Midlands Community Foundation has supported OneWorld and its programs for more than a decade. For the past several years, the Foundation has awarded OneWorld a grant that funds our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®’s visits in Sarpy and Cass counties. The Care Mobile, operated by OneWorld and Ronald McDonald House Charities, visits area schools and other community locations to provide exams, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride, sealants, restorative services and oral health education to children who might otherwise go without those services. Thanks to the grant from Midlands Community Foundation, our Care Mobile dental staff is able extend its service area to reach more uninsured and underserved second- and third-grade students.
According to Diane Knicky, Director of Operations and PR for Midlands Community Foundation, a committee at the Foundation reviews grants, then the Board of Directors reviews the committee’s recommendations and makes final decisions on grant funding.
“Midlands Community Foundation makes sure the organization requesting the funding is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and that the project and/or program for which funding is being requested serves Sarpy and Cass counties,” she said. “The Committee also takes into account how many people will be impacted by the grant funding.”
In addition to funding Care Mobile visits in Sarpy and Cass counties, in 2016, the Foundation awarded OneWorld a grant that allowed OneWorld Bellevue to purchase a retinal camera. With that camera, our clinicians are now able to screen uninsured and underinsured Sarpy and Cass County residents for diabetes and other age-related macular degeneration diseases. In 2017, funds raised at the Midlands Community Foundation’s annual golf tournament were also gifted to OneWorld.
“Midlands Community Foundation supports OneWorld’s Care Mobile and the organization’s other projects and programs because they serve the underserved in Sarpy and Cass counties, particularly children,” Knicky said. “Midlands Community Foundation’s Grants Committee and Board of Directors understands the importance of providing dental and other medical care to those who may not otherwise be able to afford the services.”
Thank you, Midlands Community Foundation, for all you do to support our patients in Sarpy and Cass counties!