Omaha Gives – A 24 Hour Celebration of Community!

Spring has sprung! As with each passing season we take time to reflect on the past and to put new (or revised) goals towards the future. Whether it is personal, professional, or both, we look to not only better ourselves but our community. With Omaha Gives coming up May 20th, this is no exception. We are excited to participate this year and we’re asking for your help! We have never hesitated to step up and meet our community needs – through our own projects!

Connecting with Community - Omaha Gives

Book of My Own – collect, sort and distribute new and gently used books to at-risk children ages 0-14.

Project Hope Pack – partner with local child advocacy agencies, homeless shelters, community development agencies and churches that play a role in moving children out of crisis situations. Our Packs include items to cover a 3-5 day transition period, easing trauma and providing some comfort for a child as they move to a safe, yet unfamiliar, environment.

Career Development Series – provide several seminars (per year) which are aimed in helping women, community-wide, learn leadership and management skills to reach their goals.

Done-In-A-Day – a series of concentrated projects that offer volunteers for community-based placements on a short term basis.

Because you believe in the Junior League of Omaha, you make this possible. Your gifts allow our projects to succeed and we couldn’t do it without you. Please consider Junior League during this 24 hour fundraising event, schedule your gift today or donate on May 20th!

Connecting with …

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Why did you join the Junior League? To meet people, and it worked! Some of my best friends and favorite people I met though the league.

Tell us about your family? I married my high school sweetheart, Nick Thielen, in September of 2008. He went to Colgate University in Upstate NY and Law school at University of Nebraska. He is an attorney at Kutak Rock and also very interested and involved in the Omaha Community. We have a goldendoodle named Chloe that we got from the humane society the night of his first law school final exam.  We just had a baby, Miss Audrey who is absolutely incredible and the love of our lives. She was born Nov 21st 2014.

Pets: Chole – Goldendoodle and baby #1 of the family Chloe_2

Hometown: All over – I was adopted in Ohio, moved over seas to Germany, Spain, and England. Then back to the US to Michigan, then Nebraska, Boston and back to Nebraska.

College: I went to Boston University and LOVED IT

Job/Business: I work for Nebraska Children and Families Foundation as the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. My job is to cultivate donors and community engagement for NCFF.

What was your favorite placement and why?

My favorite placement was the development and first year running of Project Hope Pack. I loved working with the community to find out what was needed and then strategize with a group of amazing women to make it happen. I really enjoyed how closely we worked together during the development year and the first year of running the project as co-chair. I met some of my best friends in the league during those two years. It was a blast working out all the logistic and small details to make the project a success and it amazes me to see how well the project is doing and the difference it is making in the community. Continue reading “Connecting with …”

Connecting the Community…Project Hope Pack Collections

Every year my office, The Asthma and Allergy Center in Bellevue, chooses a different local charity to support through a holiday drive. In the past we have donated to the Siena-Francis House, Heartland Family Services, and the Wounded Warrior Project among others. This year, we chose to collect items for Project Hope Pack.

As a New Member of the Junior League of Omaha, I have spent my year learning all about the good the Junior League accomplishes for our community. While all of our projects are worthwhile, Project Hope Pack holds a special place in my heart. My first ever project shift was a PHP inventory shift; it was the first time I ever got to see the specific need the  League addresses in our area. It was also the first time I felt I had a grasp on what the organization was all about. Until that point, it had mostly been socials, a fair amount of wine, and learning the basics of the group. I only truly understood what a great difference the Junior League makes at that project shift. So, it was only natural that when my work’s annual holiday effort rolled around that I would think of PHP. I’m so honored to be a part of an organization that promotes philanthropy and promotes it so well. And I’m lucky that I have supportive coworkers who were willing to learn about the League, and chose Project Hope Pack as our holiday drive beneficiary.

Connection Contributor - Katy Spratte