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Crossroads Connection

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

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.

Black Men United

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

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

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.

Metro Area Volunteer Guardians & Conservators

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.


Omaha Chamber Music Society

The Omaha Chamber Music Societies (OCMS) mission is to bring outstanding chamber music to the greater Omaha community through performances, education and outreach.  As part of their outreach program OCMS will use their grant from OVG to expand their partnership with The Hospice House.  The grant will allow OCMS to increase their visits to Hospice house from twice to four times per month for the next year.  They will also use part of the grant to better research and document the benefits of bringing music to the patients during their final days.  It is their belief that the information gathered will make a strong case that allows OCMS to increase and find more permanent donor support for this wonderful program.

WhyArts? Inc.

WhyArts? was created to assure that visual and performing arts experiences in Omaha would be open to people of all ages and abilities.  The mission of WhyArts? is to “provide experiential arts experiences to all ages, abilities and cultures to enhance their quality of life”.  With this focus, the organization has developed a strong core of professional artists who lead workshops at organizations serving individuals with physical and mental disabilities, seniors/older adults, at risk populations, medically fragile, and also the general population.  WhyArts? works with the organizations to plan and conduct these arts activities specifically designed to meet the interests, needs and abilities of each participant.

OVG’s grant will allow WhyArts? to contract with local professional artists to provide experiential arts workshops in the visual arts, theatre, movement/dance, and poetry/writing to seniors.  WhyArts? will offer these workshops to senior centers and senior residences in the Omaha community.


LifeChronicles-Omaha produces videos of people who are terminally ill or in any of a variety of life crises. LifeChronicles offers comfort to people during critical periods of their life by providing an opportunity to share important messages and experiences as well as to express their love for those they will eventually be leaving behind. The organization provides services primarily to people in the Omaha metropolitan region with availability as far west as Grand Island and east to Des Moines. LifeChronicles-Omaha was formed in 2010 based on the previous experiences the founder had with a similar organization in California. LifeChronicles-Omaha partnered with OVG to form a sponsorship fund to provide videos for its clients that were not in a position to be burdened with the expense of a video production. Additionally, the grant to LifeChronicles-Omaha was used to purchase a fireproof and waterproof safe to keep its archived, priceless information safe from harm.

Omaha Jitterbugs

Omaha Jitterbugs is a nonprofit corporation, promoting swing dancing by hosting dances, workshops, and classes. The mission of the group is enhance the awareness of swing dancing as an art form and increase the awareness of jazz music in the Greater Omaha area. The group meets weekly, providing live music, DJs, dance lessons, and competitions to more than 4,000 individuals annually.  The goal of Omaha Jitterbugs was to increase membership and the grant from OVG was used to enhance current offerings, such as more live music and outside instructors, and the group’s annual event (Cowtown Jamborama), driving greater attendance and awareness to swing dancing and jazz music. The group was a good match for OVG given its exposure to numerous groups around Omaha, the group had a sustainable plan in place and its leaders were passionate about the group’s efforts. The group meets weekly on Friday night for Jitterbugs’ Night Out and often holds events around the city.