Omaha’s KANEKO has a new board chairman and new plans for programming.
In March, then-Executive Director Hal France stepped down. Jim Linder, Incoming Chairman of the Board, says France stepped down as part of a planning process. Linder says the board believed a different structure was needed for KANEKO as it looked at integrating administrative leadership, fundraising and programming.
KANEKO’s mission, to promote creativity and explore innovation will not change. What will change, according to Linder, is that programming in the new season will follow four major themes.
A recent survey released by the Salvation Army found 56% of Salvation Army Youth Programs are operating at or beyond their capacity.
Susan Eustice, Director of Public Relations for Salvation Army Omaha, says the survey covered more than 80 cities, including Omaha. Results show that more than 80 percent of youth programs saw an increase in demand from children and families in the past year, due to unemployment issues and funding cuts. Eustice says Omaha North Corps has been especially busy.