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The Spirit of Lincoln Neighborhood Awards (SOLNA) recognize those in our community committed to helping NeighborWorks Lincoln create strong, affordable, and inclusive neighborhoods. Since 1986, NeighborWorks Lincoln has worked with countless neighborhood champions, civic leaders, and organizations in selfless service to thousands of low- and moderate-income families in neighborhoods throughout Lincoln. This awards program honors the indomitable spirit of that work. Click here to see the list of past award winners.

The 2024 SOLNA recipients will be recognized at the 11th annual Opening Doors on Thursday, September 26, 2024 at the Lincoln Children's Zoo. Tickets will be available in July!

Award Categories

  • Advancing Affordable Housing recognizes an individual/group/institutional commitment to promoting, advancing, and advocating for affordable housing. 
  • Strengthening Neighborhoods, Individual honors a person whose leadership has had unique and positive outcomes at the neighborhood level.
  • Strengthening Neighborhoods, Group highlights a formal association or grassroots movement working to strengthen a Lincoln neighborhood(s). 
  • Engaged Youth showcases a young adult (max age 25) whose involvement is leaving a unique mark on their neighborhood and quality of life in Lincoln.
  • Real Estate Advocate in partnership with the Realtors® Association of Lincoln, elevates a Realtor® or Broker who has gone above and beyond to assist and advocate for low- and moderate-income buyers. 
  • Community Partner Award recognizes a formal NeighborWorks Lincoln partner who has helped the organization advance its work and increase impact across Lincoln.
  • Lifetime of Service celebrates the sustained professional or volunteer contributions of a transcendent community leader to the advancement of affordable housing and community development.

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