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Making Life Great Grants July and September 2021

Great Western Bank recently awarded another round of Making Life Great grants to admirable non-profit organizations within our nine-state footprint. Read more on how these organizations continuously create solutions to support our communities.

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11 13 Ministries

11 13 Ministries is an organization serves over 300 home-cooked, to-go meals every other week to the Valley community. 11 13 Ministries has grown over the last several years, providing hope and assistance to those in need. The meals are free, and those who would simply like to receive one and do not have to meet any requirements. The organization was presented with a $5,000.00 Making Life Great grant that will be used for food supplies and kitchen appliances to continue to deliver hot meals to six local communities.

Atlas Preparatory School

Atlas Preparatory School believes that every child has the right to be successful. The organization sets high educational standards through a program for students, and learning beyond the classroom door. Students are involved with field trips to colleges, museums, plays, sporting events, rope courses, etc. to widen their worldview and influences. The organization was presented with a $5,800.00 Making Life Great grant, which will be used to support the Career & Technical Education Program. The program provides students with building skill development and education as a pathway to economic independence while meeting the needs of the community.

CUES

CUES is an organization that provides resources and opportunities for talent development and investment. CUES mission is to educate and develop future leaders. The organization was presented with a $2,500.00 Making Life Great grant that will be used to for educational programming to support over 500 students from low-income neighborhoods. Some enhancements will include interactive, hands-on learning materials to increase engagement and improve the children’s ability to retain information.

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Eloy Lions Club

Eloy Lions Club empowers volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs. Lions Clubs are best known for fighting blindness, but the Club also volunteers for several different kinds of community impacts, including caring for the environment, feeding the hungry and aiding seniors and the disabled. The Lion Clubs work toward providing a vision for all. The organization was presented with a $5,000.00 Making Life Great Grant, which will be used to provide eye exams and glasses for kids and adults in need.

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Habitat for Humanity of Redwood River, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity of Red River, Inc. is an organization that works toward building strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of affordable housing. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. The organization was presented with a $10,000.00 Making Life Great grant that will be used to help renovate a home for a family in Marshall, Minnesota.

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L2 for Kids, Inc.

L2 for Kids, Inc. were inspired for children to know they are cared for and that they can rise above their present circumstances, recognizing some parents live paycheck to paycheck. Children selected to receive clothing in the L2 for Kids program shop with a parent or a volunteer to choose the clothing that they need. The organization was presented with a $5,000.00 Making Life Great grant, which will be used to fund clothing for the children in the program, specifically in the Lexington and North Platte low-income communities.

Omaha Home for Boys

Omaha Home for Boys is an organization that provides care, services, and treatment to more than 1,300 youth, young adults, children and families each year to inspire and equip them to lead independent, productive lives. The organization was presented with a $3,000.00 Making Life Great grant that will be used to provide educational services to students at Omaha Home for Boys High School. These educational services are designed to improve academic performance, reduce absenteeism, and successfully transition to adulthood.

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Partnership 4 Hope

Partnership 4 Hope serves young adults who have “aged out” of the Nebraska foster care system; 3,400 children each year to be exact. The organization strives to meet the challenges those children may face by providing mentors who establish a meaningful mentoring relationship, as well as a community support system that partners both the mentor and mentee to succeed as they travel together toward independent living. The organization was presented with a $5,000.00 Making Life Great grant, which will be used to fund materials and emergency support for the foster youth.

reStart Inc.

reStart Inc. is an organization that serves all homeless populations, from singles, to couples, to families. reStart provides services free of charge and helps roughly 400 people each day through prevention, outreach, shelter, transitional housing, and permanent housing. The organization was presented with a $4,000.00 Making Life Great grant that will be used to help provide security, temporary shelter, and supportive services as their case managers create an individual plan assisting clients in securing permanent housing and connecting them to other resources needed to maintain housing stability.

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri acquires and distributes millions of pounds of food annually to partner agencies across a 32-county area. The organization partners with more than 145 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies to ensure food gets into the hands of those who need it most. The organization was presented with a $2,000.00 Making Life Great grant, which will be used to fund the Food Bank’s Buddy Back Pack Program, which is designed to supply a stable source of nutrients, kid-friendly food to children who are unsure if they will get their weekend meals and snacks throughout the school year.

The White Cane Foundation

The White Cane Foundation is an organization that supports students with basic needs through a consistent presence. Students are empowered to go out in the world with confidence and independence to become their very best self. The organization was presented with a $5,000.00 Making Life Great grant that will be used to help purchase basic needs to low-income students, such as necessary clothing.

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WoMens Rural Advocacy Programs, Inc. (WRAP)

WoMens Rural Advocacy Programs, Inc. provides safety, encouragement, and assistance for those victimized by domestic violence in Southwest Minnesota, as well as community awareness through education and prevention. The organization was presented with a $5,000.00 Making Life Great grant, which will be used to help expenses delivering services to those in WRAP. Those expenses may preventing homelessness for victims of domestic violence, such as funding utility bills, rent, etc.

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