At Home in Greater Nebraska – Austin Coufal

What is the best thing about living in your community?

One simple word: people. It’s like going to a Husker football game where there are thousands of people and you don’t know anyone, yet everyone gets along and supports each other. This is Howells. When someone is trying to get through a hard time, there are people that might not even know them, yet they support each other morally or financially. Our community members are relentless in their kindness and loyalty toward each other.


For you personally, what has been the most valuable part about moving to your community?

Involvement in my community has been valuable because it is necessary for us to keep moving forward. I am not the person that takes the approach of “leave that for others to do.” If we all had this attitude, we wouldn’t accomplish anything. My character is built around being proactive. Through my efforts, I believe my experience is positive and helps this community thrive.


What excites you when you think about the future of your community?

I am excited about the motivated young people moving into our community. They have the dedication and hard work ethic to help Howells flourish and grow. These individuals continue to support our local businesses, schools, and community events.  Howells is a great place to live and grow a family. I have a very optimistic outlook about our future.


How would you describe your experience serving on your local affiliated fund?

This experience has been nothing short of rewarding as I get to work with some of the most influential people I have ever met. Their wisdom has propelled our fund forward. The time and effort that fund members have put in should not go unrecognized. Each member has a significant and vital roll as we work together in making this community better. To follow in their footsteps and help this fund grow is one of the most satisfying things I have done in my life.


What drew you to the NCF network?

The opportunity to meet new people, trainings and support from NCF staff is what excites me to be a part of this group. Networking helps create new ideas and interact with other community members to see what has worked for them. I have realized through peer learning sessions, that is not about me or you, its about us. We work better, together!

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