Strengthening Democracy Award Winner-Paula Garcia-Sherman Community Center


Paula is the Recreation Supervisor for Omaha Parks, Recreation and Public Property Department responsible for Sherman Community Center and Benson Community Center. In her role as recreation supervisor Paula has worked tirelessly to grow programs through collaborative efforts in the communities that she serves.

As supervisor of Sherman Center she is responsible for a 27 bed garden that was built as a result of a grant with its intended purpose to provide educational opportunities and recourses for children and families in the Sherman Community. The dirt to the dinner table program helped feed 4,542 children and seniors last summer, taught them garden techniques, how to harvest and prepare produce, as well as provided produce for them to take home and share with their families.

Paula has been the Supervisor of Sherman Community Center for eight years and her passion for the Sherman Community grows much like the garden, with renewed hope with each new spring.

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