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2021 WPS Volunteer Awards Nominations

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Volunteer Center of Brown County
Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Logo

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Virtual Event

The nomination period is now open!

About the Volunteer Awards

Made possible by event sponsor Wisconsin Public Service, along with the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and our generous award sponsors – American National Bank, Aon, Constellation, The George Kress Foundation, Georgia-Pacific, Green Bay Packers Give Back, Schreiber, and United Healthcare – this event celebrates volunteers and highlights the work they do to give back to our community and assist nonprofits in our area to fulfill their missions. In 2021, it will be held virtually.

There are eight sponsored categories of awards (see below for details). An independent panel of 12 judges has the challenging task of selecting a runner-up and a recipient in each, and these individuals and groups will be recognized during the event. As in 2020, the award amounts will be $1,000 for recipients and $500 for the runners-up (to be gifted to the non-profit of their choice). Youth receive these amounts as scholarships.

This is one of our area’s most inspirational events, as it highlights the powerful things people can accomplish when they give of their time, talent, and energy.

Know a volunteer or group of volunteers who deserves recognition for the ways they give back to our community?

Please consider taking the time to nominate them for one of the WPS Volunteer Awards. The nomination period runs from January 18-February 21.

Submitting a nomination is a powerful way to recognize the impact people have had. It also creates more awareness in our community about the organizations where volunteers give their time. And your nominee will be honored that you took the time to acknowledge their service.

There are several different ways to access the nomination form:

  • Click here to fill out and submit the form online.
  • Click here for a PDF version that may be filled out on your computer, then saved and emailed to us at awards@volunteergb.org or printed out and mailed to the Volunteer Center.
  • Click here for a Microsoft Word version that may be filled out on your computer, then saved and emailed to us at awards@volunteergb.org or printed out and mailed to the Volunteer Center.

Entries must be received before 4:00 p.m., February 21.

Scroll down for additional information.

2021 WPS Awards Judges

Brad Charapata
BMO Harris Bank
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Andrea Hay
Green Bay Water Utility
Director of Communications
Katie Hess
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NEW
Executive Director
Andy Klarkowski
CONNECT, powered by AmFam
Senior Director of Market Operations
Annette Krutz
WEC Energy Group
Principal HR Consultant - HR Strategy & Talent
Sarah McKee
PAi Retirement Services
Data Analytics & Finance Operations Analyst
Mallory Nash
Greater Green Bay Chamber
Current Young Professionals Program Mgr.
Dan Pichler
Michelle Pierquet-Hohner
Jackie Nitschke Center
Dir. of Community & Donor Engagement
Joanna Schreurs
LaForce, Inc.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Karen Sinette
Director of People Experience
Katelyn Smith
Greater GB Community Foundation
Community Engagement Prog. Admin.

For a recap of the 2020 WPS Awards winners and runners-up, click here.

Award Sponsors and Categories

The Volunteer Center appreciates the following sponsors’ generosity and support as we recognize  volunteerism within our community.


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United Healthcare Youth Volunteer Award
This award is for an individual who is 18 years old or younger. Students who are older than 18, but still in a high school special education program, also qualify for this category. The recipient of the Youth Volunteer Award will receive a $1,000 personal education scholarship and the runner-up will receive a $500 personal education scholarship.

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Georgia-Pacific Adult Volunteer Award
This award is for an individual who is 19 years or older.

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The George Kress Foundation Volunteer in Education Award
This award is for an individual who volunteers specifically in the area of education for pre-kindergarten through college.

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Constellation Volunteer Leadership Award
This award is for an individual who demonstrates community impact through a leadership role. This award is often given to a person who is a current or past member of committees, task forces or boards of directors.

Schreiber Foods Logo

Schreiber Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is for an individual whose lifetime of service exemplifies notable achievement in serving the community. The award has typically been given to a volunteer who is 60+ years of age.

Individual or Group:

AON Logo

Aon Arts & Culture Volunteer Award
This award is for an individual or group who has provided service to organizations and activities that promote arts and culture within this community.


American National Bank

American National Bank Small Group Award
This award is for a group of 10 or fewer of volunteers whose combined volunteer efforts have strengthened the community.

Green Bay Packers Give Back Logo

Green Bay Packers Give Back Large Group Award
This award is for a group of more than 10 volunteers that has enhanced the community through their volunteer achievements.

Volunteer Champion Sponsor

Schneider Logo

Volunteer Impact Sponsors

Capital Credit Union Logo
Cellcom Logo

Production Sponsor

Made Ya Look logo

Matching Sponsor


Questions? Contact us at 920-429-9445 or awards@volunteergb.org.

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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)
MADD 2020 impact area

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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GBP George Kress Foundation Logo

Rotary Foundation of GB

Schreiber Foods Logo
Festival Foods
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

Thornberry Creek at Oneida

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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AK Logo
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