Community Volunteer Awards

2019 Community Volunteer Awards Recap

Host Nolan Brown, Springs Window Fashions and Co-Chair of the United Way Community Engagement Committee, and emcees Amber Noggle and George Smith, WKOW Channel 27, helped nearly 600 attendees celebrate the enormous benefits volunteers bring to Dane County. Leading by example, the nominees and award recipients encourage everyone to engage in their community through volunteerism.

113 nominees were honored and eleven awards were presented to individuals, groups, businesses and organizations for having the greatest impact in volunteerism in our community. The 2019 award recipients are Kelly LeGrand, Elaina Wagner, Bank of Sun Prairie, Mark Geisler, Wayne Bisek and Vickie Carroll, Kimberly Leon Teran, Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR), Phil Cox, Kathleen Dare, Richard Hoffman, and Deborah Thompson. Learn more about each of the 2019 United Way Community Volunteer Awards recipients.

We also launched our new Volunteer Engagement Mobilization Plan on behalf of the Community Engagement Committee which outlines strategies for growing quality volunteerism through engagements that meet the needs of the requestor as well as the community. The plan was rolled out by a panel of volunteer experts: Sarah Condella (Exact Sciences), Kingsley Gobourne (Old National Bank), Dan Stein (Second Harvest Food Bank of Southern Wisconsin), and Sammie Stoiber (Madison West High School).


Nominations for the 2020 Community Volunteer Awards will open in January! The Community Volunteer Awards is an annual event dedicated to thanking volunteers in Dane County. Our community’s volunteers achieve what some have called impossible. They provide countless hours of support so that our community is stronger each day. Volunteers serve many roles and each creates a long-lasting impact in Dane County. Although they do not ask for anything in return, we are honored to take this opportunity to say “Thank You.” Learn more about the Community Volunteer Awards by clicking here.

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