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Making Life Great Grants June 2019

Making Life Great Grants

Coming Together to Create Stronger Communities

Great Western Bank recently awarded another round of Making Life Great grants to worthy non-profit organizations within our nine-state footprint. Read what our recipients had to say:

United Action for Youth in North Liberty, IA receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

United Action for Youth of North Liberty, IA

UAY is using the funds from Great Western to pilot a program in North Liberty to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism. In conjunction with the Iowa City Community School District, UAY will partner skilled social workers with youth who have been identified as truant or chronically absent by school officials. UAY staff will work closely with youth and their families to identify the barriers they face, and help them find strategies to overcome those barriers.

Fresh Start of Lincoln, NE receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

Fresh Start of Lincoln, NE

The support of Great Western Bank allows Fresh Start to continue to provide safe and secure housing to women experiencing homelessness in Lincoln. Audrey Back, Development Coordinator, said, “It is our privilege to be a recipient of the Making Life Great grant. Our goal is to build a stronger community through empowering women partnering with Great Western Bank allows us to fulfill our mission”. Fresh Start is a transitional shelter and goals program offering safe housing, case management and support services to women who are working to enact change in their lives. The Daisy Thrift Store, pictured above, is a FRESH boutique for women and operated entirely by volunteers. In 2017, The Daisy celebrated 10 years of offering high quality, gently used, women's clothing and accessories to discerning shoppers. Proceeds support Fresh Start services for women.

PATH is a nonprofit in North Dakota receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

PATH of Fargo, ND

PATH North Dakota is a private non-profit child and family services agency that began operations in North Dakota in 1994. “Great Western Bank’s donation to PATH’s school-based targeted case management program means a great deal to us and the families we serve. It enables us to support the needs of children and families by removing barriers to success, improving mental health and academic performance. Thank you to Great Western Bank and their staff for helping us to change lives, because we believe that changing one life, changes everything!” - Shawna Croaker, Director of Community-Based Services, PATH ND.

Child Saving Institute of Omaha, NE receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

Child Saving Institute of Omaha, NE

Child Saving Institute, CSI, in Omaha, NE serves pregnant women and young parents, helps young adults acquire skills to transition to independence, serves foster parents and biological families to help them learn skills for family well-being and works with kids of all ages to provide a safe, happy environment to learn and grow. These funds will helps support the many services they provide. Pictured is the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) preschool graduation. CSI focuses on developmental and educational childcare in our ECEC on the main campus and at Spellman Child Development Center on the campus of College of Saint Mary. Both programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC).

Clinic with a Heart of Lincoln receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

Clinic with a Heart of Lincoln, NE

Clinic with a Heart is grateful to Great Western Bank for granting funds for diabetic medications and supplies for patients in poverty in our community. For sixteen years, Clinic with a Heart has provided free, interim healthcare to people in need in Lincoln, NE. Providing impoverished patients with diabetic medications and supplies increases the patient’s quality of life while reducing hospitalizations/ER visits which lowers the resulting financial burden on our community. Providing free healthcare is a win/win for our community. Like Great Western Bank, Clinic with a Heart is focused on Making Life Great for the people and the community we serve. Pictured with the check presentation are Ginger Stark, Deb Aycock from Great Western Bank, Rachelle Hadley, Faith Hardt, and Ronald Lizcano, from Clinic with a Heart.

New Visions Homeless Services of Omaha receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

New Visions Homeless Services of Omaha/Council Bluffs

The dollars received from Great Western Bank will go towards providing food and shelter to our neighbors experiencing hunger and homelessness in the Omaha/Council Bluffs community. With this generous gift we will be able to provide help, hope and opportunities through emergency shelter, community meal sites, preventative services and life-saving housing programs for veterans experiencing homelessness. Pictured with the check presentation are Adam Emberton, GWB Branch Manager, Brandy Waller, New Visions Program Director, Robert Sheehan, New Visions CEO and Alicia Kreikemeier, GWB Personal Banker.

Project Homeless Connect of Omaha receiving a grant from Great Western Bank

Project Homeless Connect Omaha

Project Homeless Connect Omaha has helped over 3,000 of the area's homeless find housing, needed services, healthcare, hair styles and over 300 sets dentures and 500 pair of glasses. Over 3,500 volunteers have committed their time to making this event one the most significant events in the metro's history for the homeless. Great Western Bank’s support has been remarkable in helping to create a successful event. This year, over 600 of the area's homeless made their way through various service providers as well as medical and dental staff distributed around five basketball courts.


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