Grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are helping individuals experiencing food insecurity and are providing other needed social services to the community’s poor and those at risk.
Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $131,000 in human services grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations, a portion of $846,600 in charitable funds it has allocated to Omaha in 2013.
Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) received $20,000 for its Bridges to Opportunity program, which moves women from multi-generational poverty to self-sufficiency.
This program delivers individual and community impact by bringing together area service providers who team together to provide comprehensive services based on a framework of case management, education, training, workshops and career-related services.
In addition, there is an array of support services available based on severity of need, as each client progresses from economic and social vulnerability to self-sufficiency, with the WCA serving as the lead agency and providing case management for clients.
Those agencies collaborating with the WCA on the Bridges to Opportunity program include: Metropolitan Community College, Nebraska Department of Labor, Literacy Center of the Midlands, One World Community Health Centers, Charles Drew Health Center, Together, Inc., University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Visiting Nurse Association.
Other human services grants awarded include:
• $30,000 to Food Bank for the Heartland to support its Weekend Food for Kids program, which provides nutritious, child-friendly food to elementary school children who are in danger of going hungry over the weekends during the school year. This grant also will support the Family Packs program, which provides 25 pounds of staples that teachers share with parents or guardians who need additional assistance.
• $21,000 to Siena Francis House to provide emergency shelter for homeless men, women and children.
• $17,500 to Youth Emergency Services for the Transitional Living program, which offers supervised housing, life skills training, mental health counseling, medical screenings, referrals and case management to homeless and at-risk youth, ages 16 to 21.
• $12,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for the 2014 Builders Blitz, which will construct 14 new homes in north Omaha.
• $7,500 to Legal Aid of Nebraska to provide comprehensive legal services to women in south Omaha caught in debt traps caused by predatory lenders.
• $7,500 to Nebraska CASA to fund training for Douglas County volunteers who serve as the voices for abused or neglected children in court.
• $5,000 Brush Up Nebraska for its Paint-a-Thon project to paint the homes of low-income seniors and disabled people.
• $5,000 to March of Dimes to provide information, comfort and support services to families with a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center and Alegent Creighton Bergan Mercy Medical Center.
• $5,000 to Ted E. Bear Hollow for children’s grief peer support groups.