Gov. Pete Ricketts celebrates yet another birthday.
“As you all know, this is Nebraska’s sesquicentennial year, our 150th anniversary. What you may not know is it is also the 100th anniversary, or centennial, for the American Red Cross in Nebraska,” Ricketts tells those gathered at the Capitol for an event honoring the centennial of the Red Cross in the state.
Ricketts has kicked off the centennial celebration of the Red Cross in Nebraska by signing a proclamation declaring March as American Red Cross Month in Nebraska.
Nebraskans are being urged to volunteer during this sesquicentennial year. One way to do that is to volunteer with the Red Cross.
Regional Community Volunteer Leader Wesyan Dun says 90% of the Red Cross workforce volunteer their time.
“So, in reality, it is our fellow Nebraskans, it is your friends and neighbors, your colleagues and co-workers, and maybe even your family members that are out there providing comfort, care, and compassion to people who have been affected by a disaster,” according to Dun.
Centennial celebration events hosted by the American Red Cross in Nebraska include:
· Experience the History Centennial Celebration in Lincoln on March 18th
· Heartland Heroes and Jazz Event in Grand Island on May 4th
· Heroes Gala in Omaha on June 10th
For more information on how to volunteer for the American Red Cross as a part of the Nebraska Impact Initiative, please visit www.nebraskaimpact.com.