One in every three Nebraskans do some sort of volunteer work and many more people are needed to give back to their communities. A statewide Week of Service is being planned for April, according to Julie Nash, a commissioner with the group Serve Nebraska.
“Nebraskans are very well known for their volunteer spirit and we want everybody, young and old, to participate during that week to participate that week doing something for somebody else in their community,” Nash says.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to head to the website www.serve.nebraska.gov to register what they plan to do during that week, scheduled for April 22nd through the 28th.
“Click on the Serve.Nebraska website and see what’s going on,” Nash says. “We also have an ambassador map and there is a representative for each county and when you click on that, it lists their contact information so you can call them or drop them an email to see what things are happening in their local community.”
Those ambassadors are in all 93 Nebraska counties and they can suggest opportunities for donating time and effort.
Volunteering means different things to different people. Some Nebraskans may enjoy the solitude of picking up trash on a remote highway while others will want to be helping to feed the needy at a shelter. Nash says opportunities to help others are plentiful.
“It may be cooking dinner for a neighbor who has just had a baby,” Nash says. “It may be helping at the soup kitchen. It may be reading to students at the school in your area. It may be driving an elderly senior to the doctor. People can get engaged at any level they feel comfortable.”
According to the Volunteering in America Report, Nebraska ranks in the top 10 in volunteerism among the 50 states. In 2011, nearly 37-percent of Nebraska residents volunteered. They donated 49.3 million hours of service worth $1.2 billion.