At Voices for Children, our work focuses on bigger picture policy change for kids, but we know there are people on the ground doing amazing things for kids in our communities every day. Their stories are the pieces that make up the whole story of children and youth. The “Shout out” series highlights the groups and individuals and the good work they are doing for Nebraska’s kids.
This week, my “shout out” goes out to the countless volunteers all across the state who serve on nonprofit boards. Through their commitment of time and talent (and often, treasure), they are taking responsibility for the improving the well-being of their neighbors and communities. Sure, board members serve an important legal and governance role for the organization, but they also bring so much more to the table.
I think the most important role that nonprofit board members play is to help “keep our eyes on the prize.” When staff and directors get bogged down in the details of running the programs day-to-day, our boards remind us of the bigger picture. For Voices for Children, that means keeping us focused on the impact our advocacy has on policy and the impact policy has on Nebraska’s kids.
This week, we welcomed five new members to the Voices for Children in Nebraska Board of Directors:
- Daniel Padilla – Logistics Services Representative at Union Pacific
- Yolanda Nuncio – Former Central Service Area Administrator for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, current Immigration Advocate with St. Mary’s Immigration Program in Grand Island.
- Regina Tullos-Williams – Director of Program Development for Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands
- Tim Thoreson – Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
- Donna Hammack – Chief Development Officer at the Saint Elizabeth Foundation in Lincoln.
Thank you to our board members – new and old – for committing to making Nebraska a place where all kids have the opportunities and resources they need to grow into healthy, successful adults.