2023 WPS Volunteer Awards

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Greater Green Bay Community Foundation Logo

Thursday, April 27

Lambeau Field Atrium

Breakfast at 7:15 am / Program at 8:00 am

Do you know a volunteer, group of volunteers, or nonprofit organization that deserves recognition?
Nominate them for the 2023 WPS Volunteer Awards!
The nomination period is open through February 27.

New this year: We’ve added a category, the Nonprofit Impact Award! Read on to learn more.

Before submitting a nomination, please review this information on eligibility requirements and nominations in general.


Made possible by event sponsor Wisconsin Public Service, along with the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and our generous award sponsors – Capital Credit Union, Constellation, Festival Foods, The George Kress Foundation, Georgia-Pacific, Green Bay Packers Give Back, Nicolet National Bank, 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. Additionally, funds raised before, during, and after the event allow the Volunteer Center to continue our mission of creating a stronger community by engaging volunteers to support nonprofit partners.

The annual WPS Volunteer Awards is always 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. In 2022, we gathered with over 500 attendees at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay to recognize our more than 900 nominees and shine a spotlight on the winners and runners-up in eight different award categories.

In 2023, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Volunteer Awards and the 50th anniversary of the Volunteer Center, we are adding a new category, the Nonprofit Impact Award, which will highlight three local nonprofits!

The award amounts (for all but the Nonprofit Impact category) are $1,000 for recipients and $500 for the runners-up, which will be gifted to the nonprofit of their choosing. Youth receive these amounts as scholarships. In the Nonprofit Impact category, three organizations will be awarded $1,000 each, sorted by level of annual operating budget (up to $299,999; $300,00-$999,999; over $1 million).


To see highlights of the 2022 WPS Volunteer Awards and read about the recipients and runners-up, click HERE.


Award Sponsors and Categories

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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.

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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.

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Nicolet National Bank Arts and Culture Volunteer Award
This award is for an individual or group who has provided service to organizations and activities that promote arts and culture in our area.

Festival Foods

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

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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.

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Capital Credit Union Nonprofit Impact Award
This award recognizes three nonprofits that have continually demonstrated mission and program impact through the use of volunteers.


Information About Nominations

Eligibility:

  • 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, groups, or nonprofits 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.
  • The award amounts (for all but the Nonprofit Impact category) are $1,000 for recipients and $500 for the runners-up, which will be gifted to the nonprofit of their choosing. Youth receive these amounts as scholarships. In the Nonprofit Impact category, three organizations will be awarded $1,000 each, sorted by level of annual operating budget (up to $299,999; $300,00-$999,999; over $1 million).

Nomination Form Instructions:

  • Nomination forms must be filled out completely. The nomination period will be open until 5:00 pm CST on February 27.
  • You may nominate more than one candidate (fill out a separate form for each) or may nominate yourself.
  • Past recipients or 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 receive an award in one category in any given year.
  • 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 supporting documents to awards@volunteergb.org and put the category and name of the nominee in the subject line. Please do NOT send links to videos or websites, and do not submit 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) — or, for the Nonprofit Impact category, the organization’s logo — will be used during the presentation and may be used in promotional materials. Please submit a photo or the logo (JPEG or PNG) by 5:00 pm CST on Friday, March 31 to awards@volunteergb.org. Please put the category and name of the nominee in the subject line.

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


Are you ready to nominate an individual, group, or nonprofit? Choose one of the options below.


Thank you to our other sponsors!

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Volunteer Champion
American National Bank
Volunteer Impact

2023 WPS Awards Judges

Ace Champion / TV Chef
Tim Daanen / President, B&D Warehouse
Kim Desotell / President, GRACE School System
Mark Dunning / Director of Business Development, NorthCoast Media Group, LLC
Cam Fuller / Director of Athletics and Physical Education, St. Norbert College
Amanda Gay / Manager of Donor Engagement and Stewardship, Greater Green Bay Community Foundation
Barbara Koldos / Vice President, Business Development, New North, Inc.
Maria Lara / Adjunct Faculty and Corporate Trainer, NWTC, Corporate Trainer, CTED, and Co-Founder, Latino Professionals Association of NEW
Paul Martzke / President, Immel Construction
Lisa Metcalf / Area Executive Vice President, Gallagher Benefit Services
Bobbie J. Nuthals / Manager, HR Strategy & Services, WEC Energy Group
Heather Wessley / Director of Community Engagement, Fox Communities Credit Union