Congratulations 2014 Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award Recipients

Thursday, April 23, 2015

2014 Wes Urch

(From left to right: Liesl Britzke, 2014 Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award Recipient, Peter Kelly, President and CEO at United Way Fox Cities, Mary Jo Buchberger, 2014 Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award Recipient, Diana Buechel, United Way Fox Cities Board Chair.)

Contributor: Peter C. Kelly, President and CEO at United Way Fox Cities

Every year, at the Annual Report the Community, we recognize an individual for his or her outstanding service to United Way Fox Cities. This is more than "volunteer of the year" recognition; the Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award is given to an individual for their years of volunteerism helping us achieve our mission of building a stronger, more caring community for everyone. This year the award committee wished to honor two volunteers for their years of service to United Way Fox Cities:

Mary Jo Buchberger

Mary Jo Buchberger has been an integral part of our community impact work since 2004. She began as a member of the Strengthening Families Impact Area, quickly rising to take a leadership role in 2006. In 2011, Mary Jo was asked to take on a leadership role with the Community Impact Council, the group of volunteers that oversees all of United Way Fox Cities' investments in agency programs; including a total of 98 programs this past cycle. Next month, Mary Jo will lead the volunteers through their deliberations and decisions for funding programs in 2016 - 2017. 

In her years of service with United Way Fox Cities, Mary Jo has been a member and/or leader of 11 different committees. Mary Jo is committed to building a stronger, more caring community for all. She has used her extensive management and facilitation skills to lead efforts that improve the lives of people in the Fox Cities. She has been, and continues to be, a mentor to United Way staff.

Liesl Britzke

Liesl Britzke was nominated, in part, for her work with Emerging Leaders, United Way's affinity group for people under 40 who invest in creating lasting change in the Fox Cities. Six years ago, Emerging Leaders wanted to create a signature event that would engage many of their members in service to the community. From that planning, the Emerging Leaders Valentine's Day Family Festival was created. This past February, nearly 1,000 people attended the festival to enjoy a morning of fun and entertainment. An event of this magnitude takes visionary leadership and attention to the smallest details - both of which Liesl has demonstrated from the time Valentine's Day Family Festival was just an idea to the very successful sixth annual festival, two months ago. 

Liesl also volunteers for United Way Fox Cities in the workplace. As the Human Resources Manager at Bergstrom Automotive, Liesl helps to coordinate and implement our campaign in 17 local dealerships and 13 locations served by other United Ways throughout the state. Liesl is truly an emerging community leader and has fully blossomed into a dynamic volunteer.

View additional photos from the 2014 Annual Report to the Community