The Midlands Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $105,115 to 20 nonprofit organizations serving Sarpy and Cass counties.
The organizations are:
• Alegent Creighton Health Midlands Hospital — $7,000. The grant will go toward subsidizing expenses for supplies, signage, rentals, catering and publicity for the Midlands Health Fair.
• Assistance League of Omaha — $5,000. The grant will go toward Operation School Bell, which provides clothing, shoes coats and books to youth in need.
• Bellevue Housing Authority — $4,000. The grant will go toward Kicks for Kids, which provides gift cards for new shoes to children participating in the Housing Authority’s programs.
• Bellevue Little Theatre — $5,665. The grant will go toward new siding and trim on the front of the building.
• Bellevue Senior Citizen Center Inc. — $5,000. The grant will go toward replacing a 20-passenger van with a new, 15-passenger bus.
• Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands — $5,000. The grant will go toward recruitment, background checks and training for mentoring programs.
• Boy Scouts of America — $3,000. The grant will go toward after-school scouting at Gilder Elementary School in Bellevue.
• Cass County CASA — $4,000. The grant will go toward Kids Club, which provides items and services for foster children such as clothing, supplies, backpacks, fees for summer camps and more.
• College of St. Mary — $5,000. The grant will go toward Latina Summer Academy, a week-long residential program for Hispanic/Latina high school girls entering their junior year.
• Heartland Family Service — $2,500. The grant will go toward repairing a fence at the Safe Haven Shelter.
• Joslyn Art Museum — $5,000. The grant will go toward the Art for All program, which includes transportation for field trips and outreach trunks for teachers to use in classrooms.
• Papillion-La Vista Community Theatre — $1,500. The grant will go toward Kids Music Clinic, in conjunction with the summer production of the musical “Annie.”
• Plattsmouth Public Library Foundation — $5,000. The grant will go toward digitizing newspapers at the library.
• Providing Opportunities for Plattsmouth Schools (POPS) Foundation — $20,000. The grant will go toward a press box ($11,500) and scoreboard ($8,500) at the activity complex at Plattsmouth High School.
• Salvation Army’s Walk for Warmth — $5,000. The grant will go toward providing energy assistance to approximately 66 households in Sarpy and Cass counties.
• Sarpy County Museum — $3,000. The grant will go toward a display on “A History of Crime and Punishment in Sarpy County.”
• Social Settlement Association of Omaha/Kids Can Community Center — $5,000. The grant will go toward funds to discount the cost of childcare for low-income families with children attending Pawnee or Gilder elementary schools in Bellevue.
• TeamMates Gretna — $2,450. The grant will go toward mentor/mentee matches ($1,750) and background checks for the mentoring program ($1,700).
• Visiting Nurse Health Services — $4,000. The grant will go toward the Cooking Matters program, which equips families with the skills and knowledge to gain confidence in their kitchen and maximize nutrition on a limited budget.
• Youth Emergency Services —$8,000. The grant will go toward replacing windows at the Maternity Group Home in Bellevue.
This was the second of two grant distributions for the foundation’s fiscal year. The first distribution was in November. The next grant deadline will be Aug. 1, with funds distributed in October.
Through its grants programs, the Midlands Community Foundation places an emphasis on prevention and education. The foundation has a strong commitment toward programs benefiting health, art, culture, community, economic development, education and human services.