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.
MFD board cancels Owl Ride for 2017; hopes for 2018 return of night bike ride
The Owl Ride, Omaha’s annual night-time bicycle ride, will not be held this year due to organizational complications. The event, held for the past seven years, is a fund-raiser for the Meyer Foundation for Disabilities, which funds programs to aid metro-area teens and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
The Board of Directors of MFD recently learned that the event coordinator we had hoped would direct the 2017 event had another obligation. The Board felt it did not have time to seek a replacement and still do all that was needed by this spring to promote a successful and safe ride this year.
We are sorry to disappoint those who have enjoyed the Owl Ride and supported MFD’s efforts in the past. The Board is re-assessing future plans for the event and hopes it will return to its regular July weekend in 2018. If you have any questions or suggestions, or would be interested in helping plan next year’s ride, please contact us at email@example.com. MFD welcomes your input on how we can make this event better than ever. Thanks again for your past support of MFD.
–MFD Board of Directors.
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!
Help MFD spread the word on Omaha Gives
Omaha Gives, Omaha's annual one-line give-fest, is right around the corner, set for Wednesday, May 24. Not only can you show your own support for MFD, you can also help get the word out on MFD to your friends and contacts.
Click here to go to MFD's Omaha Gives page. You'll see that contributing $10, $20 or whatever you can afford is just a click away.
But Omaha Gives also lets you set up your own "Cheer Page" to help spread the word on our cause. You can create your own custom MFD page with pictures, videos and a personal appeal. Once it's set up, you can easily share it with friends and family by posting on social media or sending it out in an email.
Click for the link with instructions on setting up a cheer page. Let's make Omaha Gives a great day for MFD!
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: