Omaha volunteer group to end work
because of dwindling funds
Jay Withrow / World-Herald
A volunteer group that has served the Omaha area for more than 35 years
says it is ending its efforts.
The Heartland Council of Pioneers/Volunteers, originally started by AT&T
workers at the old Millard Western Electric plant near 120th and L
Streets, said its funds donated by corporate sponsors are running out.
Jacob’s House, a separate volunteer organization, will handle some of
the group’s projects before all funds run dry, officials said.
The Heartland Council produced more than 35,000 Hug-a-Bears and
thousands of handmade items, such as quilts, knitted hats, scarves,
mittens and booties along with saddle bags for walkers, pet blankets and
afghans, officials said. All of the items were donated to children in
stress, hospitals and other groups.
The Heartland Council was recognized two years ago by Serve Nebraska as
the Volunteer Group of the Year.
Volunteers with the organization will continue to support charitable
initiatives, such as bell-ringing for the Salvation Army, officials
The Heartland Council’s many efforts included painting roughly
20-by-30-foot U.S. maps on school playgrounds. The organization said it
would donate two U.S. map templates to any group willing to take up the
painting project. Contact WolkinsBob@yahoo.com for