First Lady's Outstanding Community Service Awards
The First Lady’s Awards program(printable version) provides information about the award recipients and ceremony.
||National Service Award
Roselaine “Rosie” Shores, Wymore
Rosie is a 90-year old Foster Grandparent volunteer since 1984 with the Pioneer Foster Grandparent Program, sponsored by Blue Valley Community Action Partnership of Beatrice. She currently serves at Wymore Southern Elementary each day school is in session, helping children in the classroom, building relationships and bonding with students who need a “grandmotherly figure.”
(Rosie is pictured with First Lady Sally Ganem)
|Outstanding Volunteer Group of the Year
Heartland Council of Pioneers, Omaha
Heartland Council of Pioneers is a nonprofit volunteer organization, comprised of retirees from the telecommunications industry. The group supports projects such as Hug-a-Bears in Omaha, across the state and nationwide that focuses on education and goodwill. In 2011, the group provided 43,443 volunteer hours.
(Pictured L to R, Virginia and Ray Fugger; Joe Bonaiuto; Jerry Golmanavich; Dan Katze (VP Colorado); Darwin Fager (President); First Lady Sally Ganem; Bob Wolkins (VP); Betty Golmanavich; Carolyn Wolkins; Paul Perez; ServeNebraska Awards Chair Gerry Osborn)
||Outstanding Volunteer of the Year
Patrick “Pat” Boeshart, South Sioux City
Pat Boeshart president of LiteForm Technologies worked with city officials, local businesses and residents on a flood control plan to stop the 2011 flood waters. LiteForm employees worked with volunteers to complete the “Z-Wall” barrier sections in less than five hours. Pat’s quick reaction to the crisis spared heavy damage caused by the flood waters, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Professional Commitment to Service-Debra Hartmann Award
Pat O’Hanlon, outreach nurse of OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. offers quality health care to the underserved. Pat is invested in the South Omaha community and navigates a confusing healthcare system to ensure that all populations needs are met, even offering rides to appointments. He’s regularly seen working at Stephen Center in South Omaha and daycare’s to provide immunizations. In 2011, alone, Pat was able to see and treat 2,500+ patients.
|Outstanding Service-Learning Program
Hastings College Teacher Education – “Extra Mile Walk”
The “Extra Mile Walk” was created by college students to raise community awareness and provide ongoing funding for the Food 4 Thought backpack program. The students spent 300+ volunteer hours working with all areas of the community to participate in the walk through donations and sponsorships. They raised $3000, $2500 went to Food 4 Thought and $500 is in reserve for next year’s Extra Mile Walk.
(Pictured L to R, First Lady Sally Ganem; Dawn Petersen; Gillian Hogeland; Jacob Hanseling; Kate Meisinger; ServeNebraska Awards Chair Gerry Osborn)
|Outstanding Student Leader
Hope Edwards, Lincoln
Hope’s junior year led to the creation of a “Student Serve” day to provide a culture of volunteerism in the Lincoln Public Schools. Hope met with the LPS superintendent, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler and all 51 principals to get support for the project. LPStudentServe was created, and an incredible success with over 9,000 students, staff and parents participating in community service on October 1, 2011. Hope worked to establish sustainability for LPStudentServe to become an annual event.
(Pictured with Hope, First Lady Sally Ganem and ServeNebraska Awards Chair, Gerry Osborn)
|Outstanding Community Partnership in Education
Food for Thought Project Partners, Omaha
Food for Thought Project Partners is an outstanding example of a community partnership in education. University of Nebraska Omaha Gerontology students, Blackburn Alternative Program and Adams Park Community Center came together to meet the needs of the Near North Omaha senior citizens. Due to budget cuts, these seniors lost their meeting space and daily meal program. Through the volunteer efforts of the three partners the needs of this group have been met and continue to grow. UNO and Blackburn students have served 1300 volunteer hours in providing 1,350 healthy meals.
|Outstanding School Volunteer Program
University of Nebraska Kearney, Students in Free Enterprise
University of Nebraska Kearney, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) have a strong passion for outreach service related to youth entrepreneurship education and community development. Their mission is “Head for Business, Heart of the World.” Annual projects include the New Venture Adventure Day where high school students develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills by working in teams to present business proposals to local business professionals. Team leaders spent 100 to 500 volunteer hours implementing the community projects.
|Outstanding Business Support for Education
Walmart Logistics Distribution Center – 7018 Associates, North Platte
The Walmart Logistics Distribution Center, 7018 Associates partnered with the Food Bank of the Heartland, North Platte Salvation Army and Project SEARCH to provide food and manpower to deliver, on average, 180 food backpacks to six Title 1 schools within the North Platte community. Project SEARCH helps students with disabilities learn vocational and competitive skills to help them enter the workplace and to become more independent in the work environment.
|Outstanding Community Service Project
Kearney Tackles Cancer Campaign
The Good Samaritan Cancer Center reached out to Kearney High School, Kearney Catholic High School and the University of Nebraska Kearney to organize a fundraiser (Kearney Tackles Cancer Campaign) to alleviate the financial burden of local cancer patients. They assembled teams and the Tackle Cancer campaign was born. Since 2009, $75,000 has been donated to the Patient Assistance Fund, which helps with transportation or prescription co-payments.
||Lifetime Achievement in Volunteer Service
Allen J. Beerman, Lincoln
Allen has served his community and the state of Nebraska well. His knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for public service is inspiring whether he is addressing a youth group, senior citizens, public officials or dignitaries from other countries. He has been actively involved with the Cornhusker Boys and Girls State for over 30 years, the longest serving member of the NEBRASKAland Foundation at 40 years. He is a dedicated member of Rotary and commits time and effort to speak to other civic organizations across the state and throughout the United States. He inspires others to serve their community for the common good.
(Allen is pictured with First Lady Sally Ganem and ServeNebraska Awards Chair, Gerry Osborn)