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In 2022, the former Volunteer Connections, through the Helpline Center, transitioned to Volunteer United with the Brookings Area United Way. Volunteer United is the connection between critical nonprofits and generous community members.

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Volunteer of the Month

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Do you know someone or a group of people who have gone above and beyond in serving the community? Nominate them for Volunteer United Volunteer of the Month Award to be recognized for their service!

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Volunteer of the Month Awardees

January 2024: Senior Boxes

The Senior Boxes program is run by seven core volunteers – Joyce Barse, Mark Binkley, David Clark, Don Jacobson, Lisa Marotz, Nanette Schroeder, and Leon Wrage – who cumulatively have around 55 years of experience. Once a month, the volunteers coordinate the distribution and delivery of the boxes, both in person and delivery. Before the start of 2023, when Brookings Area United Way began offering administrative support, these volunteers completely ran this program.

The Senior Box volunteers have made an invaluable difference for those receiving the boxes & have allowed this program to exist here in Brookings County.

February 2024: Helen Nielsen

Helen Nielsen has volunteered with Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity for four years, contributing over 450 hours. From folding newsletters and stuffing envelopes to keeping the entire office organized, her impact on the organization cannot be understated.

One of her most recent volunteer contributions has included organizing the entire office – almost half of her hours have come in the last seven months while leading this project. Helen ensures that everything has a proper place & has organized storage closets, filing cabinets, and even the utensils in the kitchen. Thanks to Helen, Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity has addressed issues surrounding affordable housing more efficiently in Brookings.

March 2024: Brookings Backpack Project Drivers

The Brookings Area United Way's Volunteer United program congratulates the Brookings Backpack Project drivers on being named the March 2024 Volunteer of the Month, an area-wide award program sponsored by First Bank & Trust.

The Brookings Backpack Project drivers help deliver nearly 500 bags of food to schools within Brookings County each week. Bags are delivered to all schools within Brookings, Elkton, and Volga to help ensure that kids have access to food over the weekend. The drivers deliver regardless of weather conditions and adjust their schedules when delivery is required early due to early releases or no school days. 

April 2024: Lorraine Kracke

Lorraine has volunteered with the Senior Companion Program since April 2014. Being that her 10th anniversary is this April, this nomination is fitting. During her time with the SCP, she has provided well over 7,000 hours of volunteering. In the last year, she has served an average of four weekly clients.

She helps them with many tasks, such as shopping, transporting them to doctor's appointments, encouraging exercise by attending classes at the Senior Citizen's Center, and helping them with crafts. SCP frequently hears from family members of Lorraine's SCP clients how grateful they are for Lorraine's companionship and consider her a "lifesaver" for all she has done and continues to do.

Four women and two men, smiling at the camera and celebrating the "Volunteer of the Month"

May 2024: Bob and Edna Noldan

Edna and Bob Noldan exhibit an unwavering dedication and commitment to the Brookings Activity Center. Edna and Bob are true team players, always willing to collaborate with others and contribute to the collective success of our organization. They foster a sense of camaraderie among volunteers and staff members, making everyone feel valued and appreciated. Their positive attitude and willingness to pitch in wherever needed make them an invaluable asset to our team.

"Edna and Bob actively take on leadership roles within our organizations, providing guidance and support to fellow volunteers and staff members. Their willingness to step up and take charge has been instrumental in driving our initiatives forward”, says
Park and Recreation Director Kristin Zimmerman.

Four women and two men, smiling at the camera and celebrating the "Volunteer of the Month"
A group of people smiling the camera and celebrating the June Volunteer of the Month

June 2024: Family Back2School Project

The work of dedicated volunteers, committed to the success of the youth in Brookings County, is the heart of the Family Back2School Project. “These volunteers tirelessly gather necessary supplies and organize a shopping day where students can select their school essentials in a store-like setting,” according to Brookings school district employee Michelle Vande Weerd.

The Family Back2School Project is pivotal to the success and comfortability of the students as they provide free school supplies to all students in Brookings County. The event also provides hygiene items, dental items, and assistance for a pair of shoes. We are grateful for all they do for our community.

A group of people smiling the camera and celebrating the June Volunteer of the Month
Four women smiling at the camera in celebration of the July Volunteer of the Month.

July 2024: Sandra VanderLugt

The Brookings Backpack Project is so appreciative of all the advice and progress she has been responsible for during her nine years. She served as board President for the past three years. “Sandy brought much knowledge and structure to the organization, and she will be greatly missed, as her term ends in October,” says Cathy Ching.  

She is currently handing out bags to summer participants and promises not to be a stranger and they want her to know that after one year off, she can apply to be board member again. We are so grateful for the work Sandy does for the community! 

Four women smiling at the camera in celebration of the July Volunteer of the Month.
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