ALL DAY WEDNESDAY, MAY 21st, 2014
YOUR CHANCE TO DONATE ON-LINE TO THE
FIRST RESPONDERS' FOUNDATION
OMAHA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION'S
24 HOUR FUNDRAISING EVENT
DONATE ON-LINE MAY 21st at omahagives24.org
HOW WILL MY DONATION BE USED?
Your donation will go towards supporting the following 4 initiatives of the First Responders' Foundation. These programs are centered on Public Safety, Reducing Crime in Omaha, Keeping At-Risk Youth Out of Gangs and Drug Free and Appreciation of Our First Responders.
- DNA KITS - Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says that DNA evidence is necessary in almost all cases in order to prosecute and incarcerate gang members and others who commit violent crimes. Over $40,000 was spent on gathering DNA evidence against
Dr. Garcia to solve the Creighton University murders. Supporting this effort will help significantly lessen violence in our community.
- YOUTH ATHLETIC PROGRAM - We are in partnership with the Latino Peace Officers Association who have over 650 kids in North and South Omaha playing soccer and baseball. These police officers are running this program strictly on a volunteer basis and cannot expand beyond the current level. The Foundation and LPOA plans to significantly increase this program by servicing an estimated 2,500 to 3,000 at-risk youth from low-income areas. We are developing a business plan and will hire a full-time director. The Foundation is confident that we will be able to lease from the City a square block on 36th and "Q" Street called the Christy Heights Center which includes soccer, baseball fields and a building. The overall purpose of this program is to keep high-risk kids off the streets, out of gangs and drug free.
- SMOKE/CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR PROGRAM - There have been recent deaths in Omaha due to homes not having a smoke or carbon monoxide detector. The First Responders' Foundation is partnering with the Omaha Fire Department to provide and install this combination alarm in every home in Omaha's low-income, underserved areas FREE of charge. Each $20 detector is provided by the First Responders' Foundation at NO cost to the homeowner. The five-year goal is to raise $800,000 which will enable an estimated 40,000 homes to have this protection. We want Omaha to be the first city in the country to have all homes in the low-income areas to have this critically needed device.
LIVES WILL CERTAINLY BE SAVED.
- THUMBS UP INITIATIVE - This initiative is a means of showing appreciation to our First Responders. With this program, a simple "Thumbs Up" gesture shows appreciation for the safety First Responders provide all our citizens every hour of every day. A curriculum to teach the appreciation concept, particularly as it applies to First Responders, has been developed and is currently being taught in the Westside, Millard, Ralston, Elkhorn and OPS School Districts. We are currently reaching 62,000 students.
HOW CAN I DONATE LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, MAY 21st?
You can donate through the Omaha Gives website, omahagives24.org by using your credit card. The First Responders' Foundation has a donation page on this website.
Donation matching funds are available so the more you give, the more is received.
All donations are 100% tax deductible.
If you have a charitable giving account at Omaha Community Foundation, you can use it for Omaha Gives.
Please encourage your family, associates and friends to participate in this worthwhile charitable giving event.