Volunteer Awards and Thank You Event

Greater Mankato Area United Way’s Volunteer Awards & Thank You event takes place each February to recognize our volunteers’ commitment to improving people’s lives in our region.

2021 Volunteer Thank You Week

Greater Mankato Area United Way’s annual Volunteer Thank You Event went virtual in 2021. We recognized volunteers and presented our awards during a week-long virtual celebration. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who make our work possible!

2021 Volunteer Award Winners

2021 Campaign Chair:
Jessica Blais, Country 103.5 - Alpha Media

Volunteer of the Year Award:
Steve Weisbecker, Lloyd Management

Community Impact Volunteer Award:
Eric Boelter, Community Bank

Community Champion Award:
Kate Cox, Project for Teens
Nate Erickson, Ophthalmology Associates

Partner Agency Champion Award:
Jenny Stratton, Connecting Kids

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Award:
Private Sector – Rick Sellner, Dotson Iron Castings
Public Sector – Justin Neumann, Mankato Department of Public Safety
Regional Sector – Bill Gronseth, St. Peter Public Schools

Click here to watch our 2021 volunteer recognition videos. 

2021 Volunteer Thank You Week Sponsor:
Alpha Media Mankato

 

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Previous Volunteer Award Winners

2020 Campaign Chair: Mike Kunkel, CCF Bank

Volunteer of the Year: Matt Norland, Meyer & Norland Financial Group

Community Impact Volunteer of the Year: Justin Neumann, City of Mankato

Community Champion: Tasha O’Hara, (MIO) Mankato Independent Originals

Regional Champion: Diane Beckmann, Thrivent Financial - Waseca

Partner Champion: Ray Brauer, Boy Scouts

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Paul Peterson, District #77

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Private ECLs of the Year: Colin McKissick & Christine Hodges, NIDEC/Kato Engineering

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Regional ECLs of the Year: Brandon Mohr & Kayla Cremers, TBEI


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2019 Campaign Chair: Shane Van Engen, Frandsen Bank & Trust

Volunteers of the Year: Melissa Bradley, Snell Motors & Kevin Velasquez, Blethen Berens

Community Impact Volunteer of the Year: Brianna Kerry, Capstone

Community Champion: Cory Abels, CCF Bank

Partner Champion: Jen Theneman, Partners for Affordable Housing

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Meghan Velasquez, VINE Faith in Action

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Private ECL of the Year: Katie Dougall, Navitor Specialty Products

Employee Campaign Leader of the Year Regional ECL of the Year: Heather Ahlers, Agropur, Inc.

Board Chair: Kay Wallerich, Wallerich Consulting

2018 Campaign Chair: Eric Boelter, Community Bank

Volunteer of the Year: Jolene Wall, US Bank

Community Impact Volunteer of the Year: Patrick Baker, Greater Mankato Growth

Community Champion: Tonya Hobbie, Bolton & Menk

Partner Champions: Vickie Apel, SMILES & Garry Hart, SMART Transit

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Iris Clark, Open Door Health Center

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Private ECLs of the Year: Stephanie Sandey, Navitor & Susan Weingartz, Navitor

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Regional ECL of the Year: JaDee Pals, TBEI

Volunteer of the Year: Lori Benike, SCHEELS

Community Impact Volunteer Award: Trisha Rosenfeld, Xcel Energy

Community Champions: George & Jess, Country 103, Alpha Media

Partner Champion: Cheryl Hamond, Mankato Family YMCA

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Barb Macrafic, District #77

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Private ECL of the Year: Mike Kunkel, Pioneer Bank

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Regional ECLs of the Year: Cody Mulcahy & Amy Martius, Cinch in Waseca

Community Impact Volunteer of the Year: Katie Smentek, Mankato Clinic

Community Champion: Jeff Lang (Stunt Monkey), Radio Mankato

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Public/Nonprofit ECL of the Year: Jeff Johnson & his committee, City of Mankato

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Regional ECLs of the Year: Emily Nelson, Round Bank

Employee Campaign Leaders of the Year Private ECL of the Year: Jeremy Pieper, Ridley

Volunteer of the Year: Jolinda Grabinowski

 

 

Volunteer of the Year: Phil Slingsby, SCHEELS