Youth Nomination

  • Youth volunteers are advancing our community’s goals through their time and talent to change the lives of others! Their dedication and passion for making a difference in our community establishes a foundation for them to volunteer as adults. Youth volunteer in numerous areas and many are leading the way to create lasting change.

    United Way’s Community Volunteer Awards give you a chance to recognize youth who strengthen our community through volunteering! Youth volunteers at any Dane County nonprofit agency or school are eligible to be nominated.

    All nominees will be recognized and award recipients will be announced at the Community Volunteer Awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club.

    Youth Awards

    • Goodman Gemstone Youth Award: This award is presented to one youth who has shown outstanding volunteer leadership and hands-on work in our community. One youth (grades K-12) will receive $1,000 for the organization with which they volunteer and $1,000 for their own education. This award is sponsored by the Goodman fund in the United Way of Dane County Foundation.
    • Kathy Martinson Youth Award: One outstanding youth (grades K-12) will receive $500 for the organization with which they volunteer and $500 for their own education. This award is named in honor of Kathy Martinson who brought the Community Volunteer Awards to Dane County in 1990 and her 35 years of dedicated service to community volunteerism.

    Eligibility

    • Complete the nomination form and answer the questions in this packet to tell the story and impact of your nominee’s volunteer work.
    • Nominee must be a youth in grades K – 12.
    • Nominee volunteer activities may take place at any nonprofit organization or school in Dane County that serves the community at large. Nominations for volunteers at faith-based organizations and service clubs must be for service(s) provided to the community at large (not just for their congregation or members).
    • Volunteer service must be unpaid but may be performed as part of work-release time or for student course credit. Reimbursements for out-of-pocket expenses, like travel, are acceptable.
    • Previous nominees and recipients may be nominated again. However, recipients of a 2019 award or a recipient of the Mike McKinney Award in any year may not be nominated in 2020.
    • Employees of United Way of Dane County and their families may not participate as a nominator or nominee. Judges and their families may not participate as a nominator.
    • Eligibility and the selection of award recipients are at the discretion of the judges and judges’ decisions are final.
    • Eligibility and the selection of award recipients are at the discretion of the judges. Decisions are final.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Q: Who chooses the award recipients? A: Recipients are selected by a group of volunteer community leaders.
    • Q: Should I tell the volunteers they’ve been nominated? A: Yes! It is a great honor to be nominated for a United Way Community Volunteer Award.
    • Q: What happens after a volunteer is nominated? A: After the nomination form is received at United Way, a congratulatory letter will be sent to the nominee. Later, the nominee will receive an invitation to the awards luncheon.
    • Q: Can I submit more than one nomination? A: Yes, you are encouraged to nominate as many individuals as you would like. However, you may only submit one nomination per company and include all volunteer activities you want to be considered.
    • Q: Are only volunteers at United Way partner agencies eligible? A: Volunteers at ANY nonprofit organization or school in Dane County can be nominated as long as they meet eligibility requirements.
    • Q: Need help filling out the nomination form? A: Contact us at CommunityEngagement@uwdc.org.


Click here to download a PDF version of the Youth Nomination Form.