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Keipos is a nonprofit organization that uses food, farming and education to transform lives. Key offerings include youth programs, distribution of produce from their five community gardens and farm, events, internships and tours.  OVG grant funding will support the installation of raised bed gardens, a sign and benches at the Sarpy Community YMCA. 

Lady Cougar Softball

As a nonprofit consisting of six softball teams for girls ages 8 to 18, Lady Cougar Softball seeks to promote strength, confidence, compassion and teamwork through softball.  Their goal is to provide young, talented female athletes in our area an opportunity to play softball competitively, along with learning the importance of leadership, teamwork, character values, and giving back to the community.  The OVG grant will be used for renovation and improvements to a practice field for use by the Lady Cougar Softball program. 

On Cue: Rehearsal for Real Life

On Cue: Rehearsal for Real Life strives to teach life skills to underserved students through participation in the performing arts. The program encompasses dance, music, and drama instruction, with curriculum specifically designed to teach students about independent thinking, public speaking, creative problem solving, and more.  By partnering with community mentors, On Cue also gives students the opportunity to learn about the business of theater, working in teams to develop a production budget, a publicity plan, and produce all of the design elements needed for a musical.  OVG grant funding will be used to assist On Cue in moving their end-of-the-year production to a professional theater and provide financial support to assist the organization in hiring a part-time office assistant. 

Bikers Against Child Abuse – Eastern Nebraska Chapter

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. They exist as a body of Bikers to empower children to not feel afraid of the world in which they live. Working in conjunction with local and state officials who are already in place to protect children, they desire to send a clear message to all involved with the abused child that this child is part of their organization, and that they are prepared to lend physical and emotional support to them by affiliation, and their physical presence. OVG grant funding will be used to assist with purchases for a mobile storage area for all necessary supplies for a Level II Kit.

Omaha Talons, Inc.

The Omaha Talons Academy utilizes the sport of basketball to provide a unique intervention and education program to South Sudanese young men; a demographic missed by many other Omaha community programs. The Omaha Talons Academy is an after-school mentorship-based basketball program. The program seeks to foster community building and engagement opportunities, leadership development, and the chance to develop interpersonal skills needed to succeed in a multicultural society. To assist Omaha Talons, Inc. in reaching these goals, the OVG grant funds will be put towards gasoline for year-round transportation, nutrition support, youth registrations in league play and tournaments, and entrance fees for youth enrichment activities.

Smart Girl Society, Inc.

Smart Girl Society, Inc. is an Omaha-based non-profit working to educate and inspire smart and confident girls, women and families. Through educational workshops, civic outreach programs and technology and social media research, the organization works with girls, parents and administrators to encourage authenticity on social media and in real life. They provide education on how to remain safe on social media and how to avoid becoming a target of sextortion. Additionally, they inspire action for girls to focus on their personal brand development, leadership, educational opportunities and healthy social skills. Smart Girl Society, Inc. will be utilizing their OVG grant in the development of a proprietary app, that will provide educational tools, resources, and real-time communication for parents, educators, and students, based on a safety lens of COPPA compliancy, personal security and safety, and content.

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.

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.

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.

DIBS for Kids

DIBS for Kids is a teacher support initiative on a mission to prove Omaha as the first city in the nation where students of all income-levels are supported to read a book, at their reading level, for fun, every night.  DIBS stands for “Delivering Infinite Book Shelves,” and it is a classroom-based take-home book program.  By combining access to age-appropriate books with teacher and technology support, the program seek to provide a low-cost, home-based approach to dramatically improve literacy rates across the city of Omaha.  DIBS for Kids plans to utilize this OVG grant to support the development of technology that will give parents, educators and program staff access to more information about  participants’ reading levels and ultimately, get youth excited to read.