NCAP 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award

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NCAP 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award

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Northwest Community Action Partnership (NCAP) is proud to announce that Chadron resident Jane Druecker is the recipient of its 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award. This award recognizes extraordinary service that embodies the mission of Northwest Community Action: Helping people. Changing Lives. Engaging communities to alleviate poverty. 

Jane Druecker is a 21-year Senior Corps RSVP volunteer, she is the president of the Chadron Arts Center, has held multiple position in PEO (an international women's organization with a primary focus on providing educational opportunities for female students worldwide) and is active in her church, but it was Jane’s selfless act to step outside her comfort zone to help NCAP accomplish more that cemented her nomination for Volunteer of the Year.

Last year, NCAP had the opportunity to bring an AmeriCorps volunteer to the Panhandle to help the community prepare for possible disasters.  The ideal AmeriCorps candidate was located.  A young man named Tyler Woodard had just graduated from St. Louis University with a degree in Emergency Management.  He wanted to do a year of national service with the agency, but ultimately decided that because of his student loan obligations he could not afford housing and he could not volunteer.

Undeterred, NCAP put out a call for help to RSVP volunteers to find housing. Within a short period of time, Jane stepped up and offered to share the lower level of her home for the entire year.  Jane’s extraordinary act of kindness and selflessness allowed Northwest Community Action to continue its work in disaster preparedness and the Panhandle of Nebraska is stronger and more resilient because of it.