Volunteer Center of Brown County launches 'Seeds of Hope' awards

Posted at 1:52 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 20:21:33-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26) -- The Volunteer Center of Brown County has launched a new awards program to highlight some of the great work being done through the coronavirus pandemic.

The 'Seeds of Hope' awards will recognize five outstanding volunteers in the greater Green Bay area and surrounding communities.

“It’s important for us to highlight what it is that they’re doing and to make sure that they are aware that they are appreciated," Volunteer Center community engagement coordinator Melissa Jagodinsky said. “It’s a really neat feeling to be a part of it all.”

Jagodinsky said there are all kinds of ways to get involved in the community right now. We've seen volunteer teams help deliver food to people in need, sew masks, and donate their time and effort.

“There’s a lot out there," Jagodinsky said. "It just might take a little bit of digging to find what you’re looking for. There are opportunities you can do from home or virtual opportunities like sewing masks, like decorating cards for seniors in nursing homes.”

Decorating cards has been a personal mission for Jayne Black, the president of Creative Kids Rock. During the pandemic she has worked virtually with children to draw and color cards that are delivered into local nursing homes. Black has also led efforts to have children color lunch bags that are used in school meal programs.

“If you’re having a bad day, knowing that you can in a small way or a big way impact someone else and make someone else's life better, it’s so important," Black said. “Get out there and make a difference.”

If you or someone you know should be nominated for the Seeds of Hope awards, you can do so here. The five volunteers chosen will each get $200 to donate to the charity of their choosing.