MARQUETTE - Will Carne of Escanaba is among honorees of the fourth annual U.P. Service Awards which were presented at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference in Marquette.
The awards are given by the U.P. Volunteer Network and sponsored by Marquette General to recognize exemplary volunteer efforts in the categories of youth, under 21; adult, ages 21-64; senior, ages 65 and above; volunteer program and business community leader.
Honorees were presented with plaques during the luncheon program in the Great Lakes Rooms of the Bottum University Center at Northern Michigan University.
"The U.P. has a rich tradition of volunteerism. So many give so much, and they do it without expecting praise or recognition," said Linda Remsburg of the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development, a partner in the U.P. Volunteer Network. "The U.P. Service Awards program is a way to acknowledge the tremendous contributions volunteers make to our communities and to honor their accomplishments across the peninsula."
Carne is the honoree in the senior category. As chairman of the Job Force Board, he provides strategic leadership for workforce development and six Michigan Works! Service Centers in the central U.P.
Carne builds bridges and establishes successful partnerships between businesses and educational institutions to develop the area's workforce into the high-quality, self-motivated pool of workers businesses need to survive in today's global marketplace.
Carne has served as co-chair for United Way of Delta County and as a board member for over 28 years. He has served on the Escanaba Area Public School Board for over 20 years, Delta County Community Foundation Board for over 30 years, Chamber Ambassador Club of Delta County and the board of Lake State Industries.
Carne is involved with the fund drive for Bay Cliff Health Camp, works with the Northern Michigan University Development Fund and serves on the Bay College Automotive Advisory Board and Bay College Century Club.
Holly Thoune, 19, of Felch is the honoree in the youth category. A 2012 graduate of North Dickinson High School, she spent much of her junior and senior years volunteering in her school and community.
Loren Smith of Sault Ste. Marie is the honoree in the adult category. Smith is so dedicated to his position as Volunteer Transportation Coordinator with the Chippewa County Department of Human Services, he is literally the first person at work every morning.
Lake Superior Hospice is the honoree in the program category, which acknowledges the importance of clubs or organizations in driving volunteer activity. The nonprofit organization has served Marquette and Alger Counties for over 30 years with care, compassion and commitment.
Autore Oil Company of Cedarville is the honoree in the business community leader category, which recognizes for-profit businesses that demonstrate exemplary corporate citizenship by giving back to their community through volunteer programs, monetary contributions, in-kind gifts or employee-driven volunteer service.
The U.P. Volunteer Network builds the capacity of U.P. organizations to connect citizens with meaningful service opportunities that meet critical community needs. In addition to promoting volunteerism and recognizing volunteers, the Network provides volunteer management training to nonprofits and is the administrator of UPvolunteer.org, which matches volunteers with opportunities to serve.
The Network is led by the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development in collaboration with the U.P. 2-1-1 Call Center, United Way of the Eastern U.P. Volunteer Center, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs (RSVP) across the U.P.
To recruit volunteers or to find opportunities to volunteer, visit UPvolunteer.org or call UP211.