Volunteer Appreciation




Joyce Richards Spirit of Volunteering Award - To honor a volunteer who best reflects the attributes that Joyce Richards passionately exhibited in her years of volunteering at Jacob Wismer.

Volunteer Luncheon - To show the JW Staff's appreciation to all JW volunteers.



Each year at Jacob Wismer, a special volunteer is honored by receiving The Joyce Richards Spirit of Volunteering Award. 

Joyce Richards was a very special volunteer at Jacob Wismer. Her wonderful spirit, contributions, and the special connections she made with the students and staff exemplifies the true purpose of volunteerism.  

The Joyce Richards Spirit of Volunteering Award is presented at the annual Jacob Wismer Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, usually held in the late Spring.  All JW volunteers are invited to this event (see below).


Nominations are accepted each spring for volunteers that most exemplify the attributes that Joyce possessed throughout her life. The Nomination Committee reviews all applications based on the following criteria:

  • The nominee has inspired others to cheerfully volunteer his/her time and energy to school activities. By attitude or deed, the nominee has exhibited creativity, enthusiasm, leadership and responsibility and has encouraged these attributes in others.
  • The nominee has selflessly worked to contribute to an enriching experience for the students at Jacob Wismer Elementary School. Relevant criteria in this category would include the love of working with children, a "can do" attitude, an ability to successfully accomplish tasks, and a willingness to serve where and when needed.
  • The nominee has shown exceptional volunteer spirit through a wide spectrum of activities in the Jacob Wismer School community. 

Nomination forms will be available in the spring and can be found in hard copy next to the volunteer helpcounter check-in computer in the front office. 


In addition to the presentation of the Joyce Richards Award, all Jacob Wismer volunteers are invited as guests to attend the Volunteer Luncheon. This is an event hosted by the JW Staff for all of the JW volunteers. This is the opportunity for the Staff to provide a fun forum to show their appreciation to all of the volunteers. Be sure to mark your calendars for this fun event!  

How Do I Participate?

If you are interested in volunteering, click on the button below to request communication regarding this event/activity.


For more information, please contact Kim Beaton at president@jacobwismerpto.org.