LINCOLN – ServeNebraska, or the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission, is hosting state’s most prestigious volunteer awards and is looking for nominees.
Private citizens are encouraged to nominate those in their communities who “demonstrate leadership, innovation and dedication to service through special projects or ongoing activities that address community needs.” ServeNebraska executive director, Cathy Plager, said that because of the nature of the award, it was important to have the nominees come from the public.
“This the citizens of the state of Nebraska – it’s their volunteer award program,” Plager said.
Nebraskans have a long history of volunteerism, that continues to this day, according to Plager.
“We are sixth in the nation in volunteerism and Nebraska has seemed to always be in the top ten, so I think it’s just part of our heritage and it’s part of who we are,” Plager said.
ServeNebraska is accepting nominations for the following categories:
- Adult Volunteer (age 19 and over)
- Youth Volunteer (age 18 and under)
- Volunteer Group
- Corporate Community Volunteer
- National Service Volunteer (AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, or VISTA)
- Veteran Volunteer
- Disaster Volunteer (individual or group)
- Community Media Partner
- Lifetime Achievement
- Friends of ServeNebraska
Nomination forms can be found at serve.nebraska.gov. The deadline for submission is September 1st. ServeNebraska also has a special site launched as part of Nebraska’s 150th celebration: NebraskaImpact.com.
“Folks can get on that website and search for volunteer opportunities. They can log their hours so at the end of the year they know where they’ve been and how many hours they served during the year,” Plager said.
After the nominations are closed, Governor Pete Ricketts will review the submissions and select winners. The awards will be announced during a banquet in Ashland on October 27th.