Drop Your Items Off for Bargain Bash!

Do you have any gently used home goods, clothing, kitchen appliances, décor, or furniture that are taking up valuable space in your home?  Donate them to our JLO Bargain Bash Rummage Sale!  We will be holding several drop-off dates over the coming months to collect your donations.

Upcoming drop-off date:

  • November 7th, 2020
  • Location: Thermo King Christensen
  • Address: 7508 F Street, Omaha, NE 68127
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

There will be NO drop-off date in December, but we will be back in 2021 with more opportunities to donate!

Future drop-off dates:

  • January 16th, 2021
  • Location: Junior League Headquarters
  • Address: 12315 Pacific Street
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • February 20th, 2021
  • Location: Junior League Headquarters
  • Address: 12315 Pacific Street
  • Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Swing on by during one of our drop-off times, and our wonderful Junior League member volunteers will help you unload any items you wish to donate.  Feel free to package smaller items into boxes, bags, or totes that you do not mind donating.  Our volunteers are also happy to help you unload any larger scale items that you may wish to donate as well. 

Additionally, in the interest of keeping everyone safe, you will notice that all of our volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves for the duration of the drop-off timeframe, and we strongly encourage you to wear your mask as well!  We are committed to ensuring a safe and hassle-free drop-off experience for you, and will do whatever we can to be respectful of your comfort level. 

Ladies of the Junior League of Omaha assisting with Bargain Bash drop off in October

So if you have donation item(s) that are good shape and/or working condition, bring them on down to us!  Your generous donations are crucial for the success of this event.  Every single item donated contributes to the fundraising success of this event, which allows the League to continue to impact and support our community through our projects and league engagement. 

And don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family.  Every donation counts!

Member Spotlight – Jessica Sock

This month we are getting to know Executive Vice President Jessica Sock.

Jessica is in her seventh Active Year in JLO and has held a variety of roles, including Community Impact Council Director, Done-in-a-Day Committee Chair and Board Member-at-Large. Her favorite role has been EVP as it allows her to connect with so many amazing members.

Jessica, her husband Don, and their five year-old Eliot enjoy camping, having fun outdoors and spending time with family.

Bourbon Baked Apples a la Mode

Looking for the perfect fall dessert? Our recipe for Bourbon Baked Apples A La Mode could be just what you are looking for – with or without ice cream! This perfect combination of apples, cinnamon and bourbon could be just the thing to warm you up in the crisp fall weather. 

Bourbon Baked Apples is one of the recipes in the Junior League of Omaha’s A Century of Serving cookbook, available online and in stores now: https://www.jlomaha.org/cookbook/

Bourbon Baked Apples a la Mode

# Servings: 6 Category: Desserts

Ingredients:

  • 6 large Honeycrisp apples
  • ⅔ cup rolled oats
  • ⅔ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • ⅓ cup bourbon

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Core the stem end of the apples partially, removing only two-thirds of each core. Combine the oats, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and mix well. Add pecans, butter and vanilla extract and work into the oats mixture until a ball forms.  Stuff equal portions of the mixture into each apple and arrange in a large baking dish. Sprinkle with more cinnamon if desired. Pour the apple cider and bourbon into the baking dish, spooning some over the apples. Bake for 45 minutes or until the apples are wrinkled and browned, spooning the cooking liquid over the apples every 10 minutes. Serve immediately with cinnamon or vanilla ice cream.

To learn more or purchase your own copy of the A Century of Serving cookbook click here.

Images by Joshua Foo 

Yoga Training at the Highlander

On a cool Saturday morning in September, members of the Junior League joined the Training Committee for a yoga training at the Highlander Accelerator hosted by Lindsay Decker.

The Highlander Accelerator is a 65,000 square-foot commercial and public complex aimed at connecting the community through education, engagement, and enrichment.  The Highlander Accelerator is part of the broader Seventy Five North community whose mission is to facilitate the revitalization of a healthy, sustainable, mixed-income community in the Highlander neighborhood. Seventy Five North works to break the cycle of poverty and community deterioration by partnering to create high-quality housing, thriving schools, recreational facilities and other neighborhood enrichment amenities. By holding the yoga training at the Highlander Accelerator, League members were able to visit this vibrant community and learn more about its mission.

The yoga training was held on the beautiful community lawn where the Highlander has offered free workout classes to the public throughout the summer. All CDC guidelines were practiced to ensure the safety of all participants. The training was a great opportunity for League members to practice yoga and to build strength, awareness, and harmony, in both mind and body.

During these difficult times, the Training Committee is diligently working to hold fulfilling and enriching trainings for our League members that provide the opportunity for personal and professional growth. Keep an eye out on Digital Cheetah for upcoming trainings. We look forward to seeing you soon!

October 2020 Presidents Perspective

Happy October! As the days grow shorter and the weather chillier, I hope each of you is finding creative ways to enjoy autumn while staying safe and healthy. Our members continue to impress me with their flexibility, ingenuity and commitment to Omaha and each other. 

Updated COVID-19 Guidelines

Last month, the Board of Directors issued updated COVID-19 guidelines that will be effective through the end of 2020. Large meetings and events should be held virtually, although we have loosened the maximum capacity for smaller in-person gatherings. All meetings should continue to have a virtual option, and in-person attendees should adhere to social distancing and masking guidelines.

General Membership Meetings

Thank you to Chair Maggie McGlade Palmer and the Social & Hospitality Committee for helping to host such a wonderful meeting in September. It was our first ever virtual meeting and it was a huge success! For October’s GMM, we have made some adjustments to ensure all members are able to join and are excited to be hosting a League Leadership Panel. League leaders will be answering questions from our membership. Topics we hope to cover:.

  • How to develop your own personal JLO career path
  • How each member can maximize their membership experience
  • Whom to contact if you are interested in a formal leadership role

Bargain Bash Drop-Offs

Co-chairs Molly Junge and Sarah Schlotfeld and the entire Bargain Bash Committee are hard at work planning for our spring 2021 event. If you have any items you’d like to donate, you can drop them off on Saturday, October 17 and Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Masks are required for all volunteers and donors. Drop-offs are held at ThermoKing Christensen, located at 7508 F Street. If you have any larger items or have difficulty making the drop-offs, please contact the committee at bargainbash@jlomaha.org.

Amazon Smile: You shop. Amazon Gives to The Junior League of Omaha!

Did you know that you can set up your Amazon account to automatically donate to The League in under 5 minutes? Most Amazon purchases are eligible for AmazonSmile and help you pay it forward in our Omaha community. AmazonSmile donates 0.5% donation of all eligible purchases to your chosen organization. From the ease of your phone or computer, you can make a difference in our Omaha community by giving back while you shop for everyday products to the unique Amazon finds!

How does the Junior League of Omaha use donations in our Omaha community?

With over 100 years of meeting volunteer service and experience, the Junior League of Omaha is turning that experience and enthusiasm to address one of Omaha’s most critical and unmet needs – hunger and access to healthy food. According to the Food Research and Action Center, Nebraska is 7th in the nation for food insecurity, and 1 in 6 Nebraska children struggle with hunger (Map the Meal Gap). Fortunately, Omaha has many organizations doing outstanding work to alleviate hunger and provide access to healthy foods. We’re putting our volunteer power behind these community organizations to help grow, harvest and distribute healthy food, and most importantly, provide critical education about nutrition and cooking to the most at-risk populations. In partnership with these organizations, the League is able to amplify their impact, while building out new support and education programs that we are uniquely qualified to tackle.

Our community partners include:

– The Heart Ministry Center

– The Abundance Garden at the Union for Contemporary Art

– The Big Garden

– No More Empty Pots

– Together Omaha

– The Intercultural Senior Center

In addition to working with our community partners to address food insecurity in our Omaha community, the Junior League of Omaha issues local community assistance grants annually. Over the course of the 2019-2020 League year, we were able to issue $5,250 in grants to local programs or projects that support and pertain to the needs, benefits, enrichment and enlightenment of women and/or children.

Since 1992, each May, the League also has the pleasure to award three $2,000 scholarships to female high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding volunteer performance in the community. 

How do you set up AmazonSmile? 

From the Amazon App:

  1. Open your Amazon App. 
  2. Open the Main Menu (three horizontal lines at the top left).
  3. Scroll down and select “Settings”
  4. Select “AmazonSmile”.
  5. Change Charity to “Junior League of Omaha Inc”, if you have not already added AmazonSmile to your account via your browser.
  6. Turn your phone settings from “OFF” to “ON”.
  7. Congratulations! You did it! Start donating while you shop right away! Now you’re all set to donate while you shop from Amazon on-the-go!

From your Browser:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select a new charitable organization to support.
  4. Scroll Down to the “Other Programs” Section. Click Change your Amazon Smile Charity.
  5. Search for “Junior League of Omaha Inc”.
  6. Select “Junior League of Omaha Inc” as your charity.
  7. You did it, again! Make sure you never miss an opportunity to donate while you shop & add AmazonSmile to your bookmarks! Click the star where the URL is and that will allow you to add a bookmark from most web browsers!