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Gloves that give: Ways to help others this #GivingTuesday712

Written by Katie Fourney    on November 24, 2020    in
Many local area businesses will be supporting #GivingTuesday712 to harness the power of good in Southwest Iowa. Businesses are getting creative in finding ways to assist others! Hear from Becca Wiggins with Dusted Charm on their plans for #GivingTuesday712 on December 1st.
 

What caused you to get involved in #GivingTuesday712? 

 
Giving back through time, talent or treasure has been part of the Dusted Charm “why” and mission since opening 2.5 years ago. The passion we have for giving back locally stems from the wonderful people in Southwest Iowa who rallied around my family in a time of significant need when we were faced with a devastating terminal diagnosis with our first-born child. My goal from that point forward was to someday create a local platform that would allow me to pay the selfless gift of giving forward. 
 

Pottawattamie County Community Foundation matches 20% for #GivingTuesday712

Written by Katie Fourney    on November 22, 2020    in
For #GivingTuesday712 on December 1, SHARE Omaha is thrilled to partner with Pottawattamie County Community Foundation (PCCF) to engage all Southwest Iowa nonprofits and community supporters.

To increase the power of the day, PCCF is generously adding a 20% match when donors use the code PCCF2020 at SHAREomaha.org, when the nonprofit adds to their PCCF endowment fund. This gift could add an additional $250,000 of support for Southwest Iowa organizations! 

The Council Bluffs metro helps one another, cares about each other. SHARE Omaha and PCCF believe that kind of optimism needs a celebration – a day with its own focus. Donna Dostal, president and CEO of Pottawattamie County Community Foundation, says she wants to inspire a giving spirit. “Generosity has many forms. Our community can grow its existing reputation for giving back on Giving Tuesday. We want to ignite that good.” 
 

TS Bank presents #GivingTuesday712 on December 1

Written by Katie Fourney    on November 21, 2020    in

As presenting sponsor of #GivingTuesday712, TS Bank invites your business, family and you personally to join in giving your all to our community. “TS Bank hopes to ignite lasting client and community prosperity. We believe in helping people do more. Whether it is through accomplishing personal and professional goals, teaching financial literacy or by living generously – we hope to Ignite Prosperity. TS Bank donates 10% of its pre-tax profits back into our community AND offers 50 hours of volunteer time for employees to use each year.  Joining forces with SHARE Omaha and #GivingTuesday712 was a perfect mission-match!”

Core Bank presents #GivingTuesday402 on December 1

Written by Katie Fourney    on November 21, 2020    in

As presenting sponsor of #GivingTuesday402, Core Bank invites your business, family and you personally to join in giving your all to our community. John Sorrell, president and CEO of Core Bank said, “When it comes to overcoming the challenges of 2020, Core Bank is striving to be so much more than a bank. We are creating a better future for our families and small businesses. Core Bank is all in – with our dollars and with our service – for the good of the Omaha metro.”

Businesses Lending A Helping Hand

Written by Katie Fourney    on November 20, 2020    in
Many area businesses are supporting #GivingTuesday402 in the Omaha metro and GivingTuesday712 in Southwest Iowa to harness the power of good in our community. From hosting employee giving campaigns to providing virtual volunteer opportunities for staff, employers are getting creative in finding ways to assist those in need. Such efforts include:
  • TS Bank employees have adopted five charities throughout their organizational footprint that they will support with supply drives. TS Bank is also offering companywide virtual volunteering social hour.  
 

    The Power of All: Why we SHARE

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 15, 2020    in
    As the saying goes, sharing is caring.
     
    On Giving Tuesday, sharing is something everyone can do to participate – even if you’re not active on social media.
     
    While posting and following and liking on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram about all the good happening on Dec. 1 is highly encouraged, sharing also means giving gifts, giving our time and giving pieces of ourselves. It’s all important on Giving Tuesday.
     

    Giving Tuesday: Harnessing the Power of All
     

    For the second year, SHARE Omaha will power #GivingTuesday402 in the Omaha metro and #GivingTuesday712 in Southwest Iowa. Efforts to energize people to give together, do together and share together are sponsored by Core Bank for #GivingTuesday402, and by TS Bank in Southwest Iowa for #GivingTuesday712.
     

    #GivingTuesday712 Spotlight: Community Health in Council Bluffs  

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 15, 2020    in
    With Giving Tuesday quickly approaching on December 1, SHARE Omaha is spotlighting nonprofit organizations within our community. Proud to feature our #GivingTuesday712 efforts in Council Bluffs, with this blog we highlight the Visiting Nurses Association, All Care Health Center and FAMILY, Inc who are providing essential healthcare services and programs in our community.   


    VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION (VNA)


    Supporting #GivingTueday402 during World AIDS Day!

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 15, 2020    in
    In light of #GivingTuesday402, organized by SHARE Omaha, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health is partnering with Nebraska AIDS Project. Nebraska AIDS Project provides HIV/AIDS services and programs within the region. For Giving Tuesday, which also coincides with World AIDS Day, COPH students, faculty, staff, and alumni will share kindness through creating awareness about HIV/AIDS and the exceptional services offered by NAP. Collaborative efforts will be done through a social media campaign with participants sharing and liking social media posts, using the hashtag #GivingTuesday402. They hope to make it trend on social media for 3 days: the day before, the day of and the day after December 1st.
     

    The Power of All: Why we DO

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 12, 2020    in
    We do what we do because of our “why.”
     
    In other words, what motivates us is often more than the action itself – it’s the meaning behind it that is the real driver.
     
    Having a clear “why” gives you a context for your life and can help you focus how you spend your time. And, your passions in life can help inform how you want to give your time to others. Volunteering can add another layer of purpose to your life, and can help connect you to micro-communities of like-minded people.
     
    At SHARE Omaha, our “why” is to help nonprofits fulfill their missions. This is our guiding light and the reason we stay so enthusiastic about our community. We see incredible changes and lives improved every single day. We want you to experience this, too, and an important opportunity is coming up on Dec. 1: Giving Tuesday.
     

    Giving Tuesday: Harnessing the Power of All

     

    The Power of All: Why we GIVE

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 9, 2020    in

    Simply put, we give back because it feels good.

    Doing good deeds, whether it’s sharing gifts, time or kindness, gives us a warm-glow feeling — a sense of joy and satisfaction that comes with helping others.

    Research has also shown that people are more likely to donate to a specific person’s cause versus an abstract problem or a large group of people. Understanding a person’s story develops a deeper emotional connection and elicits a desire to help.