Nominations Now Open for United Way’s ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award

As part of their commitment to fostering the spirit of volunteerism, United Way of 1000 Lakes recognizes outstanding community members who dedicate their time to improving Itasca-area communities. Awarded annually, United Way celebrates the power of volunteerism with the Volunteer of the Year award, honoring inspirational individuals who go above and beyond and give selflessly to make our community a better place.

Nonprofit and community organizations operating in and around Itasca County are invited to nominate volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their service for this year’s award.

Volunteer recognition awards are one facet of United Way’s strategy to support increased volunteerism in the region, which also includes initiatives like Bonfire, an online volunteer portal (accessible at, and the Volunteer Coordinators Network (VCN), a collaborative of volunteer management professionals.

“We’re excited to highlight volunteers who give back throughout the Itasca area,” says United Way executive director Kimberly Brink Smith. “We’re committed to strengthening our region’s volunteer force, and what better way to do so than coming together and celebrating those who give back.”

The Volunteer of the Year award will be presented at United Way’s Community Celebration and ‘Best of’ Awards on May 23, 2024, at the Timberlake Lodge, with finalists receiving recognition during the ceremony. Award finalists will also be featured in an article during National Volunteer Month in April. The winner will be determined by a review committee made up of United Way’s Board of Directors and Community Impact Committee.

Nonprofit organizations wishing to submit a Volunteer of the Year nomination can learn more and complete a nomination form at Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 28, 2024. Questions can be directed to United Way staff at 218-999-7570 or