Go Big GIVE
Go Big GIVE… a 24-hour online giving event brought to you by the Heartland United Way and Grand Island Community Foundation to GROW your gift on May 3rd at www.GoBigGIVE.org! Get ahead of the game and pre-give April 26th-May 2nd. Go Big GIVE inspires communities to come together for 24 hours to give BIG to support the work of nonprofits in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties. The minimum online donation is $10 but every gift grows with added match pool funds and incentive prizes.
United Way Golf Tournament
Each year, the Heartland United Way hosts a golf tournament at Riverside Golf Club on the first Monday in June. Local businesses sponsor teams of four to compete for prizes in the two-best net ball tournament. The 2015 tournament will be held on Monday, June 1st. To register your team, please click here.
State Fair Ice Cream Parlor
When the Nebraska State Fair moved to Grand Island in August 2010, the Heartland United Way saw a great opportunity to become a vendor and help ensure at least part of the State Fair food revenues flow back in to the community to help people in need. Using solely volunteer labor, United Way operated the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor in partnership with Roberts Dairy. All volunteers served ice cream cones and earned hourly wages for the United Way partner agency of their choice. The parlor was so successful in its first year that we plan to continue operation in future years. Please come visit us at the State Fair from August 26 - September 5, 2016
Husker Harvest Days Food Drive
Since 2009, Monsanto has matched $1 per pound of food collected by United Way during the annual Husker Harvest Days event in September, up to $10,000. The food collected during the drive and the matching funds are distributed to food pantries in and around Grand Island including Hope Harbor, Central Nebraska Community Services and Salvation Army. United Way works with FFA leaders and local grocery stores to coordinate the food drive efforts. In addition to donating food at Husker Harvest Days, community members can support the drive by donating at Super Saver, Skagway or Hy-Vee.
Imagination Bacon - Bacon & Brews 4 BOOKS
In 2013, the Heartland United Way took part in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program. Imagination Library gives free books to children ages 0-5 that live in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties. With the generous support of community donors, this program has remained free and without a waitlist for over 1,800 enrolled children in our 4-county area. The goal for the Imagination Library Program is to be free for all families with young children and not having to worry about a financial commitment. That is where IMAGINATION BACON came into play! All proceeds from Imagination Bacon will go to fund the program to remain free to families. Imagination Bacon is a bacon fest and micro-brew tasting event. There will be a silent and live auction with live entertainment. Please join us for Imagination Bacon on Saturday, October 15th at the Fonner Park Pinnacle Bank Expo Center.
As the basic act of providing food & shelter becomes more difficult for local families, the cry for action echoes louder than ever before. Join us on Tuesday, November 15th as the Heartland United Way teams up with Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership, Crisis Center, Hope Harbor and Salvation Army to raise awareness and funds to help fight hunger and homelessness in Hall, Hamilton, Howard & Merrick Counties. Participating Dine United restaurants will donate a portion of their sales, Tuesday, November 15th to local shelters & food pantries including Crisis Center, CNCAP, Heartland United Way, Hope Harbor and Salvation Army. Click here for participating restaurants.