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February 2011 YP Connections: YP Profile

Joe Zadina

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Name: Joe Zadina

Company: LAMP, RYNEARSON & ASSOCIATES

Title: Senior Project Engineer

What organizations are you involved in? 
Lamp, Rynearson & Associates (Community Involvement Coordinator), Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the Open Door Mission, the Salvation Army, Boys Town, Omaha Public Schools.

Why did you decide to get involved with these organizations?
The need is present, and I feel fortunate enough with my life that I wanted to give back to our community. I enjoy volunteering my time and learning more about the organizations in and around Omaha that help those less fortunate. Organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, have an enormous impact on so many families and our community. They couldn’t accomplish their mission without the generosity of volunteers and donors. These organizations also provide a great opportunity for coworkers to get involved in something bigger than themsleves while helping others and having fun in the process. Omaha is a pretty amazing place. If any city can be described as philanthropic–it is Omaha. I’ve been involved with youth mentoring at Boys Town since my manager provided me the opportunity six years ago. I get one hour a week with a student at Boys Town, primarily to assist with math tutoring, but I really enjoy getting to learn more about these kids as individuals. Professionally speaking, I really enjoy being involved with the Omaha Chamber of Commerce Council of Companies, which promotes and encourages the establishment of young professional groups within organizations and fosters growth and involvement of all young professionals within our community.

What are the benefits of being involved?
The benefits from being involved are numerous, and I only wish I had more time to devote to the many great organizations within the Omaha community. With a wife and two little boys (and a third little boy due in March 2011), I find myself having to be more efficient with my efforts. The greatest benefit is realizing the positive impact you’ve had on someone else’s life as well as taking advantage of the opportunities to improve our community.


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