Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 457-2554 (Metro) or (402) 557-4470 (OPS).
For more information on the Bridge to Success program, visit www.mccneb.edu.
Posted by Katie at 5:39 AM
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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!
Posted by Katie at 7:57 PM
Friday, September 7, 2012
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.
Sign-in: 8-8:30am (coffee and donuts provided)
Start time: 8:30am
Lunch: 11:30am (provided)
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.
Posted by Katie at 5:15 AM