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Guest blog: Tools of healing, 400 Bags of Hope delivered!

Written by Katie Fourney    on July 18, 2022    in
 This blog is guest written by Leigh Sittenauer, Bags of Fun development and events coordinator
 
We (Bags of Fun Omaha) are excited to announce that we’ve delivered close to 400 bags since September of 2019!
 
What are these “bags”, you ask? These vibrant bags are tools for healing. Each bag, filled with $400 worth of rehabilitative, manipulative, educational toys and tools, is delivered to a child in a local hospital fighting to survive cancer, heart disease, small bowel disease, organ transplants, battens disease, cystic fibrosis, epilepsy and many other life-threatening conditions.
 

Guest blog: Guided by Kids to host Congressional Debate mini-camp

Written by Katie Fourney    on July 12, 2022
This guest blog is written by Fred Robertson, Guided by Kids founder and president

We (Guided by Kids) are launching something new this summer! Starting July 25th, we are hosting a mini-camp at Omaha Marian High School to teach 5th-8th graders Congressional Debate, a competitive event in debate done at the middle school and high school level.  From July 25-29, students will learn to write, research, and debate, utilizing proper parliamentary procedure, bills and resolutions.  Payton Shudak, a former Nebraska State Champion Lincoln-Douglas debater, and I will lead instruction, and be supported by Marian debate team members with experience in Congressional Debate: two time NSDA Nationals qualifier Colette Lawler, NSDA Nationals qualifier Eliza Turco, and returning Congressional debaters Lucy Kalkowski and Harshi Vallabhaneni.

Guest blog: HETRA relaunches Adaptive Carriage Driving Program

Written by Katie Fourney    on July 7, 2022    in
Guest blog written by Lucy Charvat, HETRA Grant Manager and Therapeutic Riding Instructor

We (Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy) are excited to announce that we have officially relaunched our Adaptive Carriage Driving program! This program was on hiatus as we took the time to locate and train a new carriage driving horse. We feel so fortunate that we were able to welcome and train HETRA Equine Partner, Frank, to serve our carriage driving participants. He is absolutely loving his new job!
 

Golf and give back! Sign up to golf for good.

Written by Katie Fourney    on June 3, 2022    in
It's time to get out on the greens and enjoy the sunshine while doing good. RSVP now to your favorite golf events in support of great causes. Enjoy a day on one of the many great golf courses throughout the Omaha metro. With each swing, you'll help a meaningful local organization raise the funds they need to continue their vital work.

Bags of Fun Omaha
Golf Tournament
June 6, 2022
Indian Creek Golf Club – Elkhorn
 
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving E NE & SW IA
23rd Annual Goodwill Golf Classic
June 13, 2022
The Player’s Club at Deer Creek – Omaha
 
The Hope Center for Kids

Do Good Days inspires giving every day

Written by Katie Fourney    on May 24, 2022    in

Do Good Days, powered by SHARE Omaha wrapped up on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Every dollar raised, item given, and volunteer hour served during the campaign benefitted a local nonprofit doing vital work in our community. Thank you for giving your all in support of your favorite local causes!

“Our gratitude for gifts of support and service is immense. All those donations of time, dollars and items make a difference and can start powerful relationships between nonprofits and community members. We are so thankful for the generosity shown,” said Marjorie Maas, executive director of SHARE Omaha.

Cash donations reported at this point total $1.6 million given and are a compilation of dollars through foundations, direct giving to nonprofit organizations and the SHARE Omaha website. There was an increase of new donors, 25% in 2021 to 33% this year, discovering a new-to-them organization to support through SHARE Omaha’s website.

Explore ways to get involved during Do Good Days

Written by Katie Fourney    on April 21, 2022    in

As the weather warms up, we’re feeling excited to get out and help out. And with Do Good Days coming up on May 17-19, now is the time to start planning to do good. In addition to deciding where to donate money or contribute to wish lists, we’re detailing all you need to know to start planning for Do Good Days, including your Volun-Thursday experience (May 19). 

Find your cause

Whether you plan to donate directly, purchase wish list items or volunteer (we recommend all three!), the first step to doing good is deciding where you’d like to give your resources and energy. 

Women providing healing, promoting hope

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 25, 2022    in

Continuing with the celebration of the National Women’s History Month theme of "Providing Healing, Promoting Hope", we asked several community leaders to provide their thoughts on their hope for the Omaha metro’s future. According to the National Women’s History Alliance, “The gift of hope spreads light to the lives of others and reflects a belief in the unlimited possibilities of this and future generations. Together, healing and hope are essential fuels for our dreams and recovery.” 


 
CHARITA DAILEY – CHANGE OF OMAHA, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
What is your hope for the Omaha metro area?

Do Good Days: Start planning your acts of good!

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 24, 2022    in
The past two years haven’t been easy. Individuals, families and organizations have all been stretched thin in one way or another. But despite what we often see in movies, where characters become selfish and individualistic in the face of disruption and challenges, we know that’s not the case in our community.

Doing good is valued here.

In addition to the small acts of kindness we see each day, like neighbors checking in and looking out for one another, we also know that, together, we’re capable of incredible collective giving efforts. Last year, when SHARE Omaha asked our community to be a part of the first ever Do Good campaign, you answered our call: $2.5 million was raised through donations to nonprofits, including matching gifts. 1,874 items were donated for Wish List Wednesday. 1,247 people got involved on Volun-Thursday for a combined 2,885 hours.

Women providing healing, promoting hope: Omaha Better Birth Project

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 9, 2022    in

For March’s Women’s History Month, we look to the 2022 theme designated by National Women’s History Alliance. This year’s theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope." Omaha Better Birth Project does just that.

Omaha Better Birth Project (OBBP) works to decrease inequities in childbirth by providing access to doula services, childbirth education, and prenatal & postpartum support for low-income and teen families in the Omaha area. OBBP shares that providing mothers with doulas and childbirth education classes are evidence-based practices that reduce the risk of a traumatic birth or birth complication and lead to better outcomes. However, the cost associated with childbirth education and doula services is often a significant barrier to low-income and teen families.

Women providing healing, promoting hope: Rejuvenating Women

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 1, 2022    in
As we enter March’s Women’s History Month, we look to the 2022 theme designated by National Women’s History Alliance. This year’s theme is "Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope."
 
Rejuvenating Women is a non­profit organization here in the Omaha metro that embodies this theme.  They provide hope and restoration to those who have suffered trauma from human trafficking. They develop long-lasting relationships with “deeply wounded women by loving each and every one right where she is in life.” They raise awareness of both labor and sex trafficking in the community as well as invest in the lives of victims and survivors who are living in their residential home and those participating in the programs.
 

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