What is the best thing about living in your community?
The people! Friend isn’t just the name of our town, that’s who we are. The community is so generous and kind; always ready to rally around each other to support a cause, take care of each other and keep Friend a thriving community.
What was the most important factor in your decision to move to your community?
We loved living in Lincoln when we were in college and after we were married. Things changed after our first son was born. My husband and I wanted to raise our family in smaller community and be able to give our children similar opportunities we had growing up in small town Nebraska. Being near family, having a quality educational system and a sense of community were important to us.
Did you always plan to return to Greater Nebraska? If not, what changed your mind?
When I graduated from high school I did not intend to stay in Nebraska. As I got older and traveled more, I realized what we have here is pretty special. With today’s technology, I can live where I want to raise my family and still work where I want to work.
For you personally, what has been the most valuable part about moving to your community?
Being a part of organizations that are meaningful to me and working with all generations to keep Friend a thriving community. I’m able to see the impact we are having on the community and my children are able to see the value in giving back to the community.
How would you describe your experience serving on your local affiliated fund?
Rewarding and impactful. Serving on the affiliated fund and working with NCF, I’m able to work with like-minded, optimistic people in Nebraska that are working hard to make their communities magnetic.It may seem challenging to change the world, but any impact we can make locally and teach future generations those same values will have a ripple effect.