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 offering them recreational, social and life skills programs. Cooking classes, dance and swim lessons, group outings and reading clubs are among the many activities we help to provide.
Besides offering fun, the programs are therapeutic, improving physical and cognitive, capabilities. The programs also promote inclusion, people with disabilities often becoming isolated when they age out of the school system, 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 other organizations who share our interest and passion for improving the lives of adults with disabilities in our community.
Coronavirus again forces cancellation of Owl Ride; looking to be back in 2022
Due to continued concern about large gatherings contributing to the spread of the coronavirus, the MFD Board of Directors has voted for the second straight year to postpone the Owl Ride.
While there is much hope that the vaccine will bring an end to the pandemic, the board decided there was still too much uncertainty to be attempting to schedule an event this summer. Preparations and fundraising for the event need to begin more than six months in advance for the event to be a success.
In lieu of riding this year, we encourage you to consider a donation to MFD. It's easy. Just click on the donate link above to make your tax deductible donation to MFD.
We will keep you posted on plans for Owl Ride 2022.
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 search for and select Meyer Foundation for Disabilitiies. 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!
Registration is open now for this year's virtual Walk and Roll
The pandemic will not stop us from Walking and Rolling to support adults with disabilities in our community and the rec therapy programs offered through UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute.
The 17th annual Walk and Roll will be held on Sunday, March 7, 2021 as a virtual event.
Registration is open now! Click on the link here to go to our registration page. And even if you cannot participate, you can visit the site to donate to MFD.
Besides being one of the primary fundraisers for MFD, the Walk and Roll is an annual celebration of people with developmental disabilities in the Omaha metro. In fact, with the cancellation of the Owl Ride due to the pandemic in both 2020 and 2021, the Walk and Roll will be more important than ever.
"Although we cannot hold our traditional, in-person event, we hope to provide information and entertainment for our supporters," said Mary McHale, president of MFD. "And of course, even in this challenging year, our programs are as important as ever. We expect to provide a lot of virtual fun, and we hope our supporters join us for this -- hopefully -- one-of-a-kind Walk and Roll."
The virtual event will be held from 11 a.m. to noon. The program will include a presentation by MMI Director Karoly Mirnics, MD, PhD, a video tour of the MMI building's new kitchen, which hosts the MFD-sponsored cooking club, and other entertainers. A Zoom link will be sent out in the week before the event.
Supporters are encouraged to take photos of themselves on a walk and post them to the MFD's Walk and Roll Facebook page.
The honorary advocate for this year's event is Sarah Gardels. Here is a message she offered for this year's Walk and Roll supporters:
Hi! My name is Sarah and I am very happy to be the honorary advocate for this year’s Walk and Roll. My mom is helping me write this introduction. I texted mom “I know that it will be online this time, it is just too bad that we are not going” and “I know that we like to help them out.” Here is a picture of me with my mom Linda and dad David and my brother Steve and his girlfriend Regina.
The Gardels Family
And the event would not be possible without the support of our loyal and generous sponsors, among them:
SILVER SPONSORS: Huerter Orthodontics, Ollie Webb Center, Inc., Cavanaugh Law Firm, Scottish Rite,
GOLD SPONSORS: Nebraska Spine + Pain Center, Carol Drake and Robert Troia Charitable FoundationPLATINUM SPONSORS: Munroe-Meyer Institute, Thrasher Basement Systems.
Look forward to seeing you, and thanks for your support of MFD.
See a photo album from the 2020 event.
See a video of the 2020 event.