CCP honors Hope Council for outstanding leadership
By Melissa Rodriguez
UW-Parkside Director of Community Engagement for the Center for Community Partnerships (CCP), Debra Karp, awarded the Hope Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse of Kenosha the first Non-Profit Leadership Excellence Award. The honor was presented at a breakfast ceremony Friday, April 26. Held in collaboration with Gateway Technical College, the event also honored the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha and the Transitional Living Center in Burlington.
Guida Brown, the Hope Council's executive director, accepted the award that included a cash prize of $2000. The breakfast honored non-profit local organizations as well as collaborations between these groups and the university's students. The CCP arranges for students to work with nonprofits for academic credit.
"It's a win-win situation because the students get real-life experience while the nonprofit gains resources or some work they otherwise would have had to pay for, or, in most cases, couldn't afford and wouldn't be able to do at all," Karp told the Kenosha News.
Karp said the CCP created the award to recognize nonprofit groups that showed outstanding leadership to solidified their roles in the community. The award was sponsored by the Kenosha Community Foundation and the Racine Community Foundation with the breakfast being sponsored by Wegner CPAs and Educators Credit Union.The Boy and Girls Club, a finalist and 1 of 19 applications for the award, was honored for its work with Gateway Technical College that showed young people career options in the culinary arts.