The following are fundraisers, donations and charitable events happening in the Midlands. Email your information about good deeds to email@example.com or call 402-444-1040.
Successful walk: Last weekend's fifth annual Walk for VODEC raised $12,000 for programs and services that support people with intellectual disabilities in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. More than 200 people attended the walk at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village in Omaha.
Pasta and more: Tim and Mary Borchert of Omaha hope to adopt two children, Andrii and Masha, from Ukraine, to add to their current six children. The big hurdle is the $30,000 needed to complete the adoption and bring the children to the U.S. A pasta feed and silent auction to add to the adoption fund will run from noon to 6 p.m. today at the Millard Plaza Ballroom, 5339 S. 139th Plaza.
Goodwill sale: Younkers stores started their semiannual Goodwill Sale on Wednesday and it will run through Sept. 29. When you donate gently used clothing at the Oak View or Westroads locations in Omaha, you will receive a Younkers discount coupon to purchase items at Younkers. Donated clothing will go to Goodwill.
Chicken fingers and finance: From today through Saturday, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers in Lincoln will participate in the Share Our Strength's national Dine Out for No Kid Hungry campaign to raise funds to combat U.S. childhood hunger. Customers may donate any amount, in increments of $1, and get a discount coupon in return.
Make mine pepperoni: Mama's Pizza, 715 N. Saddle Creek Road, will donate 15 percent of proceeds from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday dine in and carry-out sales to the Joslyn Castle Neighborhood Association. You must mention the neighborhood group when ordering.
Dine and donate: Omaha area restaurants want you to dine out Tuesday to help support Nebraskans and southwest Iowans living with AIDS and HIV. Restaurants participating in Nibble for NAP (Nebraska AIDS Project) are Barrett's Barleycorn Pub and Grill, Block 16, Café 110, Dixie Quicks (Council Bluffs), Greenbelly, Goldberg's (Dundee location), Julio's West, La Casa Pizzaria, Mantra Bar and Grille, Marks Bistro, O Dining and Lounge, Spaghetti Works, Taxi's Grille & Bar, V. Mertz, Varsity Sports Café and Zin Room.
Empty Bowls: Food Bank for the Heartland will host Empty Bowls from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St., in downtown Omaha. Guests will have appetizers, desserts and drinks. Each attendee will receive a hand-crafted ceramic bowl painted by volunteers. Proceeds will benefit the food bank. Tickets for Empty Bowls, $25 each, can be purchased online at FoodBankHeartland.org.
A night out: Ladies' Night Out at Rick's Cafe Boatyard will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and feature spa services and a craft show. The event is a benefit for the Open Door Mission Kid's Halloween Party, which the cafe hosts each year. To reserve a spot at Ladies' Night Out, call 402-345-4545.
Splash in for a visit: Members of the Bellevue Modern Woodmen of America Chapter will sponsor a 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday fundraiser for the purchase of a Splash Pad for Bellevue's Everett Park. The event will be held at Bellevue Junior Sports Association, 1001 High School Drive. Bounce houses and kids' activities will be $5 per child; food will be available for purchase; bricks will be sold and donations will be taken. The money raised will be matched by Modern Woodmen's Home Office, up to $2,500.
Love having these blues: Reservations are due Friday for A Night at the Museum ... Celebrate the Blues! Friends of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln will host the fundraiser from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 28 at the museum in Lincoln. The event celebrates the “Indigo Gives America the Blues” exhibit. Expect live jazz, a chance to create an indigo scarf (extra fee), a tour of the exhibit, a barbecue meal and cash bar. Tickets are $35 each. For reservations, mail your check to Friends of the IQSCM, P.O. Box 21936, Lincoln, NE 68542. Questions? Call Deanna Suhr at 402-423-5614.
Have a heart: A lasagna dinner to benefit the Janzen family will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Avery Presbyterian Church, 1910 Avery Road in Bellevue. The dinner includes lasagna, salad, garlic bread, dessert and a drink. Cost is $5 per person or $15 per family. Proceeds will go to Brent Janzen, the church's youth director, and his wife, Sarah. Their daughter Lia was diagnosed with an irregular heart rate. The dinner is to help the family offset the medical expenses from Lia's condition.
Now showing: Shakespeare on Tour, the traveling wing of the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, will have a Kickoff Performance Fundraiser of “Julius Caesar” on Sept. 23 at Kaneko, 1111 Jones St. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. play. Actors and audience will chat after the play. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-280-2391. Tickets are a $40 donation per person.
Cast your ballot: Omaha's inCommon Community Development is a finalist in the Tom's of Maine 50 States for Good program and needs help to win a $50,000 grant for the Park Avenue Commons. You can vote once daily until Oct. 9 at facebook.com/TomsofMaine/. You do not have to belong to Facebook to vote. InCommon is the only finalist from Nebraska.
Donate at checkout: Backwoods began a partnership Saturday with MiniDonations, which gives customers a chance to donate to designated charities during checkout. All Backwoods stores will accept donations of $1, $5 or $10 for the Conservation Alliance and Kiva. Each store also choses an individual charity to support. The Omaha store chose Outward Bound.
Helping united: Several hundred of United Way's friends and supporters used their volunteer labor recently to make the community stronger. They stepped up for “United Way Days of Caring,” an annual volunteer service event. About 300 volunteers worked on 31 projects for nonprofits in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties. A hundred First National Bank employees were on the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus in Council Bluffs to help the five United Way partner agencies that have facilities on the site. Some of the volunteers hosted a “back to school” party for 150 kids at Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands.
Other bank volunteer workers served meals, organized donations and completed cleanup/spruce-up projects for the Loess Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross, Heartland Family Service, the Salvation Army and MICAH House. Groups of United Way leadership donors and co-workers from eight local organizations completed projects that the nonprofit partner agencies don't have the time or resources to tackle. Members of the United Way Women's Leadership Council worked at Completely Kids to fill backpacks with food for 400 elementary children to share with their families. Others volunteering their time represented these companies: AAA Life, Baker's Supermarkets, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, Central States Health & Life Co., HDR Inc., KPMG LLC and Lincoln Financial Group.
To celebrate National Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, Omaha's Literacy Center launched a 30 Volunteers in 30 Days campaign to help recruit additional volunteers to serve as tutors and classroom assistants. For more than 40 years the Literacy Center has provided one-on-one tutoring and small classroom instruction in the areas of adult basic education, English as a second language, pre-GED, computer literacy, family literacy and basic mathematics.
The center continues to offer free services to persons older than 18 who are reading below the eighth-grade level. Nearly 70,000 adults in the Omaha metropolitan area have extremely limited literacy skills or English language proficiency or both. The Literacy Center is working to change that. Learn more about the Literacy Center volunteer opportunities by visiting midlandsliteracy.org. Volunteers must complete a volunteer application and attend a one-hour orientation. Spots are still open for Friday's volunteer orientation. For more information, contact Kirsten Case, executive director, at 402-342-7323 or email@example.com.
The Hastings Museum needs individuals 12 and older who want to lend a hand. Maybe you have a special expertise you would like to share your knowledge of? Or you love being behind the scenes and making events happen? To learn more or to apply to volunteer, visit hastingsmuseum.org/volunteer.
Sew a bear:
The Heartland Council of Pioneers Hug-a-Bear Committee needs volunteers to sew the outer edges of the bears before stuffing can proceed. For more information or to volunteer, call Jerry Golmanavich at 402-390-9834.
Midlands Hospital in Papillion is taking applications for volunteers interested in baking homemade holiday fruitcakes in the hospital kitchen. The gourmet fruitcakes have been a fundraising tradition for 30 years at Midlands. Assignments can be tailored to fit all abilities or limitations. Buttering pans, measuring ingredients, mixing batter and baking the cakes will begin the first week of October. To learn more about joining the team, contact the Midlands Hospital Volunteer Office at 402-593-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands is always looking for people eager to positively affect a child. Big Brothers Big Sisters is recruiting to find 80 new Big Brothers by the start of 2013. More than 170 children between the ages of 7 and 14 are waiting for a big brother, big sister or big couple. Bigs develop relationships with their littles by hanging out, taking in a movie, helping with homework and playing catch or a video game. They are ordinary people, 18 and older, who volunteer two to four times a month.
Attend a free recruitment event from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at El Aguila Restaurant, 1837 Vinton St. Meet current bigs and staff members, dine and drink while learning about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands. RSVP for this event by Sept. 24 to Jim Frederick, director of marketing and recruitment, at 402-504-4719 or email@example.com. Can't attend? Visit bbbsomaha.org. Or, if you are ready to become a big, fill out an online application or call Diane at 402-505-3075 to register for a no-obligation information session. You also can text BIGBROTHER to 27138 and a staff member will call you.
The Department of Veterans Affairs health care facility in Grand Island, Neb., will offer a new volunteer orientation course at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Building 6 at 2201 N. Broadwell Ave. The course will provide new volunteers information about opportunities available. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a veteran, attend the volunteer orientation course. Information about the VA's volunteer program and opportunities is available at nebraska.va.gov/giving.
Missouri River Relief will host a river cleanup Saturday on the river in Omaha — with the help of volunteers. The event will begin at the N.P. Dodge Park boat ramp, 11005 John J. Pershing Drive, where volunteers will help clean the banks of the river by boat. The cleanup will run from 9 a.m. to noon, rain or shine. Help also is needed after lunch to sort and haul trash. Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Register online at riverrelief.org or at the park the morning of the cleanup.
Spirit of Nebraska Council of Girl Scout's Outreach Department needs volunteers to bring Girl Scout leadership programming to underserved girls in Omaha. They facilitate activities for girls for one hour a week. Activities are centered on teamwork, community action and leadership. Inspire and mentor girls through fun, hands-on learning. Volunteers are needed to work with groups of elementary, middle school- and high school-age kids. To learn more, email Sheena Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service