Learning Community Foundation and Donors Work Together for Healthy Children
The Learning Community Center of North Omaha became a temporary distribution center for stacks of baby formula and diapers. In just three weeks, the new Learning Community Foundation raised $60,000 to help families in north and south Omaha take care of their children. Learning Community CEO, Dr. Bradley Ekwerekwu, said the response from local foundations and donors will sustain families through the start of a challenging school year.
The supplies of diapers and baby formula support the continued progress of Learning Community families in our community centers. Most parents transitioned to virtual classes while also teaching children at home. The pandemic created a variety of problems which impacted families including delayed unemployment checks, small business disruption, transportation problems, along with increasing costs for groceries and internet data. Lorraine Chang, Learning Community Foundation president said COVID-19 creates conditions that challenge health, safety, and learning.
HELPING FAMILIES STAY STRONG
The Learning Community Foundation thanks the many donors who joined together to help children and families in our community centers stay strong:
- Sherwood Foundation
- Kiewit Foundation
- Mutual of Omaha Foundation
- Weitz Family Foundation
- First National Bank of Omaha
- Ron and Barb Schaefer Charitable Fund
- North End Teleservices
- Jamie Berglund
- Dan Esch
- Loretta McNally
The much needed supplies are expected to last well into the summer months due to volume discounts negotiated by Learning Community staff. Learning Community centers in north and south Omaha take a two-generation approach, working with the whole family. Parent courses include ESL, GED, workforce training, financial literacy, parenting skills, homeownership, Love & Logic, healthy relationships and college planning.
About the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties
The Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties is an educational subdivision focused on outcomes and opportunities for children and families. It achieves impact through a collaborative network of metropolitan area school districts and community organizations. Independent evaluations demonstrate consistently strong results in early childhood education and family engagement. Recognized nationally for advancing a two-generation approach, the Learning Community creates opportunities to address the needs of children and families together. A 12-member Coordinating Council, elected by the public, guides policies to challenge the opportunity gap and strengthen our communities. Visit: LearningCommunityDS.org