Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Deer Park Member Dorothy Patach Honored for Nursing Accomplishments

Deer Park Neighborhood Association is proud of Dorothy Patach for her recent recognition for her advancements in nursing.  Thank you Nebraska Medical Center for honoring a terrific neighbor.  Article from the Nebraska Medical Center.

Dorothy Patach is a native of Omaha, Nebraska. She has spent her life and career practicing and teaching nursing, and advancing the nursing profession. Dorothy received her nursing diploma at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 1944, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. During her diverse career, Dorothy worked at Jenny Edmundson Hospital School of Nursing, Clarkson Hospital, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Working in the operating room, Dorothy accumulated many unique experiences.

In the mid-1950s, Dorothy developed surgical drapes for new procedures that were later made into pre-packaged sterile plastic drapes by the Minnesota Mining Company. She assisted with the testing of Formula 99, a liquid soap, which in bar form later became “Dial Soap.” She was part of a team that modernized the old Clarkson Hospital operating room which went on to receive the “Hospital of the Year Award.” When asked what motivates her, Dorothy says, “I was raised to serve mankind and keep my community healthy and safe. In nursing, you work to meet the medical, physical, and emotional needs of your patients, which is truly rewarding.”

Dorothy’s service to the nursing profession is vast and comprehensive. Among the many professional organizations she has been involved with, Dorothy has served in leadership roles in the Nebraska State Nurses’ Association, the District 2 Nurses’ Association, the National League of Nursing, the Nebraska League of Nursing, and in every office on the UNMC College of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors. She continues to volunteer at UNMC, including in the Alumni Relations Office.

Dorothy has been involved with community and neighborhood betterment since 1945. She is involved with countless South Omaha community groups, including the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, the South Omaha Business Association, and the South Omaha Community Care Council, among many others.
In 2001, the Omaha City Council passed a resolution that designated a parcel of public property to be named the “Dorothy Patach Natural Environmental Area.” This was in honor of her commitment and activism on behalf of neighborhoods, civic organizations, the environment and public health. In her free time, Dorothy enjoys gardening and yard work, sewing and hand crafts, non-fiction reading, home repair, and working to improve her community!


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Bridge to Success Reaches for Volunteers

The Cultivating Community Leaders have sewn their seeds for the summer but CCL is just one seed in the Bridge to Success program.

Deer Park has been blessed with eager high school students who have helped transform Deer Park Neighborhood Association for the past two summers. They completed neighborhood housing scans, planned events, uncovered the beauty of Vinton greenery once again and engaged businesses and neighbors.
Their job is not over yet.

The Cultivating Community Leaders program assisted Bridge to Success students achieve their required hours of community service applied towards their “tuition” for college course classes.
Not only are the Bridge students full time high school students who are active in sports, music and numerous activities, they are also taking college courses at Metropolitan Community College.

The Bridge to Success program financially covers students, thanks to private funding, so everyone has a chance to go to college.  The program covers tuition, books and transportation if needed.

However, it’s no easy road.

Students go through an application and interview process before they are considered admission into the program.

The Bridge to Success program needs volunteers to help judge the application essays.  Monica Beasley of the Bridge to Success program stated volunteers must look for the heart of the essay; grammatical structure will be considered later.  The Bridge to Success program strives to support individuals who are committed to higher education and have the drive to succeed.

Essay reading volunteers will be given a scoring sheet outlining the basic requirements for students.  Each essay will only take a few minutes to read in addition to the short judging sheet.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Monica Beasley at mbeasley@mccneb.edu or (402) 457-2554 (Metro) or (402) 557-4470 (OPS).

For more information on the Bridge to Success program, visit www.mccneb.edu.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rock the Block Rocked!

The first Rock the Block was a phenomenal success, thanks  to Habitat for Humanity Omaha,Deer Park Neighborhood Association,  Americorps NCCC, VISTAs, State and National and Deer Park residents.  Over 70 volunteers collaborated on Saturday to spruce up neighboring houses to the first South Omaha Habitat for Humanity house.  

Thanks to the volunteers, four houses received improvements to their yard as well as assistance pulling weeds, trimming trees, sweeping sidewalks, planting trees and filling in dirt and mulch.  

Thank you The Donut Stop, Orsi's Pizza and Mulhalls for generously donating goods to the event.

Deer Park Neighborhood Association thanks you for taking pride in the neighborhood!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Rock the Block Comes to 19th Street!

DPNA and Habitat for Humanity of Omaha would like to invite you to take part in our new and exciting collaborative volunteer event, Rock the Block. On Saturday, September 8, 2012, neighbors and volunteers will work together on several exterior home improvement projects in the Deer Park neighborhood. Participating households will swap yards for one full Saturday to beautify one another’s yards with the help of 50 or more volunteers. Together, we will clear unwanted brush, haul dirt, plant flowers, build relationships, and of course have loads of fun!!!
This first Rock the Block will occur on a portion of South 19th Street next door to our new Habitat for Humanity house. In addition to the added curb appeal, participating households will strengthen communication and the collective efficacy with their surrounding neighbors.  We aspire that Rock the Block will prove itself as a great piece to our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. If you are able, we hope you can participate in this great opportunity and witness firsthand Habitat for Humanity’s new way of engaging neighbors and volunteers.
To sign up as a volunteer, please contact Turner Morgan at 712-310-3102.
To learn more, contact Oscar Duran at 402-250-1648.
: 8-8:30am (coffee and donuts provided)
Start time: 8:30am
Lunch: 11:30am (provided)                                 
Wrap-up: 4:30pm

If you have conflicting schedules and can only work part of the way, we will still be excited to have you a part of this event.