Nominations Open For Step Forward Awards; Deadline To Submit July 1

NEBRASKA – ServeNebraska is now accepting nominations for the seventh annual Step Forward Awards. The Step Forward Awards celebrates those who volunteer their time and energy toward making Nebraska communities better and are the most prestigious awards given to volunteers in the state.

“Caring for one another through service is an important part of what it means to be a Nebraskan,” said Governor Pete Ricketts. “This year especially we need to recognize volunteers. I encourage everyone to nominate a volunteer they know. Recipients represent the Nebraska spirit of helping our neighbors and serving our communities.”

Award recipients will be selected by the governor and honored at the 2021 Step Forward Awards ceremony in the fall. Businesses, civic clubs, schools, and other organizations are encouraged to submit the names of individuals who they wish to recognize for their efforts. Nominations must be submitted by July 1st.

“We want anybody to nominate. It can be a family member, a friend, an individual who volunteers within their organization, we’ve even had individuals nominate themselves,” said Cathleen Plager, Executive Director of ServeNebraska.

Nomination categories include Adult Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, Senior Volunteer, Volunteer Group, Corporate Community Volunteer, National Service, Veteran Volunteer, Disaster Volunteer, Community Media Partner, and Lifetime Achievement.

“The last year has been tough, but Nebraskans uphold a culture of service,” said Plager. “Volunteers have helped our communities stay strong and overcome the challenges of this year. We’re honored to have the opportunity to thank them for all they do.”

For more information about ServeNebraska and the Step Forward Awards, or to submit a nomination, visit


About ServeNebraska

ServeNebraska is governed by a 17-member, bi-partisan board appointed by the governor. ServeNebraska’s mission is to mobilize Nebraskans to strengthen their communities through collaboration, volunteering, and national service. ServeNebraska oversees AmeriCorps programming, hosts the state’s most prestigious volunteer awards, and provides training and technical assistance to program staff throughout Nebraska. To learn more, visit