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Nebraska's First Lady to Honor Community Volunteers

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Three volunteers from the Panhandle state will be honored by First Lady Sally Ganem on Friday, April 11 at the 2014 First Lady's Outstanding Community Service Awards luncheon which will be held at The Thompson Center on the University of Nebraska Omaha campus.

 A total of 11 awards will be presented at the event, which is hosted by ServeNebraska.  First Lady Ganem is honorary chairwoman of ServeNebraska.  

 Award honorees reflect the outstanding spirit of community service in our state.  Nebraska consistently rank among the Top 5 states nationally in rates of volunteerism and community engagement.  Each year, more than half-a-million Nebraskans volunteer in excess of 50 million hours of service.  Their time is valued at $1.2 billion.  A  major part of why Nebraska volunteerism continues to grow is the vast network of national service members and volunteers across Nebraska who give their time and talent to serve those in need. 


The First Lady's Outstanding Community Service Awards categories and recipients:

National Service Award: Ardith Morse of Chadron travels 22 miles every day to be a Foster Grandparent at the Pine Ridge Job Corps.  She volunteers in the Education Language Learning Program teaching English to youth from Burma, Thailand, Sudan and other countries.  She is also a loyal RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) volunteer.  In her spare time, she donates many hours to the Dawes County Historical Museum, greeting visitors and taking them on tours.  At 74, Ardith is a tireless volunteer and has devoted the last 19 years to community service.

Outstanding Volunteer Group of the Year: The Giving Bee in Lewellen is a group of quilters who came together in an organized effort to provide colorful, sturdy bags and quilts for children being removed from homes and placed in foster care.  As of January 2014, a total of 1,027 quilts and 516 bags have been provided to foster children in the Nebraska Panhandle as well as North Platte and McCook.  The quilt and bag travel with the child when he or she is moved to a different home. 

Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: Small towns like Crawford are dependent in many ways upon volunteers who keep the community alive. Volunteers like 80 year-old Donna Moore, who has volunteered countless hours over a 25-year period.  Some of her most recent accomplishments include; calling donors and making appointments for United Blood Services, arranging for volunteer ushers at the Post Playhouse at Fort Robinson, and volunteering at the tourism information booth – putting in twelve hour days in the summer.  Without Donna's dedication, dependability, and commitment, many of these activities would cease to exist in Crawford. 

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