Sue Panek Community Impact Award


The Sue Panek Community Impact Award through Oshkosh Area United Way is a prestigious community award named in honor of Sue Panek, who served as OAUW’s Executive Director for 25 years until her well-earned retirement in 2018. Sue dedicated her career to identifying needs, bringing together partners and engaging the community to find solutions to social issues in Oshkosh. Sue also spearheaded the formation of Oshkosh’s Hunger Task Force, which brought area food pantries together and resulted in the creation of the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry.

This award is presented each year to an individual or group from the Oshkosh area that exemplifies the same commitment to the community as Sue. The award includes a $1,000.00 donation to a local nonprofit organization of the recipient’s choice.


Click the link button above or CLICK HERE to fill out the required nomination form on behalf of your nominee. Nominations MUST include an explanation of why your nominee is deserving of the award, as well as three (3) letters of support. The three letters of support must be uploaded as a Word Document, JPG or PDF. Oshkosh Area United Way will not be accepting nominations in any other format other than via the online submission form. The OAUW Board of Directors will review all nominations beginning on December 3, 2021, and will reach out directly with any questions.


Nominees must meet the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • Reside and/or work in Winnebago County – south of Neenah/Menasha
  • Have a record of work that has impacted the community in one or more of the three focus areas of United Way: Health, Education and Financial Stability
  • Nominees may be an individual leading a cause, a volunteer, or a paid employee of an entity addressing needs in one or more of the three focus areas
  • Nominees may a group of people


All nominations for the 2022 Sue Panek Community Impact Award must be received via the online submission form prior to December 3, 2021 in order to be considered. The winner will be announced and recognized at United Way’s annual Day of Caring event in May.

Oshkosh Area United Way