Volunteer Awards

2017 Outstanding

Volunteer Awards

Volunteers are an important foundation of many nonprofit agencies, and bring many skills and resources. United Way provides local organizations an opportunity to recognize their volunteers through the annual Outstanding Volunteer Awards.

Volunteers are recognized in five categories:

Youth, Adult, Senior, Business, and Group

Nominations are accepted until February 22, 2017. The United Way William B. Quarton Society committee then chooses three finalists in each category and the community votes for the winning volunteers. Winners in each category receive $500 to donate to a nonprofit of their choice and are announced at our annual recognition event held on April 20, 2017.

Nominate a deserving volunteer


2016 Outstanding Volunteer Finalists

Award winners are highlighted in orange.

Youth Finalists:

  • Madhuri Belkale
    Cedar Rapids Public Library
  • Jacqueline Luna
    Young Parents Network
  • Sydney Rieckhoff
    HD Youth Center

Senior Finalists:

  • Scott Chariton
    Iowa Legal Aid
  • Gloria Ford
    Camp Courageous
  • Joan Miller
    Meals on Wheels

Business Finalists:

  • ImOn Communiations
    Various nonprofits
  • Lynch Ford Chevrolet
    Young Parents Network
  • Wells Fargo
    Various nonprofits

Adult Finalists:

  • Andy Hepker
    HACAP and various nonprofits
  • Aimee Noehren
    Linn Mar Community Schools
  • Dave Richardson
    Meals on Wheels

Group Finalists:

  • Leslee Sandberg & Kate Rose
    Jane Boyd
  • Mount Mercy Enactus Club
    Catherine McAuley Center
  • Volunteer Ombudsmen, Linn & Jones Counties
    Local nursing facilities

Nomination Guidelines

  1. The nominee’s volunteer service must be in United Way of East Central Iowa’s service area (Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Jones, or Linn counties).
  2. Nominee’s volunteer organization must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and serve the community at large. Religious or professional groups providing services only to their members are not eligible.
  3. You may nominate only ONE outstanding volunteer or group per category. You may not enter the same volunteer or group in additional categories.
  4. Volunteer service must be acts for which the nominee did not receive financial compensation. Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, such as gasoline, is acceptable.
  5. Submitted materials cannot be returned, and through submission, you are giving permission for their future use in promotions or editorials.
  6. You may submit nominations for each of the five categories. One form must be completed for each category.