MADISON — Do you know someone who’s doing great volunteer work in Dane County? Now is the time to nominate that stellar volunteer or group of volunteers for recognition through United Way of Dane County’s 2013 Community Volunteer Awards, the largest local volunteer recognition event of its kind. Winners will be announced at the Community Volunteer Awards luncheon on April 29 at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club.
Major awards include the Mike McKinney Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and Community Volunteer Awards. The winner of each will receive $1,000 to be sent to a qualifying nonprofit of their choice. And the winners of Distinguished Service Awards will get $250 to send to the qualifying nonprofit of their choice.
Again this year, United Way is delighted to award the Goodman Gemstone Youth Award. It honors the legacy of Bob and Irwin Goodman, who epitomized the philanthropic spirit of Dane County. One youth under age 19 will be recognized for outstanding volunteer leadership and hands-on work in our community with a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 to be sent to a qualifying nonprofit of the winner’s choice. A separate youth award will also be presented in the same age group with an award of $500 scholarship and $500 for the qualifying nonprofit of their choice.
The Community Volunteer Awards are generously presented by CUNA Mutual Group and WKOW Channel 27 and sponsored by Dean Clinic, Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, Physicians Plus and St. Mary’s Hospital. These awards advance the community’s Agenda for Change by recognizing the incredible volunteers in our community who are the “change-makers” on the front lines helping to ensure families permanently avoid homelessness, children enter kindergarten with the necessary skills to succeed and seniors avoid debilitating falls and maintain their independence and so much more. United Way does this by engaging our community, mobilizing volunteers and strengthening local nonprofits to achieve measurable results and change lives.
Want to nominate someone?
To nominate an exceptional adult, youth, group or business volunteer, nomination forms and instructions are online at www.unitedwaydanecounty.org/cva or contact the United Way Volunteer Center, (608) 246-4380 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations will be accepted if delivered, e-mailed or postmarked by Feb. 20
Also, individuals who are nominating a volunteer for a Community Volunteer Award also have the ability to nominate them for a Jefferson Award at the same time! Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system, sometimes called; “The Nobel Peace Prize for Volunteerism” which was pioneered over 30 years ago. The Jefferson Awards recognizes dedication and service of volunteers who transform lives and strengthen communities across the United States. For more information about the Jefferson Awards go online to: http://www.wkow.com/category/168453/jefferson-award
About United Way of Dane County
United Way of Dane County is addressing the underlying causes of community issues through our community’s Agenda for Change — seven goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Safety and Health that our community identified as most critical to changing lives and strengthening Dane County. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are achieving measurable results toward making our community better educated, safer, and healthier. United Way provides organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate, and volunteer to change the human condition in Dane County.