LINCOLN, NEB. – April 15, 2014 – Today, through the Walmart Foundation and its State Giving Program, Walmart awarded nearly $193,500 to Nebraska nonprofits. U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, Walmart executives, associates and six Nebraska nonprofits gathered at a Lincoln Walmart Supercenter to reflect on charitable work done across the state of Nebraska. To close the ceremony, Walmart gifted grants to multiple organizations to continue their work throughout the state.
“On behalf of the state of Nebraska, I appreciate Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to supporting organizations that are an integral part of our communities,” said Senator Fischer. “I applaud their work to recognize these non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of others and making a positive difference in our great state.”
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation look for organizations that address the needs of the communities they serve and make a significant social impact on a local and state level. The following organizations received a Walmart Foundation grant to fund vital local programs:
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha received a $35,000 grant to address food insecurity for families entering and re-entering Nebraska communities.
- City Impact received a $35,000 grant to support mentoring and tutoring for urban youth leadership.
- Madonna School received a $30,000 grant for the Madonna Life Skills Transition Program
- Tabitha, Inc. received a $40,000 grant to equip Meals on Wheels to fight hunger in Lincoln.
- TeamMates Mentoring Program – Lincoln received a $25,500 grant to improve match retention through training programs.
- The Society of Saint Andrew received a $28,000 grant to support huger relief in Nebraska.
“Walmart has been a tremendous supporter of the TeamMates Mentoring Program over the years,” said Suzanne Hince, executive director TeamMates Mentoring Program. “Walmart has been instrumental to our being able to serve more than 6,900 youth in 117 chapters with high quality mentoring services. This grant has provided support for background checks, strength based mentoring and improving our mentor training throughout our organization. We are grateful for the difference Walmart is making in the lives of our youth.”
Donations of cash, food, refrigerated trucks, mobile pantries and other resources are changing lives across America. In 2010, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation launched "Fighting Hunger Together" – a $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to fight hunger in America.
“The Walmart State Giving Program in Nebraska has shown a tremendous commitment to people with special needs by helping them gain employment,” said Jay Dunlap, President Madonna School. “Walmart’s support for Madonna School’s Life Skills Transition Program and Employment Services means people with intellectual and developmental challenges can lead productive and fulfilling lives.”
“At Walmart, we are continually inspired and motivated by the amazing work of the nonprofit organizations in the communities we serve,” said Walmart market manager Alan Matulka. “We are honored to partner with these groups as they continue to make a difference in the areas of health, wellness, nutrition, hunger relief and education.”
In 2012, in Nebraska, the Walmart Foundation awarded more than $7.3 million in cash and in-kind contributions to community groups that are positioned to address the needs of Nebraska communities and make a significant social impact within Walmart’s core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment.