As Director of Strategic Partnerships, one of my tasks is to find organizations that align with our values. One organization that is true to their mission and lives it out every day is The Junior League of Omaha. Their mantra is Women Building Better Communities. They build these communities by promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
Back in February, I had the pleasure of speaking at their monthly general membership meeting. This night was important as the League was rolling out their new focus, in three different areas under food access: hunger and access to healthy foods, including abuse in women and children and Opportunity Youth. The other program the JLO is so passionate about is their done in a day events, which allows them to work in areas outside of food access and still stay true to their mission.
As I write these words, I am reminded of the time when my family went to the movies to see Wonder Woman. My daughter Kailin, nine years old, sat next to me and watched in awe, you see up to this time we had seen all of these other wonderful movies that depicted only men as superheroes. She was witnessing a “shero”, someone beautiful, bold, and assertive. She was watching a person that was not only strong but also steadfast in her convictions and passionate about saving the world.
The women of Junior League Omaha are what I call The “League of Extraordinary Shero’s”. They are professionals, wives, and mothers yet they find the time to give more of themselves to great causes. Over the past few months, the Junior League has sent teams of 4-5 women every week, under the coordination of Shannon Lang, Food Access Chair. This organization is special not because I say so. They truly live out what Wonder Woman said as my daughter and I watched the movie “It is not about what we deserve it’s is about what we believe.” These are truly wonderful women!
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