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Save the OmahaWorks Volunteers

$2,105 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 16 months
Created May 23, 2017
The photo is some of our group who went to North Platte to receive the 2012 Outstanding Group of the Year award from the  Governor's wife Sally Ganem.
OmahaWorks Volunteers comprises people from what used to be the Heartland Council of Pioneers. In 2002 Lucent Technolgies discontinued subsidizing our activities and we became self supporting.  Our bylaws stated that because the majority of members were older and/or retired we were not allowed to charge dues.  Since we no longer had a presence at the Lucent location we were no longer allowed to recruit from the employee base,  When the Pioneers headquarters started to deplete our savings account  we regrouped and became the Omahaworks Volunteers Chapter under Jacob House a 501(c)3 charity.
     In 2012 we still painted Playground Maps, supported Salvation Army activities such as Bell Ringing, Adopt-a-Family, and Turkeyfest where we assembled over 1500 dinners, Hooks and Needles who continue to provide
hand-crafted items throughout the Metro are, Hug-a-Bears who have just completed their 38,000 bears distributed to children that have just experienced some misfortune.  Hooks and Needles products  go to entities such as hospitals, Nebraska Humane Society etc. throughout the Metropolitan area. Hug-a-Bears are provided to Project Harmony, Boystown Behavioral, Douglas County Sheriff, Bergan Mercy and Children's Hospitals,  Fire Dept. 43, and  44,  Madonna House,   Omaha Police and others
      This current group includes only volunteers, some of whom are cancer survivors.  Attrition is a problem as is our bank account which continues to shrink.  Without additional funds it is likely that these activities will end in approximately one year.   An additional $10,000 should allow us to cotinue for at least two more.  All of the funds will be used to purchase supplies, that have become more costly in the recent past.
      Please help us continue our good works. 
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Bob Wolkins and Darla Plymale were interviewed on the Morning Blend on the 22nd, but 7 minutes was not enough time to talk about all of our activities and our financial difficulties. Following the appearance our total has risen to $1,755 from all of you generous people. Hopefully when your friends find out about our jeopardy they will go to omahaworks.net and find the link to our GoFundMe page. Recent information from Elaine Hobbs who leads our Hooks and Needles group suggests that they may be the first group that will expend their total approved budget for this year. Here's hoping the word will get out to more people, especially those that have been recipients of our goodwill since 2000.
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We seem to have slowed down a bit. This photo shows some of the Hooks and Needles group, our most active so far as hours are concerned. They take a quantity of yarn and make it into an afghan, kitty blanket, a hat, scarf, or mitten, slippers and other knitted treasures. They also make saddle bags for walkers, quilts and other nice items- all to be donated throughout the Metro area. The Hug-a-Bears get their stuffing donsated by 3M in Valley; however the start material is a blanket (Vellux or equivalent) and when the cost of the eyes and nose are added the resultant coast winds up over $2 per bear. We add our "signature" and pack them in plastic sacks to keep them clean. the eyes and noses are fitted with the best quality fasteners so that children cannot remove them.
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We just received a very recent Thank You from the Children's Hospital and Medic al Center for the delivery of 40 Hug-a-Bears. Today our Chairman, Steve Dawkins, was set to make several more deliveries. In order to keep up our pace we will need more money for supplies such as blankets, eyes and noses plus other frills. We'd like to continue for two more years. We are anxiously awaiting the return of one of our volunteers who will be returning from California after brain surgeries and a back surgery.




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Hello friends,
It should have been obvious to me that many of us, including some who were dedicated to their Pioneer activities, might not be on the internet. Please tell your friends about our program to keep us running for another 2 years. Perhaps you can help by using your computer to donate. In a pinch, if you receive our newsletter you can send a donation to the same post office box that is used for luncheon payments. We are excited about our progress but still have a ways to go.
THANX TO ALL, Jerry Golmanavich for Omahaworks Volunteers
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Raised by 26 people in 16 months
Created May 23, 2017
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