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 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 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 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.
The mission of MT JAVA® (More than Just a Village Academy) is to improve academic performance and graduation rates, increase civic and community responsibilities among students most at risk of incarceration while empowering them to reach their maximum potential. The program primarily serves at-risk, high school youth through afterschool programming and mentoring. The MT JAVA® program is set apart from other organizations in that it relies upon the commitment of families and community members to work collectively to encourage and challenge youth to define their roles as contributing members and future leaders of society. OVG grant funding will be used to enhance MT JAVA®’s online presence in an effort to strengthen marketing/promotional efforts and donor development.
Omaha Girls Rock’s mission is to empower young women to find their unique voice through creativity, music education and performance. Through the powerful tool of musical experience and collaboration, the organization’s vision is to cultivate strong values in young women, developing confidence, self-reliance, and original thinking. By encouraging female mentees to apply these principles in all aspects of their lives, Omaha Girls Rock hopes to help them grow into stronger and more valuable members of their community. Omaha Girls Rock will be utilizing their OVG grant to support the development of after school programming.
The Mission of Kid’s Chance of Nebraska is to provide financial support to further the education of the children of Nebraska workers who have been severely injured, totally disabled or killed as a result of work related injuries or occupational diseases. Kid’s Chance of Nebraska will use this grant to underwrite marketing and development expenses in the launching of the Nebraska chapter, thereby setting the organization on a path toward future sustainability.
The Millard Business Community Foundation serves the greater Omaha area. Their focus is currently partnering with Millard Public Schools to provide resources and support for children and youth to further their education and help ensure that their basic needs of clothing, food and hygiene items are met. The Millard Business Community Foundation will be utilizing their OVG grant to establish an organizational website and secure donor management and event registration software for their organization. This endeavor will build organizational capacity and ensure the sustainability of the programs the Millard Business Community Foundation administers and supports.
Royal Family Kids Camp Omaha is a 5 day summer camp experience for 7-11 year olds who have experienced abuse and neglect and have been removed from their homes to live in the foster care system. Caring, trained adult volunteers fill the roles of camp counselor and staff. Daily camp activities include swimming, fishing, creative projects, a talent show, carnival, and birthday party night. Royal Family Kids Camp Omaha will be using their OVG grant to purchase supplies for the Camper Packs that are given to each child who attends camp. These include camp t-shirts, camper activity books, a photo album of camp memories, and many more items that allow campers to remember their time at Royal Family Kids Camp Omaha.
Banister’s Leadership Academy’s mission is to teach youth leadership, life, and social skills so youth will have the ability to plan, organize, and execute a successful future. With a focus on youth ages 5-18 in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, Bannister’s works to ensure the youth are provided with resources, services, and education to help youth successfully plan, manage, and implement leadership skills. Bannister’s will use the OVG funds for program incentives for its North Omaha, South Omaha and Council Bluffs Youth Advocacy Leadership Board and for group T-shirts to be worn by the youth board members for use during community service and service learning projects.