Carol Bush is a visionary, dreamer, and doer. Much of her life’s work as a volunteer has centered on Encompass Early Education and Childcare. In 2015, Encompass served roughly 1,400 children and believes in education and care for all children, regardless of economic circumstances. Carol was inspired and realized scholarships were needed so families could afford childcare. She and her husband Bob helped to create several successful fundraisers, and have been fixtures at Encompass for sixty-three years. Carol helped lead capital campaigns for two new centers and an expansion. The Big Event for Little Kids Fundraiser is wildly successful, and aside from offering over seventy educational activities, it helped grow an endowment with $2,456 in 1984 to well over $2.4 million today! For twenty-five years, Carol has co-chaired the Oktoberfest committee and has served on the board and the foundation, done facility maintenance, and spent time with the children. In her time with the organization, Carol has raised well over $7 million for Encompass, with $250,000 a year going to the roughly 45% of Wisconsin families that require tuition assistance. Children who leave Encompass programs are ready for school, ready for success in life, and are healthier and happier due in part to Carol Bush. Carol believes in the power of “yes” and inspires others. Even at 90, Carol is not too busy or too tired to help. Over her lifetime, Carol has served with many other nonprofit organizations, but Encompass has been at the center of it all.
For Carol Bush’s endless dedication to serving children, she is awarded a Wisconsin Hero Award.