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Volunteer highlight: The Durham Museum

Written by Katie Fourney    on May 30, 2019    in
Jack, a Durham Museum volunteer, holds a photo of his grandfather conducting the same train he sits in at the museum.


The Durham Museum is full of treasures. Among the most valuable are the volunteers and the stories they tell. With some volunteers giving more than 400 hours per year, they captivate visitors with tales of Omaha history.

“People don’t want to have somebody read a script. They fall asleep. People want to be entertained,” says Jack, a Durham Museum volunteer.

Jack came to the Museum after his storytelling talents were discovered on an Ollie the Trolley tour where, as a passenger, he enhanced the tour by sharing additional tidbits of Omaha history with the crowd.

 “I just know Omaha.”

Now 12 years later, Jack has narrated metro history to guests from all over the world. He spends most of his time in the Pullman car, which happens to be part of a train his grandfather conducted.

Volunteer highlight: Hope Lodge

Written by Katie Fourney    on April 25, 2019    in
Since January 2018, American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Nebraska has saved patients and caregivers over $1 million in lodging costs. The Hope Lodge is more than a roof and four walls; the heartbeat lives in the dedicated volunteers who turn the Lodge into a temporary home.

Geri, Phil and Kathy are a few of these volunteers. When you ask them about their work you’ll hear them speak humbly about their contributions to Hope Lodge.

Geri updates brochures.

Phil is the king of cleaning the little corners.

Kathy bakes homemade cookies every Wednesday.

“We are a big family,” says Geri. “That’s what it’s all about.”


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