The Power of Volunteers

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jean Maurice and Sue

Jean Maurice Boyer and Sue DeCaro, recipients of the Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award, pose with Peter Kelly, President and CEO at United Way Fox Cities.

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

April 23rd to 29th marks National Volunteer Week, a perfect time to thank our volunteers for all they do to help us build a stronger, more caring community. We want to thank our nearly 300 volunteers who give more than 5,000 hours each year and lend their time, talent, and voice to support United Way Fox Cities! We couldn't do our work without you.

Earlier this week, at our Annual Report to the Community, we recognized two individuals for their years of volunteerism helping us achieve our mission. Jean Maurice Boyer and Sue DeCaro received the Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award, named in honor of Wes Urch, who was the first executive director of the Neenah-Menasha Community Chest and remained a very active community volunteer after retirement.
Jean Maurice Boyer
Jean Maurice Boyer began volunteering on our Children & Youth Impact Area in 2011. He has served as Vice Chair since 2012. The traditional role and responsibilities of impact area volunteers is to learn about key issues in the community, identify unmet needs, and make difficult decisions on where to invest community dollars. Jean Maurice immerses himself in this work to ensure he is well educated. Heidi Dusek, Jean Maurice’s nominator, has great news for all of us, “Anyone who has ever worked with a committee needs and wants a Jean Maurice Boyer on their team. Anyone who invests in the community through United Way can be assured that their money was invested not only thoughtfully, but in a way that will make a difference.”
Sue DeCaro
Sue DeCaro began volunteering for United Way 2-1-1 in September 2007. Weather permitting, Sue is in our office almost weekly. United Way 2-1-1 is an information and referral service that connects callers to health and human services. As you can imagine, this service depends on a robust, current database. Sue helps us identify new programs and services for inclusion in the 2-1-1 database and assists in updating over 1,700 existing records. Sue also assists with almost every aspect of 2-1-1, from accreditation to targeted mailings. Sue’s nominator, Lisa Smith, used the following quote to sum up Sue’s work, “Even the smallest act of caring is like a drop of water; it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.” Sue’s work is quietly rippling throughout the Fox Cities.

Congratulations and thank you, Jean Maurice and Sue!