The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Cocktails for a cause: The MICAH House Guild will hold Cocktails for a Cause from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 at Barley's in Council Bluffs. Funds from the event will benefit the MICAH house, an emergency shelter serving families and individuals experiencing the crisis of homelessness. The night will include a raffle. Tickets are $20 and include appetizers, a drink coupon and two raffle tickets. Extra raffle tickets are $2 each, $3 for five or $10 for seven. RSVP by Monday by calling Lisa Emken at 712-323-4416 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WIN: Women Investing in Nebraska (WIN) will again be giving out two grants of equal value. The grants will be given to Nebraska nonprofit organizations and University of Nebraska groups striving to address critical community needs or make a significant local or state impact. Last year, WIN gave away two grants worth more than $76,000 each. Qualifying Nebraska organizations must be designated as nonprofit 501(c)(3). Organizations and groups affiliated with the University of Nebraska may also submit inquiries. All applicants must submit an inquiry online by March 1 and will be notified about eligibility to submit a formal grant proposal. Visit campaignfornebraska.org for more information.
Color Me Rad: The combination of fitness and fun is what the Color Me Rad 5K is all about. The race will begin at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs on April 26. Runners will start out in a clean white T-shirt, but after running through color stations along the course, they'll look like a kindergarten art project. The Special Olympics will receive a portion of the proceeds. For more information or to register, visit www.colormerad.com.
Volunteers needed: Cass County is seeking Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteers for its April training session. CASA volunteers are assigned under the juvenile court jurisdiction to speak on behalf of a child to ensure the needs and interests of abused and neglected children are being met. Each volunteer will be screened and go through 30 hours of pre-service training. Additionally, Cass County is also looking for administrative service support volunteers to help with filing, data entry and making copies. For more information call Angie Neumiller at 402-296-9620 or email email@example.com.
Art and soup: The Visiting Nurse Association will host its 17th annual Soup and Art event on Feb. 23 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in La Vista. The event will benefit VNA's shelter nurse program, which provides care to homeless individuals and families in Omaha and homeless and domestic violence shelters in Council Bluffs, as well as youths living on the streets. Artwork by more than 45 local artists will be for sale, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. More than 20 Omaha and Council Bluffs restaurants will offer an original soup recipe to sample along with desserts and coffee. The afternoon will include live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are available for $50 online at www.theVNAcares.org or by calling 402-930-4170. Tickets will be $55 at the door.