It’s time to turn the spotlight on your volunteers! You decide who to recognize – choose one of those rare and special individuals who consistently come to the aide of others. Most likely, the hardest part of this process is deciding who to recognize. Start your new year by thinking about those who have been vital to the success of your organization or cause through outstanding volunteer service.

The Community Foundation and the Pledge for Life Partnership once again join the United Way in celebrating the achievements of outstanding community volunteers at the 29th Annual Kankakee County Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.  This celebration will be held April 28 at the Kankakee Country Club.  This special event, originally established by the Junior League of Kankakee County in 1989, has been instrumental in recognizing the broad and significant impact of volunteerism in Kankakee County for the past 28 years.

You are cordially invited to nominate an individual (or couple) who has displayed outstanding volunteer service and who is an inspiration to others.  Nominations for Outstanding Volunteers are being accepted in the following categories:

Arts and Culture – Civic – Education – Environment – Health – Recreation/Sports – Religious/Spiritual – Social Services – Youth Volunteer (21 years old or less)

The Volunteer Recognition Committee will review applications and select a minimum of five winners, plus one youth winner (age 21 and younger).   Previous winners are not eligible to win again.  Only one nomination will be accepted per organization.  Nominees must either live in Kankakee County or provide their volunteer services in Kankakee County.

Print application here: Updated 2017 VRL Nomination Form 2.16.

You may also request an electronic version of the nomination form by sending an email to

Nominations must include the form provided and be received no later than February 24.   You may either e-mail your nomination to the above email address or send it to Alice Argyelan, at 720C Grove Way Bourbonnais, IL 60914.  For additional information or inquiries, please call Arlene at (815) 937-4882.

Previous Outstanding Volunteer Awards

These six awards (five adults and one youth) have been chosen based on the nominee demonstration of commendable service to others.


Harold Award Winner

The Harold Award is presented to one individual who has continual provided outstanding service and dedication to our youth.

2016 – Danny Wetzel

2015 – Lutipa Sorich

2014 – Jackie LaMotte Haas

2012 – Sandra Knight

2011 – Roxanne Hooper

2010 – James Riordan

2009 – Grace Seggebruch

2008 – Michael C. Power

2007 – Marie Cardosi

2006 – Paul Snellenberger

2005 – Pam Lee JoAnne Schwade

2004 – Kay Pangle

2003 – Kay Green

2002 – Jean Alice Small

2001 – Karen James Deb Baron

2000 – Al Lemon

1999 – Brenda Wetzel

1998 – Lura Lynn Ryan, Walter J. Charlton