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ETRO AREA YOUTH FOUNDATION, INC. Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska Optimists uniting to improve the quality of life for children and their families.
HE METRO AREA YOUTH FOUNDATION (MAYF) was formed in 2006 by a group of Omaha-area Optimist Club members, who wanted to do more for families and children experiencing cancer. This all-volunteer group recognized that many organizations have been formed to help fight cancer, but there were not many resources available to the families who were in the middle of the fight.
GIVING OPPORTUNITIES: Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer Fundraiser • Corporate Sponsorship • Attend Event • Donate Items to Auction • Visit our Website at summerbashforccc.org • Mail a Check to MAYF, Inc., P.O. Box 540772, Omaha, NE 68154 • Call (402) 510-4083
Our goal is to allow the families to focus on the children, not the money they owe. We hope to provide a short-term financial bridge. Many of these families were already struggling financially; a cancer diagnosis can often mean that only one parent can continue to work, adding to the burden. In the past two years alone, we’ve been able to provide over 120 families a chance to keep the water and power on, rent to stay in their apartment, a mortgage payment to keep their home and a chance to keep life as stable and normal as possible.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: • Volunteers to assist with planning & executing annual fundraiser
The largest portion of funds raised is used by MAYF to directly pay for basic living expenses for families having financial difficulties while their child is being treated for cancer. We have established an application process and excellent relationship with the social workers at both hospitals who refer families with the most need. We pay rent, mortgage, water, gas, electricity, grocery, prescriptions, insurance and medical bills, and provide gas cards to defray transportation costs. We primarily assist families from Nebraska and Iowa.
• Volunteers to work MAYF sponsored events at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and at Camp Quality
Lastlly, we allocate funds to Camp CoHoLo and Camp Quality as we believe the camps provide invaluable experiences, allowing these kids to put cancer in the back seat and enjoy just being kids. Disbursements are also made to the children’s oncology departments at both Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. The funds are used for information packets given to newly diagnosed families and for small gift cards to gas stations for those struggling to pay for transportation to and from treatments.
METRO AREA YOUTH FOUNDATION, INC. P. O. Box 540772 • Omaha, NE 68154 Phone (402) 510-4083 summerbashforccc.org Board President: Gary Krebs To volunteer contact: Connie Mansfield • (402) 734-0270
WISH LIST: • Gift cards for gas stations, grocery stores and big-box retailers for families • Items for annual fundraising auction • Printing and promotion services
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Published on Jan 5, 2019