Medica Foundation Donates 140K to Omaha Social-Service Agencies for Emergency Needs
On April 29, the Medica Foundation (www.medica.com) announced donations totaling $140,000 to five social-service agencies in Omaha to meet emergency needs of community members resulting from the coronavirus. Charles Drew Health Center and OneWorld Community Health Center each received $40,000; Foodbank for the Heartland received $10,000; Project Harmony received $25,000; and United Way of the Midlands received $25,000.
Charles Drew Health Center and OneWorld Community Health Center—both of which are Federally Qualified Health Centers—support Omaha’s most vulnerable populations. Foodbank for the Heartland acts as a central clearinghouse in distributing food to more than 600 network partners across 77 counties in Nebraska and 16 counties in western Iowa. Meanwhile, the focus at Project Harmony is on ending child abuse, and they are using the funding from Medica to move their services to telehealth and online settings. Finally, United Way of the Midlands is using its funding to support the organization’s crisis-response efforts, as its 211 system has been overwhelmed with calls.
Medica Market Leader for Nebraska Patrick Bourne said the Medica Foundation provided the funding because they believe that response to the extensive and destructive reach of the coronavirus requires a communitywide effort and the organizations that are most important in surviving this public-health crisis need help.
The Medica Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable grant-making foundation. It is an affiliate of Medica Health Plans, a Minnesota-based nonprofit HMO and Medica Insurance Company. For more information, visit www.medica.com.