Bobby Byars Foundation, Incorporated

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Mrs. Sheila Fields, Founder and President
Public Contact Name
Sheila Fields
Main Address

Bobby Byars Foundation, Inc
P.O. Box 27524
Omaha, NE 68127
United States

What We Do

The Bobby Byars Foundation focuses on strengthening individuals, families, and our community. The organization was founded o carry on the legacy of the late Clearchus “Bobby” Byars who was a visionary, entrepreneur, and mentor.  Bobby Byars believed that everyone deserved a chance and he often challenged others with the phrase, “If you want it, go get it”. His mentoring model fuels the mission of this organization. Our mission in to continue his legacy of vision, hope, and empowerment. 

The foundation has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships and support to families in need. We most recently established the Janet Byars Mayes memorial endowment which focuses on nursing as well as the Bobby Byars trade scholarship in partnership with Metro community college's reentry program. Our desire is to use the latter program  to reduce crime and eliminate repeat offenders. 

This year, we partnered with Salem Baptist Church as well as forty other organizations to host Community Safety Day. The event raised awareness on all aspects of safety. We provided 700 safety kits to families in the lower socioeconomic area of Omaha, NE.  We intend to make this an annual event.

Project Work (Winning equals Opportunities, Resources, and Knowledge) is a program that impact families by provide unemployed or underemployed individuals with the opportunity to work in small business to get experience, while attending workshops to build their life/job skills tool keep. This program is a win/win since small business are typically limited in resources and need additional help while the program participant benefits from the mentorship of the small business owner.

Project Work / Teen Challenge is a teen version of project work where the focus is on exposure to successful businesspersons, academic excellence, and emotional support. Teens meet monthly to learn new skills, take a tour or attend and event that stretches them, and perform at least four hours community service per month.  


Interesting Info
  • We have provided over $50,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors since the start of our organization.
  • The Bobby Byars Foundation provided 700 homes with medical safety kits. Safety day included Salem Baptist Church and 30+ other organizations.
  • Project Work involved two small businesses in 2022 with hopes of increasing that to ten in 2023. Over 15 teens present in the teen program.
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Volunteer Opportunities

2023 Community Safety Day Committee Member


2023 Community Safety Day
Duration of 7 hours
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Photos and Videos
2022 Community Safety Day Logo
Gardening partnership reusable bag
Queens that Read book club.