Nebraska is a state full of volunteers according to a new report from the Corporation for National and Community Service.
First lady Sally Ganem announced Friday that Nebraska is a top five state for volunteerism. Ganem serves as the honorary chair of ServeNebraska, the commission that coordinates and supports community involvement by Nebraskans.
The annual Volunteering and Civic
Life in America report found that 36 percent of Nebraskans volunteered
in 2012, with more than 494,000 giving nearly 51 million hours of
service valued at around $870 million.
"I'm thrilled at the news of Nebraska's national Top 5 ranking," Ganem said. "Volunteerism is one thing that sets Nebraska apart. We know we can always count on our neighbors to come forward and lend a hand when it is needed."
Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for
National and Community Service, says volunteers enrich local communities and keep the nation strong.
"Service to others connects us with our neighbors and provides us a chance to use our own skills for the common good," she said.
Ganem reminded Nebraskans that it is not to late to volunteer this year. She said a number of options still remain, including helping out at a community center or shelter, looking in on a sick or elderly neighbor, and signing up at a local food bank or homeless shelter.
"Volunteering is the basis for life as we know it in Nebraska, and it all starts by helping your neighbor, your child's school or your favorite non-profit and see people empowered to join together to make their community a better place to live, work and play," shared Cathleen Plager, executive director of ServeNebraska.