Canku Luta, Inc. seeks to provide holistic programs for the Native American community in urban Omaha using traditional and culturally sensitive strategies. Programing helps urban natives gain access to traditional healing ceremonies, provides a transitional living home for individuals, and offers mental health and substance abuse services by using the concepts of recovery outlined in the Red Road to Wellbriety movement. OVG grant funding will assist Canku Luta in developing infrastructure on 10-acres of wooded land, so that Canku Luta’s traditional healing activities can be expanded and offered in more natural setting. Key project features include well rehabilitation, electrical hookup installation, and the construction of restroom facilities.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha, a non-partisan organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. In 1971, the group established its 501(c)3 educational fund in order to fund education projects, which have most recently included publishing and distributing the local Voter’s Guide, funding the VOTE411.org website, and developing the public access television show “Go Vote, Omaha!” With their OVG grant, the League of Women Voters Educational Fund will translate and print the Voter’s Guide in Spanish and fund a text message service that sends voters reminders about election deadlines and a link to non-partisan voter education information.
Spielbound is a nonprofit corporation that strives to educate, engage, and create community through board games. Their library has over 1,800 donated games that people can play at the Spielbound Board Game Cafe. Additionally, the organization provides resources to teachers, seniors, and the community at-large about the benefits of board game play and design. OVG grant funding will be used to fund Spielbound’s first Stay Sharp Seniors initiative, the Senior Play Kit. This project will focus on the development of a kit of games specifically for use with seniors that is intended to prevent dementia and promote the many benefits of social and organized play.
For more than two decades, Community 360° has trained and placed trusted volunteers in nursing homes throughout Omaha. Community 360° is known as the area’s preferred resource for volunteer companions specifically trained to serve the frail elderly in nursing homes. Community 360° trains trusted volunteers for nursing homes throughout Omaha. Community 360° volunteers brighten days and restore the dignity of our most fragile community members – our elderly. With their OVG grant, Community 360° plans to develop and expand a course catalog of CEU training courses for nursing home staff, volunteers and those who work with the elderly.
Crossroads Connection is a community of churches in the Omaha Metropolitan area who have joined together to assist prison inmates in their transition back to life outside of prison. They work to bridge the gap in the current penal system by helping former inmates find their way back into society. The LIFE program seeks to prepare former prisoners for a new life of full, productive citizenship by providing: (1) Safe, affordable housing; (2) Access to regular work; (3) Spiritual grounding to foster hope; and (4) counseling to provide guidance working through problems. The OVG grant will be used expand capacity of Crossroads Connection’s LIFE program.
Victory Riding Academy seeks to improve the quality of life of participants through equine-facilitated activities. Through the Horses4Heroes program, the organization enriches the lives of active duty military, veterans, first responders & their families with horse activities. Additionally, Victory Riding Academy provides therapeutic riding and horsemanship activities to children and adults with physical, behavioral, cognitive and emotional needs. The OVG grant will allow Victory Riding Academy to purchase their own horse trailer, which will allow the organization to transport their horses to and from community events, while also serving as an important promotional tool for the organization.
The purpose of Black Men United is to foster Black male achievement by enhancing economic, social, educational and political inclusion in the United States through education, work and family. Black Men United will be utilizing their OVG grant to assist with operational costs and seed money to help sustain their training center location as they prepare for the launch of their Urban Pre Vocational Training Program.
Project Pink’d, Inc. is dedicated to supporting the mind, body and spirit of those diagnosed with breast cancer. As an organization operating entirely by volunteers, Project Pink’d seeks to provide support for a variety of services both large and small, that focus on improving the quality of life for breast cancer survivors. Project Pink’d will utilize their OVG grant to expand current programming to include the launch of the “Pink’d Survivor Crawl,” which will provide local breast cancer survivors with the tools, support and network to effectively learn how to improve their physical wellness through exercise and nutrition.
Share a Fare seeks to provide transportation for the blind and visually impaired citizens in the Greater Omaha area by promoting a cab subsidy program through fund raising to enhance independent travel and effective participation in society. The program allows blind or visually impaired individuals access to transportation to get to work, medical appointments, shopping and school. Share a Fare’s OVG grant will be assisting the organization in upgrading their website. Not only will this project assist the organization in raising awareness of their services, but it will also build organizational capacity through on-line fundraising capabilities, increased website features, and the ability for the website to be accessible to persons using assistive technology.
Metropolitan Area Volunteer Guardians and Conservators recruit and support volunteers who would serve as guardian for persons in need. The organization provides a volunteer guardian and a pro bono attorney to handle the court procedure. Metropolitan Area Volunteer Guardians and Conservators will use the grant to staff a part time person to assist with the dramatically increased number of annual court forms and navigate the new Medicaid procedures. This will also allow other staff/volunteers to focus their time on recruitment efforts.