What Strictly Business Magazine is all about, and has been since the publication was founded 24 years ago this month, is promoting local businesses and organizations. In doing so, we strongly encourage our readers to be conscious consumers, as we feel that it is incredibly important to support local businesses that support the local community. Likewise, we hope to inspire our fellow businesses to make giving back a priority, and shine a light on those that feel the same. It’s heartwarming to report there are many of these, both small and large, that contribute so much to making our city such a wonderful place to live and do business.
Here in Lincoln we are truly fortunate to have an amazing network of non-profit organizations doing such important work that touches the lives of others profoundly. There is great diversity within the non-profit community, which allows for all different types of needs to be met. This also affords citizens and companies the freedom to give back in whatever way they find to be most fulfilling and makes the best use of their time, talents, and/or income.
Non-profits rely solely on donors and contributions to fund the work they do for the community. As such, every little bit counts towards both a better today and a brighter future. It is a great feeling to do your part and contribute to a cause that truly helps others, and to mobilize and encourage others around you in the workplace to do so as well. In leading by example, you are showing your team that you care and that they should too. With the opportunity to serve in any number of different capacities, it’s all about finding the perfect blend of bettering yourself and bettering the lives of others. Let’s say you choose to be on board or committee for a non-profit or fundraiser, benefit, etc. It’s a great opportunity to collaborate with those outside of your own business/industry, or those who are connected in some way, depending on the composition of the group and the objective(s) you’re setting out to accomplish together. Either way, you’ll make the acquaintance of other like-minded professionals, which in turn grows your network while doing good for the benefit of others in your community. Whether you’re an employer and employee, serving in this capacity allows you to showcase your individual talents and the level of dedication you put forth speaks volumes, widely recognized by those you’re working with on the project and also those who witness the success of your collective efforts.
Giving back to the community should be an enjoyable and exciting opportunity to be a part of something that benefits everyone involved. Choosing a cause that is particularly meaningful on a personal level will likely provide you with a greater sense of purpose, as well as greater worth of and pride in your investment. It is not feasible to contribute to every charity, and you will likely be pulled in many directions when it comes to choosing which ones you want to support. Be careful—all non-profits are not created equal! Do your research before you finalize your decision on which organizations you will promote and invest your time and resources in, with a focus on how they spend their money and utilize their resources. While awareness is incredibly important, actions often do speak louder than words. The work that each non-profit does, and in turn your contribution to their cause, should impact the community in a real and meaningful way.
We have compiled a list of non-profits right here in our community, some of which may be familiar and others that may be new to you – but all of which need and welcome your support. If you’re reading this, we encourage you to get involved with the ones that speak to you, whether it’s a team or solo mission. Lincoln is a better place because of the value we place on giving back here, but it takes consistent effort from each and every one of us to make the difference we want to see here at the community level and in the world.
Survivors Rising (www.survivorsrising.org) is a working group dedicated to advocacy, education, and support for survivors of intimate partner violence. Our mission is to ensure that the survivor voice is represented in legislation and in the community and that offenders are held accountable.
Survivors Rising was created by a small group of survivors of intimate partner violence who are passionate about the cause. We recognized the need for advocacy, education in the community, and support for all survivors.
Survivors Rising is a catalyst for change. We’re committed to working with survivors to provide hope and tools for healing and to providing survivor engagement in all aspects of our communities. Our programs include: speakers bureau, education and training, legislative and policy advocacy, and survivor engagement to promote system change and safety in our community. There should be nothing about us without us.
With a dedicated and united front of staff and volunteers who help the homeless and near homeless find possibilities when things seem impossible, the vision of Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (www.mtko.org) is to defeat hunger & homelessness and restore hope! Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, Matt Talbot is an inviting hunger relief and outreach center for those in need. Annually, Matt Talbot provides approximately 100,000 nutritious meals and 25,000 homeless prevention services to the working poor and homeless such as housing, case management, drug & alcohol evaluations, life skills classes, nutrition counseling, and help with obtaining vital identification documents. Most importantly, Matt Talbot provides beyond basic needs to embolden people to have hope. Matt Talbot has maintained a 4-star Charity Navigator ranking for three consecutive years and received the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award for the nonprofit sector in 2013.
For 53 years, St. Monica’s (www.stmonicas.com) has provided opportunities for women to transform their lives. Last year 288 women came to St. Monica’s to overcome addiction, improve their mental health, develop better parenting skills and become productive members of our community.
You can help make those opportunities available to women in the coming year. Form a team for The Amazing Chase XII on Saturday, August 26, 2017 today! To sign up please go to our website www.stmonicas.com.
The Amazing Chase brings together competitors, volunteers, friends and families for a fast-paced scavenger hunt all across town with zany challenges at every stop. All summer your team of four can collect support for St. Monica’s, in fierce competition for the best starting time on Chase day.
To find out more, please contact Valerie Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (402) 441-3768 Ext. 111.
Youth for Christ Lincoln Area (yfclincoln.org) is a non-denominational, non-profit organization serving youth in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas. We engage youth through three ministries: Campus Life to teens in high schools and middle schools, Juvenile Justice to jailed teens, and Parent Life to pregnant teens. Through regular programming and special events, YFC Lincoln Area works with over 2,400 local youth with the goal of engaging them in a healthy relationship with God.
To learn more about our ministries, college internships, or to volunteer visit yfclincoln.org or call us (402) 420-7475.
Nebraska Recycling Council (www.nrcne.org) is a statewide, member-based, charitable nonprofit supporting collaboration between communities, businesses, solid waste and recycling industries to improve recycling collection and infrastructure. Our mission is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska. Visit www.nrcne.org or call (402) 436-2384.
- Recycling Information: Nebraska Online Recycling Guide, Phone assistance
- Education & Training: Webinars, Green team training, Networking events
- Services: Waste assessments, Zero waste events, Zero waste community consultation, Hub & spoke consultation
- Grants: Recycling equipment grants
- Publications: Best management practices, E-Newsletters, Case studies
- Annual Awards Luncheon: National speaker, Workshops, Business & Community Environmental Awards
Ranking among the top 5% of all Catholic high schools in the country, Pius X High School (www.piusx.net) provides an affordable, Catholic education in a positive environment. As part of the Pius X family, students deepen their faith and knowledge, and have opportunities to pursue their talents and passions. With its largest enrollment ever at 1,275 students, Pius X has served the Lincoln community for 60 years and works to instill seven core values – excellence, service, purpose, faith, integrity and charity – into the next generation of leaders. Contact us at (402) 488-1046 or email email@example.com.
Child Guidance Center (www.child-guidance.org) Provides Hope and Healing for Children and Families.
Child Guidance Center (CGC) inspires healthy futures for children and families through comprehensive behavioral and mental health care. Last year, the Child Guidance Center saw significantly more clients in several key program areas including Outpatient Services (27% increase), Outpatient Services-Schools (37% increase), Therapeutic Group Home (27% increase) and Extended Day Treatment (15% increase). We know that a child’s mental health is as important as their physical health.
The Outpatient Services and the Extended Day Treatment Program operate out of our offices at 25th and O Streets. In addition, therapists provide counseling within 13 Lincoln Public Schools and substance abuse awareness and prevention in two schools. We provide therapeutic consultation at Don Sherrill and Nuernberger Education Centers. CGC also provides community-based evaluations, and risk assessments and transitional counseling at the Juvenile Detention Center.
For more information about CGC programs or to make a donation, go to www.child-guidance.org or call (402) 475-7666.
Aiding Angels (www.aidingangels.com) is a local, 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing FREE, professional housecleaning to the cancer heroes in our community during one of the most stressful times of their lives. A clean home and environment contributes to the welfare and recovery of patients.
Brenda Schwery, local business owner of Maid To Please, has provided free home cleanings for years through another foundation where, unfortunately, women with cancer are the only recipients. In response to an overwhelming number of requests from not only women, but also men and children, Brenda founded Aiding Angels. Now, the void is filled and the much needed help is extended to everyone going through cancer treatment or hospice due to cancer.
For more information on Aiding Angels, please visit www.aidingangels.com or contact Brenda at (402) 434-2472.
The Nebraska Sports Council (NebraskaSportsCouncil.com) is a non-profit organization that provides quality competition for athletes of all ages and abilities and promotes healthy and active lifestyle choices. Major programs include the NE 150 Wellness Challenge, which encourages all Nebraskans to get out and be active by participating in any physical activity, and the Cornhusker State Games, a 60+-sport Olympic-style athletic festival which attracts an average of 12,000 athletes to Lincoln/Omaha each July. Other events like the annual Pumpkin Run and Mud Run round out a full-year of fun and healthy activity offerings. 2017 program dates include the NE 150 Wellness Challenge, Jan. 1 – Dec. 31; Cornhusker State Games, July 21-30; Mud Run, Aug. 26 and Pumpkin Run, Oct. 7.
Nebraska Sports Council programs and events require more than 3,500 volunteers and financial backing from more than 300 businesses annually.
Those interested in supporting or participating in the Nebraska Sports Council can learn more at NebraskaSportsCouncil.com or visit us in person at 4903 N. 57th St. in Lincoln or by phone at (402) 471-2544.
Friendship Home (www.friendshiphome.org) is Lincoln’s only safe, confidential emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. We save and change lives for approximately 1,600 victims each year by providing safe shelter and crisis services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Shelter at Friendship Home is offered in a communal shelter setting, apartments for families and transitional living. Our advocates work closely with families and empower them to become survivors through safety planning, referrals to resources, support groups and mental health counseling. Friendship Home also provides a safe environment and emotional support to children.
Gift cards for gas and groceries, financial donations and volunteers to help with special events are ways to help.
For more information about Friendship Home, visit www.friendshiphome.org. If you or someone you know needs help, call our confidential help line at (402) 437-9302.
Launch Leadership (www.launchleadership.org) provides leadership training for middle school and high school students. For more than 50 years, we’ve empowered young leaders that build better schools and communities.
Everything we do is focused on helping students find out who they are and how they lead. Then, we challenge them to think about how they can apply what they’ve learned to the real world. The result is a community infused with motivated, focused, ambitious young leaders.
Our Summer Leadership Workshop brings together over 500 students for an action-packed week of fun activities and lifelong lessons. We also facilitate services throughout the school year, including One-Day Workshops and Leadership Retreats.
Our all-volunteer staff is composed of college students, professional educators and professionals from other walks of life. Most staff members are alumni of our services, and they joined Launch in part to give help build the next generation of leaders.
Not all children are lucky enough to have lives free of abuse or neglect. Some become involved in the juvenile court system through no fault of their own. Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA for Lancaster County (www.casa4lancaster.org), a local not-for-profit organization, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused, neglected, truant, or ungovernable children in Juvenile Court. CASA volunteers do their own investigation and report their findings directly to the judge. CASA volunteers provide a voice for children in court, expedite permanency, and ensure that children have safe permanent homes.
To donate, volunteer or for more information, please contact CASA for Lancaster County at (402) 474-5161 or www.casa4lancaster.org.
At CBMC (Lincoln.CBMC.com), we believe that when the Marketplace operates according to biblical principles, everyone wins! Our mission is to equip Christian Businessmen to live out their faith through their business and connect them to others who also believe this is our calling and privilege.
Through our Marketplace Ambassador Initiative, we offer several programs to help individuals grow: First Steps, Operation Timothy, Living Proof, and Every Man a Warrior. These one-on-one or small group studies help participants develop skills and abilities as followers of Jesus.
The Leadership Institute, which is specifically geared toward business leaders and owners, consists of a variety of Peer Advisory Groups (PAGs) including Trusted Advisor Groups, Forums, and the Executive Roundtable. Led by trained facilitators, these monthly groups utilize Biblical and Academic Study for growth, fellowship, and accountability.
Christian Record Services, Inc. (www.ChristianRecord.org) is a ministry of compassion to people who are blind. Since 1899, Christian Record has worked to improve the quality of life for children, teens, and adults who are blind by providing free programs and services. All who are legally blind (20/200 with corrective lenses) or have physical impairments that prevent them from holding a book qualify for these free services:
- Full-Vision Books: Children’s books that combine braille, audio, and large print
- Gift Bibles and Bible Study Guides: Braille, large print, and audio
- inSight4Vets: Audiobook “thank you” gift to legally blind military veterans
- Lending Library: More than 1,500 specialized audio volumes
- National Camps for Blind Children: Summer and winter camps
- Subscription Magazines: Braille, large print, and audio formats
- Wildlife STORYTELLERS: Audiobook players in soft plush animals
To learn more, visit Christian Record Services, Inc. at www.ChristianRecord.org, call (402) 488-0981, or connect on Facebook or Twitter.
The Cornhusker Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (www.abcnebraska.org) continually strives to be the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry in Nebraska. The organization’s main goal is to provide member companies and their employees with an opportunity to succeed winning work and delivering that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.
Whether a large or small company, joining ABC provides value. ABC offers training, continuing education courses and opportunities for networking and showcasing project successes. Our mission affords us the opportunity to share the industry through student event to help build workforce for Nebraska.
Existing to promote the dignity, independence and well-being of older adults, Tabitha (Tabitha.org) serves clients and their families across 28 southeast Nebraska counties at every stage of the aging journey through compassionate at-home care support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, and health care and hospice services.
Tabitha believes everyone should receive exceptional care—no matter their financial situation. This commitment is illustrated through Tabitha Meals on Wheels, celebrating 50 strong years. It is the first program of its kind in Nebraska and today the only Meals on Wheels provider in Lincoln/Lancaster County.
Serving more than 500 clients daily, 365 days per year, Tabitha Meals on Wheels prolongs Elder independence and provides an invaluable safety check for vulnerable individuals in the Lincoln community. More than 70 percent of the program’s recipients cannot afford the $6.25 per-meal cost, despite their inability to pay; Tabitha continues to say “yes” through the strong support of donors.
Tabitha is always looking for civic-minded individuals to join us in serving our community. For more information about how you can help Tabitha support our friends and neighbors
Please call Tabitha at (402) 486-8520 or visit Tabitha.org.
It started with one home. The Reverend Charles and Alberta Danner lovingly opened their doors and hearts to a homeless child in need. As the number of vulnerable kids in their home grew, so did their needs. But the Lincoln community was there to wrap the couple with support, helping to purchase property and construct the CEDARS Home for Children (www.cedarskids.org).
Seventy years later, providing refuge for children and youth who have no other safe place to spend the night is the heart of CEDARS mission, pursued through comprehensive efforts to help kids in crisis and build strong families.
On CEDARS 70th anniversary, candid photos and heartwarming stories of children finding safety, stability and enduring family have been collected into a new historical book. Visit www.cedars-kids.org/historicalbook to learn more.
For more information call (402) 434-KIDS (5437) or visit www.cedarskids.org.
The mission of Community Crops (www.communitycrops.org) is to provide education, advocacy and experiences to grow local food. Our vision is a healthy community for everyone–one in which all families can grow their own food, one where new farmers are supported through the challenges of growing healthy food for their community, one where every child has a chance to cultivate a garden alongside their regular lessons in math, English and science.
Community Crops is a non-profit organization in Lincoln, Nebraska that was created in 2003 with one community garden, and now serves thousands of people annually with 12 community gardens, workshops on sustainable living and growing, youth gardening education, eight school gardens, a weekly mobile vegetable market and the Growing Farmers Training Program. The latter is a unique hands-on training program for beginning farmers that has provided in-depth education to over 220 farmers.
For information on all of our programs and upcoming events and workshops please visit: www.communitycrops.org.
Poverty limits opportunity. We don’t. Since 1965, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties (www.communityactionatwork.org) has been removing barriers for individuals living in poverty so that they have the opportunity to thrive. Our four impact areas are Early Childhood Education, Homelessness Prevention, Financial/Family Well-being, and Hunger Relief. Just some programs and services offered include Early Head Start and Head Start, which provide comprehensive early childhood education services to 421 babies, toddlers, preschoolers, pregnant women, and their families; rent, utility, and security deposit assistance; Weatherization, focused on increasing the energy of homes; matched savings opportunities to youth and adults; financial education; free tax preparation and health insurance enrollment assistance; housing; and free evening meals at our soup kitchen, The Gathering Place. Last year, Community Action provided over 72,000 poverty-fighting services to nearly 16,000 children and adults. Our mission is to empower people living in poverty to reach economic stability.
The Pregnancy Center (www.support.pregnancycenterlincoln.org) is a non-profit, faith based organization located in the heart of Lincoln just off O Street. Every month over 400 young women in our community come to the Pregnancy Center for answers. These women desperately need our love and support. Many of them are afraid and feel like they have no options. The Pregnancy Center offers complete information about every option available to a woman facing an unintended pregnancy. The Pregnancy Center also provides confidential counsel, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, materials support, parenting classes and character-based relationship education in schools all at no cost to our clients or taxpayers.
Call the Pregnancy Center at (402) 483-4247 or visit www.support.pregnancycenterlincoln.org for more information.
Founded more than 40 years ago, and grounded by the solid belief that every person has the ability to recover, CenterPointe (www.centerpointe.org) makes pivotal treatment available for people suffering from mental and substance use disorders. Meeting people where they are and supporting them to gain control of their lives is what CenterPointe aims to do.
CenterPointe provides a full range of services including crisis response, treatment, rehabilitation, street outreach, and housing. The majority of people in services are homeless or nearly homeless. CenterPointe has programs in both the Lincoln and Omaha communities.
Support from the community is essential for ensuring high-quality care is available for people working to turn their lives around. Last year, the community helped more than 1,700 women, men, teens, and veterans to overcome homelessness, mental illness and addiction.
For more information, to support this work, or begin a career at CenterPointe: www.centerpointe.org
Through a growing network of ambitious people, Nebraska Community Foundation (NebraskaHometown.org) is helping local leaders unleash the abundant assets and talents within their own place to build stronger, more prosperous communities across the state. Using philanthropy as a tool for community development, NCF works with organizations and individuals every day to plan the charitable gifts and legacies that make dreams come true.
In just the past five years, donors have invested more than $125 million in Nebraska schools, hospitals, community centers, libraries, fire and rescue units, parks and recreation, youth programs and our natural environment through Nebraska Community Foundation. NCF isn’t your typical community foundation. All grantmaking decisions are made by local affiliated fund leaders in communities across the state. NCF serves over 250 Nebraska hometowns and supports 1,500 volunteer leaders through training, financial management, donor education, and planning for a brighter future.
Help save lives. Donate blood.
“I’ve never been asked.” That’s the number one reason why people don’t donate blood. Today, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB.ORG) is asking you to donate blood to help save lives. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood. The rarest blood type is the one that’s not available when a patient is in need. That need is constant. Nebraska Community Blood Bank has been connecting people who need life-saving blood with generous volunteer donors for nearly 50 years. We provide life-saving blood to healthcare facilities throughout southeast Nebraska. Be part of our life-saving mission by becoming a blood donor with Nebraska Community Blood Bank today.
Voices of Hope (www.voicesofhopelincoln.org) provides 24-hour-a-day services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, stalking, and related forms of abuse. We have provided free and confidential services to victims of these crimes in Lincoln/Lancaster County for over 40 years. Our services include the 24-hour crisis line (402-475-7273), 24-hour victim advocacy at hospitals, and daily walk-in services. We also offer support groups, crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with protection orders, basic needs, and on-campus services at UNL. Last year, we answered over 6,000 crisis line calls and provided face-to-face services to nearly 2,000 victims. Our free and confidential services are available to women and men. We are in need of financial donations, as well as donations of basic needs items such as personal hygiene items, household items, diapers and wipes, and office supplies.
Voices of Hope is the beneficiary of the Southpointe Friday Night Concerts in July. Stop by our booth and say hi. For more information, visit our website at www.voicesofhopelincoln.org.
For over 17 years, Domesti-PUPS (www.domesti-pups.org) has been supporting people in our local, regional and national communities through the assistance of animals. From therapy dogs in the classroom motivating children to excel in their learning environment, to pet therapy visitations in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living centers, Domesti-PUPS pet therapy teams bring a bit of brightness through their furry encounters. Our service dog teams provide increased independence when paired with a disabled partner. These highly skilled canines can turn on lights, provide balance and mobility, retrieve dropped items, bring a bottle of water from a refrigerator, respond to medical emergencies and open doors both literally and figuratively. Some even provide life-saving measures for their disabled partners.
For more information about Domesti-PUPS, visit www.domesti-pups.org.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska (www.chcne.org) is a fundraising family of 22 Nebraska-based affiliates of nationally recognized health charities dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by a chronic health condition. This year, we have added Team Jack Foundation, Autism Action Partnership and Nebraska Community Blood Bank to our team. In Lincoln, we are proud to partner with United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County during the annual United Way/CHC Campaign.
CHC-NE raises vital funds through workplace giving campaigns, corporate matching funds, individual gifts and foundation contributions to benefit these health charities. Dollars raised each year help our charities provide support for those with chronic health conditions as well as family members, friends and co-workers affected by chronic illness. Thank you for giving the gift of hope through your support.
Theatre Arts for Kids (TAFK.ORG) is a challenging musical theatre program specially designed for the young and aspiring performer interested in learning about, participating in, and producing musical theatre. Through teamwork and workshops, performers gain lifelong skills as they build self-esteem and develop leadership ability in addition to building their skill base as singers, dancers, and actors. TAFK offers a FREE Musical TheatreTroupe, voice lessons, classes for performers ages 3-6 & 7-18, and fully staged Broadway musicals are our specialty!
The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM; www.nonprofitam.org) was formed with one goal in mind: to help nonprofit organizations help their communities. NAM was incorporated in 2002, and CEO Anne Hindery has led the organization since 2008. “We serve and strengthen nonprofits of all sizes and missions in Nebraska and western Iowa. By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, we help our members representing health and human services, the arts, education and other areas focus their energy to better help the communities and people they serve,” said Hindery.
NAM has 437 members in Nebraska and western Iowa. It’s offering a new, six-week training series called Board Masters. The training program gives new and experienced nonprofit board members the skills and tools they need to successfully implement their organizations’ missions.
Other NAM programs include the Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands, DriveTime Networking, the Nonprofit Executive Institute as well as many diverse training opportunities.
NAM is also recognized as the State Association for Nebraska by the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofits.
You can learn more about NAM at www.nonprofitam.org.
The Heartland Cancer Foundation (www.heartlandcancerfoundation.org) was established to assist low income cancer patients with prescription cancer medications and gas money needed to go to and from cancer-related appointments and treatments. Our goal is to reduce the financial stress that often accompanies cancer treatment so patients can focus on their recovery, bringing energy and optimism to their journey. The Heartland Cancer Foundation is based in Lincoln, Nebraska and supports cancer patients who live in Southeast Nebraska and Northeastern Kansas. We are not affiliated with any clinics, hospitals, cancer treatment centers or organizations.
All are welcome to call (402) 261-9974 or visit The Heartland Cancer Foundation at www.heartlandcancerfoundation.org to find out more, and those who need assistance may also apply online or to download an application.
There are a variety of ways you can get involved – check out the website at www.heartlandcancerfoundation.org for links to upcoming events, to donate, or to find out more about fundraising opportunities available.
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. (www.lincolngoodwill.org) has been strengthening the Lincoln community for more than 80 years by providing services for individuals who face barriers to employment and by offering residents an outlet for recycling gently used household items and clothing. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores remains the largest source of funding for its programs and services.
Goodwill recognizes that services provided by peer agencies prepare people served by Goodwill to better succeed in Goodwill’s employment programs. It is with this understanding that Goodwill provides funding to colleague agencies to help with their own programs that align with Goodwill’s mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized.
For more information about Goodwill and its role in the Lincoln community, visit www.lincolngoodwill.org today.
Founded in 1993, the Cancer Alliance of Nebraska (www.cancerallianceofnebraska.org) is a nationally-recognized 501c3 nonprofit working with the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies to provide breakthrough treatments to cancer patients using clinical trials which we bring to the local community settings here in Nebraska. Every day we get closer to the cure.
- Why Cancer Clinical Trials are Important
- They lead to the discovery of new cancer treatments and cures
- They can improve the health of participating cancer patients
- They benefit future generations, impacting thousands of lives
- When our research is shared – across the state and around the globe – we get closer to the cure even faster
We succeed in our work due to the collaborative support of our experienced physicians, hospitals, clinics, donors, and patients in communities across the state of Nebraska. And we share in the collective belief that there is always something more we can do. Visit our site at www.cancerallianceofnebraska.org.
Lincoln G.O.L.D (Girls Organization for Leadership and Development; Lincolngold.org) is a local non-profit dedicated to scholarship and leadership. Founded in 2015, this non-profit serves with a two-fold mission. It is a leadership development and community service program for high school junior and senior girls and a scholarship program for Lincoln area high school seniors attending a Nebraska college. Lincoln G.O.L.D was formed by individuals passionate about preparing young women for success and making college more attainable for students who demonstrate leadership and civic sensibilities.
Lincoln G.O.L.D. is now selling tickets for the 2nd annual Gala, to be held on March 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the downtown Cornhusker Hotel. Join us for the celebration of the mentorship program and the scholarship auction where we raise money for the Lincoln area senior high students for college.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (www.heart.org/lincoln) is devoted to saving people from two of our nation’s top killers heart disease (No. 1) and stroke (No. 5). Powered by millions of volunteers nationwide, the Association’s goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans by 20 percent by 2020, while reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke by 20 percent. Currently, one person dies every 40 seconds from heart disease and stroke. Through events right here in Lincoln like the Heart Walk, Go Red for Women and Heart Ball, that startling statistic can change. For more information, visit www.heart.org/lincoln.
Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation (www.SammysSuperheroes.org) is a 501c3 nonprofit that raises money to fund research projects who are doing ground-breaking innovative work that will lead to modern treatment for childhood cancer. With only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget earmarked for childhood cancer, and Nebraska ranking 3rd in childhood cancer incidences, Sammy’s wants to ensure that research is being conducted for ALL TYPES of childhood cancer and that the little fighters battling this disease are not forced to use treatments designed for adult cancers or from as far back as the 1950’s. Along with research funding, Sammy’s also has programs that reach out to families to offer support in one of the most terrifying and difficult times of their lives. For more information visit www.SammysSuperheroes.org or follow our social pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Since the early 1970’s, Lincoln Medical Education Partnership (www.lmep.com) has been a model of community collaboration, serving many areas of community need. These include the training of Family Medicine residents through the Lincoln Family Medicine Program, cutting-edge cancer research through the Nebraska Cancer Research Center (NCRC), training schools to identify and help children with behavioral health issues through School Community Intervention & Prevention (SCIP), removing barriers for families by connecting them with resources and addressing substance use through Stepping Stones for Families, and educating individuals to become alcohol and drug counselors via Training for Addiction Professionals.
To learn more about Lincoln Medical Education Partnership visit www.lmep.com.
Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln (www.lincolnhabitat.org) was founded in 1988 with the mission of bringing people together to build homes, hope, and community. Habitat Lincoln knows that decent, affordable shelter is critical in helping families achieve strength, stability, and self-reliance. Through affordable homeownership, families can invest in themselves and their communities.
Over the last 30 years Habitat Lincoln has built or repaired 150 homes for low-income families in Lancaster County. Over 700 men, women, and children have a strong roof over their heads and solid foundation under their feet thanks to the thousands of volunteers and donors. Habitat homeowners have life changing outcomes: improved health, more educational opportunities, confidence, financial stability, and empowerment.
Every Habitat house changes lives: those of the families who help build them and pay an affordable mortgage or loan and all those who offer them a hand up in a time of need. Learn more at www.lincolnhabitat.org.
Prairie Gold Homes (PGH; prairiegoldhomes.org) is a vocational education program which works with individuals who are transitioning from the Nebraska Department of Corrections to our communities. During the 12-week program, we provide training and certification through the Home Builders Institute, OSHA 10 hour and First Aid/CPR certification. Currently, we have two programming sites, one based in Lincoln; our second site is in McCook. Prairie Gold Homes works with community partners in the building of homes for those communities while providing the training for the classes. We have training site builds in McCook, Lincoln and Beatrice. Class size ranges from 8-12 individuals chosen from different Nebraska Department of Corrections institutions.
PGH works with community employers to secure entry level positions for successful graduates. This is one of the big differences with the PGH program. We provide support to our students as they transition back to their families and communities.
For more information about Prairie Gold Homes, please visit prairiegoldhomes.org.
You can make a difference in someone’s life!
Fresh Start (FreshStartHome.org) is home to 24 women striving to overcome homelessness. They need your help, because of struggles with addiction, domestic violence, physical or mental health, job loss, or a combination of these. They face overwhelming challenges to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
Because of you, Fresh Start provides basic needs, safe housing, and case management. Fresh Start is more than a shelter; it’s a goals program designed to support women who are working diligently to improve their lives by recognizing and utilizing their strengths.
Fresh Start has provided services for 25 years. Together we have given a fresh start to over 1,500 women that worked hard for a better life. Your support and generosity helps women who are building a better life and makes our community stronger!
- Donation Needs: Paper Goods, Cleaning Supplies and Monetary Contributions.
- Volunteer Needs: Daisy Thrift Shop Clerks
Family Service Association of Lincoln (www.familyservicelincoln.org) works in collaboration with others, to provide quality programs and services, which effectively assist and strengthen individuals and families in our community. Having just celebrated its 125th anniversary, Family Service currently serves more than 5,400 children annually through four major programs: Youth Development before and after elementary school care and programming, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition education and vouchers for specific foods, Behavioral Health therapy and support services for students in Lincoln and Saunders County, and a Child Care Food Program with training, consultation, and reimbursement for in-home child care providers. For more information, or to apply to work part or full time in the Youth Development program, visit: www.familyservicelincoln.org or call (402) 441-7949.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone people need to get energy from food. T1D strikes both children and adults suddenly and is unrelated to diet or lifestyle. There is currently nothing you can do to prevent it, and there is no cure. T1D is a serious and stressful disease to manage. People with T1D must regularly monitor their blood-sugar levels, inject or continually infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully regulate insulin doses with eating and activity 24 hours a day. JDRF (lincoln.jdrf.org) funds research to deliver new treatments and therapies that make day-to-day life with T1D easier, safer and healthier until we can prevent and one day cure the disease.
Find out more about our local efforts to support those in our community living with T1D, as well as the research your involvement is helping make possible, by contacting the JDRF Lincoln and Greater Nebraska office at lincoln.jdrf.org.
Nebraska State Stroke Association’s (www.nebraskastroke.org) mission is “The prevention of stroke through education for Nebraskans of all ages as well as to maximize quality of life for all Nebraska stroke survivors and their families.”
Nebraskans of all ages are experiencing strokes. In this fast-paced world, we are often surprised by the age of individual that arrives at the emergency room with signs and symptoms of a stroke.
KNOW THE STROKE WARNING SIGNS:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm, leg—especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you experience any of the above, call 911 immediately.
Nebraska State Stroke Association is totally funded by donations and all money stays in Nebraska.
Check out Nebraska State Stroke Association at www.nebraskastroke.org for events related to stroke awareness. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. If you are interested in hosting a stroke awareness program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln TeamMates (LincolnTeamMates.org), a school-based mentoring program, gives community members a chance to nurture their community’s future. Mentors meet with their student at school for one hour a week during the academic year. Mentors act as role models, building a relationship with their mentees that offers hope and a positive vision for the students’ life paths. The program works to help students graduate and pursue post-secondary education or career training. More than 95% of Lincoln TeamMates graduates in the past four years planned to attend a post-secondary institution.
TeamMates appreciates the many Lincoln businesses that encourage and make it possible for their employees to volunteer, enhancing our community’s economic future. During this academic year (2016-17), TeamMates supported over 1,200 students. However, the demand for mentors grows each year, as parents, teachers and students see the profound benefits of mentoring. Over 700 students in Lincoln still await a TeamMate to help them thrive. Be like the businesses already investing in Lincoln’s future, support TeamMates today.
Go to LincolnTeamMates.org and learn more about The Program. If your business is interested in supporting a specific school near you, please call (402) 436-1990.
What is a BBB Accredited Business?
Better Business Bureau® (BBB®; bbbinc.org) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is a private, non-profit organization established in 1912. Its mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust. Today, it is supported by over 9,000 BBB Accredited Businesses.
BBB accreditation does not mean that the business’s products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business’s product quality or competency in performing services. It means BBB has concluded that the business meets BBB Standards for Trust and has pledged to support the objectives and standards of fair advertising and ethical business practices.
Not all businesses qualify for BBB accreditation, so make sure to look for BBB’s seal that identifies the business as one that “Starts With Trust®.”
BBB’s headquarters is located in Omaha at 11811 P St and it has a branch office at 300 N 44th St #100 in Lincoln.
For more information, please visit bbbinc.org.
Don’t Miss Out!
This is an excellent opportunity for your non-profit to gain exposure among our readers, as well as for our readers to familiarize themselves with the needs of the various organizations and the valuable work that is going on in our community. If you are a local non-profit organization that is interested in participating in the next SUPPORTING NON-PROFITS feature in Strictly Business Magazine, please call (402) 466-3330 or email Office@StrictlyBusinessOmaha.com today!