Recognizes an outstanding volunteer group that has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the community through direct involvement, financial support and leadership. The group should have official status or recognition, i.e., be a chartered support group or incorporated as a nonprofit organization.
2016 Recipient: Atlas of Rock County, Vicki Altena
There are many outstanding nonprofit organizations in Rock County. The transformation of Atlas of Rock County makes it this year’s Nonprofit Spotlight Award recipient. Atlas of Rock County has demonstrated commitment to the community through hands on involvement, financial support and leadership to those in need in our community. Director Vicki Altena describes their work as, “Just doing life together.” They offer one-on-one mentoring and support individuals and elderly with whatever needs they might have: transportation, moving, cleaning, grocery shopping, and doctor appointments to name a few. They have over 100 volunteers and are supported solely on private donations. There are no charges for any service they provide. Their leadership in the community is based on seeing a need and meeting that need. The opening of Redeemed Remnants has assisted with affordable housewares and furniture. A moving trailer purchased with a grant from the LACF has allowed them to help those with no support system to move or transition into affordable, safe housing. They are the host of the annual one warm coat project giving away 200 coats to date. Currently they are transforming two apartments above their thrift store for emergency temporary housing. Atlas of Rock County is committed to collaborating with any organization in Rock County to help its residents get back on their feet and be contributing members of our community. Their goal is to unite people to extend a helping hand to anyone who needs encouragement and support. The power of giving has impact that lasts a lifetime. Thank you Atlas of Rock County.