Forward Janesville Ambassadors

Who are the Ambassadors?
The Ambassadors are a group of approximately 50 volunteers who represent Forward Janesville by building connections with members. They can be found at all FJI events to make introductions, answer questions, promote our mission and welcome you with a smile (and red Ambassador Wear!).

How does this benefit me and my business?
As a member of Forward Janesville, your business/organization is assigned an Ambassador. He/she is your liaison to Forward Janesville and will provide you with important updates, remind you about upcoming events, answer questions about the benefits of your membership, and much more. Your Ambassador is your personal information source for anything Forward Janesville related!

Who can join?
Any Forward Janesville member in good standing can interview with members of the Action Team (leadership team) to be considered as an Ambassador.

When does the group meet?
The Ambassador meetings are scheduled on the third Wednesday of every month and alternate between 7:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 4:00 pm (meetings last approximately 1 hour).


Interested in becoming a Forward Janesville Ambassador, contact Claudine Manor at claudinem@forwardjanesville.com.  Already an Ambassador? Click here for the latest Ambassador Handbook and regular updates.


Melanie Hawkins, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc.

Melanie is the Program Manager for Junior Achievement Wisconsin, Rock County Area. In her role, she works with area educators and businesses to bring Junior Achievement programming into local schools and recruits and trains community volunteers to facilitate the programming. Before coming to Junior Achievement, Melanie worked as an elementary school educator and also in the retail industry with roles as sales manager, customer service manager, and hiring/training manager. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education as well as an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources Management.
Melanie grew up in Rock County, and after leaving the area for fifteen years, returned ten years ago to raise her son who is now 14. In her spare time, she enjoys family golfing with her son and mother, discovering new sights and places around the area, and binge-watching her favorite shows during those long winter months.

Here are just a few ways in which the FJI Ambassadors give back to the community

Spring 2019:   Ambassador Volunteers read at Monroe Elementary as part of the Read Across America Day celebration. 
     Fall 2017:  Volunteered with ECHO's school supply distribution
Spring 2017:  Volunteered for Earth Day by picking up trash along the Ice Age Trail
Winter 2016:  Awarded the Ambassador Community Grant to Community Action of Rock & Walworth Counties to support their Fatherhood Initiative
Winter 2016:  Volunteered with ECHO for their holiday toy distribution
Winter 2015 Awarded GIFTS Men's Shelter the first Ambassador Community Grant

Winter 2015:  Volunteered with ECHO organizing their food pantry and labeling canned food
Winter 2014:  Volunteered by singing Holiday Carols at 10 area businesses to bring holiday joy in our community
Winter 2014:  Volunteered with ECHO organizing their food pantry and labeling canned food.