Author Archives: Linda Remsburg

Nominate outstanding volunteers for U.P. Service Awards

It’s National Volunteer Week and what better way to recognize the outstanding volunteers in your neck of the Upper Peninsula than nominating them for a U.P. Service Award!

Recipients of the 2017 U.P. Service Awards pose with their plaques during the U.P. Nonprofit Conference Oct. 12, 2017. 

Making a nomination for the U.P. Service Awards is great for a number of reasons:

  1. If your nominee is chosen as an award recipient, they and a guest will be invited to the U.P. Nonprofit Conference Oct. 18 where they will be treated like volunteer rock stars during a special U.P. Service Awards luncheon. They will receive a beautiful plaque and have the opportunity to take part in the full conference.
  2. Whether your nominee is chosen as the recipient in their category, they will be duly recognized and honored. They will receive a letter notifying them that you thought so highly of their efforts that you took the time to nominate them. They will also receive a certificate of recognition and thanks, suitable for framing, for their outstanding service.
  3. Your nomination helps shine the spotlight on your local community and the wonderful things that volunteers are making happen there.
  4. Recipients and nominees may also be featured on WLUC TV6’s UPside.
  5. Most importantly, your nominee’s story will no doubt inspire others to make volunteer service a part of their lives too. That’s great for everyone!

There are five categories of awards. Click on the links to make your nomination in each category. Or download a printable nomination form. The youth, adult and senior awards honor individuals who are making a positive difference in their communities.

The volunteer program award recognizes the importance of groups or organizations in driving volunteer activity. Nonprofits, schools, service clubs, faith-based organizations, national service programs and community coalitions are examples of potential nominees.

The business community leader award honors a for-profit business that supports its community through charitable acts such as corporate volunteer programs, monetary or in-kind contributions or employee-driven volunteering.

Nominations are open through June 1. Your nomination will help us say a collective THANK YOU to those volunteers that do so much to make the U.P. a great place to live.

Listen up, adults. The kids have got this.

When young people find their voice, positive things happen. Right now, students in Marquette and around the nation are joining survivors of the Parkland school shooting in organizing March for Our Lives events that will take place tomorrow. These aren’t college students, but high schoolers, middle schoolers and even elementary-aged kids. They are stepping up… Continue Reading

Meet the U.P.’s unsung heroes

Meet the U.P.’s unsung heroes

You meet some of the nicest people in the nonprofit sector. This was especially the case at the recent U.P. Nonprofit Conference hosted by Grow & Lead. There were a lot of first-time attendees at the conference this year, so I met a lot of new people that day. Every one of them was nothing… Continue Reading

Let’s rise to the challenge of adverse childhood experiences

The other day a young adult friend and I were talking about Challenge Day, a national program that helps schools break down barriers between student peers as well as between students and adults in order to foster a school climate where everyone feels safe, appreciated and able to be their best selves. It’s an intense… Continue Reading

Graduation and alcohol don’t mix

High school graduation will soon be here. With graduation come open houses and other parties. With parties often comes drinking. I’d like to remind all community members to be extra vigilant this time of year to keep our young people safe and healthy by keeping alcohol out of their hands. Some parents may be tempted… Continue Reading

Little Ukulele Makes Mighty Impact

Little Ukulele Makes Mighty Impact

What do ukuleles, the U.P. and kids have in common? If you answered “Yooper Uke Week,” give yourself a point. If you answered “They all hold a special place in Linda’s heart,” give yourself two. Hiawatha Music Co-op recently sponsored the second annual Yooper Uke Week which celebrates the small, but mighty, ukulele which has… Continue Reading

EQ + IQ = Success

We all know what IQ stands for, right? It’s short for Intelligence Quotient, a measure of our cognitive and intellectual intelligence. But how about EQ? This lesser-known acronym stands for Emotional Quotient, a measure of our emotional intelligence. At a pre-holiday in-service training for GLCYD staff, we learned all about emotional intelligence or EI, for… Continue Reading

Youth on Nonprofit Boards

With a name like Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that our organization has young people on its board of directors. However, you might be surprised to know just how much our youth board members contribute. Out of 15 board members, currently three are under age 18. The… Continue Reading