Throughout the year the Junior League of Omaha partners with different organizations to give our time and resources to help different community partners, we call this Done In a Day (DIAD). One of our community partners we choose to work with is The Life House.
The Junior League of Omaha chose The Life House because it is an organization that provides an essential need for the Omaha community and surrounding areas of Nebraska. The Life House is a diaper bank and food pantry serving families in need. They believe in changing lives by offering essentials that all babies and families need. Offering diapers and food to families who need it ultimately lessens their financial strain and stress and thus allows families to address their other needs/concerns. This helps them financially move forward. In 2020 alone, they have provided 112,470 meals and 360,226 diapers to at least 15,000 individuals.
Providing so many diapers to the community means that the two people in charge of The Life House (yes, only two!) need extra hands. This is where The League comes in. By helping the organization wrap diapers, we are essentially helping get diapers out faster to the community and it frees up time and energy for the two women running The Life House. It gives them the ability to focus on other parts of the organization that need attention. In our first shift with The Life House, 6 women wrapped 9,000 diapers in TWO hours and today 5 members helped to wrap an additional 6,500 diapers!
We hope to be able to volunteer once a month with The Life House. Members: You can sign up on Digital Cheetah!
In just a few days, the Junior League of Omaha will be kicking off its 98th year with the first General Membership Meeting. It has been a busy summer for our League filled with training sessions, committees kicking off their projects and fundraisers and meetings to gear up for the upcoming year.
Many of our members have already been hard at work throughout the summer donating their time to various projects. In July, many members volunteered at the Color Run during packet pick-up and on race day at water and color stations throughout the race course.
Done-In-A-Day partnered with FITGirl, Inc. and provided volunteers for the FITGirl Empowerment Camp for girls ages 8-14. Junior League of Omaha members were assigned a group of girls and assisted them through activities during the day that included focusing on fitness, good eating choices and group team building activities.
Project shifts have also started with volunteers sorting books for A Book Of My Own and getting backpacks ready for distribution through Project Hope Pack. In addition to all of the volunteer opportunities for our Active Members, the League is also excited to welcome 92 New Members to our organization this year.
Each year, the incoming President is tasked with choosing a theme for the League year. For 2016-2017, our President, Chaley Chandler, selected the theme of “Giving Back is Always in Style.” Giving back is just one part of the mission of The Junior League of Omaha and voluntarism has always been second nature to our members. All of our League Members share many different strengths that make make an impact on each other and our actions. Our members gain training and knowledge from both our General and Committee meetings, and also from each other. Supporting other League Members, learning from each other and giving back to one another are all of the keys we’ll need to have a successful year. Our mission and our relentless act of giving back to the community and to each other will always be in style! You’ll be seeing this year’s logo all year long to help serve as a reminder of the one goal we all are working towards.
As fall rapidly approaches, there’s even more exciting things to look forward to beginning with Barn Bash on September 9th. There will be salsa and guacamole tasting, a nacho bar and BINGO! The League will also be hosting the American Girl Fashion Show Grand Finale on October 8th and 9th at Shadow Ridge Country Club. Please join other League Members as we commemorate the Fashion Show and how it has created shining stars out of both children and adults. Rounding out the season is the seventh annual Big Red Block Party on November 5th. Watch the Nebraska vs. Ohio State football game on multiple big screen TVs while enjoying tailgate-themed faire and the opportunity to bid on a wide variety of silent auction items. Finally, Our Cookbook Committee is also hard at work and needs your submissions. If you have any great recipes to share, please visit www.JLOCookbook.com.
The Rose Theater is home to the Omaha Theater Company. In 1948, Junior League of Omaha members alongside Emmy Gifford were inspired to start a theater for young audiences in Omaha and one year later, the Omaha Junior Theater was born. The League was instrumental in growing the Omaha Junior Theater, one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the United States. In 1970, the Junior League of Omaha(JLO) pledged money for a Cultural Education Series to be produced for Omaha schools in cooperation with the Omaha Junior Theater, the Omaha Ballet Association and the Nebraska Arts Council. During the 1980s, JLO approved community activities and a new project for the theater company. Over the years, the Omaha Junior Theater grew – it was renamed Emmy Gifford Children’s Theater in 1977 and again renamed The Rose Blumkin Performing Arts Center in 1993. The Omaha Theater Company first staged a production at The Rose Theater in 1995. In 1998, in honor of the 80th Anniversary of the JLO, the League approved a grant to its past project – the Omaha Theater for Young People – now the Rose. This grant was a joint effort with the Junior League of Omaha Foundation, which contributed toward the grant. The relationship between JLO and The Rose continues. Many League members, past and present, have served on The Rose Theater’s Guild. Continue reading “Done-In-A-Day at the Rose Theater”
Seeds We’ve Sown: Done-In-A-Day is Back
Done-In-A-Day is a former Junior League of Omaha project that is being reborn this year. The goal of this new project is to get in touch with organizations that JLO has worked with in its storied history, exposing members to these organizations, and getting project shifts done in a day! This mission is two-fold. First, it reconnects JLO with partners from the League’s past to celebrate the League’s contributions to the Omaha community as JLO approaches its 100th Anniversary in 2019. Second, it allows members to interact and learn more about these great organizations while performing community service. This year, Done-In-A-Day has scheduled project shifts with the Visiting Nurses Association, Rainbow House with Children’s Hospital, the Omaha Symphony, Fontenelle Forest, the Rose Theater, and more.
Done-In-A-Day Chair Joey Gaines is the member responsible for bringing this great project back to the League. As a first year active, I am blown away by Joey’s dedication to JLO, initiative to rejuvenate a past project, and sheer excitement about the whole thing. I decided the best way to introduce this great project was to speak to the project’s fearless leader herself. Continue reading “Connecting the Community – Done-In-A-Day is Back”
Junior League Lends a Helping Hand to the Omaha Symphony
Each fall, the Omaha Symphony presents its family-favorite Symphony Spooktacular concert with a host of appearances from area artists and organizations for a symphonic celebration of everything Halloween! This past October, the Omaha Symphony was joined by volunteers from the Junior League, who dedicated their time and talent to assist the symphony in the mounting of what has quickly become an Omaha Symphony Halloween tradition with area families. Throughout the day, volunteers from the Junior League donated their time to “spookify” the Holland Performing Arts Center lobbies, guide children in Halloween and music-themed lobby activities, and most importantly, distribute trick-or-treat treasures donated by Oriental Trading Company. The Omaha Symphony would like to extend a gracious, well-deserved “Thank You” to the Junior League and all of the volunteers who helped to make Symphony Spooktacular a truly fun and memorable concert!