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The Cozy Wrap Group Make a Spring Deliver to the Open Door Mission


On Wednesday afternoon, May 5, a couple of ladies Dixie and Sharon that are knitting with the Cozy Wrap Group dropped off some items that they had knitted to add to what Carolyn had been working on. Then on Thursday afternoon her and Bob loaded the SUV to deliver the items to the Open Door Mission.

On the way up to the ODM Carolyn gave them a call and Kristin answered the phone. Carolyn told here that they were be there shortly to deliver 22 baby blankets,1 cocoon and 4 baby hats this morning. Kristin said that she would accept the items on behalf of Lydia House.

Kristin met them in the parking to accept the items and to thank Carolyn and the Cozy Wrap Group for the items. She said that the items were always needed at the Lydia House.


A few days after Bob and Carolyn make a trip to deliver some knitted items to the Open Door Mission Trina delivered 12 blankets in 4 boxes. Later on that day Pat delivered 11 blankets, 9 cocoons and 15 hats. Trina and Pat have been making a lot of items for the needy and Carolyn has been donating the items to Lyndia House at the Open Door Mission. When they arrived at the ODM the receptionist Nancy accepted the items and Bob took a picture of Nancy giving Carolyn a receipt.


Submitted by Carolyn and Bob Wolkins

Heartland Pioneers Cozy Wraps Deliver Again


Carolyn reported that Bob and her delivered 33 baby blankets, 8 cocoons, 11 hats and 17 personal items (hand lotion etc.) to ODM on behalf of Heartland Pioneers Volunteers on the morning of 2 Mar 2021. Carolyn met with Kristin Dineen of Public Relations and she accepted the items in the parking lot of Open Door Mission. She opened up some of the boxes to display the items.

Carolyn and Bob then drove over to the Risen Sun Village to deliver 2 lap robes and 2 shoulder wraps. Kimberly, Administrative Assistant, accepted the items there from Carolyn.

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins

Hooks & Needles Pioneers Delivery


Betty Golmanavich has been a member of the Hooks & Needles group since her and Jerry transferred to the Omaha Works with the closing of the Baltimore Works in the mid eighties. Betty and a group of about 20 ladies are still making items for charities in the metro area. Last week Betty gathered up the 70 kitty blankets she had made to deliver to the Nebraska Human Society. Her husband Jerry took her there after dinner where they met Pam Wiese that accepted the kitty blankets and thanked her for the donation. Jerry was the photographer.


Submitted by Jerry and Betty Golmanavich

Cozy Wraps Update of Needs For Lydia House


Earlier this week after Carolyn previously had told the ladies that knit with her of the need at Lydia House of the Open Door Mission, her friends told her they had more items for her to pickup and deliver to Lydia House. Carolyn and Bob picked the new items up and then loaded the SUV and headed to deliver the new items. When they arrived at Lydia House, Gwynne, the Development Associate, came out to meet them and accept the baby items. Gwynne told Carolyn how much they were needed and thanked her and Heartland Pioneers for the donated items.


Submitted by Carolyn and Bob Wolkins

Josie Harper Hospice House


During the early part of December Sandy shopped for personal hygiene products of need for the Josie Harper Hospice House. After purchasing the needed items of Creamy Body Lotion, Ocean Breeze Shampoo, Cherry Blossom Shampoo, Ocean Breeze Body Wash, Smoothing Body Lotion, Hypoallergenic Baby Powder, St. Ives Rose and Argon Oil Smoothing Body Lotion, Shaving Cream and Creamy Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter & Shea. It was time to arrange a time to deliver the items.

Sandy called the Josie Harper office and made an appointment to deliver the of personal hygiene products she had purchased. She was told that December 22, 2020 after lunch would be a good time to stop over. Meeting us outside of the Hospice House to unload the SUV were Heidi LPN, Elizabeth volunteer assistant, Lisa Development Director and Sandy. We were told that they were going to distribute the donation all over Hospice House, filling up the personal care rooms and fully stocking the closets.

Submitted By Sandy Viner

CARE Bears, Stuff Animals and Christmas Bags Project


Helen Loyd and her daughter Sherry Lynn Riddle were pioneers in the Western Horizon Council of New Frontier Chapter in California. Almost two years ago they relocated to Lincoln, NE and connected with the Heartland Council in Omaha, Ne. They found that there was a need to help children in Lincoln that wasn’t being met. There were many retired pioneers in Lincoln that worked at the Omaha Works and they soon had made a connection with many of them to help them with the new project

They decided the new project in Lincoln would be called Care Bears of Lincoln and work with the Heartland Council Pioneers of Omaha. The project would connect with Police Trauma Unit, the Cedar Home for Children, Homeless Children, Local Hospitals and Fire and Rescue Units. The first thing they did was make some bears for the children, then got retirees, friends and neighbors to donate stuffed animal for children. The Cedar Home for Children told them that the children in their care didn’t have anything to put there belonging in when the came to the home so Helen and Sherry Lynn made tote bags for the children.

Helen Loyd and Sherry Lynn Riddle made 100 CARE Bears, over 300 hundred stuff animals, and 200 cotton hand bags which were picked up by a Lincoln, NE Police representative on October 15, 2020. They are donated to be used by the Santa Cops for the Children Christmas party.


Submitted by Helen Loyd and Sherry Lynn Riddle

Cozy Wraps For Lydia House (ODM)


After Carolyn delivered what she and her friends had purchased and knitted the last couple of months and delivered to Risen Son in Council Bluffs and Lydia House at the Open Door Mission. Carolyn and her friends got busy and knitted up some more items this time for just the Lydia House at the Open Door Mission. Pat, Dixie, Sharon and Carolyn enjoy knitting and making items for others. This time the four ladies crocheted some cocoons, baby blankets and baby hat. Jessica at receiving accepted the items made by Heartland Pioneer volunteers for the Open Door Mission and thanked them for the donations. She said the items were in need at the Lydia House of the ODM right now just before New Years Day.

On Sunday afternoon, January 3, Bob and Carolyn picked up some more crocheted baby cocoons from Pat. They then went over to Dixie’s to pick up more baby blankets that Dixie and her mother Sharon had made after Christmas. With the need at Lydia House of the Open Door Mission all of recent items they collected were deliver to them on Monday.


Submitted By Carolyn Wolkins

Cozy Wraps


Carolyn Wolkins has been knitting for many years and delivering her work to the Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs, IA and Lydia House at the Open Door Mission Omaha, NE. The Risen Son Offers Assisted Living, Independent Living, Nursing Homes, Continuing Care Communities, and Memory Care. Lydia House at ODM provides emergency and transitional services for single women & families in need of assistance. Food, shelter, clothing, and other basic needs are provided.

This December Carolyn delivered what she had purchased and knitted the last couple of months which was 11 fleece blankets to Risen Son in Council Bluffs yesterday. She was told the fleece blankets will be use for Christmas gifts. Bob and her then delivered the pastels and prints to Lydia House along with knitted and crocheted items. Risen Son and Lydia House were both happy and appreciative. The contact at Lydia House (Open Door Mission) told her they have 75 newborns each year and 150 older kids in residence so the fleece blankets will be perfect for the older ones.

Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins

Hooks & Needles and Covid-19 in 2020


This year has been very difficult for the Hooks and Needles group coping with the covid-19 virus and not being able to meet once a month. The ladies in the group continue to make many different items to be donated to different organizations in the metro to help the needy. The chair of the group stated they still has over 20 members in the knitting group and plan to continue on making items for those in need.

The leader of the group said that being able to not hold their monthly meetings and turn in their items they have been working on for delivery. They held a vote and decided each of the ladies would delivering their completed items to the charties when they have a number of items ready to deliver. Nancy Domina’s husband took a picture of her when she delivered 126 scarves to the Salvation Army on December 8th. After the deliver she stopped by Betty Golmanavich’s and picked up a new supply of yarn to continue making more items.

Submitted by Nancy Domina

Pioneering in New Territory: Ways to Volunteer from Home





Home Projects and Break Room/Lunch Room Projects

The following projects can be done in a break room or lunch room to involve members and prospective members for a brief time frame. This could peak their interest to volunteer for another project in the future. It lets our members see Pioneers in action. You will need someone present to track participants for reporting time.

  • PROJECT‐ BOOKS AND LABELS

Pioneer Group purchases Scholastic books to be donated to local schools. Dictionaries may be used as well. Make labels to go inside stating “Donated By (your group) Pioneers”. Give the group website and provide a place for a comment and signature if desired. Ask Volunteers to place the labels in the books, sign the decal and pack the books for delivery. Volunteers may be allowed to take the books to a school of their choice if the Group chooses. Be sure all volunteer time and volunteer names are recorded including delivery time.

  • POCKET FLAGS FOR SOLDIERS

Pioneer Group purchases small American Flags to be given to deploying American Soldiers. Volunteers fold the flags then place them in a small plastic bag with a “thank you” note. After folding, flag will be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It can be carried in the Soldier’s chest pocket. For more information, see www.pocketflagproject.com.

  • FOOD DRIVES AND FOOD BASKETS

Pioneer Group purchase or collect food items to be distributed to Food Banks, Homeless shelters, Schools, etc. Pioneers organize similar items together on a large table. Have volunteers take an empty box or basket and go around the table placing one of each item in the container. Have Volunteers fill all the containers and load them for delivery. Ask Volunteers if they would like to participate in the delivery. Be sure all volunteer time and names are recorded including delivery time.

  • PIONEER THANK YOU KITS

Pioneer Groups print up 4×6 cards with the following: Pioneer Thank You Kit

Rubber Band                      You banded us together

Mints                                   Volunteers are worth a mint

Gum                                    Thanks for sticking with it

Toothpick                             To remind you to pick out the good in others

Pipe Cleaner                       To remind you to be flexible

Safety Pin                           To help you hold it all together

Penny                                  For good luck and prosperity

Rose Petal                          To remind you to stop and smell the roses

Foam Piece                         Thanks for being a “foam‐ible” force

Bead                                    Thanks for “beading” there

Pioneers gather all items and put them in separate bowls. As volunteers gather for a luncheon, they are given a baggie and told to place one of each item along with a card in each baggie.

Once all are seated, thank them for their participation, membership and Answering the Call of Those in Need in their communities.

  • STUFF BACKPACKS WITH SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Pioneer groups purchase or collect school supplies and backpacks. Place all like items together in groups on a large table or tables. Have volunteers take a backpack and place one item of each group in the backpack. Place completed backpack in a container for delivery. Then start with another backpack until all are filled. Ask volunteers to assist in loading the backpacks for delivery. Ask volunteers if any of them would like to assist with the delivery. Track all time and volunteer names including delivery time.

  • HEALTH KITS FOR LOCAL SHELTERS

Pioneer Group purchase or collect toiletry items for distribution to shelters. Arrange like items on a large table or tables. Separate tables should be set up for men and women. Have volunteers take a container (bag, box, or etc.) and go around the table and place one of each item in the container. Place completed container in a delivery box. Then start with another container until completed. Ask volunteers to assist with loading the completed boxes for delivery. Ask volunteers if they would like to assist with delivery to the shelters. Track all time and volunteer names, including delivery time.

  • HOMELESS MATS

Pioneer Group collects used plastic shopping bags. Volunteers work with the bags to first cut them into plastic strips and then knit them into sleeping mats. Numerous instruction videos can be located by searching the internet for “sleeping mats for the homeless”.

  • STUFFING CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS

Pioneer Group purchase or collect items to be placed in Christmas stockings as well as the stockings. Arrange like items on a large table or tables. Ask volunteers to take a stocking and

place one of each item in it. Place completed stocking in a delivery container. Start another stocking until all are completed. Ask volunteers to assist with loading the container for delivery. Ask volunteers if they would like to assist with the delivery. Track all time and volunteer names including delivery time.

  • VALENTINES FOR VETERANS

Volunteers prepare bags with items to be given to Veterans. A Valentine card is signed by the volunteer and placed in each bag. The bags are taken to the veterans hospital or other location and given to the individuals.

PONEER FOOD PANTRY PROJECT

This project is designed to help feed school age children who rely on school‐sponsored food programs for nourishing meals to get through the summer months. Volunteers are given a bag to fill along with a flyer. See attached example. Volunteers return the filled bag with requested items to the group coordinator. The coordinator arranges for delivery of the bags to the Local food bank or shelter.

Other projects‐

These are projects that might draw out participants that have special interests. A few examples are:

  1. Pioneer Playground Maps‐ Invite employees with children to help paint maps. Each volunteer works with their children.
  2. Help scouts earn badges through pioneer‐funded food donations.
  3. Nursing Home Bingo‐ Invite Pioneers to bring high school and college student s to participate and earn volunteer hours for school credit.
  4. CPR training‐can be set up thru the American Red Cross.
  5. Work with other groups (Letter Carriers Food Drive).
  6. Voter registration
  7. Partnership on projects with the CWA.
  8. Blood Drives held at work locations by working with the American Red Cross.
  9. Work with other employee groups.
  10. Set up cookie stations at work locations to say “thanks” for being a member.

Socials‐

We can’t afford to lose money holding a social but we don’t necessarily have to make money. Keep cost to a minimum.

  1. Life Members‐ Bring members together for an annual reunion. Have a very short program about projects completed and upcoming projects. Ask for volunteers. Invite partners, children and grandchildren of Pioneers to participate.
    1. Regular Members‐ Bring members together for an annual get together. Invite and plan theme around families. Short program about projects completed and upcoming projects. Ask for volunteers. Invite partners and children of pioneers to participate.

Other Thoughts‐

These are items to consider as you plan projects and activities around getting more members involved.

  1. Find out what members are interested in.
  2. Meet them where they are. You have to go to them, they won’t come to you.
  3. Remember, what you think is fun might be old and stodgy to others.
  4. Have projects on Saturdays and finish up by noon if possible.
  5. Design projects around the younger generation.
  6. Encourage Family participation.
  7. Engage upper managers when possible.
  8. Use social media to advertise events.
  9. Always say “thanks for volunteering”.

These are just a few thoughts and we’re sure you have many more ideas. The key factor is to have fun. It brings out new participants and keeps them coming back.

Thanks for all you do in Pioneering.