The WPS Volunteer Awards are presented to individuals and groups who have performed outstanding volunteer service in their communities. The awards are sponsored by WPS and the Volunteer Center of Brown County. Nominations are due by March 7, 2014. If you have further questions regarding the completion of this application, please contact The Volunteer Center at 920-429-9445.
An independent panel of community leaders will choose a recipient and runner-up in each of the following categories:
- Youth Award - Sponsored by Schreiber Foods, Inc.: 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 in this category.
- Adult Award — Sponsored by Georgia-Pacific: An individual who is 19 years of age or older.
- Education Award - Sponsored by Green Bay Packaging, Inc.: An individual who volunteers specifically in the area of education for pre-kindergarten through college.
- Volunteer Leadership Award - Sponsored by Schneider National Foundation: An individual who demonstrates community impact through a leadership role. This award is often given to people who are current or past members of committees, task forces, boards of directors.
- Heart of Gold Lifetime Achievement Award - Sponsored by Merrill Lynch: A volunteer whose lifetime of service exemplifies notable achievement in community service. The award has typically been given to a volunteer who is 65+ years of age.
- Small Group Award - Sponsored by Bellin Health Systems: A group of ten or fewer volunteers whose combined efforts have strengthened the community.
- Large Group Award - Sponsored by the Green Bay Packers: A group of more than ten volunteers that has enhanced the community through their volunteer achievements.
The recipient of the Youth award will receive a personal $500 scholarship and the runner up will receive a $100 scholarship.
All other award recipients will receive $500 to give to the non-profit organization of their choice, and runners-up will receive $100 to give to their favorite charity.
All nominees, or representatives of group nominees, are invited to the WPS Volunteer Awards Breakfast as guests of the sponsors. This inspirational event will take place on April 10, 2014 at the KI Convention Center. Recipients and runners-up will be announced at that time.
- 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.
- Nominee's organization must qualify for a 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.
- Nominations of residents from the following counties are encouraged: Brown, Shawano, Oconto, Kewaunee, Manitowoc and Calumet.
- Volunteer service in other communities will be considered, e.g. disaster relief efforts in other communities. Call the Volunteer Center at 920-429-9445 for clarification.
Nomination Form Instructions
- Nomination forms must be filled out completely. Incomplete online nomination forms will not be saved for completion at a later date.
- Apply online or download a PDF of the nomination form.
- Individuals or groups may nominate more than one candidate or may nominate themselves.
- Past recipients or runners-up of the WPS Volunteer Awards are ineligible to receive the award again for three years.
- Volunteers can only receive an award in one category.
- A maximum of two attachments are allowed to be submitted with the nomination form (Example: reference letters, newspaper articles, etc.).
- 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.