Reason to Hope: Westside Church weeklong Vacation Bible School raised more than $17,000 for Reason to Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of poor and disabled people in Guatemala. Funds were collected by students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Westside Church is a church with campuses in Omaha, Fremont and Gretna.
Honor and Remember Nebraska Chapter: Honor and Remember Nebraska Chapter recognized dozens of Gold Star families during events June 5-9. The nonprofit organization hosted a dinner, a 5K run/walk and the Eighth Annual Omaha Storm Chasers Tribute to Fallen Heroes, where families of military members who died while serving or as a result of a service-connected illness or injury were recognized and given flags.
Pre-College World Series cleanup: Keep Omaha Beautiful and young professional groups from HDR, Pacific Life and nonprofit All About Omaha teamed up for a downtown litter cleanup initiative June 9. The project aligns each year prior to the CWS. Waste Management donated all supplies, and Zipline Brewery donated 20 percent of its proceeds to Keep Omaha Beautiful’s Trees for Omaha program.
Bikes for Kids: Fareway Stores, 1325 Jersey St. in Papillion, donated 25 bikes to area children in-need June 11. The bike giveaway was in partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity; Big Brothers Big Sisters; and Ralston Public Schools. A campaign allowed customers to donate at the register by rounding up to the next dollar.
Alzheimer’s Association: Fleet Feet Nebraska and CountryHouse, 5030 S. 155th St., will host Longest Day 5K on Saturday, a fundraiser to benefit Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. The AA’s mission is to help fund research, raise awareness and support regional individuals with the disease and their families. The 3.1-mile run/walk will start at 8 a.m. at Zorinsky Lake, F and 156th Streets, near the boat ramp parking lot. Water will be provided, and all participants will receive a medal. Cost is free but donations are encouraged. To register, go to eventbrite.com; search “Longest Day.”