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Celebrating Volunteers

Honoring Those Who Give from the Heart

The 2021 Celebrating Volunteers Awardees
have been selected!

Award recipients will be announced daily this week during National Volunteer Week for these awards:

Monday, April 26: Announcing our
Health Care Volunteer Award!

Congratulations, Vicki Vogel!


Well Done!

Daily Award Announcements:

Each year we celebrate the people in the Fox Valley who go above and beyond to help make the community a better place with their gifts of time. In order to keep the community safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, Celebrating Volunteers sponsors Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and NBC26 will not host an in-person event in 2021. Instead, award recipients will be honored in other special ways.

Each recipient will receive $5,000 to give to a local nonprofit organization and the youth winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship and $1,000 to donate to a nonprofit of his or her choice.

In 2020, a total of $26,000 was  given to local charities in the names of the recipients thanks to our award sponsors. Since 1998, award sponsors have given $749,500 to local charities selected by their awardees! 

Walter Zerrenner

2020 Paul and Elaine Groth Mentoring Award

Sponsored By Mielke Family Foundation

Chad Kazel

2020 Janet Berry Volunteer of the Year

Sponsored By Amcor

Justice Moore

2020 Youth Scholarship Award

Sponsored By Community First Credit Union

2020 Recipients

Hover over a recipient to learn more

Betsy Rachubinski

2020 Health Care Volunteer Award

Sponsored By Ascension and ThedaCare

Capital Credit Union & Pillars

2020 Business Partnership Award

Sponsored By SECURA

Mary Beth Nienhaus

2020 Walter L. Rugland Community Service Award

Sponsored By Volunteer Fox Cities in partnership with Thrivent