Women's Center for Advancement receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

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Making Life Great Grants

Creating Solutions for Stronger Communities

We’re proud of our commitment to community. We have some great partners who are creating solutions for stronger communities. Great Western Bank’s Making Life Great Grants program is helping to Make Life Great across our nine-state footprint. Here is a sampling of testimonials from our latest recipients:

TeamMates Mentoring Program

TeaMates of Lincoln NE Receiving a 5,000 grant from Great Western Bank
Sarah Waldman, Executive Director

“We wish to thank Great Western Bank for their donation to the TeamMates Mentoring Program of Lincoln. Currently, over 8,000 youth in 158 chapters across Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Wyoming are being served. Your support has made this accomplishment possible. We are grateful for your support and for helping us make a difference and transform lives, together.”

Women’s Center for Advancement 

Womens Center for Advancement in Nebraska receives a grant from Great Western Bank
Erin Mulligan, Development Associate

“This award from Great Western Bank to the WCA provides funding for critical services to those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. It is with contributions such as yours that we are able to make our clients feel they are receiving the most informed and helpful services while they are navigating their way through some of the most challenging times in their lives. You are making a meaningful difference. You are turning victims into survivors. Thank you.”


Cornerstone of Bloomington MN receives a 6,000 grant from Great Western Bank
Ann Harrington, Grants Coordinator

“On behalf of our entire staff and the families we serve, thank you to Great Western Bank for your recent $6,000.00 Making Life Great grant to support Cornerstone’s Community and Empowerment Services Program. We are thrilled to have you as a new partner as we work to increase safety and stability for low-income families of domestic violence in our shared community. Thank you for your investment with us – and your confidence in our ability to positively impact our community.”

People’s City Mission

People's City Mission receives a grant from Great Western Bank
Tom Barber, CEO

“The People’s City Mission is working in partnership with the state of Nebraska to house recent parolees and assist them with finding employment and housing. This generous grant of $ 2,000.00 from Great Western Bank will help fund our efforts. I am certain many heartfelt stories will come from their wonderful donation!”

Helpline Center

Helpline Center of Sioux Falls receives a $10,000 grant from Great Western Bank

Janet L. Kittams, President

“The Helpline Center is so pleased to have received the Great Western Bank grant to support the Sioux Empire Network of Care. Their financial support will allow the Helpline Center to continue to grow the Sioux Empire Network of Care by expanding the number of partner non-profit agencies in the network. This project dramatically improves the social service system for the client, the non-profit organization and the community by making the process more efficient, effective and caring.”

Children & Families of Iowa

Womens Center for Advancement in Nebraska receives a grant from Great Western Bank
Amy Stapp Arpy, Chief Development Officer

“We are grateful for Great Western Bank’s support of our Lift Off Program which focuses on providing at-risk youth with the skills they need to secure employment.” 

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