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2022 WPS Volunteer Awards

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Volunteer Center of Brown County
Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Logo

Thursday, April 21, 2022
KI Center, Downtown Green Bay

Save the date for this inspiring event!
In-person and virtual options will be available

Know a volunteer or group of volunteers who deserve recognition?
Nominate them for the 2022 WPS Volunteer Awards!
The nomination period is open through February 25.

Click HERE for more information and eligibility requirements.

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, Bellin Health, 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.

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 2021, 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 amazing things that can happen when people selflessly give of their time, talent, and energy.

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For a recap of the 2021 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 the powerful impact volunteers have within our area communities.


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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.

Georgia Pacific Logo

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

GBP George Kress Foundation Logo

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.

Constellation Logo

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.

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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:

Bellin Health 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.

Community Impact Sponsor

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Logo

Volunteer Champion Sponsors

Capital Credit Union Logo
Schneider Logo

Volunteer Impact Sponsor

Cellcom Logo

Matching Sponsor


Information About Nominations


  • Nominee’s volunteer organization must provide services for the community at large. Religious, fraternal, or professional groups that provide services only to their members are not eligible.
  • The volunteer service for which individuals or groups are being nominated must be performed in one of these counties: Brown, Shawano, Oconto, Kewaunee, or Manitowoc.
  • Organizations receiving funds designated by recipients and runners-up must be located in one of the five counties listed above.
  • Nominee’s organization must qualify for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status to receive a contribution. If not, another agency that relates to the volunteer’s services may be designated.
  • Volunteer service may be performed on work-release time without pay and for student course credit.
  • Volunteers who receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as mileage are eligible.

Questions Included on the Nomination Form:

The judges will evaluate nominations based on the answers given to the questions below. You will be asked to answer each applicable question as thoroughly as possible. Well-written nominations score higher with judges, so you’ll be encouraged to proof for errors or omissions.

  • Community need: What specific needs were addressed by the nominee(s) and who received the services?
  • Activity and frequency: Briefly describe the nominee’s role as a volunteer within the organization (e.g., provides client services, is a board member, is a committee leader, etc.). Include number of hours, frequency, and years of service, as well as how this volunteer provides motivation and examples of active engagement.
  • Organizational needs and impact: How have the individual’s or group’s efforts helped meet the needs of the volunteer organization, its clients, and the wider community?
  • Spirit of volunteerism: Describe examples of the volunteer giving selflessly of their time, inspiring or leading others, or overcoming personal or organizational challenges, etc.
  • Reflection: Offer your personal comments about the nominee’s accomplishments and impact.
  • Leadership: Give examples of the nominee’s specific leadership roles and duties. (only for those nominated in the Leadership category)
  • Growth: Provide examples of the nominee’s personal growth. (only for those nominated in the Youth category)

Nomination Form Instructions:

  • Nomination forms must be filled out completely. The nomination period will be open until 5:00 pm CST on February 25.
  • You may nominate more than one candidate (fill out a separate form for each) or may nominate yourself.
  • Past recipients and runners-up of the WPS Volunteer Awards are ineligible to receive the award again for five years. Exception: past recipients and runners-up of the Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award are ineligible to receive the award more than once.
  • Volunteers can only be nominated and receive an award in one category.
  • A maximum of two additional supporting documents may be submitted per nomination (e.g., reference letters, newspaper articles, etc.) and must be submitted on the same day as the nomination. Please submit to awards@volunteergb.org and put the category and name of the individual or group in the subject line. Please don’t send links to videos or websites, DVDs, scrapbooks or binders.
  • All information in the nomination should be considered public and may be disclosed at the awards ceremony or to the media.
  • Judges may request additional information from nominees, nominators or agencies. The judges’ decisions are final.

Additional Information:

  • A photo of the nominee(s) will be used during the presentation and may be used in promotional materials. Please submit a photo (JPEG or PNG) by 5:00 pm CST on Friday, April 1 to awards@volunteergb.org. Please put the category and name of the individual or group in the subject line.

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


2022 WPS Awards Judges

Ryan Angst
Mortgage Loan Originator
Shoreline Hometown Credit Union
Chris Cumicek
Vice President Commercial Lending
Fox Communities Credit Union
Cassandra Duvall Wallace
Media and Public Relations Consultant
Christine Gunderson
Program Manager
Current Young Professionals
Cora Haltaufderheid
Community Member/Volunteer
Taylor Johnson Calvert
Tanessa Klug
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
Kari Olsen
Community Engagement Program Officer
Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
Kristina Shelton
State Rep., 90th Assembly District
State of Wisconsin
Charles Svihlik
Benefits Counselor; VC Board Member
Forsite Benefits
Eric Vanden Heuvel
Vice President of Talent & Education
Greater Green Bay Chamber
Lana Vandervest
Comm. Specialist, Corp. Communications
WEC Energy Group