Gov. Dave Heineman urges Nebraskans to get involved in their communities by getting involved in ServeNebraska Week, which begins Sunday.
“I want to encourage all Nebraskans to volunteer during ServeNebraska Week, which is April 20th through the 26th,” Heineman stated during a news conference held in his Capitol office. “This statewide effort provides Nebraskans with an opportunity to volunteer and focus their energy in service.”
Gov. Heineman First Lady Sally Ganem will volunteer at McPhee Elementary School, located a block from the Capitol and catty-cornered from the Governor’s Residence. The governor and First Lady will read to 4th Grade students.
Jamesena Moore spearheads the ServeNebraska effort, and stated that once someone volunteers they often make it a habit.
“Because once you start volunteering and you realize the little things that you do, the difference that you’re making, people are more than happy to do it again,” Moore told reporters. “Last year, we had volunteer activity in 22 of our 93 counties. Our goal is to have volunteer activities in every county.”
ServeNebraska Week is a statewide effort to encourage families, students, congregations, employees, and individuals to give something back to their communities.
First Lady Sally Ganem said it is the willingness to help that separates Nebraska residents from residents of other states.
“And I really do believe that’s what gives us our strength. That’s what makes Nebraska special. Our greatest treasure is the people of Nebraska,” according to Ganem. “We don’t get to have the mountains and skiing. We don’t have the oceans nearby. But, we do have the great people that are willing to step forward and just give a hand.”
In a recent survey, Nebraska ranked 5th among the states in volunteerism.
For more information about ServeNebraska Week and to register you or your group’s activity, visit the website at serve.nebraska.gov.
AUDIO: Gov. Dave Heineman holds news conference to promote ServeNebraska Week. [7:30]