Governor’s Office Encouraging Nominations For Volunteer Recognition

LINCOLN— The Governor’s office along with ServeNebraska is encouraging communities throughout the state to nominate a volunteer for the Step Forward Award. The Step Forward Award is Nebraska’s most prestigious volunteer recognition program.

ServeNebraska is governed by a 17-member board that is appointed by the governor. The mission of the organization is to strengthen communities through collaboration, volunteering, and national service.

According to a press release by the Governor’s office, to be selected as a finalist, nominees must have demonstrated leadership, innovation, and dedication to service through special projects or ongoing activities that address community needs. Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

• Adult Volunteer (age 19 and over)
• Youth Volunteer (age 18 and under)
• Senior Volunteer (age 65 and over)
• Volunteer Group
• Corporate Community Volunteer
• National Service Volunteer (AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, or VISTA)
• Veteran Volunteer
• Disaster Volunteer (individual or group)
• Community Media Partner
• Lifetime Achievement

Nominations will be accepted until August 27, at which point, Governor Ricketts will review the submissions and choose those deserving of recognition. The award winners will be announced during a luncheon banquet on Friday, October 26 from 11 A.M. to 12:30 P.M., at Quarry Oaks Golf Club in Ashland, Nebraska.

Nominations can be submitted through ServeNebraska’s website,