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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Hospice House – The Josie Harper Residence

Hospice House is a not-for-profit organization, and relies on the generosity of the community. We cherish those who give generously of their time, talent, and treasure. It is because of their unwavering commitment and selfless support that we can open our doors to whomever needs our services, even when they have limited resources.

Sandy and her husband went shopping for the items the nurses need and to date have donated 14 cans of shaving cream, 8 baby powders, 15 bottles of hand lotion, 16 bottles of shampoo, 16 bottles of conditioner, 34 bottles of body wash, and our dentist donated two boxes of tooth brushes (24 per box). The supplies have been delivered and donated in the name of the Heartland Pioneer Council.
Hospice House Newsletter v30 Issue 1 January 2020

Submitted by Sandy Viner

Heartland Council LML and Food Drive

Council President Bob Wolkins has the food drive donations for the Salvation Army ready to deliver on 12/5/2019 after the LML. Bob reported that the donations filled three grocery carts. The Salvation Army estimates that each grocery cart filled has a value of $175.00.

The Heartland Pioneers the Omaha Works Volunteers had their Christmas LML this past Thursday, December 5, 2019. The luncheon began with the pledge of allegiances to the flag of the United States of America and followed with the invocation of blessing delivered by Barb Gray. The December Luncheon was the third one this year for the group.

The luncheons are a good way to see the people you have worked with through the years. It’s good food, a lot of fun to see everyone and find out how the current community projects are proceeding. The pioneers also held a food drive for the Salvation Army food bank to coincide with the LML. You could drop off your food donation on the way in.

You can click on this link to view some of the retired life members at the luncheon. 

Submitted by Bob Wolkins

Hooks and Needles Keep on Ticking Each Year

“….Keeps on Ticking”

Just like a Timex Watch that….Keeps on Ticking “the same can be said for the Hooks n Needles group!”

Most months of the year our Hooks and Needles group chaired by Elaine Hobbs meets at the Baright Library in Ralston starting a 11:30 p.m. on the third Saturday the week after our monthly breakfast.

This group contributes the largest amount of our hours for community service every year in spite of the fact that the membership is slowly shrinking, but on a typical Saturday one might find about 12 – 14 members seated at tables in a square pattern and the meeting will usually open right after the coffee starts to cook.

Elaine starts with any important announcements about relevant events as well as exciting developments for the group’s interest, such as thank you notes from any of the recipients of our gifts. At some point we start show and tell in the grandest sense.

This is where everyone gets an opportunity to tell us what they have accomplished since the last gathering. A lot of this time is spent in Sharon Bailey’s corner where she displays one artistic quilt after another. Sharon gets many requests from Papillion for folks being treated for cancer. Her displays always embarrass my latchet hook kit I’ve been working on for almost two years and now approaches about the halfway point.

It’s quite amazing when you distribute the yarn and other materials at one meeting and next time they’re key ingredients for pet blanket,slippers, wheelchair saddle bags, afghans, lap robes, hats, scarves and mittens and more, all showing off the skills of these crafty people.

As if that’s not enough it seems that there are always door prizes to be given out. The climax is the opening of the snack bar created by some willing volunteers. When appropriate the Nebraska Football game will be on the radio.

Hooks and Needles truly provide warmth for the body but more so warmth of the heart. This group is amazing! 1000 Thanx to Elaine and the rest of the troops.

Submitted by Jerry Golmanavich

Charlene Hill Executive Director Pioneers Concerning COVID-19

March 12. 2020 Dear Pioneers,

Like many of you, we are concerned about the occurrence of the COVID-19 (Novel coronavirus). We continue to closely monitor recommendations and protocols established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and how the spread of this virus might impact the volunteer activities we engage in in our communities.

Many of our activities involve working with at-risk populations such as the elderly or those with pre-existing conditions. It is very important that you exercise strict adherence to the preventative actions recommended by the WHO and CDC when working with these populations. We have attached a copy of the CDC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus.

Avoiding large gatherings of people is one of the recommendations for preventing the spread of the virus. This may mean postponing volunteer events in your communities. We encourage you to error on the side of caution when determining whether to hold or attend events.

As of today, the Pioneers Headquarters remain open for business. However, the governor of Colorado has declared a state of emergency as we have had reported cases of the virus in the region. Should Pioneers need to close the offices, we will communicate with you immediately and often about the status.

Please be safe and keep others safe. Yours in Pioneering,

Charlene Hill Executive Director

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Star 104.5 Adopt A Family

Adopt A Family
The Adopt A Family Radiothone was broad castlive on December 5 and 6 from 6am – 6 pm from in the Westroads Mall. Star 104.5 FM listeners were invited to adopt a family or a senior citizen for the holidays.

Donors choosing to adopt must make three commitments: provide a toy or clothing for each child; provide a gift coupon for a holiday meal; coordinate a time to deliver gifts to their assigned family by December 23.

Chairman Dick Maxwell reported that the Omaha Works Volunteers were able again this year to continue our tradition of supporting the Adopt-A-Family in their 20 year.

Submitted by Dick Maxwell

Volunteer Bell Ringers

Bell Ringing
Your holiday shopping trip to most retail stores would not be complete without the familiar “ding, ding, ding” of a Salvation Army volunteer ringing a bell and collecting money in a hanging “Red Kettle”.

According to the Salvation Army, the Red Kettle Campaign, the oldest annual charitable fundraiser of its kind in the United States, helps raise money for those who need it most in communities nationwide – providing toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round.

The bell ringing season starts each November and runs throughChristmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season.Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour – enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries,or shelter an individual for a night.

Co-chair Dick Maxwell reported that the Omaha Works Volunteers were able to continue ringing bell again this year, but were able to cover only three Saturdays in December at the Sam’s store located on the old front lawn East of 132rd and L Street.

Submitted by Dick Maxwell

Annual Turkey Fest feeds over 1,000

Jennifer Griswold – KMTV
By: Ruta Ulcinaite

Each Thanksgiving, The Salvation Army sponsors TurkeyFest at The Salvation Army Kroc Center. More than 800 volunteers prepare and deliver turkey dinners to approximately 1,561 homebound elderly and the near-homeless in the metropolitan area.

Turkeyfest started more than 25 years ago when each member of the Heartland Pioneers, a volunteer group in Omaha, would cook a turkey and fixings and deliver them to senior citizens in need around Omaha.

The Pioneers formed a partership with the Salvation Army and Turkeyfest has grown over the years, from serving 300 meals 25 years ago, to a record 1,562 meals this year. The Heartland Pioneers in the begfinning furnished the food and the Salvation Army furnished a place to fix the meal. As the pioneers funds run out they turn the operation over the the Salvation Army. The pioneers still volunteer on Wednesday evening and on Turkey Day.

Director of Senior Services at the Salvation Army, D.D. Launderville, said that partnership has proved beneficial to the entire community. She said it starts with the helpers that prepare the food at the Kroc Center in South Omaha.

“That group that puts together the food on Wednesday night from the pioneers, they are so dedicated,” Launderville said. “The same group, the same people show up every year and they love doing it. There is such ownership in what they do. They put together this delicious meal, they can see it being put together and then they come the next day and then they serve it.

Submitted by Deb Grady

Heartland Council LML

The Life Member Luncheon’s are held on Thursday’s three times a year. The Christmas luncheon was attended by 98 retirees and spouces with five grocery carts of food for the Salvation Army. Each luncheon is a combination luncheon and food drive for the Salvation Army. The Omaha Works retirees gather three times a year to enjoy a good meal and share stories and good times from days gone by.

You can click on this link to view some of the retired life members at the luncheon.

Submitted by Gordy Viner

Hug A Bears Visit With The Morning Blend

We have been thankful to Maple Ridge Retirement Center who gave the group a work room in the lower level to make and assemble the bears. If you find a HUG A BEAR in the caring hands of a child and wish to know more about the volunteers, who make these handcrafted ​”Made with Love – Omaha Works Volunteers” Please contact Steve Dawkins. Volunteers are always welcome to help in the creation process.

Submitted by Bob Wolkins

Hug A Bears Looking for Volunteers

The Bear group gathers ​every “Tuesday” morning from 9 a.m. till 1:00 pm at Omaha, NE, Maple Ridge Resort Living Community 168th & Maple Street – lower level. There is always laughter, conversation, and maybe a few homemade munchies on Tuesday mornings. If you would like to help get in touch with Steve Dawkins Hug A Bear committee chairman, cell phone: 402-319-3602 ​for information about the ​Hug A Bears activities!

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Submitted by Steve Dawkins