Volunteer of the Year


Nominate someone today for 
Volunteer of the Year 
and attend the Volunteer of the Year Awards Luncheon!

Eddie Olczyk, former professional hockey player and head coach, and current lead game analyst for NHL on NBC and NHL on NBC Sports Network, and game analyst for Chicago Blackhawks television broadcasts will serve as the keynote speaker at this year's ceremony. 

The 32nd Annual Volunteer of the Year Luncheon recognizes adults, young people, and organizations that, through volunteer efforts, help to make Schaumburg a better place. There are three nominating categories:   


  • Adult Volunteer
  • Volunteer Organization
  • Youth Volunteer
    (junior high or high school age)


Nominees can represent social, civic, religious, community, school, and nonprofit organizations within the Village of Schaumburg and Schaumburg Township community.


Winners will be selected by a panel of judges after nominations from the residential and business communities are reviewed. All nominees will receive a certificate of merit. Each of the three winners will receive a plaque.


Help us recognize our volunteers - make a nomination!


Nominations must be submitted by April 1, 2019.


Volunteer of the Year Awards Luncheon

Monday, April 15, 2019, 11:30 a.m. 


401 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL


Click here by April 5 to register and pay online to attend the luncheon. The event is open to the public; attendees do not need to be nominated or have someone nominated to attend. Admission to attend is $35 per person.  There is no charge for nominees.         


Welcoming Remarks: Village President Al Larson


For more information, email the Schaumburg Special Events Coordinator or call 847.923.3605.



Make a nomination online now!

Dear Friends:

Without volunteers, Schaumburg’s Village government could not function. The Zoning Board, the Plan Commission, Schaumburg’s Board of Health are all comprised of volunteers. Volunteers organize and operate Septemberfest. Volunteers serve as members of the Village’s Cultural Commission, Bikeways Committee, and Olde Schaumburg Centre Commission. Volunteers hire Schaumburg’s police officers and fire fighters through the Police and Fire Commission.  

Please volunteer some time on behalf of volunteers and nominate an adult for Volunteer of the Year, a Junior High through High School age Youth of the Year and/or a worthy organization for Volunteer Organization of the Year. We need to hear about the good that some people are doing and about the fine work that volunteer organizations are involved in. Your help will help us give these folks the recognition they deserve. Please feel free to forward the nomination materials to a colleague if an organization or individual does not immediately come to mind and/or share the information about this wonderful awards opportunity at any of your group’s upcoming events.


Al Larson


Previous Winners

Adult / Organization / Youth

2018 Charley Shroyer / Robert Frost Junior High Interact Club / Emily Staudt
2017 Herb Demmel / Adult Transition Program South (ATP) / Calandra Bessemer
2016 Katy Garcia / Church of the Holy Spirit Food Pantry / Jocelyn Huey
2015 Lynn Eikenbary / Schaumburg MOMS Club / Elizabeth Einig
2014 Teri Dudasik / Schaumburg Professional Firefighters Benevolent Association (SPFBA) / Amanda Mytych & Sania Zaffar
2013 Harold Sterling / Sons and Daughters of Italy in America / Isha Jog
2012 Dan & Debbie Gallagher / Feed My Starving Children / Iza Gawel
2011 Richard A. "Bud" Napier / Assurance Caring Together (ACT) Committee / Jay Flynn
2010 Larry & René Netzer / Ala Carte Entertainment Volunteer Program for SLSF & the Ala Carte Entertainment - NWSRA Golf                 Classic / Lisa Caponigri
2009 Carol Hall / Clearbrook PAL Program /  Payal Shukla
2008 Valerie M. Profit / UPS for DownS / Rachael Souza
2007 Sara VanDahm / American Legion Post #1983 / Ashley Darnall
2006 Ann Long / Motorola Asian Business Council / Matthew Bauer
2005 Mary Lynn McGee / Septemberfest Committee / Susan Thomas
2004 LaVerne Horgan / Spring Valley Concert Band / Mallory Scholpp
2003 Mary Nagy / VFW Post 2202 / Ashley Kehoe
2002 Marinell Napier / Prairie Center Arts Foundation & Friends of the Prairie Center
2001 Nelson McRoberts / Citizens Police Academy / Alumni Association of Schaumburg
2000 JoAnn Owens / Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates
1999 Kathy Ary / Schaumburg Jaycees
1998 Marilyn Biolchin / Schaumburg Peer Jury
1997 Gordon Mazursky / Spring Valley Nature Club
1996 Christine Starzynski / Strays Halfway House
1995 Geri Czech / Schaumburg Athletic Association
1994 Steve Isackson / WACO
1993 Bob Cairns / Help Our People Everywhere
1992 Everett Stenstrom / Community Nutrition Network
1991 Pete Justen / Conant High School’s Learning Through Action
1990 Christine Fenn / Schaumburg-Hoffman Lions
1989 Jarnette Dill / Schaumburg Jaycees
1988 Ruth Park / The United Way