Emily Hauck was born and raised in Gering, NE, where today she continues to serve as an AmeriCorps member with Common Ground in the panhandle region of Nebraska. She shares her love of northwest Nebraska’s wide open spaces with community members across the region by hosting educational events at Scotts Bluff National Monument and Chimney Rock, and by encouraging her fellow Nebraskans to get outside and explore the natural beauty around them.

Emily hosting a booth at the Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff.

With an academic background in environmental studies, Emily was attracted to serving with Common Ground because she has a passion for the environment and for working with children.

“Common Ground seeks to bridge the ever-widening gap between Americans today, and come together as a community to solve important natural resource issues. A strong community is what we’re all about, and getting together is truly what makes communities thrive,” she said.

Through her Common Ground service, Emily strives to get the communities of western Nebraska engaged in conservation practices. “I want to educate others on how to live a more sustainable life, and to be more involved in the community.” Making the community and those living within it stronger is the ultimate goal.

Emily recently received the Esprit de Corps award from Serve Nebraska, which honors an AmeriCorps member who best represents in spirit loyalty, enthusiasm, and devotion to national service. “I really think I helped to grow this program and created a strong presence here in the Panhandle.”

Although there are many great organizations to follow and support, Emily says, the Common Ground activities are free, fun, and educational for the entire community to enjoy. Thank you for your service, Emily!