“The gathering place,” a Potawatomi translation for the name, Milwaukee. This is an exciting time for the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, because it's the time of year when they gather volunteers and leaders in recognition for all their contributions that make this city great at the 35th Annual Inspire by Example Awards Celebration, Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
It takes careful planning to build a city. In fact, there is currently more than $2 billion invested in upcoming projects in the city including major projects that will enhance the city landscape and experience. These include the downtown sports and entertainment complex, the Milwaukee streetcar, the 32-story Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, and two additional hotels, the Kimpton and Springhill Suites.
Although the city is investing in major infrastructure, it's the daily investment of volunteer efforts that truly build a community and elevate the culture within that infrastructure - connecting businesses, neighborhoods and people.
In fact, the Milwaukee area ranks third in volunteerism according to the Volunteering and Civic Life in America report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in volunteer service each year. While that is a great statistic,it also means there could be many people around the city who quietly go about their volunteer work, making a major impact but receiving little recognition.
That's why NPC puts enormous time and effort into the Annual Inspire by Example Awards Event. NPC staff is delighted to find these “gems and tell their stories,” says Bonnie Andrews of Volunteer MIlwaukee. “The event has a great reputation of telling the story of great volunteers, highlighting the work done by the nonprofits they serve and leaving everyone inspired.”
"With over 6,000 nonprofits, nominations have been flooding in for our youth, adult, team and business volunteer categories," said Andrews. All winners will be announced March 7th and recognized at the awards celebration in addition to a $500 cash award for their nonprofit. There will also be a professional volunteer manager recognized for the Wile Volunteer Management Award, and one board director for the Swigart Board Leadership Award.
Each nominee is being selected based on their volunteer accomplishments, community impact and enhancing the lives of others.
Join us at the beginning of the National Volunteer Week on Wednesday, April 19 to recognize nominees of this year’s Inspire by Example volunteer awards at the Tripoli Shrine Center in Milwaukee. Register here for this inspiring event!
If you are a business, consider supporting this celebration of volunteerism with a sponsorship. Click here for event sponsorship information.
For more information email Debbie Knepke, Corporate and Events Manager, or give her a call at 414-269-8576.
Amanda Smolinski, a Milwaukee native, is a Masters student in the Masters of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University in New York City, humanitarian photojournalist signed with VWPics in Spain, a 12-year Army Veteran in foreign aid/Civil Military Operations, and founder of FIT to RISE, a US-based nonprofit, empowering underprivileged youth globally through health and fitness.