ON A MISSION
The Meyer Foundation for Disabilities is dedicated to enhancing the lives of the thousands of adults with disabilities in the Omaha metro area by supporting programs that offer them recreational and social opportunities. Cooking classes, dance and swim lessons, group outings, therapeutic horse riding and reading clubs are among the many activities we help to provide.
Besides offering fun, the programs we support are therapeutic, improving the physical, cognitive, social and emotional capabilities of adults with disabilities. The programs also promote inclusion of an often marginalized population and provide hours of much-needed respite, or a break, for families and caregivers.
We support specialized programming offered by the professional staff of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's renowned Munroe-Meyer Institute. In addition, we partner with numerous other organizations who share our interest and passion for improving the lives of adults with disabilities in our community.
Gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield provides
aqua bike for use by MMI rec therapy
The Munroe-Meyer Institute has added an Aqua Bike to its array of recreational therapy options.
The bike, which will be used in the department’s pool at the MMI building in Omaha, was purchased with a grant received by the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.
“MFD is excited about having the Aqua Bike in the pool at MMI rec therapy,” said foundation President Mary McHale. “It is because of partnerships like this one with Blue Cross Blue Shield that adults with developmental disabilities have increased programming options, such as the improved aquatic program made possible by this new acquisition.”
“This bike provides us a much needed exercise option for our medically obese participants who have a difficult time finding a cardio activity they can do comfortably,” said Recreational Therapy Director Michael Crawford, Ph.D. “Many have given up on exercise on dry land because it is just too uncomfortable. With this bike, we can offer then another alternative toward the goal of trying to be heart healthy.”
Help MFD every time you search, shop
You can help MFD raise funds each time you search the Internet, shop at the grocery store, visit your favorite businesses or make on-line purchases. Every penny helps our effort to ultimately make the Thursday night adult rec program at Munroe Meyer self-sustainable. Check out our quick guide below, and pass on the word to your friends and family, too.
The Goodsearch Search Engine and Goodshop
Just go to www.goodsearch.com and click on the Join Now link. Put in your personal information and then click on Choose Your Cause, and enter Meyer Foundation for Disabilities.
It's that simple. Bookmark the page and make Goodsearch your primary search engine. Each November, MFD will receive a check based on the total registered searches.
And if you are registered for Goodsearch, you are automatically a member of Goodshop, too. Anytime you shop online via Goodsearch MFD will also receive credit, and as a bonus you will receive coups from Goodshop. Give it a try!
Bakers Community Rewards
Go to www.bakersplus.com/topic/community-rewards and register, selecting Meyer Foundation for Disabilities. MFD will receive a quarterly check!
Log in at www.smile.amazon.com and register with your regular Amazon username and password (if you haven't yet registered with Amazon, do that first at Amazon.com). Then select C. Louis Meyer Rehabilitation Foundation (don't worry, the money will get to MFD). We will receive a percentage based on your purchases.
Together a Great Good (TAGG)
Download the app on your cell phone. Look at the list of participating businesses. You may find some that you frequent on the list.
When you make purchases there, tell the cashier you want to TAGG your purchase. You will have the option of receiving a QR code from the cashier to scan on your phone or you can scan the receipt. If you've selected Meyer Foundation for Disabilites, MFD will receive 5 percent of the purchase price!
Tee it up for MFD in the Phi Rho golf outing
The Phi Rho Sigma Medical Fraternity at UNMC and MFD invite you have fun while helping our great cause in the annual Phi Rho For a Cause golf tournament, to be held Sunday, September 17th.
This is the 3rd annual Phi Rho tournament, and the second consecutive year that the local medical honorary has designated MFD as the beneficiary. Either by playing, sponsoring a hole or cart, volunteering or just helping to spread the word, you can again make this event a great success for MFD and the adults with disabilities that we serve.
This year's event will be in a non-competitive, 18-hole scramble format and will begin at 1 p.m. at Benson Championship Golf Course. It's open to UNMC Phi Rho members, other UNMC students and staff, and members of the Omaha community at large.
Included in one low price are 18 holes of golf with a cart, a burger and brat dinner, flag prizes and a raffle.
CLICK HERE for the registration form, where you can sign up to play, sign up as a sponsor or donate to MFD. All our sponsors will be appropriately recognized for their support. Donations are 501(c)3 tax deductible and all proceeds go directly to MFD.
For more information or to volunteer the day of the event contact us at email@example.com. Thank you for your consideration and support!
Wow! Walk and Roll rolls up record numbers
Thanks to all the participants, donors and volunteers who made the 13th annual Walk and Roll a historic success! Not only did the event attract a record 500 participants, it raised more than $50,000 for MFD, money that will help us sustain and enrich our programs assisting teens and adults with disabilities in our community.
It was great to see Omaha's disabled community come together in such a positive, fun and meaningful way. If you would like to still contribute or deliver late pledges, it's not too late. Please contact MFD at (402) 559-5771 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Special thanks to Grant, Sara, Drew and Addison Janke for serving as our honorary family this year. They played a major part in making this such a record-breaking year. MFD would also like to thank our platinum sponsors for their significant support. They include: