Help Omaha Metro Residents Beat the Heat:
Donate to the Annual Fan Drive
Summer’s sizzling temperatures can take a toll on anyone, but the elderly, people with medical conditions and those without air conditioning are especially at risk. That’s why Westlake Ace Hardware’s annual Fan Drive to benefit The Salvation Army has been a vital lifeline to many in Omaha.
This year Westlake Ace and The Salvation Army celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Fan Drive. Stop by one of Westlake Ace Hardware metro-Omaha locations any time between June 1 and June 19 to round up your purchase or donate any amount of your choice. Donations can also be made online here.
Funds will be used to purchase fans for The Salvation Army, and all donations will support people in need in our local community, including low-income seniors, qualified families with children and adults with disabilities.
Donating to the fan drive is an easy way to make a big difference for someone in need. A single box fan can help reduce energy costs by properly circulating air throughout a home or by helping a small window unit air conditioner cool more efficiently.
Since beginning the Fan Drive, more than $57,000 has been raised in the Omaha metro area. That equates to 3,800 fans donated to help people fight the brutal summer heat. Nationally, the partnership – which began at one store in Hutchinson, Kansas, and has grown to 127 stores across the country, including eight stores in the Omaha metro – has helped raise $650,000 in the past decade.
“We are so grateful to every one of the Westlake Ace Hardware customers who contribute to the fan drive,” said Tiffanie McCowin, director of material assistance and seasonal services for The Salvation Army of Omaha. “Something as simple as a fan can make a tremendous difference in the health and comfort of the elderly and others who might struggle during summer’s hottest days.”
The Heartland Pioneers this year purchased 70 box fans from Westlake ACE Hardware for the Salvation Army Annual Fan Drive and donated them in the name of Dick and Cathy Maxwell.
For the past few weeks I have been collecting finished handmade items from Pioneer volunteers. In the last few day we collected 13 baby blankets, 3 bankets with matching cocoons and hats and 3 cocoon and hat sets.
On June 22 we delivered these items to ODM for distribution to Lydia House. They were accepted by the receptionist, Nancy.
Submitted Carolyn Wolkins – Photo by Bob Wolkins
On Saturday evening June 18 one of the Bellevue ladies in the Cozy Wrap group stopped by the Wolkins home and gave Carolyn 4 laps robes and 2 shoulder wraps she had knitted. On Sunday afternoon June 19 Carolyn called the Heritage Ridge and contacted Lenore her contact and she told Carolyn if she wanted to drive and drop them off today she would meet in at the reception desk.
On June 8 Carolyn delivered 14 crocheted baby blanket that one of the groups knitters dropped off to be delivered to Lydia House at the Open Door mission. On June 15 Carolyn and Bob took them over to the Open Door Mission. Bob dropped the bags of baby blankets in the parking lot then parked the car and took them in side. The receptionist Nancy accepted the donation and told Carolyn thank you. Nancy told Carolyn that the baby blankets were very much in need at Lydia House.
Submitted by Carolyn Wolkins – photos by Bob Wolkins
To join the New Outlook Pioneers click on the link below and fill out the form. When finished filling out the form click on the send button and the form will be sent to the New Outlook Pioneers. Once we receive the form you will be notified that it has been received.
Most organizations or committees like to hear back now and then from organization(s) that the donations are appreciated and they know that what they are doing is making is a difference. Over the course now and then thank you letters are sent to the committee or group thanking them for what they do. The pioneers receive thank you letters and pass them on to the committees or groups so they are aware their work was appreciated. Below are a few thank you letters that the New Outlook Pioneers have received recently.
Monday, April 11, 2022, Carolyn delivered 8 lap robes and 3 shoulder wraps, knitted and crocheted by Heartland Pioneer volunteers, to Heritage Ridge United Community. Lenore and Carrie were happy to accept the donations from the Pioneers.
About Heritage Ridge
The Heritage Ridge United Community offers a diverse range of retirement living services and housing in Bellevue, NE. With independent living, assisted living, and memory care options available, Heritage Ridge is equipped to help residents with a diverse range of daily care needs and retirement expectations. From hands-off independent living to specialized memory care for residents living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Heritage Ridge has designed a continuum of care that encourages ‘aging-in-place’.
Submitted by Carolyn and Bob Wolkins
On April 5, 2022 the Heartland Council sponsored a Life Member Luncheon for all the retirees of the Omaha Works. There was also a food drive in connection with the luncheon. The food that was collected was donated to the Salvation Army when the luncheon was over. Sandy helped Mary load the second cart full of food staples from the Life Member Luncheon. If you wish to view photos from the LML you may click on this link https://heartlandpioneers.com/2022/04/11/omaha-works-pioneers-life-member-luncheon-5-apr-2022/
Dear Scholarship Winners
Thank you for applying for the New Outlook Pioneers’ Joe Cleres-Don Sage Memorial Scholarship Award for 2022 which is named in recognition and remembrance of Joe Cleres’ and Don Sage’s Pioneer leadership and service, and especially, their long commitment to education, youth and the scholarship process.
Congratulations! It is my pleasure to report that you have been selected to receive a scholarship and educational expense award billed by your registrar. Your academic achievement and service to others are outstanding.
Please submit a copy of your tuition and other educational expenses billed expenses billed by the registrar with payment information by September 30, 2022, to firstname.lastname@example.org This bill must identify the institution and its mailing registrar’s address. Be sure that the bill includes your name and student number. This information should be received by us by September 30, 2022.
If you will not have this information by September 25, please send email with a date when you will have this data.
Since the award is to be applied toward tuition and educational expenses, the check will be made out and mailed to the school or institution which you will attend as soon as the necessary information is received.
We plan to have the Scholarship Program next year. Applications for next year’s program will be available by January 1, 2023, on the New Outlook Pioneer website at this link http://newoutlookpioneers.net/category/region-news/scholarships/
We look forward to hearing from you regarding your tuition information. We wish you success in your educational pursuits and best wishes in your future endeavors.
Fred Salomon And Elaine Housley Directors
New Outlook Pioneers Scholarship Committee
|2022 – 2023 JOE CLERES – DON SAGE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS|
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2021 SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS!
Laura Whitlock, Executive Director, just announced that the Pioneer Headquarters new address is;
8547 East Arapahoe Road, Unit J-312
Greenwood Village, CO 80112
Submitted by Elaine Housley, New Outlook Director