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Whispering Roots

The goal of Whispering Roots is to provide fresh, locally grown, healthy food for socially and economically disadvantaged communities by using aquaponics, hydroponics and urban farming. Their re-circulating systems use 90% less water than traditional farming to grow pesticide free, naturally grown produce. Additionally, their cutting-edge school programs teach the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) by using hands-on experiential learning. Whispering Roots originally received an OVG grant in 2013. As the first-ever Legacy Grant recipient, Whispering Roots will be using their OVG grant for a classroom aquaponic system, training, and program and staff development.

Congratulations to 2016 OVG Grants Recipients

This spring marked the completion of another tremendous grant season for the Omaha Venture Group, with over $40,000 being awarded to eight local nonprofit organizations.  As an established giving circle, the Omaha Venture Group is working to make a difference in our community, inspired by the venture capitalism model of investing.  Members make small personal or employee-assisted donations – then come together to research and select smaller, grassroots nonprofit agencies to invest in.

The Omaha Venture Group (OVG) is pleased to congratulate the 2016 OVG Grant Recipients:

– Buford Foundation

– Canku Luta, Inc.

– Camp CoHoLo

– Greater Omaha League of Women Voters Educational Fund

– Mode Shift Omaha

– Sarpy County CASA

– Sewing for Babies, Inc. Omaha

– Spielbound

Buford Foundation

The Buford Foundation exists to make a difference in the lives of youth.  Through Camp Confidence programs, youth develop confidence and self-reliance, learn mutual respect, and deepen intuition and natural curiosity.  Each year, the Buford Foundation hosts wilderness camps in Wyoming, where at-risk teens learn to face the challenges of our changing world.  OVG grant funding will be used to enhance the Buford Foundation’s camp facilities by assisting with capital improvements, such as roof repairs and mattress replacement projects.

Canku Luta, Inc.

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.

Camp CoHoLo

Camp CoHoLo stands for Courage, Hope and Love.  The camp was founded in 1985 as a way to give children with cancer and blood disorders a ‘normal’ camping experience.  With their daily medications and special medical needs, these children often didn’t have an opportunity to attend camp before Camp CoHoLo was founded.  Camp CoHoLo is operated entirely by volunteers with the mission is to serve children between the ages of 6 to 17 that are impacted by cancer or blood disorders.  Campers include children undergoing therapy and those who are off treatment.  The OVG grant will allow Camp CoHoLo to upgrade medication storage systems that are heavily utilized during camps.

Greater Omaha League of Women Voters Educational Fund

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.

Mode Shift Omaha

Mode Shift Omaha is a nonprofit transportation advocacy organization that was founded in 2011 by a group of engaged citizens passionate about improving transportation options in Omaha, Nebraska.  The organization seeks to advocate for transportation options that enhance quality of life and opportunities for everyone to live, work, and play.  The mission is achieved through education and engagement with members and the public, influencing policies and decision-making related to transportation and land use design, and monitoring transportation policies and plans and their implementation.  Mode Shift Omaha plans to utilize their OVG grant to 1.) create an Ambassador program, whereby volunteers receive training and supporting materials to represent Mode Shift and educate others about transportation issues, and 2.) develop the Transparency Project, which will focus on gathering information and data around transportation policy and funding.

Sarpy County CASA

Sarpy County CASA recruits, trains, and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers whose purpose is to advocate for abused and neglected children in their journey through the court system.  Volunteers seek to ensure children are raised in a safe home environment with appropriate familial support.  The goal is to provide every child in need in Sarpy County with a CASA volunteer, so they have consistent support through their judicial system journey.  To assist Sarpy County CASA in its efforts to train and support volunteers, the OVG grant will be used to cover costs related to sending staff and volunteers to the National CASA Conference in Washington, D.C. June 4-7, 2016.

Sewing for Babies, Inc. Omaha

Sewing for Babies, Inc. is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping newborn babies.  Since 2004, the organization has been providing small layettes for new mothers who may have little or nothing for their babies.  Each baby receives a diaper bag, clothing and blankets, lovingly made by volunteers.  The group also gives clothing, blankets, hats, and specialty items to Neonatal Intensive Care Units across Omaha to use in the care of premature and sick infants.  Sewing for Babies, Inc. will be utilizing their OVG grant to purchase materials to expand the organization’s service to premature, sick and needy families of newborn infants across Omaha.  Additionally, funds may be used for costs related to development and implementation of a second fundraising event for the organization.

Spielbound

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.