Last year, 2020, marked the end of Omaha Gives –thank you for your past support! Mark your calendars for a new way to support our needs. Join in SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week, April 19-21, presented by FNBO. This week is focused on all forms of support for local causes and we can’t wait to see what the Omaha metro can do when we give together for more than one day. Do Good Week makes it easy to support us with your dollars –and more!
As we are focused on supporting extension and 4H in Douglas/Sarpy Counties this year, all of your forms of support are needed –your dollars, your time and your items. SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week is the time to make our mission happen.
Save the date for SHARE Omaha’s Do Good Week, April 19-24, 2021 -Five days dedicated to helping us meet our needs, followed by a day of celebration.
Cheer for us as we hope to a win cash prize from FNBO, Omaha Steaks and Pottawattamie County Community Foundation. Learn more about Do Good Week presented by FNBO at SHAREomaha.org/dogoodweekand see how you can support us at our SHARE Omaha profile here: https://shareomaha.org/nonprofit/friends-extension-4h-foundation
Show your support for Nebraska Extension in Douglas-Sarpy Counties by donating to #GivingTuesday402 powered by SHARE Omaha taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. The global initiative provides support for people and organizations to make a difference in their communities around the world. Despite the challenges of this past year, extension here at home continues to serve a diverse audience with a multitude of educational programs and activities. Through your involvement and volunteer efforts, we continue to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families.
Donations made possible the financial support to the following in 2020:
Thank you for making Omaha Gives 2020 a huge success! We are so thankful for your generosity as we work to support Nebraska Extension in Douglas and Sarpy counties.
As we move forward in these new times your support allows us to provide continued support of extension programming in the following areas:
The COVID-19 pandemic is touching the lives of each of us and putting a greater emphasis on the economic and social gaps affecting our neighbors and our communities.
That's why donating to the Friends of Extension Foundation is more critical than ever. Your support will help Douglas and Sarpy county youth and adults continue to make the best better in their own backyards.
In the past year, thanks to your support, we've been able to make an impact in the following ways:
May 20, 2020 marks Omaha Gives!, a 24-hour online fundraising event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation. The goal is to raise support for nonprofits in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties. It is a community-wide event to show off the area’s spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits, and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this community great. Since 2013, this community give-together has raised $49 million for more than 1,000 nonprofits
You can help us continue to make a difference in our community by scheduling your gift beginning May 1 or making a donation on May 20. Have more fun–give both ways!
The Douglas County Fair has named a new fair manager with an extensive background in 4-H and Extension. Kori Jensen says growing up in a 4-H family, county fairs and livestock shows were a huge part of her life. Previous to her current role, she taught Agriscience classes for seven years as well as being a Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor. She also served as the Director for Nebraska HOSA – Future Health Professions for four years and has done consulting and volunteer work with a variety of nonprofits and small businesses. Together, Kori and husband, Aaron, have three children: Everett, 9; Kellen, 7; and Hattie 1. The Jensens live on an acreage near Arlington, Nebraska. When Kori isn’t working, she can often be found attending her children's sports, 4-H and boy scout events, planning her family’s next travel adventure, chatting with her three former exchange students, gardening or volunteering. She is excited to be a part of the Douglas County Fair and looks forward to sharing her passion for agriculture and agricultural literacy.
"We are excited to have Kori on board. She brings a vast amount of experience and understands what it takes to create a successful event. Combined with her ability to educate adults and youth on topics surrounding agriculture literacy fulfills the fair's mission of 'Where Urban and Rural Meet,'” said Vernon Waldren, director of Friends of Extension.
The Douglas County Fair runs from July 10-12, 2020.
The Hope Garden Project is a labor of love for members of Faithful Shepherd Presbyterian Church and Douglas-Sarpy County Extension office master gardeners. Now thanks to a grant by the Friends of Extension Foundation, the project will continue to make a difference in providing food security. The garden project was among eight grants awarded by Friends of Extension Foundation totaling more than $6,600.
Since 2010 the Hope Garden Project has produced thousands of pounds of fresh produce benefiting Heartland Hope Mission. Last year alone the garden produced more than 8,000 pounds. Proceeds from the grant will go to purchase seeds, plants, tools and other gardening necessities to make this year equally successful. Additional horticultural recipients include the Explorer 4-H Club, which received funding to teach youth about horticulture, specifically water. In addition, Master gardener scholarships will also be funded and funds received by the group will allow for the purchase of new portable tables for educational events in Douglas and Sarpy Counties.
Other grant recipients include: