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UNL senior delivers meals and a smile; says it’s a ‘blessing to be a blessing’ to nonprofit

Throughout winter’s street-clogging swirl, Keegan Smith was there for Tabitha Meals on Wheels and its clients. “Every time we called him, he came ... We are so thankful to have Keegan,” an executive with the nonprofit says of their fearless volunteer. For Keegan Smith, 22, it is, quite simply, “a blessing to be a blessing.”

By |2019-04-29T08:22:28-05:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on UNL senior delivers meals and a smile; says it’s a ‘blessing to be a blessing’ to nonprofit

Stride towards better health on National Walk at Lunch Day

Watch out for walkers – or join them – on Wednesday, April 24 during National Walk at Lunch (NW@L) Day. NW@L Day is an annual event hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) encouraging Nebraskans to take a few minutes, lace up their tennis shoes and go for a walk. Walking provides

By |2019-04-10T11:09:26-05:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Stride towards better health on National Walk at Lunch Day

What will public health look like in the future?

Public health must be involved in innovative and creative strategies to prevent disease and change the conditions that lead to health issues (social determinants) in communities. Those are the observations of Michael Frazer, PhD and executive director of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Frazer was the keynote speaker at a recent

By |2019-04-08T14:26:48-05:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on What will public health look like in the future?

Membership drive connects employees with nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations with yearly memberships recently came to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) for the company’s annual membership drive. The event, held at Blue Cross Centre, offered employees a chance to purchase a nonprofit membership with help from a $30 subsidy from BCBSNE. From the arts to the outdoors, 15 nonprofits set

By |2019-04-01T11:21:19-05:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Membership drive connects employees with nonprofits

Kearney couple helps hurting kids, finds ‘forever family’ through camp work with Compass

It’s a snow day in Amherst, Nebraska, about 15 miles from Kearney, and the Schnacker household is a flurry of activity. Bentley, 6, is entertaining himself with an empty gift box, a remnant from sister Sereniti’s birthday morning. A brand-new 6, she’s eager to continue the celebration at a local restaurant later in the day.

By |2019-04-01T08:55:34-05:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Kearney couple helps hurting kids, finds ‘forever family’ through camp work with Compass

Big Brother forms long-lasting relationship with mentee, organization

Growing up, Ben Ries’ parents shared the importance of giving back to the community. Ries continues to live his family’s values through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands. Ries, a current board member at Big Brothers Big Sisters, started volunteering through the program in 2010 after completing his graduate degree. “I just realized that

By |2019-08-06T11:27:43-05:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Big Brother forms long-lasting relationship with mentee, organization

Shaking It up for Students provides networking opportunities

Networking is everything when it comes to starting a career. At Shaking It up for Students, Nebraska business leaders recently came together to build connections with local college students. The event, hosted by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), was sponsored by College Possible, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making college admission and

By |2019-03-13T11:06:13-05:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Shaking It up for Students provides networking opportunities

Project Houseworks lends a helping hand to local seniors

From Christmas in April Omaha to Project Houseworks, the nonprofit organization dedicated to keeping local seniors in their homes has undergone several name changes through the years but never wavered from its mission. Project Houseworks began in 1996 under the name Christmas in April Omaha. At its start, community members came together one day out

By |2019-03-06T10:56:57-05:00March 7th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Project Houseworks lends a helping hand to local seniors

Local students rock hands-on educational challenges through Careerockit

Students at Fullerton Elementary School and Gretna High School recently rocked educational challenges alongside Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees through Careerockit. Careerockit is a Greater Omaha Chamber initiative aiming to inspire local students by connecting them with businesses, which host events for students to gain hands-on experiences in a career field.

By |2019-02-25T13:21:49-05:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Local students rock hands-on educational challenges through Careerockit

Dad once needed blood; grateful son now gives back delivering critical cargo for the Red Cross

Omahan Darrell Henning spends a lot of time on the road, navigating traffic and weather to shuttle critical cargo across the Heartland. He doesn’t do it for payment – but for repayment. To Henning, volunteering with the American Red Cross (and securing over-achiever status in the process) is a way of saying thank you for

By |2019-02-25T11:39:55-05:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Dad once needed blood; grateful son now gives back delivering critical cargo for the Red Cross