South Omaha Boys & Girls Club receives $50,000 grant as part of Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation







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South Omaha Boys & Girls Club receives $50,000 grant as part of Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

South Omaha Boys & Girls Club receives $50,000 grant as part of Lowe’s Renovation Across the Nation

OMAHA, NE 10/21/16

Lowe’s launched a national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America called Renovation Across the Nation to support one Boys & Girls Club per state with a $50,000 grant for critical repairs, improvement and refurbishments, totaling $2.5 million in support for Clubs around the country.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands’ South Omaha Club was selected as Nebraska’s grant recipient. These funds will allow the Club to renovate the aged locker rooms, swim area and teen area. These updates will enhance Club pride and attract new members and partnerships with the local high school and middle school that use the facility.

Throughout November and December, Lowe’s employees will be installing new lockers, a washer and dryer, as well as putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls. The Club also purchased new electronic dart boards, a bumper pool table, bean bag toss and ice maker. There are also plans for Lowe’s employees to volunteer at the Club and for Club teens to visit a local Lowe’s store to job shadow for a day.

On Saturday, October 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the South Omaha Club will host Games O! Rama which will feature some of the new items they purchased. Members from all the Clubs will compete in the annual event and enjoy some of the new games the Lowe’s grant has provided.

For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Michelle Vu, Graphic Designer and Communications Manager, at (402) 342-1600 or

ATTENTION: Open & Closed Locations for Tuesday, Jan 17th

All BGCM Club locations are closed on Monday, January 16.

$1,000 Worth of School Supplies Donated to the Westside Boys & Girls Club as Part of Injury Board Day of Action

$1,000 Worth of School Supplies Donated to the Westside Boys & Girls Club as Part of Injury Board Day of Action

This August, member firms of The Injury Board – a professional association comprised of trial attorneys – from across the U.S. are collectively working to support children in their hometowns by providing in-kind donations of needed items, as well as volunteering their time to the local Boys & Girls Clubs as part of the Injury Board Day of Action.

Inserra & Kelley Attorneys at Law, Omaha’s member firm, will be partnering with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) to support academic success by donating $1,000 worth of school supplies for kindergarten through 6th graders.

On Thursday, July 28th at noon, the firm will deliver school supplies to the Westside Unit located at 1414 Robertson Drive and volunteer for the day.

“We are very excited and proud to partner with The Injury Board and Inserra & Kelly Attorneys at Law to help our members prepare for the school year by having our partners provide the necessary materials to help them learn and succeed in the classroom,” Tom Kunkel, Chief Operating Officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands said.

BGCM programming focuses on ensuring that kids in poverty are ready to learn and achieve academic success by providing them with the academic support they need. The goal is to deliver programs that create happy and healthy children and teens today while building a foundation of success for tomorrow, impacting a better future.

This is the 3rd Annual Injury Board (IB) Day of Action, a collaborative effort between IB member firms, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and other youth organizations across the United States.

Look for #IBDayofAction on social media and join the trend to spread positive awareness to children in need.

The Injury Board recruits attorneys based on their proven commitment to these four key areas: relationships, leadership, community and results. Injury Board members make an ongoing promise to donate a portion of their time, talent and resources to local causes and non-profit organizations in order to help make where they live a better place for everyone.

For more information about the 3rd Annual IB Day of Action, please contact Brittany Monbarren at To learn more about the Injury Board membership, please visit 

Baxter Subaru Shares the Love with $24,363 Check

Baxter Subaru Shares the Love with $24,363 Check

On Monday, April 25, 2016,  Baxter Subaru stopped by the Westside Boys & Girls Club to present a check for $24,363.73. (view image)

From the month of November 2015 to January 2016, Subaru donated $250 for every new Subaru sold with their Share the Love campaign. Baxter Subaru matched that amount, giving another $250 for each Subaru sold. BGCM was chosen as the featured local organization to receive the donation.

Thanks to Baxter Subaru’s generous donation and commitment to the community, more kids can enjoy the life changing programs offered at the Club.



Club Members Awarded $152,000 in College Scholarships

Club Members Awarded $152,000 in College Scholarships

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) awards $152,000 in college scholarships to 50 BGCM seniors and alumni as a commitment to enabling its members, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as healthy, productive, caring and responsible members of society.

Inspired by this commitment, BGCM established a scholarship program in 1986 designed to benefit active members of the Clubs and alumni who plan to further their academic and vocational education in order to develop their potential abilities.

“BGCM’s ability to provide these 50 scholarships to Club members is the result of so many people’s commitment to the mission and vision of Boys & Girls Clubs. The communities they choose to build their lives in will be enriched because of what we do here,” Keith Bushardt, Executive Board Member and Chair of the BGCM Scholarship Committee said.

The 2016 Scholarship Luncheon will take place Monday, July 11 at 11 a.m. at the North Omaha Boys & Girls Club, located at 2610 Hamilton Street, with special guest speaker Trev Alberts, University of Nebraska at Omaha Athletic Director.

In January, BGCM hired Jermaine Jones as Vice President of Community & Scholarship Outreach. Jones is a North Omaha Boys & Girls Club alum, former scholarship recipient and intern. He is responsible for growing BGCM’s Scholarship Program and implementing an Internship Program for scholarship recipients. Jones has a great appreciation for what these types of opportunities can provide for young people.

“Our scholarship program will continue to grow over the next several years, providing substantial financial assistance for our Club members pursuing post-secondary education,” Jones said. “The scholarship recipients will then have the opportunity to be part of an internship program which will offer real life, on the job experiences.”

Sponsors of the scholarship program include CenturyLink, Hawkins Family Scholarship, A.V. Sorensen, Charles E. & Florence Lakin Good Citizen Scholarship, Morton A. Richards Scholarship Fund, G. Robert Muchemore Foundation, Officer Tye Pratt Memorial Scholarship, Paul Stella Memorial Scholarship, Heider Scholarship, Corporal Shane Kielion Memorial Scholarship, Fred Arkoosh Jr. Memorial Scholarship, John & Harriet Wiebe Good Citizen Scholarship, Douglas County Sherriff Scholarship and Officer Kerrie Orozco Memorial Scholarship.

BGCM congratulates the following 2016 scholarship recipients:

Richard Adams, Carter Lake Unit
Tre’Vaun Ammons, North Unit Alum
Sheyenne Arduc, Carter Lake Unit
Asya Beasley, North Unit Alum
Caleb Brandon, Westside Unit Alum
Taymechia Bridgeman, Westside Unit
Alonzo Carr, Westside Unit Alum
Emma Clausen, South Unit
Megan Corey, Carter Lake Unit
Jabaree Culliver, Westside Unit Alum
Wylicia Dorsey, North Unit Alum
Alyssa Duval, North Unit
Abigail Fisher, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Jasmyn Flowers, North Unit Alum
Amber Franklin, North Unit Alum
Chance Hall, North Unit
Marcus Hall-Oliver, North Unit Alum
Alexia Hamilton, Mt. View Unit
Emily Hargrave, Council Bluffs Unit
Cedric Henderson-Smith, North Unit
Terry Henry, North Unit Alum
Allysia Holm, Mt. View Unit Alum
Skylar Huff, Carter Lake Unit
Deziree Kearney, Council Bluffs Unit
William Kearney, Council Bluffs Unit Alum

Brandon Kozac, Carter Lake Unit
Jorge Lara, South Unit Alum
Jonathan Leones, South Unit
Hannah Levelle, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Marquise Lewis, North Unit Alum
Devon Logan, Council Bluffs Unit
Jonathan Love, Carter Lake Unit Alum
Eris Mackey, North Unit Alum
Diante McBride, North Unit Alum
Nadia Metoyer, North Unit Alum
Coriana Moore, North Unit
Paige Muhammad, North Unit Alum
Imani Murray, North Unit
Joe Nash, North Unit Alum
Taylor Parks, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Shacara Pierce, Mt. View Unit
Devin Rollins, Westside Unit Alum
Cameron Schlotfeld, Council Bluffs Unit Alum
Laterra Smith, North Unit Alum
Ronald Snow, Westside Unit Alum
Bailey Tague, Council Bluffs Unit
Alex Vargas, South Unit
Devalon Whitcomb, North Unit
Arriyan Williams, North Unit Alum
Nicholas Young, Westside Unit

Brandon McMiller named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year

Brandon McMiller named Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Youth of the Year recognition is the highest honor a Club member can achieve. On Thursday, February 4, six Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) members competed to represent the organization at the state level Youth of the Year competition.

Representatives from each of the Clubs included Megan Corey, Carter Lake Unit; Giselle Centeno Rosales, South Omaha Unit; Bailey Tague, Council Bluffs Unit; Brandon McMiller, Westside Unit; Chance Hall, North Omaha Unit; and Alexia Hamilton, Mt. View Unit.
Brandon McMiller, freshman at Westside High School, was named the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 2016 Youth of the Year.

Youth of the Year is a nationally recognized program that promotes and celebrates a youth’s service to their Club and community, academic performance and contributions to family and spiritual life. The program distinguishes youth who have overcome enormous odds and demonstrated exceptional character and accomplishments.

“As a member of the Club for the past seven years, I have been provided with so many opportunities to make a difference,” McMiller said in a speech. “I have been a junior staff member, reading mentor and have led many community service projects. I learned leadership skills in Keystone Club and in 2015 was elected president by my peers.”

McMiller will go on to compete at the State level on March 16, 2016 at the Magnolia Hotel (1615 Howard Street) to qualify for one of five regional spots that will compete in Washington, D.C., to earn the coveted title of National Youth of the Year.
Historically, the five regional winners have been honored at a Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill and have a chance to meet the President of the Unites States at the White House.

Tupperware Brands Corporation, the programs national sponsor, awards each state winner a $1,000 college scholarship, each regional winner a $10,000 college scholarship and the National Youth of the Year receives an additional college scholarship totaling up to $50,000 from The Rick and Susan Goings Foundation.

Club Hours for Wednesday, February 3, 2016

First Responders Foundation donates more than $118,000 to nonprofits in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco

First Responders Foundation donates more than $118,000 to nonprofits in honor of Officer Kerrie Orozco

Under the direction of Kerrie Orozco’s family, the First Responders Foundation selected the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands as one of seven deserving organizations closest to Kerrie’s heart. Kerrie’s mother and aunt presented the checks to each organization at the press conference on Monday, December 7, 2015.

OPD Officer Kerrie Orozco was tragically killed in the line of duty on May 20, 2015. She was known for her volunteerism, community activism and support for many honorable organizations making a difference every day.

Immediately following her death, the First Responders Foundation created Kerrie’s Causes, a public fundraising campaign to assure her name lives on forever.

Over the past few months, the community has been touched by the legacy of fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco. Seven local organizations received a portion of donations made in her memory to ensure the longevity of the causes closest to her heart.

Officer Orozco volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands as a baseball coach. She put a big focus on making sure the kids knew just how special they are.

The money awarded to the Boys & Girls Clubs will go towards a Kerrie Orozco scholarship and fund a much needed van to transport Club members from school to Club everyday.

Other organizations awarded include:
University of Nebraska Foundation
Special Olympics of Nebraska
Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.
Black Police Officers Association

Boys & Girls Clubs teens and Omaha’s business community participate in real-life stock market simulation

Boys & Girls Clubs teens and Omaha’s business community participate in real-life stock market simulation

This year, more than 30, four-person teams joined the excitement of the high stakes world of finance by competing in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands 8th Annual Stock Market Championship® event on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

The event teaches teens financial literacy and gives the area’s business community a chance to spend an electrifying evening on the trading floor to see who amasses the greatest fortune by the closing bell.

During this real-life stock market simulation, teams buy, sell and trade fictional stock from local and national companies as they vie for the title of “Stock Market Champion.”

More than 175 Boys & Girls Club teens participated in a student version of the event on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. The top three teams advanced to the main event on Nov. 19 to compete for the title and a chance to win $8,000 in college scholarships provided by Nebraska Educational Savings Plan Trust (NEST).

The 2015, student Stock Market Champions are “Deez Stocks,” from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Council Bluffs with the highest overall net worth of $11,419,357.

The 2015, adult Stock Market Champions are “TD Ameritrade Team 1,” with the final net worth of $6,695,931.

In the months leading up to the event, teens learned to balance a checkbook, create a budget, save, and invest for college and retirement through the Boys & Girls Clubs Money Matters programming.

Thank you to this year’s presenting sponsor, TD Ameritrade, who has continued their community partnership with the Clubs. At the student event, 28 TD Ameritrade mentors joined our student teams to coach and mentor them through the trading frenzy.

My life and my family's foundation was established at the Boys Clubs back in the late 60's. My mother believed in what the Club meant in our lives and I will celebrate my 35th year in the Movement this year. I am so honored to have learned from the some of the best men around…Bill Hinckley, Tom Davis, Ike Snell, Dwight Day, Fred Schott, Don Preister, Maurice Lambert, Lonnie McIntosh, Walter Henderson, Wayne Houston and Bob Solonynka.