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Spirit of Sheboygan County Volunteer Awards

Spirit of Sheboygan County Awards

This annual awards ceremony celebrates individuals, groups, and companies that epitomize the spirit of giving throughout the year.

Meaningful community solutions aren’t possible without people, from all walks of life, rolling up their sleeves to share their time and talent. The true spirit of giving resides in the hearts of individuals that give with no expectation of anything in return. We are so lucky to have such generous people that support our community.

Help us recognize the volunteer work happening in Sheboygan County!

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This year's event will take place on April 27th from 11a to 1p at The American Club.

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Event Information

  • Date: April 27th, 2023 
  • Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Doors open at 11 a.m.; Lunch served at 11:30 a.m.; Awards Ceremony starts at Noon
  • Location: The American Club
  • Tickets will be available closer to the event.

Award Category Descriptions

  • Volunteer of the Year – Honors an individual volunteer that embodies the spirit of giving.
  • Group/Team Volunteers of the Year – Honors a group/team of two or more people that volunteer together on the same project under a group/team name.
  • Youth Volunteer Star – Honors an individual volunteer, under the age of 18, that embodies the spirit of giving.
  • Outstanding Volunteer Board of Directors – Honors a nonprofit board that has shown exceptional leadership in driving a nonprofit organization.
  • Community Spirit Award – Honors a corporation that has made a substantial impact in the community by encouraging the spirit of giving to their employees by promoting volunteer opportunities to their employees, engaging in volunteer activities and/or providing paid time for employees to volunteer.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Honors an individual volunteer who has exhibited a lifelong commitment to volunteerism and community stewardship.

Nomination Information

Nominate online by clicking here or download the application (Nominations-FINAL-listing-for-website.docx) and email it to or mail it to 2020 Erie Avenue, Sheboygan. 

Who is eligible for you to nominate?

Your nominee must be a resident or group within Sheboygan County. You cannot nominate someone you are related to, someone who has passed away, an elected politician currently in office.

Selection process

An advisory committee, made up of community volunteers and United Way Board Members, reviews all nominations to make the selection. All nominees will be notified of their nomination and their name(s) will be listed on United Way of Sheboygan County's website at that time.

Award presentation

Spirit Awards will be held in person during National Volunteer Month (April). All nominees, finalists, and nominators will be notified of any special registration options and details.

Questions? Contact us by calling 920-458-3425 or emailing

Last Year Nominees and Finalists

Youth Volunteer Star Award

  • Isaac Gozdziewski* (Winner)

Group/Team Volunteers of the Year Award

  • DU Greenwing Day Committee
  • Great Marriages Mentor Couples*
  • Scott & Kathy Labonte
  • Coach Chris Guy & the Lakeshore United TOP Soccer Buddies*
  • George Palmer and Keith Shearer* (Winner)
  • Uptown Social Knitting Group

Outstanding Volunteer Board of Directors Award

  • Love INC of Sheboygan County Board of Directors*
  • Partners' Board of Directors* (Winner)
  • Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors*

Community Spirit Award

  • Cleveland State Bank – Charity Squad*
  • Johnsonville Sausage
  • Kohler Credit Union* (Winner)
  • UnitedOne Credit Union*

Volunteer of the Year Award

  • Heidi Hediger*
  • Mona Mair* (Winner)
  • Ray Peterson
  • Vicki Ritchie
  • Steven Schmitt*
  • Gregg Watson

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Carol Dussault*
  • Marilyn Montemayor* (Winner)

Youth Volunteer Star

  • 2020 – Chelsea Braun
  • 2019 – Allison Kreft
  • 2018 – Dustin Eilers
  • 2017 – Cordell Plopper
  • 2016 – Our Savior’s Lutheran Youth Group and Confirmation Class

Group/Team Volunteers of the Year

  • 2021 – Sheboygan Mask Makers (Click here for their acceptance video.)
  • 2020 – Kohler-Andrae Friday Group
  • 2019 – Girls Reaching Out (Water wells built in Malawi)
  • 2018 – ReStore Volunteers (Habitat for Humanity)
  • 2017 – IDEAS Academy students and teacher Tim Pasche
  • 2016 – Sheboygan Symphony Carolers

Community Spirit Award Previous Winners

  • 2020 – Wells Fargo
  • 2019 – HSA Bank
  • 2018 – Sargento
  • 2017 – Johnsonville Sausage
  • 2016 – Kohler Co.

Outstanding Volunteer Board of Directors

  • 2020 – Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County
  • 2019 – RCS Employment Services Advisory Board
  • 2018 – Above & Beyond Children’s Museum
  • 2017 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Sheboygan County
  • 2016 – Habitat for Humanity Lakeside Board of Directors

Volunteer of the Year

Lifetime Achievement Award

2021 Special Categories

Outstanding Essential Worker(s) Nominees:

Community Nonprofit Spirit Nominees: