Mission Omaha Project

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

The Mission Omaha Foundation ran into a funding problem last year and was unable to help homeowners in need. This year they're back and already lining up the volunteers so what they need are homeowners who need some work done on their homes.

At one time Michael Fideler could do all this work himself but in the summer of '09 he was one of the fortunate homeowners on the Mission Omaha list.

Michael Fideler says, "Those kids painted my house and fixed the gutters and stuff on the outside and that winterization program they pumped insulation in the walls."

The volunteers also changed a small bedroom in Michael's house into a spacious bathroom but most of the volunteer work involves a scraper or paint brush.

Mission Omaha's founder says despite the hard work the kids love it and she wants them to know their work is appreciated. So Mary Rosenthal is asking for volunteers in Omaha to help take care of the volunteers.

Mary Rosenthal says, "We want to treat them well we want to have snacks for them so we need people to either supply snacks or bake snacks, volunteer to man the snack table and just be available so we can welcome there kids here and they want to come back."

Michael Fideler says he can't place a value on the work the kids did around his house and he would welcome them back this year.

Michael Fideler says, "They sure helped me and those kids were really nice that worked on it. They came from all over the country."

And for one week help people here in the Heartland. Another thing Mission Omaha is in need of is homes for those volunteers to fix. The qualifications include; the participants will be, elderly, low income or disabled and the resident should own the home.

For more information and to apply for help you can go to missionomaha.com or call (402) 490-3408.


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