Someone Special Volunteer program recognizes United Way volunteers Nina Johnson and Alex Schussman

It’s time once again for Paul Bunyan Broadcasting, Ken K. Thompson Jewelry, The Bemidji Pioneer and the United Way of Bemidji Area to recognize the efforts of volunteers in our community by awarding the Someone Special Volunteer Award for outstanding volunteer service.

Nina Johnson, Director of Hobson Union at Bemidji State University, joined the United Way Board of Directors in 2019 after participating in United Way’s LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) Community Impact Course in 2018. In her time on the Board, Nina has worked side-by-side with United Way staff to start a food pantry at BSU. Nina has also been instrumental in leading numerous BSU/United Way initiatives including Student United Way, BSU/NTC’s workplace campaign, Women United, and being a founding member of the BSU Do-Gooders group, which creates change across the community.

Alex Schussman, of First National Bank Bemidji, started volunteering with United Way in 2022 while participating in United Way’s LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) Community Impact Course. Alex got excited about volunteering through that course, especially with the Ridgeway community picnics. He recently became the first-ever chair of United Way’s Backpack Buddies Program, because of his passion for the program’s mission. Alex is also reigniting fun in First National Bank’s workplace campaign for United Way!

Nina Johnson and Alex Schussman will receive a volunteer recognition plaque from Ken K. Thompson Jewelry to acknowledge outstanding community service. Thank you, Nina and Alex for being SOMEONE SPECIAL.

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