Old National Bank Foundation President Janet Heldt Baas served over 220 volunteer hours in 2019.
Janet has been Old National’s Foundation President since its inception in 2005. She served more than 220 volunteer hours in 2019 and provided almost 2,000 hours over the past decade. Her volunteer leadership has been instrumental in supporting many organizations and causes such as Evansville Christian Life Center, Evansville Parks Foundation, Hispanic Outreach for Latin American (HOLA) and Evansville’s Celebration of Diversity Lecture Series. But she’s probably the most passionate about her work with the American Cancer Society where she’s been involved at both the state and local level for the past 30 years, and she currently serves on their Indiana Area State board.
“Janet has been a passionate volunteer for American Cancer Society for many years, through Relay For Life and other fundraisers, committees and boards. With her help and guidance, we have recently created a successful Volunteer Leadership Council. Future generations will benefit from the work that Janet has done to help us fight cancer,” said Ryan Bixler-Rigg, Community Development Manager, American Cancer Society.
Following closely behind Janet’s affinity for the American Cancer Society is the University of Southern Indiana, where she’s served in many capacities including President of the Volunteer USI Council and as an Alumni Mentor. She was recognized for her work with USI in 2017 with the Alumni Service Award.
“Janet is an extraordinary servant leader and role model. Her kind and caring spirit shows through her tireless work in our community,” said Janet Johnson, Director Alumni Relations & Volunteer USI. “She has touched many lives and is known for her genuine interest in the well-being of others. One of Janet’s most influential contributions to USI is one of mentor to students. As a mentor, she helps students develop professionally and connect with professionals in their field. We are so proud to count Janet among USI alumni.”
Janet has also been recognized twice as an Athena Award finalist and was named Human Resource Professional of the Year by the Evansville-Area Human Resources Association in 2008. In 2006, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award at the bronze level for her service to the Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve Indiana Committee.
The Wayne Henning Volunteer of the Year award was named in honor of Wayne Henning who retired in 2006 as Old National COO and is affectionately known as “Mr. Old National." This award is given annually to the ONB associate exemplifying the meaning of community care and involvement. The recipient receives $1,000 to donate to the charity of his or her choice.