Gov. Dave Heineman encouraged Nebraskans to volunteer during ServeNebraska Week, April 20-26. Gov. Heineman and First Lady Sally Ganem will once again serve as Champions of ServeNebraska Week.
The ServeNebraska Commission has been around for 20 years, and each year hopes to spread the word of helping those in need. This year, the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners got a heard start to the week over at the Pieloch Pet Adoption Center in Lincoln.
Commissioners rolled up their sleeves at the Capital Humane Society Monday to give back to organizations they work with throughout the year.
"We wanted to come out and help a little bit, so we washed some windows and groomed some of the cats," said Lancaster County Board of Commission Chair, Larry Hudkins.
County Commissioner Roma Amundson took two hours out of her day to volunteer and says it's a small price to pay to lead by example.
"It's very important for people to see us in other roles other than just being a County Commissioner," said Amundson. "We enjoy interacting with people, we enjoy interacting with pets, we enjoy getting out into the community because this is the community we serve."
And getting involved is what ServeNebraska Week is all about.
"Nebraska is number 5 in the country for volunteering," said ServeNebraska Commission Chair, Jamie Moore. "We have nearly 500,000 people who volunteer every year in Nebraska. They give a little over 36 hours a year and we're very pleased with that, but we don't want to be number 5. We want to be number one."
For the ServeNebraska Commission, no good deed goes unnoticed.
"Everybody has something to give back, and we do a lot of that because in Nebraska we just like to get things done," said Moore. "You don't realize until you volunteer, just that little bit of time that you makes a big difference for others.
A difference Hudkins says every Nebraskan can appreciate.
"We enjoy the good life, but we all need to give a little bit so we can enjoy the good life."
For more information on ServeNebraska Week and to register your individual or group volunteer activity, visit their website at www.serve.nebraska.gov.