Jean is the surviving member of a group of ladies who started the Platteville Thrift Shop 41 years ago. With a mission statement; "To provide free and low cost clothing to those in need", the organization began small yet has expanded to its current location on Lancaster Street in Platteville. The Thrift Shop accepts clothing referrals from churches, schools and community organizations, which allow a family to choose free clothing for all of its members. In addition, the Thrift Shop helps individuals by offering financial assistance for medical needs, utilities, rent, and other urgent needs. The Thrift Shop provides partial funds to help people pay for items they otherwise could not afford. For example; 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, are all supported by the Thrift Shop. 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.