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. They promote inclusion for people with disabilities, who often become isolated when they age out of the school system. And they 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!
Walk and Roll 2022 back in person, raises more than $25,000 for MDF
With the Burke High School Drum corps leading the way, the 18th Annual Walk and Roll for Disabilities made a long-awaited in-person return after the pandemic forced the 2021 event online.
Thanks to all the sponsors and participants March 6 who made Walk and Roll 2022 another great success! It was great to see everyone back together again after COVID-19 forced the 2021 event to go online.
An estimated 400 people were on hand, and the event raised more than $25,000. That sum will help sustain MFD's Thursday night rec program, yoga classes and cooking classes for another year.
"We are so excited and thrilled to be back in person," said Mary McHale, president of the board for the Meyer Foundation and a parent of an adult child with Down syndrome, Daniel. "We’re thrilled for our community to be able to get together and gather and see old friends and maybe make new ones, too."
Included in this year's event was a large, first-time contingent from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Thanks to them and to all our our sponsors and supporters, which this year included:
PLATINUM SPONSORS: Munroe-Meyer Institute, Thrasher Basement Systems, Tom and Traci Zuk.
GOLD SPONSORS: Carol A and Robert N Troia Charitable Foundation.
SILIVER SPONSORS: Scottish Rite Foundation of Omaha, Huerter Orthodontics.
NON PROFITS: Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, Mosiac.
Clowns, Star Wars, Bellevue East flag corp, Burke High School Drum Corps.