ServeNebraska Seeking Nominations for the Step Forward Awards to Honor Volunteers

NEBRASKA—Nebraska’s Volunteer Service Commission—ServeNebraska—promotes a culture of service in Nebraska and aims to make sure those who serve are honored for all they do. Nominations are being accepted for the 8th annual Step Forward Awards. The awards are designated to recognize the selfless heroes for their volunteer service. Nominations for the Step Forward Awards close on July 1, 2022.

The Step Forward Awards celebrate those who volunteer their time and energy toward improving Nebraska communities and are the most prestigious awards given to volunteers in the state.

KCNI/KBBN spoke with Executive Director Cathleen Plager who encourages everyone to get involved in their communities and see what needs to be done within their local nonprofits, schools, or boards.

“Most nonprofits rely on volunteers to carry out their missions and we think Nebraskans do a great job of stepping forward and helping others. It’s our goal to maintain and ultimately grow that culture of service,” Plager told KCNI/KBBN.

The award honorees are selected by the Nebraska Governor and Plager said the volunteer service commission is always amazed by the accomplishments of volunteers and honored with the opportunity to thank them.

“We do love to celebrate people who do extraordinary volunteer work in Nebraska. Step Forward Awards does more than just honor volunteers–it gives all Nebraskans examples of what to aspire to.  Seeing volunteers celebrated for their commitment inspires them to look for ways that they can get involved too,” Plager said.

The nomination categories for the Step Forward Awards include Adult Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, Volunteer Group, Corporate Community Volunteer, National Service, Veteran Volunteer, Disaster Volunteer, Senior Volunteer, Community Media Partner, and Lifetime Achievement.

Visit to nominate an individual/group or contact ServeNebraska Public Information Officer Rani Taborek-Potter at 402-480-0533 or [email protected].

Nominations for the Step Forward Awards close July 1. The Step Forward Awards will be held on Thursday, October 27 in Omaha at 11 a.m.