FAIRBURY – Do you know someone or a group that volunteers and deserves to be recognized for it? Cathleen Plager with ServeNebraska is encouraging Nebraska citizens, organizations, businesses and local agencies to nominate outstanding volunteers for the state’s annual Step Forward Volunteer Awards.
“Our nominations are out there right now and we’re asking folks to be part of that and submit a nomination for an outstanding volunteer in their community and have them be recognized by the Governor.”
The Step Forward Awards have been an annual tradition in Nebraska starting in 2010. Governor Pete Ricketts and Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley select and present the awards to all of the winners. Plager says there are many different categories and several ways to get ServeNebraska your nomination.
“You can go to two different sites, one is serve.nebraska.gov and the other one is nebraskaimpact.com. Either one of those sites, you can download the nomination form, fill it out and either fax it in, email or even mail it.”
To be selected as finalists, nominees must have demonstrated leadership, innovation and dedication to service through special projects or ongoing activities that address community needs.
This year’s awards are special because Nebraska is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Nebraska’s statehood. ServeNebraska is making a special invitation to nominate all the organizations and volunteers who participated in the 150th Celebration’s Nebraska Impact Initiative.
Plager feels that Nebraskans are truly fortunate to live in a state that recognizes the value of community service and encourages and empowers volunteers.
“We’re 6th in the country as far as volunteerism. We have basically always ranked in the top ten, so volunteerism is just part of who we are.”