Supporting the growth and prosperity of local businesses has always been the focus of our work at Strictly Business, but we are also strong supporters of our local non-profit organizations whose work and outreach impacts so many individuals and families in our community. With so many non-profit organizations here in Lincoln making unique contributions yet all serving as agents of change where it’s most important, if there’s a need, you can be sure that there are people who are working tirelessly to ensure that it’s met. With the primary role of connecting people with resources, by principal and design, non-profits are dedicated to the common good of the community and measure their success according to quality of life and not quantity of profit.
In the business world, we are always working hard towards our goals but also to make our community a better place. We are invested in a thriving community because it allows us to build our businesses as well as our families, friendships, fellowship in the community and to contribute to ensuring that our city is the best place possible to live and work. Non-profit organizations are the glue that holds our community together; they are the source of initiatives that are focused solely on helping to make an impact on the lives of those who live in our community—to make our tiny part of the world a better place for all, and for many, their work reaches out to affect more than just the Lincoln community. These organizations also create jobs in our community, allowing many people to fulfill their greater purpose by doing what they love while touching lives and truly making a difference.
One thing’s for sure, we can all contribute in some way to the valuable work that our non-profits are doing every day. As individuals, whether you offer your time, talents, or prefer to donate money or items to the cause, there’s always a need that can be met with whatever you have to give. Businesses also have the opportunity to encourage their employees to get involved, which unites everyone together for a worthy cause. Many companies participate in fundraising and awareness events or volunteer together as a group; there are plenty of ways to get involved that can be tailored to fit the needs and goals of your organization. Likewise, as we always encourage consumers to be conscious of their purchasing decisions, staying informed and supporting the businesses that make an effort to support non-profits in the community is paramount.
With the ever-growing number of non-profit organizations it can be hard to decide where to focus your efforts. With continued emphasis on the importance of understanding that all non-profits are not created equal, make sure to do your research before making the commitment to support a particular organization. It’s important that the organizations you choose to support align with your beliefs and are working towards something you are passionate about, but a practical understanding how resources are put to work will ensure your efforts are maximized. Transparency is highly regarded in the non-profit sector, so even spending just a few minutes doing your due diligence to ensure that a majority of the funds they are generating will be used specifically for the cause they are promoting will suffice.
In closing, we ask that everyone reflect upon how they are currently giving back to the Lincoln community, and consider supporting the wonderful non-profit organizations we’ve featured that are invested in creating positive and lasting change for the betterment of all.
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.
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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 (www.casa4lancaster.org) for Lancaster County, 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.
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Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties (www.communityactionatwork.org)is a non-profit organization that has been serving individuals and families living in poverty in southeast Nebraska since 1965. Through 15 distinct poverty-fighting programs and services, Community Action serves over 15,500 low-income individuals in our community each year. Its mission is to empower people living in poverty to reach economic stability.
For more information, visit www.communityactionatwork.org or call (402) 471-4515.
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For nearly 70 years, CEDARS (www.cedarskids.org) has passionately served the children and youth of Southeast Nebraska. When a child is in need of a safe place to stay because home is no longer safe; when a young mom finds herself without the needed resources or supports to care for her young child; when crisis hits and families struggle and relationships are strained; or when a family simply needs a trusted place to bring their child each day for early childcare – CEDARS is there. With the help of this community CEDARS grew from a small grassroots organization in the 1940s into a robust agency that cares for as many as 1,200 children and youth in its various programs in a single day.
If you share our passion for making a difference in the lives of children, please visit CEDARS at www.cedarskids.org to find out how you can make a difference.
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At the Center for People in Need ( centerforpeopleinneed.org) our mission is to provide comprehensive services and opportunities to support low-income, high needs families and individuals as they strive to lift themselves out of poverty and achieve economic self-sufficiency.
Poverty takes different forms; a fact that informs our diversity of services. For newly arrived immigrants and refugees, we teach English and cultural adjustment classes, and assist them in becoming US citizens. Our Tackling Recidivism and Developing Employability (TRADE) program provides job-training and certification for those being released from prison. Those seeking to break the cycle of poverty through higher education utilize our Access to Computer Technology (ACT). Hundreds are fed each week by our food distribution program. And these are just a few of the services we provide.
Our clients are our neighbors, friends, and family. We seek to strengthen our community and create a welcoming, sustainable, and thriving home for all in Lincoln and Lancaster County.
For more information about the Center for People in Need, visit centerforpeopleinneed.org.
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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 and under the current leadership of President and CEO Jim Hegarty.
Its vision is an ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers trust each other.
Its mission is to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.
BBB accomplishes this by:
• Setting standards for marketplace trust. • Encouraging and supporting best practices by engaging with and education consumers and businesses. • Celebrating marketplace role models. • Calling out and addressing substandard marketplace behavior. • Creating a community of trustworthy businesses and charities.
BBB Accredited Businesses must meet BBB Standards for Trust. They have 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, which is identified with honesty, trust and excellence. BBB’s branch office in Lincoln is located at 300 N. 44th St. #100 and can be contacted directly at (402) 436-2345.
For more information about the Better Business Bureau, please visit bbbinc.org.
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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 Expo and Heart Ball, that startling statistic can change.
For more information American Heart Association and American Stroke Association visit www.heart.org/lincoln.
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For over 15 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, our pet therapy teams bring a bit of brightness through their furry encounters. The Adoptables program provides rescue dogs with obedience training and placement in their forever homes. 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 partner.
For more information about Domesti-PUPS, visit www.domesti-pups.org.
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Christian Record Services, Inc. (www.ChristianRecord.org) (DBA Christian Record Services for the Blind) is an international outreach to people who are blind or legally blind. Since 1899, Christian Record has worked to improve the quality of life for children, teens, and adults who are legally blind by providing them with free programs and services focused on their needs.
All who are blind, legally blind (20/200 with corrective lenses), or have physical impairments that prevent them from holding reading material are eligible for the following free services:
• Subscription Magazines in braille, large print, and audio formats.
• Full-Vision Books combine braille, print, and audio, enabling blind parents to read to their sighted children and sighted parents help their blind children learn to read braille.
• Lending Library offers more than 1,600 volumes in braille and NLS (National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped) digital cartridge.
• Gift Bibles and Study Guides are available in braille, large print, and audio formats.
• National Camps for Blind Children are operated throughout the United States.
• inSight4Vets Player for United States military veterans who are legally blind.
• Wildlife STORYTELLERS offer cuddly plush animals with family-friendly stories for children ages three through nine.
These free services are funded through the generosity of civic-minded business owners and individuals.
Learn more by visiting Christian Record Services, Inc. at www.ChristianRecord.org, calling (402) 488-0981, or connecting on Facebook or Twitter.
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Child Guidance Center (www.child-guidance.org) is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of children and their families in the Lincoln area and surrounding communities through effective and flexible therapeutic partnerships and a commitment to advocacy and positive social change. Child Guidance Center provides hope and healing to children who have suffered trauma from abuse or neglect, or those experiencing anger, depression, anxiety, and more. During the last fiscal year, Child Guidance Center provided crucial mental health services to 1800 children and families.
Child Guidance Center provides a wide range of treatment options that include Outpatient Services for children and families, Outpatient Services-Schools where therapists work with children and youth in 13 Lincoln schools, Extended Day Treatment and a Therapeutic Group Home as well as additional services.
For more information about Child Guidance Center’s mental health treatment services available for your child and family; please go to www.child-guidance.org or call (402) 475-7666. Our offices are located at 2444 O Street.
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May 2016 marks the 13th year Clinic with a Heart (clinicwithaheart.org)has offered free healthcare to people in need in our community. We thank our volunteers, donors and supporters who give their time, expertise, energy and resources which makes free healthcare in Lincoln available. Services provided include medical, dental, physical therapy, chiropractic, mental health, hearing screenings, vision exams and spiritual care. Funding for Clinic with a Heart comes from mission team sponsors, corporate sponsors, individual donors, grants and fundraising events. Today more than 600 people volunteer to serve at the clinic.
For more information about Clinic with a Heart, our services, to volunteer or donate, please contact Teresa Harms at (402) 421-2924 or email@example.com. THANK YOU for supporting Clinic with a Heart!
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Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a life-threatening 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 exercise. JDRF (Lincoln.jdrf.org) is the only global organization with a strategic plan to end T1D. Our plan ensures that there will be an ongoing stream of life-changing therapies that lessen the disease’s impact. We want to keep people with T1D healthy and safe today until we reach our ultimate goal of a cure and universal prevention of T1D, and turn Type One into Type None.
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.
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You can change a life!
Fresh Start (FreshStartHome.org) is home to 24 women striving to overcome homelessness. They need our help – and yours – because of struggles with addictions, domestic violence, physical or mental health, job loss, or a combination of these. They face overwhelming challenges to move from homeless to self-sufficient.
Fresh Start is more than a shelter; it’s a goals program designed to support women who are working diligently to improve their lives. Fresh Start provides basic needs like food, clothing and housing as well as with case management, advocacy, and other services. Along with addressing the barriers they have faced, staff endeavors to help residents recognize and utilize their many strengths.
This year, Fresh Start celebrates 25 years of assisting women in our community. Together we have given a Fresh Start to nearly 1,500 women that worked hard for a better life. Your assistance and generosity helps build a better life for women looking for a Fresh Start and makes our community even stronger!
Donation Needs: Paper Goods, Cleaning Supplies, Bus Passes, Monetary Contributions
Volunteer Needs: Event Planning, Daisy Thrift Shop Clerks
Join us: FreshStartHome.org | Facebook.com/FreshStartHomeLincoln | Twitter.com/FreshStartLNK
Contact Monica at (402) 475-7777, monicaz@FreshStartHome.org, or visit FreshStartHome.org for more information.
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For 82 years, Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. (www.lincolngoodwill.org) has been strengthening the Lincoln community by providing services for individuals who face barriers to employment and by offering residents an outlet for recycling unused 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.
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What is your Good Life? While each person’s version of the Good Life is different, each shares common ground in the opportunity and the freedom to try to achieve that life.
Since 2009 the Nebraska chapter of Americans for Prosperity (AFPNebraska.com) has fought for each Nebraskan to have the opportunity to attain their version of the Good Life. AFP-NE is a 501c4, non-partisan, grassroots organization that advocates for free-market policies at the state and local level.
Join the more than 40,000 Nebraskans and fight for the Good Life by talking with your neighbors on the phone or door-to-door, lobbying your elected officials, and more.
Want to get involved or have a question? Email us at InfoNE@afphq.org.
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Heartland Big Brothers Big Sisters (www.HBBBS.org) makes meaningful mentoring matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).
The agency is looking for Big Brother and Big Sister mentors to be paired with local youth. Matches meet weekly on evenings and weekends out in the community, doing recreational and educational activities they enjoy. They build impactful friendships that lead youth to higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, avoidance of risky behaviors, and educational success.
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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, through safety planning, crisis intervention, support groups and mental health counseling. Friendship Home provides a safe environment and emotional support to children, the youngest victims of domestic violence.
Our shelters are full every day of the year. We have an average of 44 individuals waiting each day to come into shelter. Most entering Friendship Home’s doors have few belongings and no access to resources. We help families rebuild their lives free from violence and empower them to become survivors.
Gift cards for groceries and gas, volunteers to help with special events and financial donations are ways you can help.
For more information about Friendship Home, visit www.friendshiphome.org. If you or someone you know needs help, call our confidential, 24-hour help line at (402) 437-9302.
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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.
There are a variety of ways you can get involved – check out the website for links to upcoming events, to donate, or to find out more about fundraising opportunities available.
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 download an application.
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Lincoln SCORE (lincoln.score.org) has been helping entrepreneurs achieve their dream of small business success for 50 years!
SCORE is a resource partner to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) that promotes small business start-ups.
SCORE is America’s premier source of free and confidential small business mentoring service.
More than half a million entrepreneurs count on SCORE each year for help with fulfilling their dream of starting a business, as well as helping existing enterprises grow and become more successful.
SCORE mentors provide free, confidential mentoring to help people start and operate a successful small business.
In addition to individual one to one mentoring, Lincoln SCORE provides educational workshops at the SCC Jack J. Huck Continuing Education Center at 301 S. 68th Street Place partnering with a team of business experts in helping participants learn about simple steps in starting a new business.
With an upsurge in business mentoring requests Lincoln SCORE welcomes additional working or retired business experienced folks to consider joining our volunteer mentoring team in promoting small business success in Lincoln.
Would you be willing to share your business experience with others to help small business dreams come true in Lincoln?
Please call (402) 437-2409 to learn more about how to get involved in Lincoln SCORE (lincoln.score.org).
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LINCOLN NORTHEAST SERTOMA CLUB (www.northeastsertoma.org) celebrates its 46th year of improving the quality of life for those impacted by hearing loss and supporting those in need. Members work event concessions to annually raise and donate $47,000 to numerous worthy human service organizations. The club recently donated $15,000 to Norwood Park elementary school to purchase the Redcat hearing application system enabling teachers’ voices to be more clearly heard by students in all classrooms. The Club meets weekly from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Thursdays at the HyVee community room, 5010 “O” Street. Program speakers are public/private sector leaders making a difference in our community. Guests are welcome.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LUX Center for the Arts (www.LUXcenter.org) is the place where creativity and community meet. The LUX’s mission is to enhance the lives of a diverse public by providing exceptional learning opportunities in contemporary art, craft, and design. The LUX provides art classes for children, youth, and adults and hosts newly curated shows each month featuring local, regional, and national artists. Through Art Van deLUX, we provide art-making workshops and classes to at-risk-youth, cancer survivors, low-income schools, and Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. The LUX is committed to being the arts organization where everyone feels comfortable and welcome.
Contact us at (402) 466-8692 or visit our website at www.LUXcenter.org.
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Lincoln TeamMates (lincolnteammates.org) is a school-based mentoring program. Mentors meet with their student one hour, once a week during the academic year at the child’s school. Mentors serve as a positive role model and build a relationship that offers hope and a positive vision for the student’s future. The goal of the program is to see students graduate from high school and pursue a post-secondary education. More than 95% of Lincoln TeamMates graduates in the past four academic years have indicated that they had plans to attend a post-secondary institution.
During 2015-2016, more than 1,200 students were served. There are still more than 700 students who would better thrive in school, if they had a mentor. TeamMates appreciates that many community businesses encourage and make it possible for their employees to volunteer which serves to enhance Lincoln’s economic future.
For more information about Lincoln TeamMates, please visit lincolnteammates.org.
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Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (MTKO) (www.mtkserves.org) is a hunger relief and outreach center for those in need. Annually Matt Talbot provides over 100,000 nutritious meals and approximately 25,000 homeless prevention services such as transitional housing, case management, drug & alcohol evaluations, life skills classes, nutrition counseling, and help with obtaining vital identification documents. Approximately 60% of the individuals and families served are the “working poor,” where eating meals at MTKO may prevent homelessness by allowing them to save money to pay for rent, utilities, or gas. Approximately 40% of those served at Matt Talbot are homeless. Matt Talbot maintains a 4-star Charity Navigator ranking and received the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award for the nonprofit sector in 2013.
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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. Only volunteer blood donors can help ensure blood is available for patients in area hospitals. Nebraska Community Blood Bank has been connecting people who need life-saving blood with generous volunteer donors since 1968. We provide life-saving blood to healthcare facilities in six counties throughout southeast Nebraska, including Bryan Health, Lincoln Surgical Hospital, and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital.
Visit NCBB.ORG to learn more about hosting a blood drive or to sign up to donate blood at a donor center or blood drive near you. Make a date to help save lives.
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Nebraska Community Foundation (NebraskaHometown.org) is a statewide movement using philanthropy as a tool to build stronger, more prosperous communities. NCF is a partner for meeting your charitable goals no matter where you live. It’s the way to give back to your hometown.
Thanks to generous donors, in just the last five years more than $120 million has been reinvested in our schools, hospitals, community centers, libraries, fire and rescue units, parks and recreation, youth programs and our natural environment. Thousands of citizens have enjoyed the arts, earned scholarships and received specialized training to grow local economies in Nebraska communities.
NCF is a charitable giving resource for all Nebraskans, offering donor-advised funds, designated funds, field of interest funds and life income funds which provide many tax benefits. Gifts to your hometown can be made using cash, securities, real estate, insurance, ag commodities, retirement plans, bequests and other assets.
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Established in 1986, Neighborhoods Inc. doing business as NeighborWorks Lincoln (NWL) (www.nwlincoln.org) is a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to keeping Lincoln a safe and prosperous community by revitalizing neighborhoods and promoting home ownership. NeighborWorks Lincoln aspires to make Lincoln a vibrant city with an exceptional quality of life for all. The organization fulfills their mission through an active partnership of resident leaders, private businesses, the philanthropic community, and the public sector.
For 30 years, NeighborWorks Lincoln has been deeply committed to keeping Lincoln a thriving and vibrant community, and the Board of Directors and Staff are thrilled to be celebrating its Anniversary throughout 2016!
Our work includes three core areas of focus. Developing desirable housing through our Real Estate Development Program, which includes the development of properties through both rehabilitation and new construction; Strengthening communities by empowering residents through our Community Building Program which works to educate and empower neighborhood residents to take action and influence change in their communities; and, Facilitating sustainable homeownership through our Homeownership Program, which includes a Down Payment Assistance Program as well as homebuyer education classes.
For more information on NeighborWorks Lincoln (NWL), visit www.nwlincoln.org or call (402) 477-7181.
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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 332 members in Nebraska and western Iowa. It’s offering a new, six-week training series called Board Boot Camp. 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, NAM @ Night, and the Nonprofit Executive Institute.
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.
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Our mission is simple: We’re here to help all Nebraskans live safer, healthier lives.
Employee’s safety and health create a strong foundation for an organization’s success. Nebraska Safety Council and WorkWell (nesafetycouncil.org) have come together to provide comprehensive safety and wellness programs, designed to improve workplace performance and overall worker wellbeing.
When they are expertly equipped, organizations can integrate effective workplace health, safety, and wellness promotion for their employees. There are no one-size-fit all options; each company’s safety and wellbeing program is customized for their needs. Choose from worker safety, wellness, or both and we provide the training, guidance, and resources.
Providing leadership and resources for a safe and healthy workplace and community, Nebraska Safety Council – (402) 483-2511, nesafetycouncil.org.
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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.
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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.
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WasteCap Nebraska (www.wastecapne.org) is a statewide, member-based non-profit organization building zero waste communities in Nebraska. We help leaders identify zero waste policies, programs and infrastructure appropriate for their community. Business assistance is a key strategy for achieving community zero waste goals. We provide business solutions for controlling waste management costs through vendor selection, service optimization, prevention and diversion.
Our goal is Zero Waste. What’s yours?
For more information about WasteCap Nebraska, visit www.wastecapne.org or call (402) 436-2384.
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In 2012, 140,000 adults were diagnosed with diabetes. The Foreman Foundation (www.facebook.com/jayforemanfoundation) was started in 2013 by former Nebraska Husker and NFL linebacker, Jay Foreman. Our mission is to enhance the lives of those living with type 2 diabetes. The Foreman Foundation specifically focuses on providing opportunities to access top-notch education and resources to those in need, while inspiring prevention through education. Help us keep Nebraska healthy and join us in the fight against diabetes. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
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The Alzheimer’s Association® (www.alz.org) is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.
For an estimated 33,000 Nebraskans, Alzheimer’s disease is the ultimate thief — of their identity and precious memories. Their caregivers and loved ones are left feeling alone and heartbroken.
The Alzheimer’s Association provides education and support to those who face dementia every day. On a national level, the Association advances critical research toward methods of treatment, prevention and, ultimately, a cure.
Together, we can end Alzheimer’s disease, the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.
Find out how you can get involved – visit www.alz.org or call (800) 272-3900.
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The Merrymakers Association (www.merrymakers.org) began providing professional entertainment to area senior homes in 1986 and will be celebrating 30 years serving our greatest generation throughout Nebraska and Iowa.
Merrymakers’ program is a unique service serving 136 care facilities. This includes assisted and long-term living facilities, senior apartments, hospice and senior centers. These programs are scheduled once a month among 20 of our contracted professional musicians to provide live, onsite entertainment to all of these residents, including those with Alzheimer’s and who are in memory care.
Merrymakers is 100% supported through donations, grant funding and our summer “Friend-raiser” – Songs & Suds and our signature Toast event in November of each year. Please join us for two unique evenings of fun and laughter:
Songs & Suds featuring DJ Howie; Honorary Chairs: Mary & Tom Kerr – Thursday, July 28, 6-9 p.m., Old Mattress Factory, 501 N. 13th Street, Omaha, NE.
Merrymakers 26th Annual Toast, Honoring Creighton’s Head Coach Men’s Basketball, Greg McDermott – Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6-9 p.m., Embassy Suites – LaVista.
For tickets and additional information, visit www.merrymakers.org or call (402) 697-0205.
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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 support, innovative living communities, exceptional rehabilitation, and health care and hospice services.
Tabitha believes everyone should receive the same quality, compassionate care—no matter their financial situation. This commitment is illustrated no better than through Tabitha Meals on Wheels, begun in 1967 as the first program of its kind in Nebraska and today the only Meals on Wheels provider in Lincoln/Lancaster County.
Feeding more than 550 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 $5.75 per-meal cost, yet with the help of generous donors Tabitha continues to say “yes” to all those in need.
Tabitha is 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 in need please call Tabitha at (402) 486-8520 or visit Tabitha.org.
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The STAR Project (www.thestarprojectinc.org) is a 501(c)3 organization based in Nebraska. Our Mission is to bring change to the lives of animals who are at risk for unnecessary euthanasia, have suffered abuse and neglect, deemed special needs, rapidly deteriorating in the shelter, or facing breed discrimination. The STAR Project will provide a home through our network of approved foster providers, and offer medical care and treatment until they find their forever home. We rescue animals nationwide, and provide support to the humans who make it possible.
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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!
Visit our website for more information about Theatre Arts for Kids at TAFK.ORG or call (608) 322 4549.
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Voices of Hope (www.voicesofhopelincoln.org) has provided services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, stalking and related forms of abuse for over 40 years. Services include a 24-hour crisis line (402-475-7273), 24-hour victim advocacy in response to calls from hospitals who are treating victims, and daily walk-in services for safety planning, crisis counseling, assistance with protection orders, etc. Voices of Hope also provides weekly support groups and educational groups, on-campus advocates at UNL and Nebraska Wesleyan University and educational/training/prevention presentations for the community. Last year, the agency answered over 7,500 crisis line calls and provided face-to-face services to nearly 2,000 adult victims and children. Our free and confidential services are available to women and men. We are in need of financial donations, as well as for donations of basic needs items such as personal hygiene items, household items, diapers and wipes, and office supplies.
For more information, go to: www.voicesofhopelincoln.org.
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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.
NSSA reaches out to our Nebraska schools, offering a 5th grade education program that includes a stroke survivor, nurse and caregiver.
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 Marcia Matthies, Outreach Coordinator, Nebraska State Stroke Association, at (402) 484-8131 or (888) 808-5678.
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Bridges to Hope (bridgestohopene.org) in Lincoln is a non-profit agency serving men and women soon to be or recently released from correctional institutions throughout Nebraska. The goal is to help prevent Reentrants from falling back into their criminal behaviors and to lower the recidivism rate. This is done by providing Reentrants with everything they need to start up a new home. Furniture, clothing, household items and hygiene products are a few of the items provided to them at no cost. Bridges to Hope survives off of financial and in-kind donations from community members. We would like people to understand that everyone deserves a second chance and to be forgiven. 95% to 98% of all inmates will be released into our communities. With no job, no money, no treatment, no clothes, no furniture and no place to live, those reentering the community often find themselves facing the same pressures and temptations that landed them in prison in the first place. Bridges to Hope provides them with the second chance needed to begin their new life, free of crime!
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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.
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People’s City Mission (PCM) (www.peoplescitymission.org) was founded in 1907 and serves as Lincoln’s primary homeless shelter. PCM provides emergency housing for nearly 350 homeless men, women, and children every night of the year. Its Homeless Prevention Center offers free food, clothing and household items to over 20,000 people with incomes below 150% of the U.S. poverty line. The PCM Free Medical Clinic offers a wide range of free health services to uninsured Lancaster County residents. Last year this clinic experienced almost 18,000 patient visits, making it the third largest free clinic in the country. PCM is helping more than 30,000 individuals each year with its various services, or about 1 in 9 Lincoln residents. PCM receives most of its funding from private donations and gets about 90% of these funds directly to the people who need them.
For more information please visit People’s City Mission (PCM) at www.peoplescitymission.org.
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Due to a significant need for treatment services for adolescents in our community, St. Monica’s (www.stmonicas.com)recently opened Channels.
“Channels” is a gender-specific program with a strength-based approach provided in a supportive and nurturing environment. Based on the resiliency of each young woman, the program provides each girl with the tools and therapy to help her understand and manage her substance use and mental health disorder(s). The Channels program offers girls the opportunity to build a healthy life moving forward.
The key components of the residential program include a 4-6 month stay, family involvement, school participation, and approximately 20 hours of programming specific to young girls.
Questions, referrals and admissions please call (402) 437-8448.
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Lincoln G.O.L.D (Girls Organization for Leadership and Development) (www.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 engagement 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. mentorship program is now accepting applications for the upcoming 2016 year. The new class will start in late August and go until May of 2017. The girls participating in the program will meet with executives from around Lincoln to learn skills to prepare them for college. They will also have the opportunity to do philanthropic work around Lincoln to help them learn to give back to their community. Lincoln G.O.L.D. gave away 20 scholarships this year to nine different area Lincoln high schools with the money raised from the Gala.
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The Child Advocacy Center (CAC) (smallvoices.org) is a non-profit organization serving 17 counties in southeastern Nebraska with satellite offices in Nebraska City and York. Established in 1998, the CAC provides help for children who are victims of serious physical and sexual abuse. Working with law enforcement and other agencies, the CAC offers a safe, child-friendly environment for forensic interviews and medical evaluations of the child victim, as well as ongoing support for the child and non-offending family members. We are the only agency in Southeast Nebraska providing these services.
Our goals are to reduce trauma suffered by child victims, strengthen families to provide safe homes, and to increase the successful prosecution of their abusers. As a staff, we respect the courage it takes for a child to tell and we invite you to get involved.
Visit smallvoices.org or call (402) 476-3200 to learn how you can put more power behind small voices.
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