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Need for Donations Never Ends
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record

The general public often doesn’t know all that the legal community does on a volunteer basis. Lawyers give of their time, expertise and money in many ways. Besides the tremendous amount of pro-bono work they do, they also respond to calls for help.
In one case, The Lydia House/Open Door Mission put out the call for diapers/pull-ups and McGrath North’s law firm responded with a gift of more than 80,000 of them over the past four years.
Brenda Jenny, the firm’s director of business development and marketing, said, “The firm has been donating diapers/pull-ups to The Lydia House/Open Door Mission for four years. This year, we collected over 16,000 pull-ups.   
“We always hold an internal contest between floors, to spur on the competitive drive that we all have. The winning floor receives a catered lunch, but for the past two years, the winning team forgoes the lunch and we use those monies to buy more diapers.”
In 2013 the firm created a Philanthropy Committee called Outreach 365 that runs and manages some of its donation efforts, Jenny said. She has been a co-chair of the committee since its inception.
“Some of the other non-profits we have supported in the past include the Salvation Army (Adopt-a-Family/Fan Drive), Youth Emergency Services, Hope Center for Kids, Heartland Family Services, Food Bank for the Heartland, Completely Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Rebuilding Together Omaha, Sienna Francis House, Inner Beauty at Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center and a few others,” she noted.
The mission statement of Outreach 365 gives a clear picture of McGrath North’s intentions:
“McGrath North believes that we have a responsibility to contribute time, skills and necessary resources to improve the quality of life of the people who live in the metro Omaha community.
“It is the mission of Outreach 365 to lead volunteer efforts at the local level in a way that fosters community involvement, staff interaction and enhances and/or maintains needed human services.
“McGrath North is proud to embrace the idea that by serving the less advantaged, we can indeed make a difference in our community.”
Ronald McDonald House
The members of the Omaha Legal Professionals Association (OLPA) have long sought causes to support, one of them being the Ronald McDonald House. Recently, they received a cry for help. They are temporarily housed at the UNO Scott Campus, while their House is being renovated and expanded. They have a need for many items, specifically paper and plastic items for the kitchen, and especially gift cards and household and food items. A complete wish list is provided, one that is not only applicable now, but year-round.
Of course the Ronald McDonald House will accept monetary donations to their building fun as well. They have currently raised $9,817,788 of their  $10,300,000 goal.
OLPA has stepped up to the plate to help by collecting donations from members and friends – including anyone in the legal community.
Deborah Hubbs, PLS, at Erickson Sederstrom said, “Ronald McDonald House stated, ‘We could not operate without generous donations from the community. While families are asked to contribute $15 a night for their stay, no family is ever turned away for inability to pay. It costs Ronald McDonald House Charities $120 per night to provide a room for a family. Your donations help bridge that gap.’”
A deadline of July 13 has been established by OLPA and items may be dropped off at two sites: The Daily Record, 3323 Leavenworth Street, or Erickson | Sederstrom law firm at 10330 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 100.  Items may be left at either location Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
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