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Some call it stories. Others call it a blog. But here you'll find nuggets of goodness to use and -- you guessed it -- SHARE!

Hope needs you: Volunteering at The Hope Center for Kids

Written by Katie Fourney    on January 31, 2020    in
The Hope Center for Kids founders Pastor Ty and Terri Schenzel saw the need for hope in the lives of children who could not see beyond their circumstances. Today, their vision is carried on by dedicated staff and volunteers who provide a safe after-school and summer program where youth can take part in faith-building, academic support, youth development, employment training and receive a hot meal.

Lou, a longtime volunteer, and her husband have supported the work of The Hope Center for 20 years.

Currently, Lou is a part of a team of volunteers that work in The Hope Center’s garden. Approximately 20 raised beds are used to grow vegetables and flowers and each spring the team cleans the beds and preps them for planting. Lou enjoys helping kids plant seeds, maintain the beds and watch new life grow.
 

Find your fit and become a mentor

Written by Katie Fourney    on January 27, 2020    in
January is National Mentoring Month. Find your fit and become a mentor now.
 
Mentors connect, befriend and guide. The impact of mentors is tangible. Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for Omaha/Council Bluffs metro young people who become the future leaders of our community.

It can feel daunting to be a part of helping youth make responsible choices, but for many it’s natural! The first step is to show up.

Shelley, a GOAL buddy for Partnership 4 Kids, views her time with Gifford Park Elementary students as a break in the day.

SHARE Omaha turns one year old!

Written by Katie Fourney    on January 16, 2020    in
You're invited to celebrate SHARE Omaha's birthday with us! We'd say no gifts, but...  volunteer, donate (use donation code BIRTHDAY) or send a special item to one of 405 local nonprofits. Your generosity is the best gift!

Just 365 days ago, SHAREomaha.org went live. And these past 52 weeks, you've done GOOD!

Givers from across the metro discovered new nonprofits that serve important causes and connected in meaningful ways. You've served thousands of volunteer hours, attended important events, shared your funds and gifted items nonprofits need to do their work. Thank you for using SHAREomaha.org as a resource to find your fit and do good!

Highlights of SHARE Omaha's first year:

    Giving Tuesday reveals growing power of doing good metro-wide

    Written by Katie Fourney    on December 10, 2019    in

    Local nonprofits win new support in “Do Good” takeover powered by SHARE Omaha


    Giving Tuesday 2019, powered by SHARE Omaha, turned out to be a memorable day for local nonprofits in Omaha and Council Bluffs. Organizer Marjorie Maas said results from the first-ever “do good takeover” tell a promising story.
     
    Opportunities to hear about Giving Tuesday multiplied, from a few hundred thousand in 2018 to upwards of seven million this year, according to media and advertising metrics tracked by Universal Information Services. 15-second commercials and some 200 SHARE Omaha members invited everyone in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area to do some good and be part of Giving Tuesday. The global generosity movement now inspires over 200 community campaigns nationwide.

    3 Businesses doing good for Giving Tuesday

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 26, 2019    in
    Businesses can be Do Gooders, too! These three metro businesses are joining in the do good takeover, and invite you to join them to spread positivity for Giving Tuesday.

    Dusted Charm


     

    Dusted Charm, a boutique in Council Bluffs, has already collected 2k+ diapers for FAMILY, Inc

    Dusted Charm continues to collect diapers and cash/check donations through Wednesday 11/27! Enjoy 20% off your purchase when you donate a package of diapers.

    Join the legion of Do Gooders for Giving Tuesday

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 19, 2019    in
     
    The legion of Do Gooders is growing as more individuals, families and businesses step up and declare they will do good for Giving Tuesday.

    Across the metro, you are pledging to contribute an act of real-life good – volunteering with LFS 24 Hours of Impact, donating and surprising someone with kindness. We can’t wait to see you put positivity out in to our city, and watch it take over.
     
    We asked, how will YOU do good on Dec. 3?

    Some of you have said:
     
    “(I’ll) help a stranger. It doesn’t take much to be polite and extend a helping hand.” – Helena

    “Make donations to my favorite local nonprofits” – Karen

    “Make treats for my neighbors” – Amy

    “I plan to volunteer at New Visions!” – Kelsey

    “Helping clean up my neighbor’s yard” – Rikki

    A note from TS Bank: Join the #GivingTuesday712 movement!

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 12, 2019    in
    As the presenting sponsor of #GivingTuesday712, TS Bank invites YOU to join the metro-wide, do good takeover on December 3rd!

    Giving Tuesday helps to refocus our energy on the reason for the holiday season. The day was built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in countries around the world and millions of people have come together to champion the causes they believe in.

    We are joining with SHARE Omaha to rally the metro community, including Southwest Iowa, around the common goal of doing good while celebrating and promoting all types of giving along. This is the time to learn about the critical work of metro area nonprofits and support their efforts.

    We are thrilled that our TS Bank locations will serve as the official #GivingTuesday712 headquarters for Southwest Iowa activities. 

    The challenge for you, your company and your friends:

    "Like" and do good: The best nonprofit Facebook accounts to follow

    Written by Katie Fourney    on November 10, 2019    in
    Sometimes "doing good" can be done in just a few clicks! One way to spread positivity in advance of December 3rd's Giving Tuesday is to like and follow local nonprofit Facebook pages. You'll stay up-to-date on all the good happening and be able to easily share nonprofit needs with your friends.

    Facebook pages of #GivingTuesday402 and #GivingTuesday712 participants are linked below.

    Who will you follow?

     
    A Time To Heal Cancer Foundation
    Abide
    African American Empowerment Network

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