BUNCH OF DO-GOODERS
These aren’t one-hit wonders. Whether it’s through donation of time, resources, services, or monthly financial support, here are a few of the wonderful organizations to whom we offer our continual support.
On November 18th, Thrivent and Orphan Grain Train hosted a “Mercy Meals” meal-packing event in Grand Island. Mercy Meals of Nebraska is a non-profit organization that allows volunteers to package nourishing food that will be delivered by the Orphan Grain Train to children in need throughout the world. Orphanages, refugee camps, feeding centers, disaster relief centers and local food pantries have been recent recipients of our food.
At this particular event, which took place at the Heartland Lutheran gymnasium in Grand Island, more than 800 volunteers showed up to lend a hand. The goal was to package 100,000 meals, and with considerably more volunteers than anticipated, the end count far surpassed the goal at 136,512 meals. And because each package feeds 6 people, these meals will be distributed—both around the world (through Orphan Grain Train) and right here in Nebraska—to feed a grand total of 819,072 people in need!!
Thanks, Matt and Kris, for your generosity of spirit and for donating your time on the weekend to making an impact for people in need locally and around the world.
WHO: Boone County Mobile Food Pantry
WHEN: Thursday, January 17th, 1:45-4:00pm
WHERE: Boone County Food Pantry
WHAT: Food collection for families in need in Boone County
# OF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 2
Raelynn Bygland, who coordinates the mobile food pantry, said she will let me know if/when they need volunteers. If you'd like to contact her directly to inquire about available dates, her phone number is 402-920-3552.
WHO: TeamMates Mentoring Program
WHAT: Mentoring youth in need of guidance, leadership, and companionship.
The mission of the TeamMates Mentoring Program is to impact the world by inspiring youth to reach their full potential through mentoring. You can sign up to become a mentor online here.
WHO: Blessings in a Backpack
WHEN: TBD — program begins January 2019
WHERE: Knights of Columbus Hall (Albion)
WHAT: Providing weekend meals to St. Michael's and Boone Central elementary students who are on the reduced lunch program to ensure they have nutritious meals over the weekends.
Sarah Moeller and Mollie Morrow are starting an Albion chapter of this initiative. One night a month, they'll need volunteers to meet at the KC Hall in Albion to help package meals and deliver them to the schools for teachers to distribute to students in need. At this point, they aren't yet sure what evening they'll do this every month, but the program begins in January 2019, so we will update as information arises.
WHEN: January 14th from 11:30am-5:30pm
WHERE: Casey building at the Boone County Fairgrounds
You can sign up for a Rapid Pass here to shave a considerable amount of time off the process.