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First National Bank of Omaha Announces Grant Recipients

Press Release

Contact: Kevin Langin, 402-602-3541 
Release Date: October 9, 2018

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First National Bank of Omaha Announces Grant Recipients

Grants bring bank’s 2018 annual grant award total to $1.87 million

OMAHA, Neb.  October 9, 2018. – First National Bank of Omaha has awarded a total of $956,000 in community development grants to 51 organizations in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas and South Dakota, announced Alec Gorynski, Vice President, Community Development and Corporate Philanthropy. The grants, which support programs focused on educated workforce initiatives that will help strengthen individual core competencies and lead to improving personal economic self-sufficiency, mark the bank’s final disbursement of grant funding for the year. First National Bank awarded a total of $1,870,000 in community development grants in 2018 to 98 organizations across its seven-state service area. 

“At First National Bank, we believe that an individual’s life- and job skills have a direct correlation to their employment status and overall financial wellness,” said Gorynski.  “Our Community Development Grant program is dedicated to improving economic self-sufficiency within all of the communities we call home by partnering with community organizations who provide education, training and life-skills improvement that helps individuals gain employment, advance their careers and improve their financial well-being.”

Nebraska

First National Bank awarded $698,000 in community development grants to 30 organizations across Nebraska and Western Iowa. Grants supporting Educated Workforce initiatives will enable a projected 19,000 individuals to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include:

  • $15,000 – AIM Institute (Omaha): provides web development training for adults to secure and maintain employment in tech careers.  
  • $20,000 – Boys Town (Omaha): provides high-demand skills for the workplace, career exploration and connections to employment resources.
  • $20,000 – Child Saving Institute (Omaha): supports independent living and employment skills for at-risk youth.
  • $45,000 – Credit Advisors (Omaha): provides financial education and credit counseling.
  • $20,000 – Defy Nebraska, Inc. (Omaha): provides re-entry support for incarcerated individuals focused on employment and job creation through entrepreneurship. 
  • $45,000 – Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. (Omaha): supports homeownership activities and workshops to improve housing stability.
  • $40,000 – Financial Hope Collaborative (Omaha): provides financial education and stability for single mothers.
  • $10,000 – Heart Ministry Center (Omaha): provides job training, life and soft skills to maintain steady employment.
  • $25,000 – Latino Center of the Midlands (Omaha): provides adult basic education including GED and pre-GED programming.
  • $30,000 – Lutheran Family Services (Omaha): provides financial education and budgeting for refugees, asylees and immigrants.
  • $60,000 – MCC Foundation (Omaha): provides adult basic education, including literacy, GED and English language instruction.  
  • $30,000 – No More Empty Pots (Omaha): provides culinary and life skills training to prepare individuals for the workforce.
  • $20,000 – NorthStar Foundation (Omaha): provides intensive college and career readiness curriculum for high school-aged boys.
  • $20,000 – Omaha Home for Boys (Omaha): provides vocational training and employment services.
  • $10,000 – Seventy Five North (Omaha): introduces youth to web development, computer coding and project management.
  • $30,000 – The Hope Center for Kids (Omaha): supports youth in North Omaha to graduate high school and secure and maintain gainful employment.
  • $30,000 – Together (Omaha): identifies and addresses barriers to employment for individuals transitioning out of homelessness.
  • $40,000 – Urban League of Nebraska (Omaha): supports the Employment Boot Camp for adults seeking employment.
  • $25,000 – Women’s Center for Advancement (Omaha): provides life skills, access to resources, financial literacy, and securing and maintaining sustainable employment for victims of domestic violence.
  • $20,000 – Youth Emergency Services (Omaha): provides training, professional guidance and career exploration opportunities for homeless and nearly homeless young adults.
  • $20,000 – Micah House (Council Bluffs, Iowa): provides shelter and resources to gain permanent housing and employment while addressing barriers to stability.
  • $20,000 – New Visions Homeless Services (Council Bluffs, Iowa): provides self-sufficiency skills, including employability to homeless individuals.
  • $10,000 – City Impact (Lincoln): promotes literacy in Title I schools.
  • $10,000 – Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties (Lincoln): supports economic stability through financial education, coaching and matched savings opportunities.
  • $17,000 – Platte Valley Literacy Association (Columbus): provides English language instruction and GED classes. 
  • $11,000 – Care Corps Family Services (Fremont): provides support and connections to resources for homeless/near-homeless individuals.
  • $10,000 – The Hope Center for Kids (Fremont): provides employment and academic resources and supports for youth.
  • $10,000 – Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska (Kearney): provides financial resources to individuals seeking GED or employment certifications through community colleges.
  • $12,000 – Literacy Council of Grand Island (Grand Island): provides English language and literacy instruction.
  • $23,000 – Deborah’s Legacy (North Platte): provides employment and support services for women facing homelessness.

Colorado

In Colorado, First National Bank awarded $124,000 in community development grants to 11 organizations. Grants supporting Educated Workforce initiatives will enable a projected 3,600 individuals in Colorado to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include:  

  • $10,000 – Attention Homes (Boulder): provides career pathways and life skills for homeless and at-risk youth. 
  • $15,000 – Bridge House (Boulder): provides employment and support services for homeless families. 
  • $10,000 – I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County (Boulder): provides college and career readiness programming for youth.
  • $9,000 – Intercambio Uniting Communties (Boulder): supports English language instruction to adult immigrants.  
  • $10,000 – Foothills United Way (Lafayette): promotes economic stability through financial coaching and education.
  • $10,000 – Front Range Community College Foundation (Westminster): supports GED prep, English language instruction and adult basic education at Front Range Community College’s Center for Adult Learning in Loveland.
  • $15,000 – Homeward Alliance (Fort Collins): supports workforce support and connections to resources for homeless or near-homeless job seekers.
  • $10,000 – The Matthews House (Fort Collins): teaches youth ages 16-24 competencies for employment in the food industry.    
  • $10,000 – Larimer County Foundation (Fort Collins): provides manufacturing internships to teach technical skills and lead to gainful employment through the NoCo Partnership’s CareerRise program. 
  • $15,000 – Project Self-Sufficiency (Loveland): supports single parents to reach education and career goals. 
  • $10,000 – The Greeley Dream Team (Greeley): supports first generation college students through first two years of post-secondary education.

Illinois

In Illinois, First National Bank awarded $65,000 in community development grants to five organizations. Grants supporting Educated Workforce initiatives will enable a projected 1,500 individuals in Illinois to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include:

  • $10,000 – DeKalb Behavioral Health Foundation (DeKalb): provides employment coaching and support at the Ben Gordon Center for individuals with a mental health diagnosis. 
  • $10,000 – DeKalb County Community Gardens (DeKalb): provides employment training in agriculture and horticulture for individuals with special needs.
  • $10,000 – Home of the Sparrow (McHenry): provides case management services and training for homeless or near-homeless women-led households.
  • $10,000 – Kishwaukee Family YMCA (Sycamore): provides educational program for youth living in a multi-family housing development.
  • $25,000 – The Neighbor Project (Aurora): supports financial education, counseling and coaching to drive self-sufficiency.

Kansas

In Kansas, First National Bank awarded $44,000 in community development grants to three organizations. Grants supporting Educated Workforce initiatives will enable a projected 7,000 individuals in the Kansas City area to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include:

  • $14,000 – Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas (Overland Park): provides, financial education and employment services.
  • $20,000 – The Mission Project (Mission): provides life skills programming for adults with developmental disabilities.
  • $10,000 – The Whole Person (Kansas City): helps individuals with disabilities in Johnson County achieve and sustain permanent employment.

South Dakota

In South Dakota, First National Bank awarded $25,000 in community development grants to two organizations. Grants supporting Educated Workforce initiatives will enable a projected 1,400 individuals in South Dakota to move closer to self-sufficiency. These include: 

  • $10,000 – Cornerstones Career Learning Center (Huron): supports adult basic education, GED prep and testing, workforce preparedness, and English language programs. 
  • $15,000 – Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota (Sioux Falls): supports financial education workshops and credit counseling in Yankton, Mitchell and Huron.

First National Bank also awarded $914,000 in community development grants to 47 organizations in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas in the second quarter of this year. The grants supported programs focused on increasing access to stable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods and building strong local economies.

About First National Bank of Omaha
First National Bank of Omaha is a subsidiary of First National of Nebraska. First National of Nebraska and its affiliates have more than $21 billion in assets and 5,000 employee associates. Primary banking offices are located in Nebraska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.