UW-Madison’s Dawn Crim was recognized Tuesday by the United Way of Dane County for her work in the community as a member and current president of the Madison Network of Black Professionals.
Crim, the associate dean for external relations with the School of Education, was honored at an event called the 2017 United Way Community Volunteer Awards: Celebrating the Heart and Soul of Dane County. The event was held at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club with more than 700 people in attendance. Eleven awards were presented to individuals, groups, businesses and organizations for having the greatest impact in volunteerism in our community.
Crim received the Mike McKinney Award, which is named for the longtime Madison newscaster, volunteer, mentor and Community Volunteer Award emcee, who passed away in 2006.
Crim was a founding member of the Madison Network of Black Professionals, which launched in 2004. In its awards summary, United Way of Dane County explains how Crim “saw a gap in terms of how African Americans were experiencing social, professional development, networking and collaborative efforts in Madison. She, along with several other African American leaders in the community, set out to create a space, now known as the Madison Network of Black Professionals, for African Americans to thrive. Since becoming president, Dawn has been able to grow the organization from 45 members to 76 members last year, as well as raise awareness of the organization in the community.”
Crim received her award from Barbara Harrington-McKinney, who is Mike McKinney’s mother.
The Community Volunteer Awards take the opportunity to highlight the enormous benefits volunteers bring to Dane County. Leading by example, the nominees and award recipients encourage everyone to engage in their community through volunteerism.
“United Way understands the influence of volunteers making change. It’s not enough to just give money or to just volunteer, you must have resources to make change, and hands to make it happen for a stronger community,” said Renee Moe, President and CEO of United Way of Dane County. “The Community Volunteer Awards are a celebration of this notion. These 177 nominees represent a thriving culture of giving back that has the dual purpose of making our community a better place and bringing more people together.”
“This event is a preview of what’s to come – we are going to be working on bringing more volunteers to the community through engagement with businesses, retirees, youth and community groups,” 2017 Board Chair Anna Burish explained.
To learn more about the awards, visit this United Way of Dane County web page.