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4th Annual ServeNebraska Week
April 9-16, 2016

Events During 2015 ServeNebraska Week

Winners of the $750 contributions

Keep Cass County Beautiful

Keep Cass County Beautiful

Living Water Rescue

Living Water Rescue

Nebraskans rank 6th in the country in volunteerism, with over one third of all residents volunteering at least once during the past year. In 2015, ServeNebraska Week received more registrations than ever before. Over 65 different groups registered their event this year; and these groups contained more than 3,000 volunteers – over half of which were youth! The reach of the annual Week of Service continues to grow with each passing year, as volunteers from 28 different cities throughout Nebraska volunteered during April 11-18. This year, Nebraska communities benefited from the volunteer activities of Boy and Girl Scouts, businesses, faith-based and youth organizations, and nonprofits – just to name a few!

Here are just a few of the pictures taken during the numerous volunteer events throughout the state. Look at all those smiling faces wearing their ServeNebraska shirts as they make a difference in their communities!

Volunteers with Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska attend MS Walk

Volunteers with Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska attended the MS Walk: Omaha 2015, a fundraiser in support of those with Multiple Sclerosis.

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For the third year in a row, ServeNebraska Week helped Nebraskans from all walks of life get involved and give back to their communities. Dedicated people throughout the state found creative ways to volunteer for their favorite cause or nonprofit, giving their time and talents to become engaged in their communities. A BIG thanks goes out to our partner, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, for making this event possible. Their funding allowed us to add two exciting new aspects to ServeNebraska Week. The first 200 volunteers that registered their event on serve.nebraska.gov received a free event T-shirt!

Also new to the event this year, every event registered had the opportunity to enter their favorite nonprofit organization into a drawing for a $750 donation.


Volunteers from the Center for People in Need

A few of the volunteers from the Center for People in Need clean and organize the Malone Center in Lincoln, as well as plant garden boxes outside.

70 kids volunteering with Completely KIDS

Over 70 kids volunteering with Completely KIDS beautified and cleaned the East Park in central Omaha. They also created a Peace Path and dedicated it to those affected by violence in the community.

Boys of Cub Scout Pack 190

The boys of Cub Scout Pack 190 from Bassett pick up trash on Highway 7 south of Ainsworth.

 

Faith Builders of First United Methodist Church in Norfolk

Kids and adults of the Faith Builders of First United Methodist Church in Norfolk got together to clean up the grounds area and flower beds for the SMILE program.

Fantastic 4 4-H Club May Day Celebration

Youth volunteers from the Fantastic 4 4-H Club hosted a May Day Celebration for elementary school-aged girls living in the People’s City Mission in Lincoln. The celebration included traditional dances, arts and crafts, snacks, and gift bags.

Members of the Medicine Valley FCCLA

Members of the Medicine Valley FCCLA donated items and served ice cream to the residents of the Veterans Home in Grand Island.

 

Keep Cass County Beautiful volunteers

A young volunteer with Keep Cass County Beautiful lends a helping hand to pick up litter on the highway as part of The Great American Cleanup.

Louisville HS National Honor Society

Members of the Louisville HS National Honor Society, along with many other dedicated volunteers, help to make sure this annual outdoor education event at the Platte River State Park runs smoothly. The event attracted over 1,000 4th and 5th graders and featured 30+ different booths with activities for the children.

St. Mary's Elementary School Volunteers

Over 60 students of St. Mary’s Elementary school in Ord spent a day landscaping outside Gorak Hall and cleaning a walking trail around nearby Auble’s Pond.

 

Joe's Clover Knights Volunteers

The young volunteers of Joe’s Clover Knights in Walton put together care packages and donated them to refugee families who have escaped their country due to persecution.

Nebraska Walleye Association Kids Fishing Clinic Charity

The Nebraska Walleye Association Kids Fishing Clinic Charity had quite the ServeNebraska Week! 24 youth (pictured) were taught fishing techniques at the Holdrege Kids Fishing Clinic. A few days later, approximately 650 children attended Healthy Kids Day at the Cooper YMCA in Lincoln where they were shown different types of bait fishing techniques. Last but not least, the Crofton Kids Fishing Clinic hosted 57 youth. Youth at the clinics received a free rod/reel to take home and use in addition to learning techniques and how fun fishing can be!

 

Youth Leadership Council Volunteers

The Youth Leadership Council, under supervision of BVCA AmeriCorps members, started planting a community garden in Fairbury.

Omaha School Foundation's Accelere Program volunteers

Gifted students from the Omaha School Foundation's Accelere Program planted native plants that will help with pollinators in elementary schools in Omaha.

Steier Group Volunteers

Employees of the Steier Group in Omaha volunteer at the Food Bank for the Heartland sorting and packaging pinto beans.

To see more pictures of Nebraska’s amazing volunteers and their events visit ServeNebraska’s Pinterest page!

It’s never too early to start preparing for next year’s ServeNebraska Week! Check out the ServeNebraska Week Toolkit to get started.

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