Social Issues

General News
5:06 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Salvation Army's Tree of Lights Campaign raises more than $3 million

More than $3 million was raised during the Omaha Salvation Army’s 2011 Tree of Lights Campaign. 

Joanne Bemis is the Divisional Director of Development. She says last year, the Salvation Army assisted more than 170,000 people and she anticipates the need increasing this year.  

The Salvation Army has more than 20 social service programs, serving families from teens to senior citizens. Bemis says 100% of the money raised during the campaign goes to support these programs.

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General News
5:06 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Ultra Chic Prom Boutique Celebrates Five Years

The 5th annual Ultra Chic Prom Boutique takes place Saturday, February 25th.

Lisa Sekundiak, Vice President and Owner of Max I. Walker, says she was inspired to start the event after looking through her own closet of gently used formal wear.  She says the company asks people to look through their own closets, and consider donating any unwanted bridesmaids gowns or prom dresses. 

Sekundiak says Max I. Walker cleans all the dresses and then displays them all at the boutique.  Each dress is sold for $25.  Sekundiak says the prom boutique features more than dresses.

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General News
2:25 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

PRIDE-Omaha, Inc. Closing

PRIDE-Omaha, Inc. is dissolving its non-profit corporation on March 31, 2012.

The organization was formed in 1978 with the purpose of working to keep children safe and drug-free.  Executive Director Susie Dugan says even though the need for drug prevention is as great as ever when it comes to kids and drugs, it has become increasingly difficult to sustain funding for their resource center. 

She says PRIDE-Omaha is grateful to the community and state supporters who made it possible for them to do their work for so long. 

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3:18 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Project Interfaith offers multiple programs dealing with children, families and faith

Project Interfaith is offering children’s story time and show and tell Sundays at 3:00 at the Bookworm through March 4th. 

Each week of the story time features a different religion.  Beth Katz, Executive Director for Project Interfaith, says more than 60 people attended the first event last Sunday.

She says the events offer a great opportunity for parents and children to learn more about the diversity of beliefs and cultures present in our community and the world.

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5:00 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Being Heard: A Creative Healing Program Using the Arts takes place this weekend

Being Heard: A Creative Healing Program takes place this Saturday at the Omaha Home for Boys.

Rita Paskowitz is the Director of the Storytelling workshop.  She says this weekend’s program is geared toward at-risk youth.  

Paskowitz says the purpose of creative healing is to get people to work through their grief using the arts.  Workshops in storytelling, music, movement, poetry and visual arts will be offered on Saturday.  

Paskowitz says it is sometimes easier for those who are grieving to express themselves through the arts. 

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General News
4:16 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

5th Annual Heartland Walk for Warmth takes place this week

The 5th Annual Heartland Walk for Warmth takes place tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:00 p.m. at Westroads Mall.

Kathy O’Hara, Spokesperson for United Way of the Midlands, says the event helps raise funds for energy assistance programs.  She says the organization has seen a 30% increase in requests for help with energy assistance over the past year.  O’Hara says the Walk for Warmth is a one mile walk outside.  She says even though it’s been a milder winter, it can get cold in the house when you can’t afford to turn the heat on…

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