The Lifting Up Do-Gooders column, written by SHARE Omaha executive director Marjorie Maas, runs bi-monthly in metroMAGAZINE. See the original publication of this article here on page 34.
Who is a Do-Gooder? Either you are one, or you know a few. SHARE Omaha defines do-gooders as those who see a need and do good for others or the community; those who raise their hands to help when a crisis or challenge arises around them; those who regularly prioritize this good work, even in the light of personal sacrifice.
There are as many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as there are varieties of roses. Here are five ways to celebrate Cupid’s day AND support local Omaha metro nonprofits. And, if you’re not feeling the love, suggestion #5 is for you.
1. Gift a Nebraska Humane Society sweatshirt
Spay. Neuter. Wrap your Valentine in a cushy sweatshirt of love. Shop here.
2.Attend Heartland Hope Mission’s open house: A Brunch of Love
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.
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!
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.
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
We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!