As adults, we typically get involved in community support roles through opportunities that come to us in college or in our place of work. As children, our first experience with community support is through volunteering through Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and other organized groups that seek out ways to teach the value of helping others.
To ask Grant Mussman about his passion for community involvement is to ask him about his childhood. “It starts with the upbringing. I remember two things about my mom prior to kindergarten: her involvement in meals on wheels and visiting nursing homes,” Grant said. Even though he had early and very memorable experiences with volunteering and helping in the community, he hadn’t truly reflected on it until recently. It’s become clearer as he looks back on those outings with his mom, his involvement in the First Lutheran Church in Fremont, participating in cub scouts and boy scouts, and ultimately culminating into achieving the rank of Eagle Scout by doing a service project for his community.
The theater is particularly near to Grant’s heart as his mom was a theater major and his uncle a full-time actor in San Francisco. As a young boy, his mom would take him to plays and talk of the theater was a routine part of family conversation.
When a person develops habits from such a young age, it’s hard to get rid of them, but this is a habit Grant was happy to continue into his adult life. During his college years, he belonged to the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. Grant has been part of Omaha Venture Group for 12 years, recognizing that a hand up rather than a handout is how to help citizens in a community achieve independence.
Grant points out that there is an unending supply of fantastic causes to support everywhere you look. From diaper drives, to vehicle donations, to sharing your time at a nursing home, to mentoring children, there is something to fit every personality. It is fitting that in 2017, State Farm launched Neighborhood of Good which is their website platform to help individuals connect with causes that connect with their heart, in their communities. Simply choose your location and the causes that matter to you and you can be instantly connected with organizations that need your help. It’s just one more reason Grant feels State Farm is a great fit that aligns with his mission to help others – whether through insurance and claims or providing volunteer help.
Grant said that being deeply entrenched in his community is “just a part of how I was wired. I’ve always sought out opportunities to help others.” Grant’s community focus is a simple belief that what we all have in common is that our unique communities are different. We have diverse yet shared history, interests, faith, and passions (like Huskers football), all of which leads to a love of community. In Grant’s case, a love of Omaha.