Lincoln Foundation Supports Human Services Initiatives
More than $130,000 in Grants Awarded
Omaha, NE, September 24, 2013 — Grants from Lincoln Financial Foundation are helping individuals experiencing food insecurity and are providing other needed social services to the community's poor and those at risk. Lincoln Foundation recently awarded $131,000 in human services grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations, a portion of $846,600 in charitable funds it has allocated to Omaha in 2013.
Women's Center for Advancement (WCA) received $20,000 for its Bridges to Opportunity program, which moves women from multi-generational poverty to self-sufficiency. This program delivers individual and community impact by bringing together area service providers who team together to provide comprehensive services based on a framework of case management, education, training, workshops and career-related services. In addition, there is an array of support services available based on severity of need, as each client progresses from economic and social vulnerability to self-sufficiency, with the WCA serving as the lead agency and providing case management for clients. Those agencies collaborating with the WCA on the Bridges to Opportunity program include: Metropolitan Community College, Nebraska Department of Labor, Literacy Center of the Midlands, One World Community Health Centers, Charles Drew Health Center, Together, Inc., University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Visiting Nurse Association.
Other human services grants awarded include:
Food Bank for the Heartland to support its Weekend Food for Kids program, which provides nutritious, child-friendly food to elementary school children who are in danger of going hungry over the weekends during the school year. This grant also will support the Family Packs program, which provides 25 pounds of staples that teachers share with parents or guardians who need additional assistance.
Siena Francis House to provide emergency shelter for homeless men, women and children.
Youth Emergency Services for the Transitional Living program, which offers supervised housing, life skills training, mental health counseling, medical screenings, referrals and case management to homeless and at-risk youth, ages 16 to 21.
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha for the 2014 Builders Blitz, which will construct 14 new homes in north Omaha.
Legal Aid of Nebraska to provide comprehensive legal services to women in south Omaha caught in debt traps caused by predatory lenders.
Nebraska CASA to fund training for Douglas County volunteers who serve as the voices for abused or neglected children in court.
Brush Up Nebraska for its Paint-a-Thon project to paint the homes of low-income seniors and disabled people.
March of Dimes to provide information, comfort and support services to families with a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center and Alegent Creighton Bergan Mercy Medical Center.
Ted E. Bear Hollow for children's grief peer support groups.
About Lincoln Financial Foundation:
The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under Lincoln Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and workforce/economic development. The Lincoln Foundation awarded $846,600 to support nonprofits in Omaha in 2012. Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has contributed more than $4 million to Omaha-area nonprofits.
About Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial Group has set aside almost $10 million of its pre-tax earnings for charitable causes that support philanthropic endeavors in the communities where its employees work. Lincoln Financial Group is the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) and its affiliates. With headquarters in the Philadelphia region, the companies of Lincoln Financial Group had assets under management of $189 billion as of June 30, 2013. Through its affiliated companies, Lincoln Financial Group offers: annuities; life, group life, disability and dental insurance; employer-sponsored retirement plans; savings plans; and comprehensive financial planning and advisory services. For more information, including a copy of our most recent SEC reports containing our balance sheets, please visit www.LincolnFinancial.com.