Back to Top

Category: Chapter 137 News

A Jacob’s House and Heartland Pioneers Face Mask Project

Face Masks for Davao City
Bud and Jo Jo decided to take all the material scraps left over from the
“Clothes for the Children” project and make face masks for the poor villagers.

Last week, the government ordered all citizens to wear masks when venturing outside during the month-long lockdown. Most all of the very poor do not have facemasks.

As of April 4th, the Philippines has reported 3,246 COVID-19 cases with 152 deaths. The main island of Luzon which is 120 miles from Davao City has been under lockdown since March 16th, while local authorities in other provinces have imposed their own set of restrictions.

Mayor Sara Duterte has placed all of Davao City under “community quarantine” amid the growing number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.

In her Executive Order No. 1 issued on March 15, Duterte said the local government here should take “aggressive and proactive” measures, as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to rise.

You may click on this link to view the Face Mask Project

Update on the Davao City Face Mask Project

Submitted by Bob Wolkins President of Heartland Council

A Jacob’s House and Heartland Pioneers Project


Davao City Philippines
A Jacobs House and Heartland Council Project

The purpose of the Davao City project is to try to lift these kids out of poverty. The only way to do this is to educate them. This is what we are trying to do. We have, however, found out in the past 4 years, that the children learn very little when they are starving. These children are lucky if they get one meal per day. That meal consists of a small cup of cooked rice, not the kind of meals that American kids get. They do not know what it is to have 3 full meals each day and are very thankful and lucky if they get a single cup of rice per day, not per meal.

As for the kids, we spend 3 days per week in this squatters village teaching the kids. We concentrate on English and Math. We also teach them how to put others ahead of themselves, in other words to serve others. After all, this is what Pioneers do.

The front yard you saw in the photo is also their school house. No desks, no floor, no rulers, no pencils and NO anything else. They sit on the ground or mud, depending on the weather each day they are in class. This is not conducive to learning. When the lockdown from the Virus is over, we will provide folding tables and chairs for the kids as well as some teaching aids to help further their learning experience.

You may click on this link to view the Davao City Project

Submitted by Bob Wolkins President of Heartland Council

Hug A Bears Given To The Lincoln Police Force

Last year Helen Lloyd lived in South Carolina via California. Then her and her daughter moved to Lincoln, NE. In the process of the moves she brought a project with her. Helen was making some Hug A Bears when she was an officer in the pioneers located in California. Helen had some bears made and sewed but she need some filler and a few other items to finish the bears she had.

The Heartland council had a meeting with director Elaine Housley at the Omaha Hug A Bear work site located at the Maple Ridge Retirement Center on 5 November 2019. Helen came up from Lincoln and met with Elaine at our meet and greet meeting with Elaine. Helen was the treasurer for the New Frontier Chapter and told all that she would like to finish the Bears she had brought with her to Lincoln. She talked with chair Steve Dawkins and he sent her home with some supplies to finish her bears.

Elaine finished the Hug A Bears and donated all of them to the Lincoln police department to give to children in the Lincoln area. The Lincoln police took a picture of Helen and her bears and posted it to their Facebook page. They thanked Helen and told her how much they appreciated the bears.

Project submitted for Helen by president Bob Wolkins

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.

The Josie Harper Residence provides comfortable end-of-life care, on-going support for families, and community-wide educational outreach. We are a unique partnership between Omaha’s expert healthcare leaders and through generous support from the community.

Nurse Heidi on the left, our niece, made Sandy in the middle aware of some to the special needs that the nurses need at the hospice house for the patients. With that in mind Sandy decided to see if she could help out and buy some of the items that the nurses need to provide for their patients.

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 of chapter 137.

Hospice House Newsletter v30 Issue 1 January 2020

Heartland Council 137 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.

Season Greetings
Heartland Pioneers
Omaha Works Volunteers
Life Member Luncheon
Christmas 2019

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.
Those using the browser Chrome will find when you click on link Chrome will download the file and then you will have to click on file and file number 2 in the drop down menu.