizations, which allows a family to choose free clothing for both the children and parents. In addition, the Thrift Shop helps individuals by offering financial assistance for medical needs, utilities, rent, and other urgent financial situations. The Thrift Shop provides partial funds to help people pay for items they otherwise could not afford, including swim passes in the summer, activity fees for schools, Badger Camp, ALS, senior citizen vouchers for the farmer's market, food baskets at holiday times, gift certificates for displaced families at Christmas, and so much more. Jean has been involved with the Platteville Thrift Shop from its inception, and continues, along with her husband Bill, to give of herself and her time.
For Jean Sanders’ devotion to support her community for the past 41 years, she is awarded the April Wisconsin Heroes Award.