Nebraskans are being encouraged to volunteer next week: ServeNebraska Week of Service.
Gov. Dave Heineman held a news conference in his Capitol office to promote the week.
ServeNebraska Chairwoman Jamesena Moore said April 22nd through the 28th is a perfect time for someone looking to serve their community to plunge right in.
“Yes, there are some people who find the challenge of having to travel a distance or the challenge of when am I going to squeeze this into my schedule, but what the Week of Service does is give you that opportunity to at least once a year volunteer,” Moore stated.
Nebraska ranks high in volunteer hours given, in the top 10 among the states and Washington, D.C. The ServeNebraska Week of Service hopes to inspire the state’s residents to serve their communities through volunteerism. Ambassadors in all 93 counties will encourage local residents to participate in activities specially scheduled for next week.
Moore cautions against making volunteering complicated. It simply is addressing needs.
“You know, volunteering could be looking around your community to see what needs to be done,” Moore stated.
She said it can be as simple as gathering neighbors to pick up trash at a local park. It can also entail a bit of coordination, such as putting together a food drive for a local charity or food bank.
First Lady Sally Ganem, appearing with the governor at the news conference, said she saw the benefits of volunteers when she was an elementary school principal.
“Those people who work directly with students and listened to them read made a difference in that child’s life,” according to Ganem
Ganem and Gov. Heineman will volunteer at McPhee Elementary School in Lincoln next week to read to approximately 30 4th Grade students.
For more information about ServeNebraska Week of Serve or to register for a volunteer activity, go to the website serve.nebraska.gov.
AUDIO: Gov. Dave Heineman holds news conference on ServeNebraska Week of Service. [5:30]