Live Better Community Service Award

Concern for community, one of our core values, is also a core value of the volunteers who so generously give of their time in our communities to help residents live fuller lives.  These unsung heroes work tirelessly for no reward other than knowing they have made a difference.  PPCS believes in the power of individuals stepping forward and using their talents to benefit others.  In an effort to thank outstanding volunteers for their service, PPCS selects one individual each quarter to recognize for his/her volunteer work in the communities in our service territory.  Each winner receives a framed certificate and a $100 VISA gift card.

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Nomination Form

Frequently Asked Questions

This award is presented to individuals who engage in community volunteerism, performing valuable services that benefit and improve quality of life within the communities served by PPCS. The award, a $100 Visa® Check Card, will be presented to one individual during the months of January, April, July and October.

Communities served by PPCS:
Arkansaw, Bay City, Beldenville, Diamond Bluff, Durand, Ellsworth, Elmwood, Hager City, Maiden Rock, Pepin, Plum City, Prescott, River Falls, Spring Valley, Stockholm

Awards will not be granted, for example, to:

  • An individual in a paid position with a nonprofit organization

  • A volunteer who assists another individual (i.e., lawn mowing, snow shoveling, etc.)

  • Self-nominations

No. PPCS members and nonmembers residing within the communities we serve may nominate for and/or receive this award.

Submit a completed nomination form by the specified deadlines: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15. The nomination form is available online, or contact us.

Nomination Forms must be received by: March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15. Nominations are reviewed and the winner selected by the President and CEO and the Vice President, Member Relations and Human Resources.

Nomination Forms will be kept on file for consideration for the next quarterly award. If not selected at that time, they will be omitted from further consideration.

The winner will be notified on or about the first day of each month in January, April, July and October.

  1. You make a difference. Every person counts!

  2. It encourages civic responsibility. Community service and volunteerism are an investment in your community and the people who live in it.

  3. You get a chance to give back. Support community resources that you use yourself or that benefit people you care about.

  4. You learn a lot. About yourself, government and community.

  5. It strengthens your community. You help support families, improve schools, support youth, beautify the community.

  6. It promotes personal growth and self-esteem. Understanding community needs helps bring balance to your life.

  7. It brings people together. Unite people with diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal; build camaraderie and teamwork.

  8. You gain professional experience. You can test out a career.

  9. It saves resources. Money can be spent elsewhere.

  10. It’s good for you. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards.


Kristin Pronschinske - volunteer board member and volunteer for Basics for Local Kids.


Donna Constant - volunteers with Our Savior's Lutheran Ball Field, making COVID sanity pails, visiting the homebound, and the Blood Mobile.

Joyce and Marie Berger - the Berger sisters volunteer by visiting shut-ins and taking them Communion, playing bingo with Plum City Care Center residents, working on local elections, and decorating cemetery plots.

Becky Bechel - volunteers as the coordinator for Ruby's Pantry for the Ellsworth community.


Sharlene Kreye - volunteers with Pierce County Food Shelf, coordinates the Blood Mobile through the Red Cross, and is president of Ellsworth Lions Club.

Steve and Sherry Marson - volunteer with Ellsworth Trails, specifically for clearing and prepping trails in Cairns Woods.

Raynee Farrell - volunteer for Cheese Curd Festival, the E Town Collective, Ellsworth E3 Community Development Corporation, and various Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce initiatives 


Carol Stockwell - coordinator for the Ellsworth Backpack Program through Zion Covenant Church

Amy Engedal - manages 24-hour crisis line


Nicky Thompson - volunteer coordinator, Backpack Program at Our Neighbor's Place

JoAnne Martin - haircuts for guests of Our Neighbor's Place

Anna Faffler - victim response advocate with St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Kim Johnson - volunteer coordinator of Basics for Local Kids


Brianna Hass - Pepin County 4H

Mary Hinshaw - Seniors Staying Put of Spring Valley

Max McDonnell - driver for Aging & Disability Resource Center


Dave Klein - 4H and Pepin County Fair

Diana and Mary Bunce - blankets for children

Yvonne DeGross - driver for Seniors Staying Put of Spring Valley

Amy Viellieux - St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice


Charla MaGee - volunteering in Prescott community

Andrew Bennett - watering plants on Ellsworth Main Street every morning

Ron Campbell - Pierce County Food Pantry

Dorothy Hallock - Ellsworth schools, singing at Atrium Care Center, Pierce County Food Pantry


Mary Joan Sutton - founding member of Our Neighbor's Place

Charity Lubich (center) presented the Live Better Award to the Berger sisters