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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 will once again coordinate local efforts.

Thank You, Sponsors!

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Make A Difference Day Kickoff Event

8:30 a.m. on October 24, 2020, outside at the Volunteer Center of Brown County, 984 Ninth St., Green Bay (weather permitting)

Join us for a brief kickoff ceremony where you can meet other volunteers, the Volunteer Center staff, and local and city officials, and get motivated for a great day of service! (attendance is optional)

Highlights of 2019’s Event

Last year, over 300 volunteers helped more than 75 individuals with fall yard clean-up and window-washing. Click here to see more.

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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
Sanimax
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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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 www.stjohnhomelessshelter.org/laundrylady

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 www.occwi.org.

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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Questions? Contact us at volunteercenter@volunteergb.org.

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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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2019 Make A Difference Day

A national day of service with a local impact!

Volunteers from across the country, including right here in Green Bay, united for Make A Difference Day (October 26, 2019), one of the largest annual single days of service nationwide. Since 1992, volunteers and communities have come together on Make A Difference Day with a single purpose: to improve the lives of others and strengthen their communities.

The Volunteer Center of Brown County coordinated the local Make A Difference Day efforts, which partnered more than 300 volunteers with over 75 senior and disabled homeowners in our community who needed help raking leaves, washing windows and completing minor maintenance projects. Corporate teams, church groups, students, and individuals tackled projects throughout the week leading up to Saturday, as well as on the day itself.

A kickoff event was held that morning at the Volunteer Center where community members enjoyed snacks and coffee, met other volunteers, and got motivated for a great day of service!

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Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!

Gold Level

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Silver Level

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Schreiber Foods Logo
Rotary Foundation of GB
Capital Credit Union Logo
Festival Foods

Bronze Level

American National Bank
KC Stock Foundation
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2019 Volunteer Expo

The 2nd Annual Community-Wide Volunteer Expo was held on September 10, 2019, at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay.

Title Sponsor

Fox Communities Credit Union

Hosted by the Volunteer Center of Brown County and attended by over 300 people, this FREE event gave members of our community the chance to network with over 70 local nonprofits, learn more about their volunteer needs, and discover ways they can serve.

Thank you to all our exhibitors and to everyone who attended!

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Participating Organizations

  • ADRC of Brown County
  • Aldo Leopold Community School and ALAPTO Inc.
  • Allouez Beautification Committee
  • Altrusa House
  • American Red Cross
  • Angel’s Touch Assisted Living
  • AseraCare Hospice
  • Aurora Health Care
  • Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Bellin Health
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin
  • Bikers Against Child Abuse
  • Breast Cancer Family Foundation
  • Brown County Health and Human Services
  • Brown County Historical Society
  • Brown County United Way
  • Camp Daniel
  • CASA of Brown County
  • Circles Green Bay
  • Community Benefit Tree Inc.
  • Compassionate Home Health Care
  • CP
  • Curative Connections
  • Current Young Professionals
  • Disabled American Veterans Chapter 3
  • Encompass Early Education & Care
  • Exceptional Equestrians
  • Freedom House Ministries
  • Friends of the Brown County Library
  • From Mourning to Hope
  • Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes
  • Golden House
  • Green Bay Area Newcomers & Neighbors
  • Green Bay Area Operation Snowball
  • Green Bay Area Public Schools
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden
  • Green Bay YMCA
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore Green Bay
  • Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary, Inc.
  • Heartland Hospice
  • Hidden Paws Network, Inc.
  • House of Hope
  • Howe Community Resource Center
  • JOSHUA
  • Junior Achievement — Greater Green Bay Area
  • Laundry Love — Green Bay
  • Literacy Green Bay
  • Mosaic Arts Inc.
  • myTEAM TRIUMPH
  • National Railroad Museum
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
  • NeighborWorks Green Bay
  • Neville Public Museum of Brown County
  • New Leaf Foods
  • NEW Zoo & Adventure Park
  • On Broadway
  • Paul’s Pantry Inc.
  • Scholarships, Inc.
  • Service League of Green Bay
  • Sexual Assault Center of Family Services
  • SouthernCare Hospice
  • St. John’s Homeless Shelter, the Micah Center & Wellspring
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Team Rubicon USA
  • The Art Garage
  • The Farmory
  • The Privilege Institute
  • The Salvation Army
  • Unity Hospice
  • UntitledTown Book and Author Festival
  • Village Book Builders Inc.
  • Volunteer Center of Brown County
  • Volunteer Ombudsman Program
  • Wisconsin Humane Society — Green Bay Campus
  • Woodside Senior Communities

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