Awards & Recognition


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+)




A Gold Award is presented to major firms who meet 4 out of 5 of the award criteria.

The 2020 Gold Award recipients are:

Automatic Spring Products Corp.
Children's Advocacy Center
City of Holland
Edward Jones Investment Co. - Region 334
Elzinga & Volkers Construction
Falcon Corporation
Fifth Third Bank
First National Bank of Michigan
Grand Haven Board of Light & Power
Grand Haven Custom Molding
Howard Miller
Huntington Bank
Macatawa Bank
Pliant Plastics
Shape Corp.
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 2020 Silver Award Recipients are:

A.D. Bos Vending Services
Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Consumers Credit Union
Consumers Energy
County of Ottawa
Employees of Holland Board of Public Works
GHSP/a JSJ Business
Legal Aid of Western Michigan
Robert W. Baird & Company
Sekisui SPI
Semco Energy
Trans-Matic Mfg. Co., Inc.
West Michigan Community Bank
Zeeland Public Schools
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.

2020 Recipient: TBA

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

2020 Recipient: TBA

Out-of-the-Box Award

Recognizes the organization for the most creative approach to engagement with United Way.

2020 Recipient: FLEX


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.

2020 Recipient: TBA

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.

2020 Recipient: TBA

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.

2020 Recipient: TBA

Past recipients:

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 - Consumers Energy

2020 Community Investment Panel Awards

10 Year Awards:



THANK YOU to all those who gave your time and energy to our campaign!