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 31th annual tournament will be held on Monday, June 4th. 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 Heartland United Way Community Partner 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 Nebraska State Fair!
Husker Harvest Days Food Drive
Join us for the Food for Families food drive during the month of September! The food collected during the drive and sponsor funds are distributed to local food pantries and backback programs in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties in Nebraska. Heartland 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, Hy-Vee, Hometown Market (St. Paul), MNO Hometown Market (Wood River) and Kerry's Grocery (Dannenbrog).
Imagination Bacon - Bacon & Brew 4 BOOKS (October 28th)
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 3,000 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 28th at the Fonner Park Pinnacle Bank Expo Center.
Dine United - Tuesday, November 14th