Spring Into Action Week a Community Success

June 12, 2016  //  United Way

On April 6, Ann Dohmen, a field technology analyst at Ameritas, stepped away from her office computer for a few hours and joined fellow employees as a United Way volunteer helping at St. Monica’s Behavioral Health Services for Women. Their job for the morning was to help with landscape clean-up at one of the sites that offers treatment for women diagnosed with substance abuse and/or co-existing mental health issues.

The morning of landscape clean-up for Dohmen and other Ameritas volunteers was just one activity of United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County’s Spring Into Action week. Also helping around the community were volunteers from The Clark Enersen Partners, Continental ContiTech, Fiserv, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Olsson Associates and Wells Fargo. In all, seven agencies were helped by some 59 United Way volunteers putting in over 150 volunteer hours. Volunteers were not only utilized to help with landscape clean-up, but also spring cleaning the inside of agency facilities, reading to children and distributing food to those in need.

“In Lincoln, we want to provide volunteer experiences where individuals have the opportunity to better understand the needs in our community and the impact United Way helps to support,” said Emily Wesseln, assistant director of Community Impact for United Way. “We have provided specific hands-on opportunities where volunteers have the time to discuss the issues and learn about how they can be part of the solution.”

United Way’s Spring Into Action Week is one event in a series of quarterly volunteering opportunities for 2016.

  • United Way Day of Action: Tuesday, June 21, efforts focused on reading and literacy
  • United Way Day of Caring: Thursday, September 8, efforts focused on mobilizing volunteers to make a positive impact providing service to our local non-profits from cleaning projects to serving meals
  • Season of Service: months of November and December, volunteers focus on giving back during the holidays by serving meals, distribution of food and toys, and staffing food pantries

After spending the morning raking and weeding flower beds, Dohmen reflected on how rewarding her day was to help make St. Monica’s inviting and welcoming for those individuals they serve.
“I love having the opportunity to serve alongside members of my community and, in this case, alongside my co-workers,” Dohmen said. “It’s a great way to team build with your co-workers and a great experience to know you are serving a cause that serves so many individuals in need.”