by Matt Hames0
Omaha Steaks Gives! to Omaha Public Library Foundation in Hourly Prize Sponsorship
Omaha Steaks was delighted to participate in the Omaha Gives! 24-hour online giving event as the hourly prize sponsor, donating an additional $1,000 per hour to one randomly selected non-profit in the Omaha metro area. One of the organizations we were proud to support during the charitable giving event was the Omaha Public Library Foundation (OPLF).
Serving over 2.3 million people last year alone, Omaha Public Library (OPL) and its 12 branches are invaluable proponents of literacy and learning in the city of Omaha. OPLF, a support organization for OPL, works diligently to raise funds and advocate for the library so that it may continue to serve as a distinguished community resource.
“We were thrilled to be a part of the Omaha Gives! event and are so grateful for the contributions we received that day,” OPL Executive Director Gary Wasdin said. “The Omaha community loves its Library, and the outpouring of support we received on that day goes to show how deeply people here care about the Library and how important it is to their lives.”
OPLF works to raise private dollars to fund programs, projects and innovative services to strengthen the library system. In 2012, more than 161,000 people participated in an OPL program or event, including more than 24,000 kids, teens and adults in its annual Summer Reading Program. This year, roughly 500 events will be held in conjunction with the reading program, including story times, cartooning classes, magic shows, and discussions on wildlife encounters, arts and crafts, books, food and cooking, gardening, history and more.
“Ultimately, people are increasingly turning to the Library as a resource for things that certainly include books, but also include things like exercise classes, child care, safety, and technology,” OPLF Development Director Jacob Houser said. “Libraries are a community gathering space, and the Omaha Public Library Foundation supports a broad range of activities and programs that serve all of these patron needs.”
With the help of OPLF, Omaha Public Library is also able to house a Job and Career Center in its downtown branch, providing job search assistance to patrons through a number of classes and resources. Additional services are available at the Benson Branch, including the Common Soil Seed Library, a community-based seed exchange in which patrons can check out seeds and also learn about healthy eating and community gardening.
Omaha Steaks was very pleased to work with Omaha Public Library Foundation through Omaha Gives!, and proud to support this great community-focused organization!“A special thank you goes to Omaha Steaks for the hourly prize match we received and for leading the way on encouraging people to donate throughout the day,” Wasdin said.