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Thankful and Grateful

Thankful and Grateful

Here at NebraskaLand Bank we take pride in our community involvement through sponsorships and volunteerism.  We are grateful for the community organizations that we sponsor. These organizations embody the best of our communities. When like-minded people come together to transform hopes into actions, and dreams into reality, their efforts strengthen the fabric of our communities. By giving shape to their boldest dreams they are able to advance our communities. They feed, heal, shelter, educate, inspire and enlighten local residents to make a difference in our communities.

Their selfless efforts do not go unnoticed. Throughout the month of November, we will be running our “Thankful and Grateful” series, on Facebook and Instagram. Through this series we will be highlighting local community organizations that we sponsor. We want to let you know what they do, why we are grateful to have them in our community, and what you can do to get involved. 

Thankful for Home

We are thankful for the Connection Homeless Shelter.  This year they are celebrating 25 years. Founded in 1986, in the Salvation Army basement, the shelter was just a site to go to for two hot meals and a cot to sleep on.  In August of 1994 the former Tuckers restaurant at 511 N. Jeffers was donated and a permanent homeless shelter was established. This served as the shelter until after The Connection was able to raise money and purchase land.  They broke ground on their current building at 414 East 6th in 2009 and moved in July of 2010. The Connection provides housing to about 325 clients a year. Their mission is to provide the basic needs of the homeless and help each client move a step closer to home.  The Connection Homeless Shelter encourages long stays; they believe that the only real way to stop homelessness is to stop the homeless. Those who are constantly on the move do not generally have the motivation, resources or networks necessary to build a solid foundation for the future.

How can you help? Volunteer at their Thrift Store, serve a meal that they have prepared or bring in one you have made.  Coordinate a donation drive for items to sell at their Thrift Store, invite shelter residents to events at your church, adopt a family for an outing, or help fill a specific family need.  Their current needs list are laundry detergent, dish soap, deodorant, cleaning supplies, 13 gallon liners, over the counter medications such as band aids, hydrogen peroxide, Neosporin, and Benadryl.  For more information to find out how you can help, check The Connection’s website at

Thankful for Play

We are thankful and grateful for the places in our communities that inspire play, exploration and discovery for children and families. For 30 years, The Kearney Area Children’s Museum has served the Kearney community by providing quality experiences that include educational exhibits, special events and community activities. Every December, the museum also spreads the magic of Christmas through the Breakfast with Santa event, taking place this year on December 7th at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds from 8 am – 11 am.  Come dressed in your Christmas pajamas, enjoy a hot pancake breakfast, Christmas crafts, Story time and a variety of other special activities by a number of community partners.  We love to sponsor this event because not only does it bring families together, it is also a great example of what can be accomplished when the community bands together to help our children grow, learn and play.

As a non-profit organization, the KACM relies on community support, donations and volunteers to help them operate. If you believe in the work of the KACM, please consider making a contribution to the museum. A gift of time, money or supplies helps provide inspiring programs, themed events, new exhibits and more! Visit  to learn more!

To follow our Thankful and Grateful series visit our Facebook page or our Instagram page.  To learn more about our community involvement and how we give back visit our Giving Back page.