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Please use this page to find opportunities to serve as a volunteer with Leadership Lincoln and with other organizations in Lincoln. In addition, we share employment opportunities in Lincoln's nonprofit sector.

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Leadership Lincoln's programs are a team effort, we need your leadership to further our mission! Committees typically meet once a month.

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Community Service Opportunities

  • A team of Leadership Lincoln Fellows XXXIII participants is working to engage more older adult volunteers with causes who could benefit from their talents and strengths. The project includes both a survey of older adults and a volunteer fair aimed specifically at senior citizens in Lincoln.

    “Each year we challenge each of our classes to conceptualize and coordinate a service project,” noted Mick Hale, Executive Director of Leadership Lincoln. “In the past we’ve had teams create gardens, clean up parks and even make smart phone apps. We find it’s a great way to encourage our graduates to really get involved in the community.”

    Just Ask Volunteer team members are: Amanda Barker, Civic Nebraska; Kyle Cech, Crete Carrier; Denine Erlemeier, State Farm Insurance; Jeremy Gregg, Lincoln Fire and Rescue; Stacy Guevara, Ameritas; Martha Hakenkamp, Aging Partners; Emily Koenig, Lincoln Electric System; Len Sloup, Nebraska Revenue Department (retired), and Scott Thayer, Budget Blinds. The diverse nature of the group illustrates one of the benefits of Leadership Lincoln, bringing people from all walks of life together to make Lincoln a better place.

    The Just Ask Volunteer Fair is co-sponsored by Leadership Lincoln Fellows, Aging Partners, VolunteerLinc, and Gateway Mall.

    The Volunteer Fair is an idea that grew out of a survey of senior citizens the team conducted. Hakenkamp noted “Almost 80% of all respondents (of any age) were highly motivated to volunteer as a way of giving back.” Gateway Mall will be transformed into a Volunteer Fair to give senior citizens, retirees and their families an opportunity to learn more about volunteer activities on Tuesday, May 15, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm near the Center Court of the mall.

    “I’ve found a lot of people are reluctant to take the first step to volunteer for an organization,” Sloup said. “But if an organization asks them, they’d be glad to help. Conversely, we are also hoping to encourage retirees to ‘Just Ask’ organizations that they have an interest in about volunteer opportunities.”

    Download the Just Ask Report.

  • Bright Lights has summer classroom assistant volunteer opportunities available for high school and college students. Discover some fun for yourself while providing enrichment for students!

    Classroom assistants play a valuable role in helping Bright Lights students in grades K-8 discover and pursue their passion in science, the arts, math, music and technology. Volunteer opportunities are available during all five of Bright Lights program weeks: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29 and July 9-13.

    Bright Lights main class site for Summer 2018 is once again Holmes Elementary, located at 52nd and Sumner streets in Lincoln, NE. Additional classes are held at other community sites.

    Volunteer hours earned as a classroom assistant can fulfill high school community service requirements, such as those needed for Government and Politics class. Students are credited 20 hours for helping with just one half-day class for one week.

    Over 250 assistants are needed to work with Bright Lights teachers in our hands-on classrooms. No prior Bright Lights or teaching experience is necessary-but if you are a former Bright Lights student you know what kind of fun awaits you! Assistants are instructed during a 90-minute orientation session in May.

    Bright Lights will accept classroom assistant applications at beginning March 24. Apply early for the best selection of classes. See class descriptions and schedule for all of the Bright Lights Summer 2018 classes at Student registration for the classes begins March 2.

    Click here for more information or to apply!

  • The Northeast Family Center provides early childhood education, as well as food distribution and two Community Learning Centers at Brownell and Norwood Park schools. NFC is committed to making Northeast Lincoln a great place to live. We are especially looking for people who are committed to the Northeast part of Lincoln, and those who really care about the education of young children. Board terms are three years in length.

    For More Information:
    Ingrid Kirst
    Interim Executive Director
    (402) 314-5069

  • Founded in 1985, we are a statewide resource for Nebraskans, helping to reduce the impact of stroke and enhance the lives of stroke survivors and caregivers. The association provides all services at no charge. Help us strike out stroke in Nebraska.

    We are looking for new Board of Directors volunteer and in particular are seeking business skills (technology, social media, accounting, fundraising, events), and volunteers with medical expertise are always welcome, too.

    The Nebraska State Stroke Association’s vision is to be recognized as a statewide resource to reduce the impact of stroke and enhance the quality of life of those affected by stroke. Our mission is to serve Nebraskans through stroke prevention, education, advocacy, and support services.

    For More Information:
    Linda Stephen
    Executive Director

  • Bluestem Montessori Elementary is a new elementary school which opened August 14, 2017. We are the only Montessori elementary school in Lincoln, and the only private elementary school in Lincoln which is entirely secular.

    We are searching for board members who will help us build this exciting new elementary school for the Lincoln community. Board members must be willing to take a very active role and be passionate about this project. We are looking for experienced leaders who can use their expertise and connections in the community to help Bluestem Montessori be the best and most accessible school we can build.

    Bluestem's mission is to foster creativity, independence, and ingenuity by providing a child-centric learning environment, hands-on activities, and integration with the community.

    Board Membership

    • Board members serve for 2 year terms, and can stand for reelection after their term expires.
    • The Board of Directors will normally meet monthly for the 2017-18 academic year. Meetings are normally scheduled on the last Thursday of the month.

    Board Responsibilities
    Board members will assist the executive director in shaping almost every aspect of the school. Specific duties include but are not limited to:

    • fundraising
    • advisory duties to the Executive Director
    • service on committees
    • attendance at all board meetings
    • strategic planning for the school
    • approving the annual operational budget
    • promoting the school within the community

    For More Information:
    Laura Erickson

  • The mission of Pioneers Park Nature Center is to interpret the natural history of Nebraska and the central great plains; to promote the enjoyment, appreciation and awareness of our natural environment; to practice and foster a conservation ethic; and to provide a sanctuary for wildlife and a peaceful retreat for people.

    The Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center promote and support the development, programming and operation of the Nature Center.
    In recent years, the Friends have contributed to a new 4 wheel drive vehicle for land management purposes, contributed to the purchase of a new solar light fixture for special events and the funded professional photography for use in marketing and exhibits.

    For more information:
    Andrea Faas

  • One of greatest investments Mourning Hope can make in our community and in the lives of grieving families is the recruitment, training and support of a highly committed group of volunteers.

    We need all kinds of volunteers:

    • Support Group Facilitator
    • Office Support
    • Speakers Bureau Members
    • Kitchen Volunteers
    • Sewing Assistants
    • Handy Helpers
    Click Here to learn more!

  • Mental Health First Aid
    This 8-hour training course is designed to give you key skills to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or is experiencing a mental health crisis. Just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental health illnesses and addictions. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. You can help.

    The evidence behind MHFA demonstrates that it makes people feel more comfortable managing a crisis situation and builds mental health literacy.

    Training Schedule for Adult Mental Health First Aid

    • June 19, 2018

    Training Schedule for Youth Mental Health First Aid

    • May 22, 2018
    Click Here to register for free training!

    QPR Training
    QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

    The mission of QPR is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. QPR will train people to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade and refer someone to help. We believe that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

    This training is a 1 ½ hour QPR Gatekeeper Training.

    As a QPR-trained Gatekeeper you will learn to:

    • Recognize the warning signs of suicide
    • Know how to offer hope
    • Know how to get help and save a life

    Trainings will be held on the following dates:

    • May 11, 2018
    Click Here to register for free training!