Education grants: Lincoln Financial Foundation recently awarded $269,000 in education grants to 18 local nonprofits to provide early childhood education, tutoring, mentorship, and college and career readiness training. The organizations awarded grants included Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, College Possible, Completely Kids, Durham Museum, Fontenelle Forest, Girls Inc., Heartland Family Service, Inclusive Communities, Junior Achievement of the Midlands, Kids Can Community Center, Nebraska Children’s Home Society Foundation, NorthStar Foundation, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Home for Boys, Partnership 4 Kids, TeamMates Mentoring Program and YMCA of Greater Omaha. The Lincoln Financial Foundation is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group.

Be a Santa to a Senior: Omaha’s Home Instead Senior Care employees and community volunteers donated, wrapped and delivered more than 2,000 gifts to nearly 700 senior citizens this month. This effort is part of the Be a Santa to a Senior program that aims to bring cheer, companionship and gifts to aging adults who may otherwise be alone during the holidays.

Offutt Chiefs Group and Moving Veterans Forward: PenFed Credit Union of Omaha presented donation checks totaling $20,000 to local charities Offutt Chiefs Group and Moving Veterans Forward on Nov. 11. Offutt Chiefs Group is a social and professional organization that strives to enhance the morale, spirit and cooperation among enlisted personnel at Offutt Air Force Base. Moving Veterans Forward is an organization that helps homeless veterans in Iowa and Nebraska find housing. For more information, go to

Nebraska Children’s Home Society: First National Bank of Omaha employees donated gifts to more than 250 people at Nebraska Children’s Home Society, 4939 S. 118th St., on Dec. 7. Two Men and a Truck delivered the packages. Nebraska Children’s Home Society provides safe care to children and women throughout Nebraska.

Meal donations: Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, 2422 West Broadway in Council Bluffs, and Salem Methodist Church, 14955 Somerset Ave. in Council Bluffs, recently donated more than 300 meals to local residents. The meals went to Hope Net, which distributed the Raising Cane's meal cards to low-income or stressed-situation families. Hope Net is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that helps families and individuals break cycles of addiction and poverty.

Global Partners in Hope: COMPLETE weddings + events, 110 N. Ninth St., donated $50,000 to Global Partners in Hope during a ceremony Tuesday to help build a medical center in West Africa. Funds will go toward the construction of a Center for Excellence Hospital and five outlying medical centers providing basic family practice, an OB-GYN and birthing center and cardiology and pediatric care. Members of the wedding industry donated to the cause through a recent Do Good Campaign. Global Partners in Hope is a local nonprofit organization that helps meet the tangible needs of people in communities across the globe.

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