Awards & Honors

Annually, we honor local businesses and individuals with a high level of commitment to helping us achieve our mission to improve lives and strengthen communities. They are honored at our Annual Meeting, typically held in late winter/early spring.

Congratulations to these most recent and very deserving award recipients!

GIVE Award

Citizens State Bank

The GIVE Award recognizes donors who realize the importance of Great Rivers United Way and continually support our campaign through financial contributions.

Citizens State Bank is the recipient of this year’s honor. Last year, Citizens ran their largest campaign ever, increasing their total contribution by 20% and employee participation by 15%. Not only have they ran outstanding campaigns for more than 15 years, they have donated a prize to our annual sweepstakes since it started in 2012.


Dan Howard

The ADVOCATE Award recognizes strong voices in support of Great Rivers United Way.

Our 2021 Advocate is Dan Howard. Dan spent many hours designing our 2021 COMPASS Report. When the regional report was done, he got to work preparing six county reports. Dan was also instrumental in getting the United Way message to his colleagues at Gundersen St. Joseph Hospital and Clinic, who ran an employee giving campaign for the first time last year. Great Rivers United Way was this first-ever non-GHS guest to appear on Dan’s podcast.


ORC Industries & Handishop Industries

The VOLUNTEER Award is given to those who donate their precious time to Great Rivers United Way, or in this case – their space!

When Great Rivers United Way agreed to coordinate the distribution of 192 pallets of donated items leftover from Ft. McCoy’s Operation Save Our Allies mission, we were in desperate need of storage. That’s when ORC Industries in La Crosse and Handishop Industries in Tomah saved the day! Both businesses were very supportive of this endeavor and didn’t hesitate to let their employees help when we needed a fork lift or an extra hand. Thanks to ORC and Handishop, we were able to get tens of thousands of items to 70 area nonprofits.


John & Linda Lyche

The LIVE UNITED Award recognizes an individual or organization that lives or conducts business by Great Rivers United Way’s core values.

This year, the LIVE UNITED Award honors John and Linda Lyche, a couple who gives, advocates, and volunteers on our behalf. The Lyches served as our Campaign Co-Chairs nearly a decade ago, and they continued to stay involved as members of our Campaign Cabinet. In addition, several Great Rivers United Way committees and planning groups have benefitted from John’s business expertise.

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