Nebraska State Fair Cares: First place goes to Salvation Army anti-human trafficking program

(Grand Island, Neb. -- August 15, 2017) The Salvation Army finished first place in the Nebraska State Fair Cares program to help non-profits achieve their goals in fund raising and awareness. Second place goes to the Central Nebraska Humane Society of Grand Island.)

Alicia Webber, Director of The Salvation Army’s Fight to End Trafficking (SAFE-T) Program, said, “We are excited to have this opportunity to not only educate Nebraskans on the issue of human trafficking, but also to discuss a number of creative and collaborative solutions developing across the state.”

First place goes to The Salvation Army to educate Nebraskans about human trafficking and the SAFE-Tprogram (The Salvation Army’s Fight to End Trafficking) whose mission is to serve survivors of sex and labor trafficking in a way that is empowering and meaningful to them through case management, case coordination and collaboration with local partners. The SAFE-T Program is a state-wide initiative funded through a federal grant awarded from the Office for Victims of Crime.

Shaun Schleif, Nebraska State Fair Marketing and Sponsorship Director said, “We started the State Fair Cares program a number of years ago as a way of saying thank you for the tremendous support the state fair receives from Nebraskans. Those bonafide not-for-profit agencies applying for the award must remain consistent with the State Fair’s mission statement providing for agriculture, education or families.”

Central Nebraska Humane Society will have access to our fairgoers on our first weekend, while The Salvation Army will greet fairgoers over the Labor Day weekend. State Fair Cares participants will be located on the fairgrounds across from the Welcome Center.

The Nebraska State Fair runs from August 25 through September 4 in Grand Island.