Category Archives: Human Relations

Nominations sought for 2020 Upper Peninsula wide volunteer awards

Nominations sought for 2020 Upper Peninsula wide volunteer awards

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development announces the 12th annual U.P. Service Awards program to honor outstanding volunteers across the Upper Peninsula. Nominations of volunteers serving anywhere in the U.P. will be accepted through June 12.

“It’s National Volunteer Week, and we’re excited to open this year’s  awards in honor of all the amazing volunteers in the U.P.,” said Grow & Lead Associate Linda Remsburg.

“In challenging times like the current pandemic, the importance of volunteers is especially clear.  Whether it’s making masks and face shields for health care workers or coordinating efforts to feed families, volunteers are stepping up where needed,” Remsburg said. “Even in better times, volunteers meet critical needs every day that otherwise wouldn’t get met.”

Anyone can make a nomination in the categories of youth, adult and senior volunteer, business community leader and volunteer program.

“We would love to see nominations from all over the peninsula,” Remsburg said.

Nomination forms can be submitted online or downloaded and mailed to Grow & Lead’s office at 712 Chippewa Square, Suite 200, Marquette, MI 49855.

Award recipients will be honored during a luncheon at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, October 22. Recipients are invited to take part in the entire conference compliments of Grow & Lead.

All nominees will receive a letter of thanks and certificate of recognition for their volunteer contributions.

 

Marquette County residents, business, organization receive U.P. Service Awards

Marquette County residents, business, organization receive U.P. Service Awards

Three Marquette County residents, a business and a nonprofit organization were honored during the 10th annual U.P. Service Awards program at the recent U.P. Nonprofit Conference. The awards are given annually by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development to recognize exemplary volunteer and charitable efforts throughout the U.P. in the categories of youth, under… Continue Reading

Teach Me a Thing or Two

When we hear the word “mentor,” I think most automatically assume that the mentor is older than the person being mentored. Wisdom and knowledge don’t automatically come with age and experience. Oh yes, I have had many mentors throughout my 55 years who were older than me. Looking back, the common trait possessed by these… Continue Reading

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

The start of a new year has many of us setting goals, whether at work or in our personal lives. Pick goals that motivate you If you are setting a personal goal, start with something you really want to accomplish and are motivated to work on. Don’t start with the most dreaded item on your… 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

What is this Mastermind thing?

What happens when you put 3-5 people that work at nonprofits in the U.P. on the phone to with little to no agenda? Magic. Pure Magic. A few years ago, we had the idea of creating peer learning circles for nonprofit executive directors in communities across the U.P. In theory, it was a great idea.… Continue Reading

Getting the Most Out of Professional Development Conferences

Getting the Most Out of Professional Development Conferences

At the end of June, I spent a week in Downtown Detroit at the American Express Leadership Academy, Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) and Michigan MSO Retreat. Talk about a jam packed week! With all the information flowing my direction, I had to make some adjustments to my plan to… Continue Reading

Building Trust

With the recent worldwide success of the latest Marvel superhero movie, Captain America: Civil War, I thought it would be fun to discuss some nonprofit organization issues using the various superheroes as examples. It should prove to be both entertaining and hopefully educational as well. If you have seen or are familiar with the most… Continue Reading