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2021 Make A Difference Day

Each fall, volunteers throughout the Green Bay area and around the nation take part in service whose purpose is to improve others’ lives. This involves helping seniors and others who need assistance with typical fall outdoor yard projects such as raking, trimming bushes, and washing exterior windows. The official date this year was October 23, but, though some volunteers served on that day, service can take place whenever it is convenient for the volunteers and the clients. Participants make these arrangements based on their own schedules.

The selfless giving embodied by the Make a Difference Day ideal strengthens our communities, and the Volunteer Center of Brown County once again coordinated local efforts, in partnership with the Brown County United Way and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County.

This year, nearly 200 volunteers participated over several weeks, and over 50 homes in our area received assistance!

Make A Difference Day Kickoff Event

A brief kickoff ceremony was held in front of the Volunteer Center of Brown County the morning of October 23, where volunteers heard from Mayor Eric Genrich, met other volunteers and the Volunteer Center staff, enjoyed coffee and treats, and got motivated for the service that’s so valuable to our community!

A Glimpse of This Year’s Make A Difference Day Efforts

2021 Make A Difference Day

Thank You, Sponsors!

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Partner Agencies

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2021 Volunteer Expo

Make Your Heart Happy - Volunteer!

September 23, 2021

Two sessions offered: 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 3:30-6:00 p.m.
KI Convention Center, Downtown Green Bay

This fun, family-friendly event was hosted by the Volunteer Center of Brown county and presented by Fox Communities Credit Union. More than 300 members of our community who have been thinking about volunteering, but weren’t sure which organization was right for them had the opportunity to enjoy networking and conversation with more than 45 local nonprofits. They were able to learn more about the valuable work each organization does and discover ways to strengthen our community by giving of their time and talents. Participants enjoyed light snacks and refreshments, and morning and afternoon sessions were offered. New this year, several organizations provided hands-on volunteer projects where individuals were able to connect and give back on the spot!

Scroll to the bottom for a list of organizations that participated.

Thank you to everyone who joined us, as well as the volunteers who helped the day run smoothly and the organizations who staffed tables!

Fox Communities Credit Union
Presenting Sponsor

Back-to-School Book Drive

Reading Coaches for Kids, a program of the Volunteer Center of Brown County, collected donations of new and gently used children’s books to share with kids in our community. Learn more about Reading Coaches here (and consider becoming one!).

Participating Organizations

Click an organization’s name to view their Get Connected profile and their volunteer needs.

Looking for a full listing of available volunteer needs from these participating organizations? Click the button below to access the listing on our Get Connected platform. It will be live until Friday, October 8.

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2021 Volunteer Center Golf Classic

July 21, 2021

Our 26th Annual Volunteer Center Golf Classic took place at the beautiful Thornberry Creek at Oneida. This event helps us continue the services we provide to volunteers, our community, and over 180 nonprofits! Funds raised go toward building a stronger community by engaging volunteers to support nonprofit partners in our area.

  • 18 holes of play at Thornberry Creek, the area’s premier public golf course
  • Great food and exciting raffle prizes

Thank you to three of our nonprofit partners (American Red Cross, The Spine Project, and St. John’s Homeless Shelter/Micah Center/Wellspring) who joined us throughout the day! They shared information about their services and the many ways they positively impact our community.

And thanks to Shotgun from Y100 for joining us and giving his time to emcee our dinner program!

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Photos courtesy Paul D Manke Photography

Thank You to Our 2021 Sponsors!

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American National Bank

Investors Community Bank
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BMO Harris Bank
Hager Dewick & Zuengler
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Fox Communities Credit Union
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Thank You to Our 2021 Prize Donors!

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2021 WPS Volunteer Awards Recipients

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Volunteer Center of Brown County
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On April 22, the Volunteer Center of Brown County hosted the 33rd Annual WPS Volunteer Awards. This year’s event was again held virtually, but, as always, the focus was on recognizing volunteers and the good work they do to support our community.

We are grateful to Michele McCormack and Tom Zalaski, of WFRV-TV Local 5, for being emcees this year. And we’d like to thank event sponsor Wisconsin Public Service, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, and our eight generous award sponsors (American National Bank, Aon, Constellation, The George Kress Foundation, Georgia-Pacific, Green Bay Packers Give Back, Schreiber, and UnitedHealthcare) for their support.

Award amounts are $1,000 for recipients and $500 for the runners-up, which is donated to the nonprofit organization of their choice. Youth awards are in the form of scholarships.

Thank you as well to our additional sponsors: A&K Pizza Crust, Associated Bank, Capital Credit Union, Cellcom, Festival Foods, Nicolet National Bank, Made Ya Look, and Schneider.

View 2021’s inspiring event on Facebook and YouTube!

And click here to see a list of all the individuals and groups who were nominated this year!

2021 Recipients and Runners-Up

Large Group Award
Recipient: Curative Connections’ Specialized Transportation Services Volunteer Drivers

Curative Connections Volunteer Drivers

Curative Connections’ Specialized Transportation Volunteer Drivers are unsung heroes who enable the elderly and those with special needs to maintain independent lifestyles by providing low-cost transportation to medical appointments, jobs, or other errands. With ready smiles and safe, warm vehicles, these drivers give their clients not only a sense of freedom, but also positive relationships and social interaction. Over the last 50 years, the program has provided a much-needed service to the community and supported countless individuals in meeting their goals for independence in a supportive and caring way. Since the program transitioned to Curative Connections in 2015, this group of dedicated volunteers has driven clients nearly three million miles, a truly astounding milestone!

While the Covd-19 pandemic could have easily prevented these drivers from continuing to volunteer, this group of “angels on Earth” (as one client put it) saw the need to continue to provide safe and clean rides to clients to attend medical appointments or receive other necessary services. The world stopped, but these exceptional volunteers did not. Instead, they provided nearly 40,000 rides over the course of the past year – a service that was especially needed at a time when other forms of transportation were not readily available. As the mother of a client who relies on these drivers to get to his job said, “We are so appreciative of the freedom, independence, comfort, and peace of mind that these services provide.” Thank you to all of the Curative Connections Specialized Transport Drivers for all they do.

Runner-Up: Homebound Meals (Meals on Wheels) Drivers

Homebound Meals on Wheels Drivers

The ADRC strives to “put people first and cultivate joy.” Their volunteers do just that through the Homebound Meal program, which delivers nutritious meals each day to the homes of older adults who are recovering from illness or otherwise cannot safely prepare meals for themselves. The statistics that demonstrate the acute need for this program and its volunteers are staggering, as Wisconsin ranks 46th in the nation for seniors suffering from food insecurity and 40th for risk of social isolation. In providing daily meals, the volunteer drivers not only give physical sustenance, but also nourish the souls of clients with a quick conversation and human interaction. What’s more, volunteer drivers are able to check in on clients to ensure that they are safe and healthy in their homes.

The Covid-19 pandemic dramatically affected the quality of life for many older adults who were isolated at home in order to avoid illness. In order to secure food and necessary supplies, those who otherwise may not have needed meals delivered to their homes began to take advantage of the services this program provides. This resulted in a 30% increase in the need for services, also increasing the need for volunteer drivers. Both long-term and new volunteers stepped up so that no one who needed food delivered would see a waitlist or interruption of their services. Even in the early days, when little was known about the virus, many volunteers showed up to, quite literally, keep the wheels turning. Thanks to this amazing group of volunteers, our community is able to buck the statewide trends and ensure that no older adult suffers from food insecurity.

Small Group Award
Recipient: Seymour Park Community Ministries

Seymour Park Community Ministries

Thousands of students in the Green Bay Area Public Schools rely on their schools for their meals every day. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut things down, the district had to reimagine how to support students and their families. Seymour Park Community Ministries, a faith-based organization, was one of the first to reach out to the school district to partner on ways to get food into the hands of families in need. They worked with churches to get additional volunteers, and immediately began assisting in securing drivers to bring food directly to homes. This model is what shaped the district’s current program, which serves families from all 42 Green Bay area schools.

As an organization that works closely with Fort Howard and Tank Elementary schools, Seymour Park Community Ministries volunteered to deliver food to these schools every weekday and expanded their reach with a weekly free bread program offered to anyone in need. We thank Seymour Park Community Ministries for bringing volunteers together for the common good and putting the food needs of students and families in the Green Bay Area School District first during a global pandemic.

Runner-Up: VIP Helpline Volunteers

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The Violence Intervention Project (VIP) provides confidentiality and safety planning for individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence or sexual abuse. A critical part of their service is the 24/7 helpline staffed by eight advocates and nine volunteers.

After extensive training, the VIP Helpline volunteers assist the paid advocates with answering crisis calls so the advocates may spend some well-deserved time with their own families. Not only do the volunteers answer crisis calls, they also become community resources, helping others in times of need. These volunteers step up to create change by offering help, providing hope, and supporting the victim and their family as well as our community. Each of these volunteers has continued to work or go to school, take care of their families during the pandemic, and assist in taking crisis calls. These calls are never easy — sometimes they are heart-wrenching, scary, and stressful. Most of the nine volunteers answer calls anywhere from three to 22 hours per week, contributing 2,182 hours to the agency. Each of these individuals is a crucial part to making the crisis helpline a success, and we thank them for their time, kindness, and passion for helping others.

Arts & Culture Award
Recipient: Tricia Adams

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A well-balanced community will thrive because of a strong foundation and representation in the arts. Evergreen Productions helps to fill this need in the Greater Green Bay area by providing entertaining and educational theater opportunities, all while being volunteer-driven. For the past eight years, Tricia Adams has dedicated herself to bringing the arts to life in our community through her involvement with Evergreen. In her role as the president of the board of directors for the last several years, Tricia provides guidance and motivation to fellow board members and volunteers. Not only has she volunteered in all roles relating directly to theater performances, but Tricia also manages the organization’s website and serves as the head of the development committee, where she works to secure sponsorships, partnerships, and crucial funding for the organization.

Tricia is always willing to take on additional roles, while also encouraging and teaching others to take the reins and find their own passion and spot within the organization. Not only have her efforts helped double the number of volunteers, but programming initiatives and outreach efforts have soared as well. In 2019, she designed and secured funding for a new STEM program for females to learn the technical side of theater. Because of Tricia’s leadership and expertise, Evergreen Productions has a better focus, more direction, and a more creative approach to programming, and we thank her for bringing arts and culture to life in our area.

Runner-Up: Kent Hutchinson

Kent Hutchinson

Henry David Thoreau once said that “the world is but a canvas to the imagination.” Kent Hutchinson, helps enable local youth to express themselves and bring their own canvasses to life. In addition to being a public artist and sculptor, Kent, through his role as a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club, empowers youth to use their creative voices to produce positive change in our community. Kent serves on art committees and coalitions including the Bay Area Arts and Cultural Alliance, United Arts, the City of Green Bay’s arts council, Unhinged, STEAM Engine, and Fab Collab – just to name a few.

Last summer, Kent dedicated endless hours to partner with teenagers at the Boys & Girls Club in creating a social justice mural project. His leadership and dedication to equity, diversity, and inclusion work to empower local youth to take a stand against systemic racism and enable underrepresented individuals to be seen and heard through the arts. Kent’s approach to making Green Bay an inclusive community for all stems from his ability to use the arts as a language that all can understand and relate to. We thank Kent for his tireless work to advocate for today’s youth.

Adult Volunteer Award
Recipient: Cheryl Grosso

Cheryl Grosso

For more than 130 years, American Red Cross volunteers have been changing the world through their compassionate service. The Green Bay community relies on these volunteers to help those in need and fulfill the mission to serve those affected by disasters, support military members and their families, collect life-saving blood, and conduct health and safety education and training. For the past three and a half years, Cheryl Grosso has served as the Lead Screener for volunteers for the American Red Cross and manages a team of 12 other volunteers to ensure this mission is brought to life. While reports show that she has clocked more than 1,800 hours in her tenure, this number is not an accurate reflection. Cheryl’s volunteer work is so ingrained in her that she works throughout the day and night, and instead of accurately recording these hours, she incorporates them into her daily life. The Red Cross jokes that screening volunteers is as programmed as brushing her teeth.

Cheryl developed the entire Wisconsin region screening process, which has been recognized around the country and is now used as the national model for screening. She has even traveled to help train teams in other states, bringing the Green Bay community’s expertise and generosity to other regions. She has also stepped in to assist in other roles during this challenging time, taking on additional tasks to help the organization remain proactive and successful. Cheryl’s time and dedication are truly a gift. Red Cross staffers often find themselves asking where they would be today if it weren’t for her. She is a thoughtful leader whose skills and talents help make the Green Bay community and region a huge success. We thank Cheryl for her continued commitment to the American Red Cross and the people they serve.

Runner-Up: Casey Rentmeester

Casey Rentmeester

Green Bay Action Sports Organization helps youth learn about creativity, confidence, perseverance and how to function through fear. It has become a place of belonging for the youth in our area who do not always fit the mold of popular team sports. Casey Rentmeester has committed his time and talents to GBASO the past seven years as a role model and mentor. He is a key contributor to programming and was especially invaluable to the many changes that needed to be made in the past year.

Additionally, Casey’s talents go even further. He creates promotional videos that are used not only to raise awareness and funds for GBASO, but that also highlight local youth through the “60 Second Sesh” video series. Casey’s positivity radiates throughout the organization. He has personally made impacts on youth facing challenges that include anxiety and depression, helping them to find a way to feel more confident and secure through his mentorship, friendship, and videography. Casey is an important element to growing and sharing GBASO’s impact in the community, and we thank him for helping to positively shape young people in the Green Bay area.

Youth Volunteer Award
Recipient: Caragan Olles

Caragan Olles

Many students who are challenged with dyslexia find it difficult to receive the support and services they need to succeed, learn, and grow. School districts simply do not have the funding or resources to provide the reading and writing methodology that has been proven to help students with dyslexia understand how to manage their unique learning needs. Private tutoring for dyslexic students from all socioeconomic backgrounds can be cost prohibitive, and many students may never get the help they need to be successful in school. That’s where Caragan Olles and her organization, Bright Young Dyslexics, come in. Having dyslexia herself, Caragan understands firsthand how much her challenges have affected her self-esteem. In 2013, she founded Bright Young Dyslexics not only to support students and families, but also to provide necessary resources and training opportunities for schools to be better equipped to serve students with dyslexia.

Over the past eight years, Caragan and Bright Young Dyslexics have worked with teachers and learners to assist with first steps in understanding dyslexia, IEP development, college preparedness, and much more. Beyond that, Caragan has raised more than $200,000 to provide funding for tutoring specific to students with dyslexia and establish resource centers in the public library system. She serves as a living testament to the amazing capabilities students with dyslexia have to become avid and successful learners when provided with the right support. She is currently in college at the University of Miami studying entrepreneurship, and Bright Young Dyslexics’ reach has expanded to serve students on a statewide and national scale. We thank Caragan for the inspiration she provides those with dyslexia.

Runner-Up: Ava Van Straten

Ava Van Straten

Empathy is necessary for humans to truly flourish, and yet research shows that the world is facing an empathy crisis. Noticing a decrease in kindness within her own social network, Ava Van Straten took it upon herself to ensure that young people are given the tools they need to understand the importance of kindness, empathy, and inclusion. As a freshman in high school, Ava wrote and published her first book, Mary’s Heart, which had an embedded curriculum to teach young people the value of being kind to everyone they meet. As Ava researched the roles that smartphones and social media play in dividing our society and perpetuating racism and discrimination, she discovered that, through stories, young people could better understand how a mindset of empathy can help create a more just world. As a result, she was inspired to write a second book and accompanying curriculum called Parker’s Path.

Writing these books was just the beginning. Ave raised $17,000 to donate her books to more than 300 schools, local libraries, and Boys and Girls Clubs. As the Covid-19 pandemic hit and young students were forced to adapt to virtual learning, Ava adapted her empathy curriculum to the virtual space. Her books are also currently being translated into Spanish. She further inspired young people by writing her second book as part of an Eagle Scout project, earning her the honor of being the first female Eagle Scout in the region. Though young in age, we thank Ava for all she has done.

Volunteer in Education Award
Recipient: Annika Osell

Annika Osell

The national racial justice movement uncovered a need in northeast Wisconsin for community members to learn how to make change. Annika Osell created a six-week, virtual anti-racism workshop curriculum for the St. Norbert College community and members of other educational institutions. The curriculum helped members understand how they could serve as advocates in the community.

Annika’s work didn’t stop there. She continued this advocacy by engaging more than 350 St. Norbert College community members in the first-ever virtual Teach-In for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021. These workshops inspired individuals to go out into their community and perform a variety of services, particularly focusing on the need for racial justice and respect. Annika’s spirit is the conduit of many opportunities that have been brought to St. Norbert College and the greater community, and we thank her for her compassion, caring and devotion to her work.

Runner-Up: Kathy Rohde

Kathy Rohde

Literacy Green Bay is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help adults and families acquire the reading, writing, math, English language, computer and workforce skills needed to prosper as individuals and community members. Kathy Rohde has been a valuable team member in ensuring the services at Literacy remain available to our community. She first became involved with Literacy in 2015 as a member of the board of directors. Shortly after, she realized that by becoming a volunteer adult tutor, she could gain a deeper understanding of the programs, opportunities and challenges facing the organization.

In 2017, Kathy’s spirit of leadership led her to the role of president of the board of directors, which she held for three years while also continuing her tutoring. She also volunteers at the Literacy Green Bay office, assisting with tasks such as mailings, data mining, and updating citizenship curriculum. Most recently, she became a student evaluator for Literacy, in which she administers and proctors tests for adult learners. We thank Kathy for her spirit of volunteerism, positive attitude and compassion for all of the learners that are a part of Literacy Green Bay. 

Volunteer Leadership Award
Recipient: Robert (Bob) Warpinski

Robert (Bob) Warpinski

Volunteering for the same organization for almost 30 years is a true testament to a volunteer’s commitment to the people he serves. Bob Warpinski began volunteering with Junior Achievement in 1992, working in local classrooms to teach curriculum around financial education, entrepreneurship, career preparation, and the value of staying in school. Working with more than 2,000 students during his tenure with Junior Achievement, Bob has used his own life experience not simply to teach the designed lessons, but also less tangible values like the importance of family and perseverance through failure.

In 1997, Bob joined the board of Junior Achievement and under his leadership the organization’s programs more than tripled. He also expanded their reach by establishing a Speaker Series, seeking out volunteer mentors for a Business Challenge event targeting high school students, and creating a Senior Advisory Board to make sure valuable perspectives and experiences are integrated into Junior Achievement’s programming. Bob has been a pillar of the local community in many ways, offering his exemplary leadership skills not just to Junior Achievement, but also to Encompass Childcare, the YMCA, and the American Red Cross. Northeast Wisconsin is lucky to have Bob’s boundless energy and big ideas, and we appreciate all he does.

Runner-Up: Tammy Hardwick

Tammy Hardwick

Sometimes, being a leader means stepping out of one’s comfort zone for the sake of the greater good. Tammy Hardwick began volunteering with 4th H.O.O.A.H, an organization that provides wellness and mental health support to military veterans, after the loss of her mother in 2011. Needing something positive to focus on, she initially joined the organization as an event volunteer, then increased her responsibilities by joining several committees and becoming a board member. When the board’s president and vice president were deployed to Afghanistan, Tammy stepped in to lead the organization and leverage each volunteer’s skills and talents to further provide veteran care. As president, Tammy has taken on a variety of responsibilities, including finding grant and sponsorship opportunities, innovating programs and events, connecting veteran clients with necessary resources, and advocating for 4th H.O.O.A.H. in as many public settings as possible. Through the organization’s Warrior Wellness Program, many veterans who were on the brink of suicide have found the support, services, and connection they need to take care of their mental health, and her leadership has helped make that possible. 

Despite working a full-time job with a long commute and caring for a teenage son as a single mother, Tammy dedicates several hours each day of the week to her work with 4th H.O.O.A.H. In stepping into a leadership role, she saved the organization, its volunteers, and the lives of countless veterans. We thank Tammy for being a truly remarkable person and an outstanding leader.

Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient: Kathy Krause

Kathy Krause

In eastern Wisconsin, 1 in 7 people are facing hunger. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the largest hunger relief organization in the state, operating food banks in Milwaukee and the Fox Valley. Volunteers are the lifeblood of their mission. Each year, about 20,000 volunteers serve more than 70,000 hours to help them solve hunger. Kathy Krause has been a volunteer with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin since they first opened in 2015. Her efforts help provide food to those in the community with the most need. She works tirelessly to lead volunteer groups and brainstorm more efficient processes, while also playing a vital role in their office environment.

With Kathy’s help hosting large groups and facilitating large food sorts, Feeding America averages around 100,000 pounds of food coming and going per day, fulfilling the needs of the community. She has a great passion for her work and enjoys knowing that her actions, whether large or small, make an impact. In addition to Feeding America, she donates her time to Habitat for Humanity and serves on the Spiritual Care Ministry team at her church. Kathy truly reflects a heart of gold through her volunteerism and the impacts she makes, and we thank her for everything she does.

Runner-Up: Jean Quinnette

Jean Quinnette

The Encompass Foster Grandparent Program joins together two generations – seniors and children. The program enhances the quality of life for seniors and gives them a sense of purpose. Their presence in the classroom gives parents and children an extra sense of security. The children have a consistent grandparent figure who mentors and encourages them in social play and classroom activities. Jean Quinnette has been enrolled as a volunteer in the Foster Grandparent Program for five years and volunteers 15 hours a week. Prior to COVID-19, Jean completed her service in the classroom with the children. However, when Encompass started to discuss a new virtual volunteering program, she was motivated to continue volunteering and was actually the first Foster Grandparent volunteer to train in this new program. Jean welcomed the challenge of learning the ropes of this new virtual program, completed multiple trainings to learn the technology aspects, and has engaged in continuous communication with the director of the program to provide ideas and feedback that help this program continue to grow. 

Jean has now been engaged in virtual volunteering with her Encompass classroom for several months and does not plan on stopping. In this role, she interacts with the children virtually and provides skill development to them. She has also been the Foster Grandparent spokesperson for virtual volunteering and dedicates time outside of her regular volunteer hours to discuss the program with other volunteers who may be hesitant to start. Jean truly has a passion for the Foster Grandparent program and continues to share her passion with children, regardless if she is volunteering face-to-face or virtually. Thank you, Jean, for continuing to provide children and parents an extra sense of security during these times.

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2020 Make A Difference Day

Each year, volunteers throughout the Green Bay area and around the nation take part in a day of service whose purpose is to improve others’ lives. This selfless giving helps strengthen our communities by assisting the elderly and disabled with typical fall outdoor yard projects such as raking, trimming bushes, and washing exterior windows. On October 24, 2020, the Volunteer Center of Brown County once again coordinated local efforts.

  • Over 200 volunteers participated over several weeks, doing yard work, raking, and window-washing
  • 63 homes in our area received assistance (see what this reach looks like below)
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Make A Difference Day Kickoff Event

A brief kickoff ceremony was held at the Volunteer Center of Brown County on October 24, where volunteers heard Mayor Eric Genrich speak, met other volunteers and the Volunteer Center staff, enjoyed treats, and got motivated for a great day of service!

Scroll down for photos from the event, as well as candid shots of volunteers in action.

See WBAY TV 2’s coverage of the event, as well as interviews with volunteers here.


Thank You, Sponsors!

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Make your heart happy

2020 Volunteer Expo

The Volunteer Center’s 3rd Annual Community-Wide Volunteer Expo was an all-virtual event this year, which took place during the week of September 13-19. Read on for more details.

Hosted by the Volunteer Center of Brown County and presented by Fox Communities Credit Union

Volunteer Center of Brown County

Fox Communities Credit Union

Those looking to discover more about ways to volunteer were able to join us from the comfort of their homes to get connected with a variety of Brown County’s non-profits (see a list of participating organizations). Via Zoom and Facebook, we provided a virtual way for people to learn about each participating organization and their current in-person and/or remote volunteer needs.

The Volunteer Center also gifted $1,000 to a participating organization, which was based on voting done via a Doodle poll by Expo attendees. Congratulations to Freedom House Ministries on being chosen!

Zoom Session Recordings

Missed out on the live Zoom sessions, but want to learn more about some of the organizations that participated? Visit our YouTube page to watch recordings of the sessions.

See full details and a schedule of what took place here!

Participating Organizations

  • St. Vincent de Paul Green Bay
  • Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3
  • Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity/ReStore
  • Acts 1:8 Ministry
  • On Broadway
  • Brown County Volunteer Services
  • Hand of Hope, Inc.
  • St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter
  • Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
  • Laundry Love Green Bay
  • Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
  • CASA of Brown County
  • New Leaf Foods
  • Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin – Sexual Assault Center
  • Service League of Green Bay
  • Salvation Army of Greater Green Bay
  • Brown County United Way
  • Board on Aging and Long-Term Care Volunteer Ombudsman Program
  • NEW Zoo & Adventure Park
  • Brown County Historical Society
  • Encompass
  • Unity Hospice Resale Shoppe
  • ADRC of Brown County
  • Circles Green Bay
  • Literacy Green Bay
  • Freedom House
  • National Railroad Museum

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2020 Volunteer Center Golf Classic

Volunteer Center of Brown County

Thank you to all the golfers, sponsors, and volunteers who joined us on September 2, 2020, at the beautiful Thornberry Creek at Oneida Golf Course to support the Volunteer Center of Brown County in the 25th Annual Volunteer Center Golf Classic.

Participants helped build a stronger community by supporting the Volunteer Center and all of the non-profit partners and volunteers it serves.

Click here for video highlights of the day and scroll down for photos of the golfers!

2020 Sponsors

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Blaney Funeral Home
Hager Dewick & Zuengler
BMO Harris Bank
American National Bank
Investors Community Bank
KerberRose CPAs

2020 Prize Donors

2020 Golfers

Photos courtesy Paul D. Manke Photography

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2020 WPS Volunteer Awards Recipients

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Volunteer Center of Brown County
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On August 20, 2020, the Volunteer Center of Brown County hosted the 32nd Annual WPS Volunteer Awards. This year’s event was held virtually, as we once again recognized volunteers and the good work they do to support our community.

We are grateful to Erin Davisson and Tom Zalaski, of WFRV-TV Local 5, for being emcees once again this year. And we’d like to thank event sponsor Wisconsin Public Service, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, and our eight generous award sponsors (American National Bank, Aon, Constellation, The George Kress Foundation, Georgia-Pacific, Green Bay Packers Give Back, Schreiber, and UnitedHealthcare) for their support.

Award amounts are $1,000 for recipients and $500 for the runners-up, which is donated to the nonprofit organization of their choice. Youth awards are in the form of scholarships.

Thank you as well to our additional sponsors: A&K Pizza Crust, Associated Bank, Capital Credit Union, Cellcom, Nicolet National Bank, Schneider, and WFRV-TV Local 5.

View a replay of the Zoom presentation here, as well as a special feature from WFRV on the 2020 Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award winner here.

Recipients and Runners-Up

Large Group Award
Recipient: Wellspring Hospitality Team

Wellspring Hospitality Team

Wellspring of St. John the Evangelist Homeless Shelter is a daytime drop-in center that has been serving women for the past 21 years. It has grown over the years to provide resources, programming, referrals, meals, peer support and a safe environment. The majority of guests who go to Wellspring live at or below the poverty level, have been self-diagnosed with a mental or physical disability, and have a history of trauma. Many face instabilities in their employment, housing, finances, and relationships due to the various hardships they face. Wellspring is a source of refuge, acceptance, and hope where personal bonds of trust are formed, which then help women find their inner strength and rebuild their lives. Wellspring is sustainable with just one full-time staff member and two part-time staff largely due to its 22 deeply committed volunteers who give their time on a weekly basis, welcoming and interacting with guests and keeping the center running smoothly throughout the day. In 2019, Wellspring was open 275 days, and the Hospitality Team filled 1,700 hours of service, making it possible to provide this vital service to 400 women in our community.

Runner-Up: HEA Foster Families — Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary

HEA Foster Families

Hundreds of thousands of dogs and cats face the fear of death in shelters every year. Happily Ever After provides a place where those fears don’t exist, a place where life is a guarantee. A critical piece to that guarantee is HEA’s volunteer foster families. By placing animals in a foster home, more space is available in the shelter and more animals can be saved. These special volunteers spend time caring for their foster animals as if they were their own pet, providing them with food, water, exercise, and most importantly, love. HEA foster families give these animals the gift of a safe and loving environment that helps prepare them for their forever home.

Small Group Award
Recipient: Literacy Green Bay Student Evaluators

Literacy Green Bay Student Evaluators

The population who strives to learn English or want to earn their high school diploma equivalency turn to Literacy Green Bay for help. They help stop the cycle of societal issues with volunteers like Student Evaluators. The Student Evaluators at Literacy Green Bay are the first step to lifelong learning and an improved outlook on life, which becomes a ripple effect that benefits the entire community. Improved literacy skills foster a parent’s self-confidence to participate more fully in their children’s education and within their community. The mission of Literacy Green Bay is achieved through the work of generous volunteer tutors, but in order to provide the tutors with appropriate teaching materials and sufficient background on the students, adult learners need to be tested, interviewed, and evaluated by trained volunteer Student Evaluators through new learner assessments and re-assessments after every 50 hours of instructions. The average evaluation takes approximately three hours through standardized testing, interviews, determining curriculum, and summarizing the information collected in a professionally written student profile report. This service is essential to helping students get started on their road to learning with the appropriate curriculum to receive support through ELL classes, the adult tutoring program, the College & Career Readiness Class, or the Children First Family Literacy Program. Student Evaluators need to be self-directed, responsible, patient, and reassuring yet firm in adhering to testing requirements. They also need to ‘think on their feet’, as learners often have unique circumstances. Literacy Green Bay’s seven student evaluators embody all of the necessary qualities and ensure that the testing is provided timely and consistently while also making the student feel comfortable and welcomed. Their work has resulted in helping many individuals get started on their path to improving their English skills, earning their GEDs, studying for citizenship, achieving their personal goals, and obtaining self-sufficiency through their careers.

Runner-Up: Evergreen Costume Ladies — Evergreen Productions

Evergreen Costume Ladies

Evergreen Productions produces theatrical performances accessible to almost everyone in our community. But they couldn’t do it without the Evergreen Costume Ladies who keep the performing arts alive through their creations for the shows. As a group, these ladies share their talents with a needle and thread, and their creativity is showcased upon the actors on stage. They create the costumes that each Evergreen production requires, from simple everyday modern clothing to elaborate Victorian dresses to fanciful animal costumes. No matter the request, they are always willing to accept the challenge and never fail to come through. The costume ladies always bring the vision of a production to life with their designs. Not only does it take years to perfect the costume designing skill that these ladies lend to the organization, but they also buy their own supplies, patterns, and fabrics in addition to donating their time. They are always there when Evergreen needs them — not only during rehearsal, but during the entire run of the show in case any help is needed along the way. They are happy to stay backstage out of the spotlight and let the actors shine in their creations.

Arts & Culture Award
Recipient: Paul Grall

Paul Grall

Paul Grall took over as the board president for the Civic Symphony of Green Bay in July 2018 and has gone above and beyond the call of duty for a volunteer board president. He has taken the initiative to get involved with the marketing committee to make sure the organization is publicized in as many ways as possible and is always an advocate for the organization in the community. His vision is to provide opportunities for all generations in our area to have access to not only symphonic music, but music education in general for our community. The Civic Symphony youth concert at the Meyer Theatre sold out for the first time under his direction, and he hopes to provide more opportunities to engage as many youth in our area as possible. Before Paul’s position as board president, he was part of the concert operations team for three years. The leadership and dedication Paul brings to the organization is invaluable. He is dedicated to ensuring the community is aware of the Civic Symphony and the benefits of music. The board at the symphony sees the work that he’s putting in, and it’s making everyone else engaged to work harder. His passion for the organization and the mission is evident, and his leadership has helped them overcome a much-needed transformation and has boosted morale across the organization from the board to the musicians.

Runner-Up: Curt Christnot

Curt Christnot

Evergreen Productions provides quality theatre entertainment in the Greater Green Bay area with ticket prices the majority of the community can afford. Community members can also participate in productions and express themselves. Over the years, Curt Christnot has embraced this with playing a variety of parts on stage, occasionally taking on roles that are not exactly likeable characters. He has been a valuable member of Evergreen Productions and has mentored countless new and seasoned directors. He also has stepped in to assist as an acting coach and become their resident fight choreographer, teaching actors and students how to fall, hit and take a punch properly without getting hurt. Add stage manager to the list to round out all of Curt’s unique theatre talents. Perhaps his most important contribution to Evergreen has been volunteering with the young actors’ summer program, where he has worked as an assistant director, instructor, and mentor for the past five years. Curt has even taken the steps of joining the Evergreen board and several committees. He always helps out when asked, and his mentorship to several new directors has molded them into directing their own shows. Many of his mentees will reach out to him and ask for his continued advice.

Adult Volunteer Award
Recipient: Mike Parins

Mike Parins

As a shelter volunteer for over a decade, Mike Parins has helped St. John’s Homeless Shelter grow from a single shelter to include two resource centers, meeting the crucial needs for the homeless population within the Green Bay community. Through his life experiences, including homelessness and addiction, Mike felt he was called to be involved with St. John’s since its inception over 10 years ago. Mike worked alongside the shelter’s founding father helping with projects as needed, before there was an official program. He then later transitioned to being a hospitality volunteer, where he could connect nightly with guests about their lives, hopes, and dreams. Mike was also involved with implementing the shelter’s first public awareness campaign, “See Me,” throughout Green Bay. Last year, he used his professional experience to implement a comprehensive health and safety program for the shelter — shaping policies and practices for decades to come. Having overcome his own personal challenges, Mike sees the gift that his life is and now inspires others at the shelter and beyond.

Runner-Up: Jeanne Kelley

Jeanne Kelley

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brown County, or CASA, is a volunteer-based nonprofit that provides a voice for abused and neglected children who are under the legal protection of the court system. In 2019, CASA volunteers advocated on behalf of 240 children in Brown County, making their lives safer and futures brighter. Jeanne Kelley has served as an active CASA volunteer since 2007, during which she has been assigned to nine cases … advocating for a total of 14 children. Jeanne has visited each case regularly, no matter the distance, driving over 10,000 miles in her role as a CASA volunteer. In addition to advocating for youth during her personal time, Jeanne helped children in her professional life as a registered nurse for Head Start, and then as a volunteer of both CASA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Youth Volunteer Award
Recipient: Jacob Kulis

Jacob Kulis

Utilizing EBT benefits at the Farmer’s Market on Broadway helps to ensure that all of our neighbors have access to fresh, healthy, locally grown produce. In order to get the necessary EBT tokens that folks can use at farmer’s market vendors, they must first make a stop at the EBT tent. That’s where they’ll also find the smiling face and warm presence of Jacob Kulis. Each week of the 2019 market season, Jacob faithfully arrived early to help On Broadway staff with set-up and manage the volunteers in the EBT tent. He took the time to learn the ins and outs of both the EBT program and the market itself — confidently serving customers, solving problems, and answering any and all questions that arose. And each week, he stayed after his official duties were done to assist with clean-up. As a student in UW-Green Bay’s Urban Design program, Jacob is also collaborating with a faculty member to update the Design Master Plan for the Broadway District. Undoubtedly, he will continue to use his education, skills, and dedication to improve our community.

Runner-Up: Samuel Van Straten

Samuel Van Straten

“Leave No Runner Behind.” That’s the mantra of Samuel Van Straten, a young man who has encompassed what it means to be a mentor and role model through his volunteer activities with the YWCA. An avid runner, Samuel noted both a lack of diversity within the sport and a need to remove barriers that often prevent low-resourced individuals from taking up running. Over the course of just one year, Sam partnered with the YWCA Greater Green Bay to develop, fundraise, and launch the Family Runner’s Locker. The Locker provides shoes, clothing, race entry fees, and support to budding runners from the YWCA, Boys and Girls Club, Casa Alba Melanie, and the Green Bay Public Schools. To date, Sam has raised $12,500 in monetary and in-kind donations to support the Family Runner’s Locker. But more than that, he has enabled countless local kids to experience the physical, social, and emotional benefits of running.

Bill Orgeman

Children with positive role models are more motivated and have a higher drive to achieve. Bill Orgeman has been a constant role model in the classroom for Green Bay area elementary students for more than 11 years! He is a Reading Coach through the Volunteer Center of Brown County’s Reading Coaches for Kids Program and is so much more than a tutor. “Mr. Bill” is a positive role model and a caring friend for 4th and 5th graders at MacArthur Elementary School. He reads with the students three mornings a week for three hours and has provided over 900 hours of his own time over the past 11 years. At times, he motivates with a candy bar for an excellent spelling test score or will bring in football or baseball cards for the students. Bill is a trusted adult, who truly cares about the students’ education and lives, and his impact is truly immeasurable.

Runner-Up: Don Bauknecht

Don Bauknecht

If a child can’t read well by the end of third grade, odds are that he or she will never catch up. And the effects of falling behind can be devastating. To help combat this issue, the Volunteer Center of Brown County offers a Reading Coaches for Kids volunteer tutoring program designed to increase students’ reading abilities and academic success. Don Bauknecht works with students twice a week at Kennedy Elementary School to help them read and analyze what was happening in their books. Don connects with the students to build a lasting relationship, especially with those who are reserved and shy, and he acts as a positive role model to help build their confidence.

Volunteer Leadership Award
Recipient: Gina Peotter

Gina Peotter

Losing a loved one is an incredibly traumatic experience at any age, but can be especially difficult and isolating for young people. Gina Peotter understands that better than most. After losing her parents in college, she came to understand the need for affordable and accessible grief care for school-aged children. As her nominator states, “Because kids don’t have the funds to afford counseling services, and grieving families are often struggling with so many losses and adjustments, many financially related, Gina felt it was important to not only offer grief support, but to make it accessible and free to the families who attend.” With the help of a friend, Gina founded Hope’s House in 2018 to address this need within the community. Hope’s House provides free bereavement support services, resources, and peer-to-peer grief support groups. Gina not only designed a curriculum and trained 35 community volunteers to serve as program facilitators, but has also worked tirelessly to remove any barriers that would prevent a grieving child from being able to benefit from the services Hope’s House provides. Currently, they support 47 kids, and Pulaski High School has also adopted the curriculum to provide ongoing, internal grief support to their students. Gina is proof that hope can grow from the seeds of grief.

Runner-Up: Pamela Hencke

Pamela Hencke

Serving others and finding solutions to fulfill community needs define servant leadership. Pamela Hencke is a true servant who exemplifies what it means to have a community’s best interest at heart! In 2009, her life took an unexpected turn when her son, Carson, was diagnosed with significant cognitive and physical disabilities. Pamela and her husband sprang into action, seeking out resources from local organizations like the CP Center, Exceptional Equestrians, and Syble Hopp School to support Carson’s growth and development. With two older children at home and Carson’s challenges, Pamela found herself drowning in the scheduling conflicts and paperwork needed to synthesize Carson’s care. She suspected that other families of children with special needs felt the same way, and saw a need for both a parent advocate and peer-to-peer support group. Families of children with special needs also often face challenges with insurance to cover expensive care. After Pamela successfully appealed for Medicaid prior authorization of therapy services, a new Medicaid law was developed to give 3- to 5-year-olds with disabilities easier access to services. This ignited within her a passion for advocacy, and she has since become a true champion for children and families. In 2017, Pamela was accepted into the Partners in Policymaking program through the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, through which she learned how to advocate for policies and initiatives that support full participation and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. Since then, she has put those skills into action through a variety of different roles to create structural change and ensure that children with special needs in our community will not only have their needs met, but truly grow and flourish.

Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award
Recipient: Terry Auger

Terry Auger

The true definition of the Schreiber Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award is someone who dedicates his or her life to volunteerism. Terry Auger has done just that by devoting his life to helping and educating others. He is a Golden Apple recipient, a published professor, and a brilliant middle school teacher. Even in his retirement, he strives to help make others the best they can be and encourages students to think outside the box and really challenge themselves. Terry has been an active volunteer at Red Smith School for more than a decade. In recent years, he has become a full-time volunteer and is at Red Smith on a daily basis in Ms. Eberhardt’s classroom. Volunteering in a K-8 building is not easy, but Terry takes everything in stride. He is patient, respectful, and goes out of his way to seek out students and build relationships with them. Terry has worked with students on Science Fair projects, encouraged them to raise money to donate to the ADIRE project to help provide solar power to a rural village in India, and helped to secure funds for students to participate in having time at the controls of a Cessna 172 airplane. Additionally, he has worked with elementary students on clean water projects and has helped secure funds for middle school students to carry out projects that directly benefit those in need. Every day, Terry comes into school and makes a difference. He strives to make everyone around him the best they can be, and he truly has a heart of gold! His dedication is an inspiration to all of us.

Runner-Up: Dan Pichler

Dan Pichler

Boards of Directors play a vital role in a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill their mission through their involvement as leaders and champions for the organization. Dan Pichler has been an active member for the Boys and Girls Club board for over two decades. He has provided consistent leadership and continuity for the Club by not only serving on multiple committees, but also being an active volunteer in the clubhouses. At virtually every Club function, Dan is often one of the last people to leave due to his genuine interest in taking the time to have personal conversations with peers, staff, and fellow club supporters. He has inspired many others to do the same. Among Dan’s numerous volunteer engagements, the Club’s annual Turkey Dinner is nearest and dearest to his heart. Every year, Dan and his wife provide meaningful volunteer support by serving a Thanksgiving meal to over 300 families. He is truly an inspiration, and his belief in the leaders and staff at the Club have resulted in countless positive outcomes for the children they mentor every day. His ethical standards are high, his ego low, and his generosity and desire to have an impact on his community is endless.

Seeds of Hope Awards

Seeds of Hope Awards

As Lady Bird Johnson once said, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”  

The Seeds of Hope Awards were created to celebrate the good happening in the greater Green Bay area and surrounding communities during the pandemic. The Volunteer Center of Brown County asked community members in Brown, Shawano, and Oconto counties to submit their stories of how they or someone they know rose to the challenge by volunteering or planting seeds of hope during these times (from March 1, 2020, and onward). Whether it is helping a neighbor in need, delivering groceries to a homeless shelter, sewing masks for front-line workers and community members, or volunteering on the front lines, we know that the very act of giving plants seeds of hope in our community, and each volunteer is just as important as the next.

We want to celebrate the dedication of these individuals and groups who are giving of their time and energy.

The deadline to submit was July 2. The Volunteer Center of Brown County chose five recipients to receive $200 each to gift to a local cause of their choosing (a 501c3 nonprofit or 501c4 organization).

Thank you to ALL the nominees and congratulations to our winners!

Seeds of Hope Award Winners

Carrie Arnold

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” In Carrie Arnold’s case, the blooming flowers are clean, great-smelling laundry, and the hope is found in the dignity of knowing and being known. 

In March, when COVID-19 hit, Carrie became the “laundry lady” for a group of men from St. John’s Homeless Shelter. Beginning when nearly two dozen staff members were home in quarantine for two weeks, Carrie answered the call to launder their personal items and bedding. During March and April, Carrie laundered dozens and dozens of loads of laundry for the group of men. 

Carrie and the men bonded over the experience, affectionately calling her the “Laundry Lady” and referring to “Carrie Laundry” as its own special thing. Evidently, “Carrie Laundry” just smells better and makes their guests feel all the more loved. This is the very heart of St. John’s.  For a supporting blog post, visit

Deb Harrington

Deb Harrington has ALWAYS been the type of volunteer who goes above and beyond. She has been an American Red Cross volunteer for nearly 11 years. 

Deb manages the American Red Cross warehouse space, which is more than 13,000 square feet and also includes three disaster vehicles and eight sheltering trailers. She ensures all logistical needs are met in 16 counties in Wisconsin and the U.P. To do this, Deb schedules and works with other volunteers, all the while ensuring that social distancing and other COVID-19 requirements are met. Since mid-March, Deb has volunteered more than 100 hours. On average, she spends 8-16 hours a week volunteering with the Red Cross and is always willing to pitch in when a need arises. By overseeing and keeping the warehouse stocked, Deb ensures that the Red Cross’ 300+ disaster volunteers are able to meet the need of our community, whenever disaster may strike. These disasters could include home fire, tornado, or flooding. While Deb does a lot of this work herself, she is always considering ways to engage our other volunteers safely. Other volunteers will say they’re always happy to help Deb because of her positive attitude and her willingness to ensure they have the best volunteer experience. She is a true example of a servant leader. 

Jayne Black

Jayne Black is the president and co-founder of Creative Kids Rock. Jayne creates awareness about dyslexia and celebrates the creative artistic strengths of children with dyslexia. During the pandemic, she was not able to hold events, but knew she had to continue her mission of reaching children through inspiring art and creativity!   

Jayne created multiple virtual events, like the “Virtual Art Project Cards for our Elderly” event, where children and families could volunteer to make art/cards that were then sent to nursing homes to bring smiles and virtual hugs. Over 400 cards have been created and sent to local nursing homes. Jayne also created a virtual art project where volunteers decorated lunch bags for Howe Community Resource Center. These lunch bags were then handed out by the Howe Community Resource Center at their free student lunch site. Jayne also put together 125 art projects that surprised the students receiving free student lunches to inspire creativity during this time.  Jayne felt it was more important than ever for people to do art and be creative to get their feelings out, like words on a canvas. She believes that art is powerful in so many ways and wanted to help in any way that she could. Jayne’s message to children with dyslexia and all children is to shine bright, and these projects did shine a bright light during what was for many a dark time. 

Melanie Brick

Melanie Brick is a true inspiration to the community and the school district she serves. She currently works for De Pere Public Schools as a social worker. 

Melanie is constantly reaching out to friends, family, and the community to help families in need. She frequently manages food drives and organizes needs for displaced families. She has gone so far as to find transportation for individuals and money for car repairs. At Easter, she organized an Easter basket/meal drive for 100+ people. In June, Melanie created a GoFundMe fundraiser page for children who had lost their mothers so that people could help with funeral costs and daily living expenses. Melanie is a true inspiration. She is someone to admire and look up to. The world would truly be a better place if more people could follow her lead. How she accomplishes everything she does, while working, helping on her family farm, and raising her children, is truly unbelievable. Perhaps she has more than 24 hours in a day to do all her good work!

Operation Community Cares

Operation Community Cares (OCC) was started in response to COVID-19, when director Will Nething noticed an elderly couple shopping while stores were being bought out of essential items. He noticed there was a challenge getting essential items to those in need who were at-risk or out of work due to the virus. 

This is when Will approached Brandon Danforth and Shannon Demeny. They quickly reached out to local non-profit organizations who had to close their doors to the clients who had relied on them prior to COVID. After establishing partnerships with these organizations, the team put a process in place that allowed them to consolidate the resources each organization had to offer. They then recruited their own volunteer base made up of about 20 volunteers who would assist in delivering these essential items to the community. In a nutshell, Operation Community Cares became something like the “Amazon of Non-profits.” They helped deliver to over 2,000 homes in our community and accumulated over 2,000 volunteer hours. 

Operation Community Cares is now working with their partners to get things back to “normal” and have been directing those in need to the correct resources. For more information about Operation Community Cares, visit

The Seeds of Hope Awards were made possible by a generous gift from American National Bank. 

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See the NBC26 segment on the Seeds of Hope Awards here.

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Thornberry Creek at Oneida

2019 Volunteer Center Golf Classic

Thank you to everyone who participated (golfers, sponsors, prize donors, volunteers) in the 24th Annual Volunteer Center Golf Classic on July 17, 2019! You helped build a stronger community!

Over 130 golfers enjoyed a day on the links at the beautiful Thornberry Creek at Oneida Golf Course. Lunch and dinner were served; a silent auction featured items such as Green Bay Packers tickets, Milwaukee Brewers tickets, hotel stays, theater tickets, spa treatments, food, beverages, and jewelry; and dozens of prizes were raffled off, from restaurant gift cards to an autographed Packers football.

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