2017 VOTY Award Winners



Congratulations to all the winners!





The Capital Area United Way honored five adults, one youth and one company at the 2018 Volunteer Recognition Dinner on March 27th for their generous contributions of time and service to the local community, including Dorothy E. Maxwell, Erykah Benson, Shelly Zamora, Patrice Burns, Barbara Emmons and Marcus Turner. To download a copy of the program, click HERE.



Walter A. Campbell Award: Dorothy E. Maxwell 

Maxwell received the highest United Way volunteer honor for devoting more than two decades of volunteerism to United Way. Among the dozens of roles performed for United Way, she was a member of the board of directors beginning in 2005 and served on numerous standing committees and served as board chair for two terms from 2015 – 2017.





2017 Adult Volunteer of the Year Award: Shelly Zamora  

Zamora volunteers at CASA for Kids, Eaton, Ingham & Barry Counties and has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Eaton County for almost 6 years. She recently was sworn in for Ingham County and has been a consistent advocate for children who have been abused or neglected.





2017 Adult Volunteer of the Year Award: Patrice Burns  

Patrice volunteers at the Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children and is one of the most active volunteer drivers for the organization. She drives several children per week to their medical care appointments and regularly goes above and beyond.




2017 Youth Volunteer of the Year Award: Erykah Benson

Benson is a freshman at MSU and does extensive volunteer work for Summer in the City and the Student Greenhouse Project. She also finds time to volunteer as a Spanish instructor for elementary students at the Center for Language Teaching Advancement. Her energetic contributions to helping others in many different organizations sets her apart as an exemplary young person who is making a difference.





2017 Lifetime Volunteer of the Year Award: Barbara Emmons

Emmons has been a volunteer in the Lansing area for more than 28 years. She has volunteered for several organizations including Meals-On-Wheels, The Kitten Nursery and Make-A-Wish Michigan. Her love for children and the community makes her one of the best volunteers anywhere.





2017 Innovator Volunteer of the Year Award: Marcus Turner

Marcus is the chairperson of the Men’s Ministry of Tabernacle of David Church. He leads an incredible group of men who have been volunteering in this great effort at Averill Elementary for many years. The students have impacted are 1st through 3rd graders primarily during their weekly Cub Scout meetings.




2017 Business Volunteer Service Award: Jackson National Life Insurance Company

Jackson National Life Insurance Company sets the standard for what social responsibility looks like from a business. The company is dedicated to helping communities thrive and grow.