Greater Ottawa County United Way recognizes the outstanding companies and individuals who helped advance the common good in our community by giving, advocating, and volunteering.
The following five criteria are used to select award recipients. Some awards are given when 3 of these criteria are achieved, while others require 4 of the 5 criteria to be achieved. When a company achieves all 5 of the following criteria, it receives the prestigious Community Builder Award.
- An increase of employee giving from the previous year
- At least $175 average employee gift
- 50% or more participation in campaign giving
- Employee volunteer involvement (with United Way internally, Day of Caring, or corporate volunteer projects)
- Three or more employees giving at the Lighthouse Leadership Circle level ($500+)
COMMUNITY BUILDER Awards 2019
Recognizes top organizations that exemplify a year-round partnership with United Way, including participation in Day of Caring, Community Investment and a commitment to workplace volunteering.
The companies below met all five of the award criteria listed above:
Children’s Advocacy Center
Fifth Third Bank
First National Bank of Michigan
Greater Ottawa County United Way
Grand Haven Custom Molding
A Gold Award is presented to major firms who meet 4 out of 5 of the award criteria.
The 2019 Gold Award recipients are:
GHSP/a JSJ Business
Grand Haven Board of Light & Power
Next Creative Co.
Stanco Metal Products, Inc.
The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
A Silver Award is presented to major firms that meet 3 out of 5 of the award criteria.
The 2019 Silver Award Recipients are:
A.D. Bos Vending Services, Inc.
Automatic Spring Products Corp.
Catholic Charities West Michigan
Coopersville Area Public Schools
County of Ottawa
Dake/a JSJ Business
DeLong & Brower, P.C.
Elzinga Volkers Construction
Grand Valley State University
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital
Warner Norcross & Judd
Volunteer of the Year Award
The recipient of this award exemplifies a spirit of volunteer service to their community by giving their time and efforts to Greater Ottawa County United Way, as well as other organizations in the community.
2019 Recipient: Chris Streng
Pinnacle of Partnership Award
The recipient of this award exemplifies a commitment to improve the quality of life for Ottawa County residents through leadership in service and education as well as a year round partnership with Greater Ottawa County United Way
2019 Recipient: TCM Counseling
Recognizes the organization for the most creative approach to engagement with United Way.
2019 Recipient: Great Lakes Castings
Above and Beyond Award
This person or campaign committee goes above and beyond what is expected of a campaign coordinator. They are constantly looking to add excitement to the campaign, help others realize the importance of United Way and encourage volunteering.
2019 Recipient: Falcon Corporation
Lynne Sherwood Lighthouse Leadership Award
This award is bestowed upon a United Way campaign company that demonstrates the greatest increase in leadership giving, or to an individual, couple or family whose community leadership sets an example for others to follow.
2019 Recipient: Grand Haven Custom Molding (for the 2nd year in a row!)
G.W. Haworth Strength of the Community Award
Recognizes the company and/or individual who most embodies United Way's leadership, spirit of volunteering, philanthropy, and decision-making in the allocation of philanthropic resources to our community.
2019 Recipient: Consumers Energy
2001 - G.W. Haworth
2002 - Patrick Thompson
2003 - Lynne Sherwood
2004 - Tim Parker
2005 - Edward & Nancy Hanenburg
2006 - Donna Cornwell
2007 - Richard Haworth
2008 - Shape Corporation
2009 - Grand Haven Area Public Schools
2010 - Jeffrey W. Beswick
2011 - PADNOS
2012 - JSJ Corp. and its businesses: Dake, GHSP, and izzy+
2013 - The Bos Family: Thomas G. & Jane Bos, Thomas J. & Laurie Bos, David, Megan & Tommy
2014 - Steve and Sandy Moreland
2015 - Larry and Jeanie Koops
2016 - The Verplank Family
2017 - Mark Wilson
2018 - Bari Johnson
2019 Community Investment Panel Awards
10 Year Awards:
THANK YOU to all those who gave your time and energy to our campaign!