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Gov. Ricketts, ServeNebraska Applaud Report Noting Nebraska’s Outstanding Spirit of Volunteerism

Media Contacts:  

Taylor Gage, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1970

Michael Young, ServeNebraska, 402-471-6229


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and ServeNebraska, the state’s volunteerism commission, highlighted positive news on the state of volunteering in Nebraska.  A new report by a federal agency shows that Nebraska continues to rank 6th best among all states for volunteerism.


“Nebraska is the best place in the world to live, work, and raise a family because our people care about their neighbors and our communities,” said Governor Ricketts.  “This outstanding national ranking for Nebraska highlights the great civic spirit behind the volunteerism that helps our communities grow and thrive.  As the year comes to a close with this season of giving, I encourage Nebraskans to recommit themselves to continue supporting their community and local organizations that have helped build the Good Life.”


The ranking comes from the latest “Volunteering in America” report produced by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  For 15 years, CNCS has compiled the most comprehensive data on American volunteering.  The full report can be found at


“These numbers really shine a light on the values our citizens and families embody,” said Cathleen Plager, ServeNebraska Executive Director.  “Nebraskans are all about family, friends, and their communities, and normally do not see what they are doing as volunteering.”


Key Nebraska findings from the CNCS report:


  • 40% of Nebraska residents volunteer, ranking Nebraska 6th among all states.
  • Last year, more than 589,000 Nebraska residents volunteered.  Their service has an estimated economic value of more than $1.2 Billion.
  • 36.5% of residents participate in local groups or organizations.
  • 58.8% of residents donate $25 or more to charity.


Nebraska’s full profile can be found by clicking here.


A few weeks ago, the Governor’s Office celebrated volunteerism in the State of Nebraska with the annual ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards.  The awards recognize outstanding Nebraskans and groups for their time and service.  Award winners and finalists are selected by the Governor in tribute to the significant contributions made within the state through volunteerism.  More information about this year’s award winners can be found by clicking here.


About ServeNebraska

ServeNebraska, also known as the Nebraska Volunteer Service Commission, coordinates and supports community involvement by Nebraskans that address the needs of our communities.  They coordinate AmeriCorps programming, celebrate volunteer achievements through quarterly and annual awards, provide training and technical assistance, and work to ensure that those with disabilities are fully involved.