Local Youth Volunteers Make an Impact

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Youth Alliance

United Way Fox Cities' Youth Board co-leaders are recognized as outstanding
youth volunteers at the 21st Annual Fox Cities Youth Alliance Service Awards.

Contributor: Susan Perri, Marketing & Communications Assistant at United Way Fox Cities

What's the first thing that comes to mind when I ask you what you think our area youth are doing with their free time? Would you say video games? Social media? Getting into trouble? Well, let me tell you, you are (at least partially) wrong.

Last Friday, I had the privilege of attending the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin's 21st Annual Fox Cities Youth Alliance Service Awards ceremony to recognize outstanding youth volunteers. Nominations for the award were submitted by anyone in the community who wanted to acknowledge the amazing accomplishments of area youth; nominees included groups and individuals who found time to regularly volunteer their talents and energy at school, in the community and within non-profit organizations, despite their already busy schedules. Co-leaders from United Way's Youth Board were among the nominees recognized for their on-going service throughout the Fox Cities.

Ann Huelsbeck, a staff member of the Volunteer Center, and point-person for the event, said, "I read through all of the nominations and these students make me want to be a better person, to help improve our community and teach my kids the value of giving back. They are truly inspiring!"

Over 150 people, including parents, grandparents, teachers, advisors, administrators and Volunteer Center board members, attended the luncheon to show their support. Thirty-nine individuals and eight groups were nominated for their outstanding work. Each of the nominee's accomplishments were acknowledged by Bill Jartz, news anchor at WBAY-TV 2, as they made their way to the front of the room to receive a certificate and a round of applause. I'm sure, like me, everyone who attended the event walked away in awe of the youth in our community and moved by their commitment, at such a young age, to giving back to those in need. If you ever get a chance to attend this event or any other volunteer recognition event, please seize the opportunity - trust me - it will be worth your time!

To view more photos from the Youth Alliance Awards, please visit the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin's Facebook page.

If you feel inspired to volunteer, please visit the Volunteer Center's website service called "Get Connected" or contact the Volunteer Center by calling 920-832-9360 to find an opportunity.