2022 Volunteer Recognition Awards


These volunteers are being recognized by the organizations they have impacted through generous gifts of time and resources. 

Mary Arquette - nominated by United Way of Greater Toledo
Mary Arquette has served as a force on our Campaign Cabinet bringing energy and leveraging her network to bring United Way's work to new community members and foster collaboration. She comes back every year passionate and ready to take on our most ambitious prospects and she finds success time and time again with the results being thousands of dollars raised, hundreds of hours of volunteer time given, raised awareness and new partnership within the community at large.

Melissa Bell - nominated by United Way of Wood County
Melissa Bell is an engaged community member who has given not just her time to United Way of Greater Toledo in Wood County, but has come with an energy and creative problem solving. She has secured sponsorships, directly volunteered helping to spread the work of United Way Wood County in the community at events as a Wood County Advisory Board member, and fosters connection and engagement across her affiliations. Most recently she is reengaging Leadership BG Alumni connecting them with United Way Wood County and in the community at large.

Cecelia Clarke - nominated by The University of Toledo Foundation
Cecelia always goes above and beyond to further our organization's mission through kindness, positivity, and hard work. Although retired, Cecelia's dedication to her work shines through daily in every task she completes. She is also quick to help out her colleagues and community members and imbues the traits of a true servant leader.

Faith Currie - nominated by Toledo Museum of Art
Faith Currie is one of TMA’s most committed, enthusiastic, and valued volunteers and on behalf of TMA, I am thrilled to nominate her to be recognized at AFP's National Philanthropy Day Celebration. Faith has repeatedly gone above and beyond to ensure the comfort and safety of our visitors during our glassblowing demonstrations, such as taking it upon herself to make sure visitors with accessibility needs are always taken care of and welcome. I can't think of anyone more deserving than Faith to be honored for her volunteer work; TMA is so grateful for her service.  

Tom & Lynn Dunn - nominated by Mom's House Inc. of Toledo
Tom & Lynn Dunn have served selflessly for 10 years. Their passion is education and they support us through monthly in kind giving, volunteering in the classrooms, presenting at parent education classes and whatever holes need to be filled to ensure success for our organization and clients.

Dennis Hellman - nominated by Northwest Ohio Area Office on Aging Foundation
As a volunteer board member, Dennis Hellmann has displayed exemplary leadership and passion for the mission, vision, and values of the Area Office on Aging Foundation.  He is a partner like none other who connects with the Foundation staff daily, advises on strategy, incorporates critical thinking skills when solving problems and works daily to ensure that older adults throughout Northwest Ohio can access life-changing services that allow for continued independence.

Leah Hughes & Ryan Jones - nominated by Down Syndrome Association of Greater Toledo
Leah & Ryan have been vital in the creation and implementation of our newest program, Society 21, the first social club exclusively for individuals with Down syndrome age 16 and up in Northwest Ohio. This program has been so impactful on our adult population, and has given them a space to be themselves and create meaningful friendships and memories with their peers.

Susie LeBlanc Ligman - nominated by St. Ursula Academy
Susie has volunteered the last 4 years in our spirit store, The Quiver, on a regular basis. Having the store available during the day and when we have events in the evenings and on the weekends, is invaluable. She also donates her time to our musicals and many other events where we need volunteer help. She is one you can count on to show up and do the work fully, all with a smile on her face.

Elaine Lewandowski - nominated by Imagination Station
Elaine Lewandowski has been a long-time supporter of Imagination Station and very involved in the organization's development activities. Three years ago she initiated Elements of Style: A Fashion Show with STEMinist Flair. The show features area boutiques' outfits and then features a segment where local women in STEM careers don outfits that accentuate their role in their STEM profession. The event has introduced a new demographic to the science center and helps us inspire the next generation of female STEM professionals!

Debbie McNamee - nominated by The Victory Center
Outside of our small staff of 7, I can think of no one who can fill in at any volunteer position with the dedication, commitment, knowledge and compassion that Debbie has demonstrated. For all the work she does, above and beyond what is asked of her, she never expects anything in return. Her mission to help cancer patients is pure and wholeheartedly service minded.

Joel Nedrow - nominated by Toledo School for the Arts
Joel Nedrow has been instrumental to Toledo School for the Arts by helping to oversee our $10 million building expansion project. A retired civil engineer who formerly worked in the construction industry, his expertise has been invaluable on this momentous project.

Diana Nowelsnominated by Metroparks Toledo
Diana Nowels has been instrumental to our organization by educating our park visitors and program participants of every age on environmental education, history, and culture. She has volunteered across our nineteen parks for ten years.

Lauren Scott - nominated by Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity
Lauren has contributed to Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity by serving on the Board and Homeowner Support Committee, as well as by giving financially. She has also volunteered on construction sites and community revitalization projects.

Tamme Smith - nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio
Mrs. Tamme Smith of the Wood County Sheriff's Office has proactively supported our internal and external programs beyond the standards of partnerships. Over the past year, she has helped our organization with programming, training, and volunteerism.

Marlene Uhler - nominated by Toledo Alliance for the Performing Arts
Marlene Uhler is in her third year as president of the Toledo Symphony League, an organization that provides financial, educational, and volunteer support to the Toledo Symphony so that it may provide quality musical performances for the entire community. The Symphony League organizes events and fundraisers that engage the community and generate support. Marlene's energy, enthusiasm, and leadership encourage others to join her in supporting the Toledo Symphony.

Jennifer Vancil - nominated by The Toledo Zoo & Aquarium
Jennie Vancil goes above and beyond as a volunteer for anything that is asked of her. She serves on the Zoo's Operating Board, volunteers at numerous Zoo events, is a volunteer house guide in our museum of natural history, and also helps in our Membership and Development office.

Denise Zielinski - nominated by Toledo Humane Society
Denise makes a HUGE impact to the lives of hundreds of homeless animals here at the Humane Society. She also impacts the lives of the staff here because we couldn't save as many animals without her help.