As we reflect back on the past two years at United Way of the Midlands, our hearts are filled with gratitude. It takes special people and a generous town to improve the community we live in. The successes of our first two-year funding cycle prove that you are those kinds of people and the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro is that kind of town – one that invests in the well-being of our most vulnerable neighbors.
When UWM first began our two-year funding cycle in 2016, we were determined to fulfill the vision of our strategic planners led by Ken Stinson. They encouraged us to leverage our unique position in the community to serve as a convener, collaborator and information aggregator. To step into these roles, we examined our community’s most pressing challenges from a broad lens and began to bring the business and nonprofit communities together to address them.
Thanks to the outpouring of support we received from each and every one of you, our efforts led to great success. We partnered with more than 50 nonprofit organizations to advance our 2025 community impact goals in three areas – basic needs, education and financial stability. We were also honored to work with agencies and businesses on a number of collaborative projects, including a long-term plan to reduce food insecurity, a pilot program to meet the needs of 16 to 24-year olds who are disconnected from school or work, and much more. Please see our partners page for more information on these projects and the organizations who made them possible.
Through these partnerships, we made great progress within the community and changed thousands of lives. In fact, due to the efficiency of our partners, we expect to far surpass our 2025 goals in the years ahead.
Your investment in United Way is changing lives for thousands of people in our community. To see how your investment impacts those who need it, click here.
Thank you to our 2017 Campaign Chairs
Steve and Sue Seline
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Steve and Sue Seline for their leadership throughout the 2017 campaign year. Steve is the president and chief executive of Walnut Equity Partners, LLC, and Sue is a former reporter and anchor for WOWT-TV in Omaha. During the campaign, they led the campaign cabinet, a group of engaged community volunteers. Their efforts made a tremendous impact on our community and the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors.
2017 Tocqueville Chairs
Scott Moore and Danene Tushar
We are grateful to Scott Moore and Danene Tushar for serving as our Tocqueville Chairs throughout the 2017 campaign year. Thanks to their dedication and support, more than 250 Tocqueville donors participated in the campaign.