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Three Panhandle recipients among ServeNebraska honorees

Three Panhandle recipients among ServeNebraska honorees

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Carissa Schank, with Firefighter Ministry, feeds firefighters in between shifts at the Hackberry Fire in Banner County on Friday, Aug. 6. Schank will be honored with an award from ServeNebraska.

Three local individuals or businesses will be recognized for their time and service at making communities better. The ServeNebraska Step Forward Awards, with honorees selected by Gov. Pete Ricketts, will be held virtually and recognize people throughout the state.

“Volunteers are part of what makes Nebraska such a great place to live,” Cathleen Plager, executive director of ServeNebraska, said. “We’re proud to partner with the Governor’s office to celebrate them for all

they do for our communities.”

This year, Panhandle honorees will be:

Disaster Volunteers: Carissa Schank – Scottsbluff

Carissa Schank is awarded the Disaster Volunteer Award for her dedication to helping survivors of fire in and around her community. The Firefighter Ministry she started provides supplies and lodging to families who have lost so much in the wake of disaster.

Senior Volunteer: Larry Massie – Gering

Massie has dedicated a lot of his free time and resources to helping others. He founded a soup kitchen along with several other programs. Among those are the Christmas Dinner in the Valley, 11.13 Ministries and By God’s Grace Mobile Meals to help make sure that everyone has access to hot, nutritious meals.

Award s will be presented during a virtual event on Dec. 8, 6 to 7 p.m. For more information and to register to attend the Step Forward Awards, please visit

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