Bauman wins service award
MARQUETTE – A Manistique youth was recently honored during the fifth annual U.P. Service Awards program at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference. The awards are given by the U.P. Volunteer Network to recognize exemplary volunteer efforts in the categories of youth, under 21; adult, ages 21-64; senior, ages 65 and above; volunteer program and business community leader.
Emily Bauman, 15, of Manistique was the honoree in the youth category. Bauman began volunteering with Special Olympics at age five. By age 10, she was organizing and running events such as skiing and snowshoeing.
Today, she continues to volunteer with Special Olympics, as well as numerous additional organizations including the Eva Burrell Animal Shelter, Youth Entertaining Teen Interests and the community’s assisted living facility.
According to adults who have seen her in action, Emily can manage all aspects of a fundraiser including inspiring others to join her.
Honorees were presented with plaques during the luncheon program in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Bottum University Center at Northern Michigan University.
“Volunteers make a huge difference in our communities,” said Linda Remsburg, of Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, a partner in the U.P. Volunteer Network. “The U.P. Service Awards program is a way to honor the accomplishments of these unsung heroes and to inspire others to greater service.”
Other honorees included: Michael Morgan, 49, of Marquette, in the adult category; Bob Salvate, 77, of Gwinn, in the senior category; 31 Backpacks, in the volunteer program category; and Bald Eagle Harley-Davidson, of Marquette, in the business community leader category.
The U.P. Volunteer Network builds the capacity of U.P. organizations to connect citizens with meaningful service opportunities that meet critical community needs. In addition to promoting volunteerism and recognizing volunteers, the Network provides volunteer management training to nonprofits and is the administrator of UPvolunteer.org, which matches volunteers with opportunities to serve.
In addition to Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, Volunteer Network partner organizations include UPCAP U.P. 2-1-1 Call Center; United Way of the Eastern U.P. Volunteer Center; Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency Volunteer Services and RSVP; RSVP of Marquette County and RSVP of Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee counties.
To recruit volunteers or to find opportunities to volunteer, visit UPvolunteer.org or call Remsburg at the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development toll free at (877) 339-6884.