24 Hours of Impact Grows in 2nd Year


July 22nd, 2016

Ross Polking is one of the creators of 24 Hours of Impact. (Photo by Ryan Robertson, KVNO News)

Ross Polking is one of the creators of 24 Hours of Impact. (Photo by Ryan Robertson, KVNO News)

Today marks the 2nd Annual 24 Hours of Impact in Omaha. The event is the brainchild of small group of civic minded professionals from around the City.

Ross Polking is a certified financial planner in Omaha. He’s also one of the minds behind 24 Hours of Impact—a community involvement initiative now in its second year. The idea is simple: find one hour and do something nice for someone else.

“The community is all the more engaged, now that we have a year under our belt,” Polking said. “There’s a lot of credibility with the organization and the event. People witnessed the impact that it had last year and more and more folks are excited to jump on board and participate in the day.”

Polking said 50 organizations from around the city are signed up to make an impact this year. Projects include baking cookies for firefighters and policemen, to donating blood, to hosting car washes and donating the proceeds.

“We really try not to pigeonhole it to just businesses and organizations. It really simply can be a family or community coming together and just designate one hour to make an impact in whatever way they define a positive impact to be,” Polking said.

Last year, some charitable organizations in Omaha that don’t typically get a lot of volunteers saw droves of people volunteer, according to Polking.

“For instance,” Polking said, “like a Project Harmony or Food Bank for the Heartland, they’re all of the sudden just on one day getting a bevy of people from a number of different organizations come and make a lot of headway in regards to projects they might have to do that day or work to be done.

Polking said he will be writing letters to members of the military serving overseas during his hour of impact. Perhaps this will reporter will help his aging neighbor with some yard work.


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