Golden Heart Awards Nomination Information

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Door County Golden Heart Volunteer Awards

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Golden Heart Awards Nomination Information

All Golden Heart nominees receive complimentary tickets to the event. Full details can be found here.


  • Adult Volunteer of the Year – Individual 19 years of age or older.
  • Environmental Stewardship Volunteer of the Year – An individual who volunteers for an organization involved in environmental stewardship.
  • Arts Volunteer of the Year – An individual who has provided service to organizations and activities that promote performing arts within the community.
  • Cultural Volunteer of the Year – An individual who volunteers with an organization promoting, educating and preserving visual arts and cultural heritage of the community.
  • Volunteer Group of the Year – A group of 3 or more volunteers whose efforts have strengthened an organization and the community.
  • Youth Volunteer Scholarship Award – Limited to high school seniors. Nominations can be made by the youth or others.  Youth nominees will be asked to provide an essay on volunteerism.
  • Karl May Lifetime of Service Award – A volunteer whose lifetime of service exemplifies notable achievement in community service. The award has typically been given to a volunteer who is 60+ years of age.


  • Nominee’s volunteer organization must provide services for the community at large. Religious, fraternal, or professional groups that provide services only to their members are not eligible.
  • Volunteers who received reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses such as mileage are eligible.
  • Past recipients of Golden Heart Awards are ineligible to receive the award again for 5 years. Past nominees can be nominated annually.
  • Organizations receiving designated funds must be serving Door County.

Helpful Tips

  • Be as specific and concise as possible.
  • Consider interviewing the nominee to ensure you have complete information about their service.
  • On the Nomination Form, focus on one program or organization that best highlights the nominee’s service when answering the first question (Activity, Need/Impact, Initiative and Achievement).
  • Use the second question (Service) to describe the nominee’s volunteer work with other organizations and programs. Consider reaching out to those organizations to get more information about your nominee.
  • Assume judges know nothing about the nominee or the organization, so tell the story as you would to a stranger. Expand on why the work of your nominee is important to the program or organization.
  • Well-written nominations score higher with judges. If necessary, ask for help from someone you know who has excellent writing skills.
  • Not sure where to start? Want your nomination to stand out?  We highly encourage any nominator to attend a ZOOM Q&A and coaching session.  Sessions are:
    • Wednesday, February 14, 2024 2:30-3:30 pm – SIGN UP
    • Thursday, February 22, 2024 5:30-6:30 pm – SIGN UP
    • Monday, February 26, 2024 12:00-1:00 pm – SIGN UP

Nominations must be received by United Way of Door County by Feb 27, 2024.

Nomination Form Instructions

  • Organization or individuals can nominate more than one candidate or may nominate themselves
  • Volunteers can only be nominated and receive an award in one category.
  • All nomination information should be considered public and may be disclosed at the awards ceremony or to the media.
  • An independent, anonymous panel of community leaders will choose award recipients for each category. Judges may request additional information.  Their decisions are final.
  • For persons unable to access the online nomination form, please contact United Way of Door County office at (920) 746-9645.

Questions?    920-746-9645

Golden Heart Nominees Get Complimentary Tickets!

All Golden Heart nominees receive complimentary tickets to the event.

If someone is nominated for the following categories of Adult, Environment, Arts, Culture, Youth, or Karl May Lifetime Achievement, they receive a complementary ticket for themselves and a guest.

If a couple is nominated for one of these categories, they receive two complimentary tickets.

If a group is nominated, the members of the group, up to 8, receive complimentary tickets.

Additional tickets can be purchased at $50 each. First opportunity for purchased tickets goes to nominees and the organizations who nominated them. Tickets will go on sale to the general public mid to late March.

Some of the sponsor packages include tickets, for more info on sponsorship opportunities contact Kelly at United Way.