FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Friday, April 9, 2021
Omaha, NE – Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is excited to announce that they have received a generous donation of 525 literacy kits thanks to United Way of the Midlands’ Emerging Leaders and community sponsors.
On March 2nd, United Way of the Midlands’ Emerging Leaders hosted “Fill the Shelves,” an online fundraiser during which they invited community members to purchase literacy kits for local children in celebration of “Read Across America Day.” Fill the Shelves was generously supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, who matched the first 250 kits purchased, and supporting sponsors, Nelson, Van Denburg & Campbell Wealth Management Group and the Next Chapter Books and Gifts. With the support of these sponsors and generous community members, 525 kits were purchased for students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands.
The Emerging Leaders are extremely passionate about supporting this community and making it better for the next generation,” said Alison Ingunza, United Way of the Midlands’ Emerging Leaders Steering Committee Chair. “We are thrilled to be able to provide these literacy kits to children so that they can strengthen their literacy proficiency.”
Richard Webb, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands, said: “We are tremendously grateful for the continued partnership and collaborative efforts serving our members within the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands family. Receiving 525 literacy kits from the United Way of the Midlands’ Emerging Leaders and their supporting sponsors through “Fill the Shelves” truly helps our members to live out our mission of reaching their greatest potential. We are grateful, thankful and will make sure to utilize the kits in a meaningful way!”
The Emerging Leaders assembled the kits on April 8th on United Way’s Day of Action, a community-wide fundraising and volunteerism day to support agencies that are serving those affected by COVID-19.
The kits contain two books, a math workbook, activity sheets related to literacy, a “reading encouragement” note written by a volunteer, financial literacy comics, crayons and pencils.
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About Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is the largest youth service agency in the Omaha metro area. With eight Club locations in North and South Omaha, Mount View Elementary, Florence Elementary, Millard Central Middle School, Westbrook Elementary (Westside), Bryan Middle School, and Carter Lake and Council Bluffs, IA, and six school sites at Druid Hill Elementary, King Science & Technology Magnet, Millard Central Middle School, Bryan Middle School, Morton Middle School, Mount View Elementary, Skinner Magnet Center and Spring Lake Elementary in Omaha, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands helps over 8,800 kids receive the direction and educational support that is vital to their success. All of these programs are provided with the cost of only $30 per member, per calendar year. Through the work of trained and educated youth development professionals and program specialists, as well as dedicated volunteers and support staff, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is committed carrying out the mission of “inspiring and enabling all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, healthy and caring members of society.”
About United Way of the Midlands Emerging Leaders
United Way of the Midlands’ Emerging Leaders is a thoughtful and enthusiastic group of professionals under the age of 40 who work together to make our community stronger.
About United Way of the Midlands
United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro for 98 years. Guided by best practices and community input, it approaches poverty in a specific way – a “united” way. With the support of volunteers, community partners and donors, UWM efficiently and effectively invests donors’ dollars into our local community. These dollars fund basic needs, education and financial stability programs at local nonprofits, creating a circle of support for people in need. Please visit unitedwaymidlands.org for more information.