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.
Owl Ride makes successful return in 2018, will be back and better than ever in 2019 to benefit MFD
A special thanks to all our sponsors, volunteers and participants who made the 8th annual Owl Ride a great success.
Nearly 1,000 riders took part in the ride, which was back in 2018 after a one-year hiatus. The success of the ride assures we will be back again in 2019, the ride returning to its former mid-July time slot. Follow the Owl Ride on Facebook to stay abreast of all the latest details.
For a gallery of pictures of this year's ride, click here.
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!
Ready to Roll: Registration now open for the 15th annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities
Make plans now to be at Oak View Mall on Sunday, March 3 for the 15th annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities, the annual fundraiser that brings together and benefits the families of adults with disabilities in the Omaha metro.
Click here to be taken right to our registration page to sign up yourself or your team!
As in the past, this year's event will feature face painting, a DJ, Star Wars characters, a continental breakfast and fun for people of all ages. Remember to register by Feb. 13 to receive a free long-sleeve T-shirt and to be eligible for registration prizes.
Last year, more than 400 participants and our generous sponsors helped the event raise nearly $45,000 to for MFD and the social and recreational programs for adults that we support.
MFD would like to thank this year’s Walk and Roll honorary family is Russell, Cheri, Connor, Cadie and Chase Albin.
The Albins have have worked tirelessly to improve lives for people in our area with disabilities. Russell and Cheri . have helped extend healthy lifestyles to all by starting a FIT-Ability Fitness Class for individuals of all ages with special needs. Cheri also serves on the Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc. Board, Autism Center Human and Legal Rights Committee and on the Executive Committee at the Ollie Webb Center Inc.
Connor is the oldest child, a University of Nebraska student who works part time at Munroe Meyer Recreational Therapy Camps as a Recreational Therapy Technician. Cadie is 18 years old, is outgoing and loves to try new things. Cadie is very involved in social activities including Sparkle Cheer at Burke High School, Munroe Meyer Recreational Therapy Camp, Arnold Stern, Girls Group Ollie Webb Center Inc. Book Club, and Hip Hop Dance. Chase, 7, has also attended Munroe Meyer Recreational Therapy Camps, and spends his time coloring, reading books, labeling his world, counting and learning other languages.
“Munroe Meyer has been a part of our family for nearly 13 years,” Cheri said. “All of my children have been involved at some point either attending or working. MMI continues in our life, with both Chase and Cadie having attended Winter and Theater Camp over the school break and now Saturday morning Recreational Therapy. The teen activities Cadie has participated in have provided an opportunity to go out into the community and have some awesome experiences such as attending a Katy Perry Concert and the Nutcracker. In the future, Cadie will be able to attend some new programs to her such as Cooking and Wheel Club. Both of these opportunities will provide Cadie with life skills she can use as she grows into adulthood. Our family looks forward to all the opportunities MMI has to offer our family for many years to come.”
Also special thanks to our sponsors, who include: