Women United has prioritized mental health to help address the increased demand for services and access challenges across the metro. Mental health impacts each of us, our families and our community.
In partnership with Region 6 Behavioral Healthcare, the initiative is increasing access to and awareness of Mental Health First Aid training by funding an awareness campaign and providing an additional Coordinator and trainers at Region 6. In partnership with OBI Creative, the awareness campaign seeks to increase the community’s knowledge of the MHFA training and remove the stigma of coming forward with a mental health need.
We are beyond grateful to see the incredible participation supporting this critical work. The first year of the initiative was a great success, overperforming on fundraising and training goals.
Volunteer reviewers from across the metro area decide what programs we need to thrive – with more than 1,500 hours spent by these local experts and active community volunteers reviewing program design, impact, financial data and more.
This due diligence means that the community endorses programs receiving UWM support. Organizations tell us that when they receive a grant from United Way, they feel empowered and supported by the entire community. An investment from UWM is a sign of faith and approval – often used by nonprofits to secure even more support.
As members of Women United, you are part of this critical work. Your support allows the United Way of the Midlands to create system-wide change. And your leadership inspires others to get involved and make a difference. In addition, your ongoing generosity will help ensure that people throughout the community receive the proper mental health care at the right time.
Women United celebrates the power of women to bring about positive change in our community through philanthropy and service. Led by passionate leaders across the metro, the Women United Steering Committee champions this vital work to serve and strengthen the community. Below is a list of our Steering Committee members:
Angela Rock, a member of the Women United Steering Committee, is one of the community members that took part in MHFA training. Her team at FNBO has also engaged 107 employees by offering MHFA trainings and overview sessions.
If you are interested in learning more about the Steering Committee and how to join, please contact Maureen Irish, Director of Strategic Relationships at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosting the Breakfast with Champions on Wednesday, May 24, was a joy at the Omaha Country Club. This event allowed members of the Tocqueville Women’s Initiative to come together and celebrate women in philanthropy, and we had the honor to have Barbara Siemer as our keynote speaker for the event. Barbara and her husband, Al, are two of the leading philanthropists in the country. For the past decade, United Way of the Midlands has partnered with Barbara and Al and the Siemer Institute to improve outcomes for local families facing the imminent risk of homelessness in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro.
At the event, we also immensely enjoyed recognizing Karen Hawkins. Karen was Chair of our Tocqueville Women’s Initiative Advisory Council for nine years (2014-2023), recently transitioning to Advisor in February. Karen is a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council, now Women United, and she has played a vital and profound role in championing our meaningful initiatives and transforming lives across our community.
To view photos from the Breakfast with Champions event, click: TWIA Breakfast of Champions Gallery – United Way of the Midlands (unitedwaymidlands.org)
The Mary C. Lopez Lunch & Learn was held on World Mental Health Awareness Day, Tuesday, October 10. The luncheon provided a thoughtful and in-depth look at many of today’s youth’s challenges. This event was sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Omaha Chancellor’s Office. We had the honor to engage a panel of community experts across various fields to lend their unique insights and perspectives on this critical topic. We want to give a special thank you to Cathy Pettid, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students at the University of Nebraska – Omaha; Becca Bradley, Regional Manager for Jobs for America’s Graduates – Nebraska; Carla Rizzo, Chief Executive Officer at Completely Kids; and Melissa Valek, Senior Development Director with College Possible. Guests had the opportunity to recognize World Mental Health Awareness Day by packing 144 wellness kits for Completely Kids.
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