Community Health Charities of Nebraska is a federation of America's premier health charities that have joined together to raise charitable contributions in the workplace. Employee donations are used to support these member charities and provide research, patient services and outreach in local communities. Employees designate the charity or charities where they want their donations to go, and that’s where they go.
By partnering with local employers, Community Health Charities of Nebraska connects employees to health and wellness information, volunteer opportunities and the ability to direct donations to the local health charities of their choice. We currently provide access to more than 19 leading charities, encompassing almost every well-known disease or disability and many lesser-known ones.
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Support groups are key in helping those who are affected by a chronic health issue on a daily basis. These groups allow people who live with a chronic health issue or those who care for someone with a chronic health issue to meet and spend time with others who share the same needs and experiences they do. Groups also provide opportunities for both support and education.
Sharon and Saul Soltero, of Columbus, have always believed in serving others by giving back, raising their two daughters, Amanda and Savannah, with a firm understanding of how important it is to do what you can to help others. But their reason for getting involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Nebraska/Western Iowa Chapter (CCF), one of the 22 Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE) member charities, was very much a personal one when Amanda became engaged to Jake Diekman. Jake is one of the 700,000 people in the United States affected by ulcerative colitis, and he is the first person to play major league baseball without a colon.
Kameran Ulferts graduated from Fullerton High School in 2014 and is currently a senior at the University of Nebraska- Kearney pursuing a K-12 art education degree. “Since the beginning of my collegiate experience at UNK, I have deeply immersed myself into the culture and the community atmosphere of the University and the city of Kearney,” she said. On campus, she is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and the National Art Education Association student chapter. She is also co-founder and vice president of the College Diabetes Network. She works at the Crossroads Center Rescue Mission, the homeless shelter in Kearney as a guest advocate; as a teaching artist at Corky Creations; and teaches home-schooled art lessons once a week. Apart from the Kearney community, Kameran has also worked as a camp counselor in the summer for Camp Floyd Rogers in Gretna, Neb., a camp for diabetic children, for three years. She does all of this while checking her blood sugar and managing her type one diabetes, as well as advocating for a cure with JDRF International – Heartland Chapter, one of the 22 Community Health Charities of Nebraska member charities.
Did you know that military veterans are more likely to be diagnosed with ALS? Because of dollars given to the ALS Association Mid-America Chapter through Community Health Charities of Nebraska, veterans who have been diagnosed with ALS and their families have access to the support they need. Here’s how.
This November, we recognize heroes like William “Bill” Myers in honor of both Veteran's Day and National Family Caregiver Month. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1966, right after graduating from high school. He served on the Battleship USS New Jersey, the most decorated warship in US Naval history, from early 1968 to his separation in December 1969. “We spent 8 months off the coast of Vietnam during this period,” he said.
One out of four dying Americans is a veteran. Because of dollars given to Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association (NHPCA) through Community Heath Charities of Nebraska, these veterans and their families have the best care possible when facing end-of-life issues. Learn more about these vital end-of-life services.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska celebrated its annual meeting on Aug. 24, 2017, at Champions Run, sponsored by Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. Erik and Heather Younger, Ambassadors for both the March of Dimes, Nebraska & Western Iowa Market and the Nebraska Community Blood Bank, shared their family’s story as the keynote speaker. CHC-NE also announced campaign results for the 2016-2017 year, raising $1,896,822.
CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat) has the potential to end life-threatening diseases like cystic fibrosis, breast and ovarian cancer and inherited Alzheimer’s Disease. But there’s a catch: This same technology could be used to create "designer babies," which is why gene editing is the subject of ethical conversations as well as scientific ones.
Cory Frish’s eyes light up when he talks about Nebraska football. His home is decorated with Huskers décor, with a Huskers windmill out front, and he proudly wears a Huskers sweatshirt. He says that he is an easy person to buy gifts for because he enjoys most things that demonstrate this Huskers spirit. His loyalty to the Nebraska team means more to him than football. It’s about what it means to feel a part of the community rather than out there all alone.
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Community Health Charities of Nebraska's partnership with the United Way of the Midlands combines our strengths and contacts to present one unified campaign. This includes Douglas and Sarpy counties in Nebraska, Pottawattamie County in Iowa.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska and the 19 member health charities we represent participate as full campaign partners in the United Way/CHC Campaign in workplaces throughout Lincoln and Lancaster County. The United Way Impact Fund benefits a combined 61 agencies.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska continues to grow in designations, visibility and credibility in Greater Nebraska. We are here to offer employees the choice to give to health causes that are most important to them, as health affects us all.