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 For Immediate Release

PACIFIC LIFE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $242,500 OF COMMUNITY GRANTS
IN GREATER OMAHA, NEBRASKA

 

Newport Beach, Calif. – (Jan. 24, 2012) – The Pacific Life Foundation announced today that 22 nonprofit agencies and nine K-12 schools serving the Greater Omaha, Nebraska area will receive $242,500 in grants.
 
Arts and Culture

  • Omaha Community Playhouse: A $5,000 grant for their core programs, which include ten annual theater productions and education and outreach programs to students and adults.
  • Omaha Performing Arts Society: A $10,000 grant that supports arts programming and services for a diverse audience, including the underserved populations in Omaha.
  • Omaha Zoo Foundation: A $10,000 grant to support the expansion of the Scott Aquarium Education Program at the zoo, which includes the development of curriculum focusing on new species recently added to the aquarium’s collection.


Civic, Community, and Environment

  • Nebraska Community Foundation: A $7,500 grant to support “Leadership Nebraska” which fosters leadership development of local citizens by energizing and advancing their skills to better understand and become involved in the issues and opportunities facing Nebraska.
  • The Groundwater Foundation: A $7,500 grant to support “Leap into Groundwater”, a collaborative program that inspires Nebraska Girl Scouts to take action to ensure sustainable clean groundwater is available for future generations.


Education

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Council Bluffs: A $10,000 grant to support “Reading is Key” which helps members increase their reading comprehension skills through the use of computer software, reading with a mentor, attending book fairs, and taking field trips to the library.
  • Completely Kids: A $10,000 grant to support the “Teen Leadership Empowerment Achievement Program” for troubled youth. It focuses on academics, careers, service learning, and mentoring to ensure they graduate from high school and attend college.
  • Inclusive Communities: A $7,500 grant will help provide their human relations education and leadership development program at eleven Omaha area high schools.
  • Literacy Center for the Midlands: A $7,500 grant to support their adult and family literacy program that provides free, comprehensive literacy services for residents in the Metro Omaha community.
  • Nebraska Council on Economic Education: A $5,000 grant to help the council carry out its mission to ensure that all Nebraska K-12 students receive a solid education in economics.
  • Omaha Children’s Museum: A $10,000 grant to support the updating of the “Discovery Dome Mobile Planetarium Outreach Program” which educates students in math and science at low-performing schools.
  • Omaha Theater Company/The Rose Theater: A $7,500 grant to help underwrite the cost of school field trips to thetheater for students to experience dance productions and live theater.

In addition to the educational grants above, the Foundation’s 3T’s of Education program will contribute the following grants to K-12 schools where there are concentrations of children or grandchildren of Pacific Life employees. A 3T’s of Education grant must be designated in one of the following areas: Teacher Training, Textbooks, or Technology:

  • Bellevue East High School – Bellevue, NE: $1,500
  • Lewis Central Middle School – Council Bluffs, IA: $1,500
  • Millard West High School – Omaha, NE: $2,500
  • Ronald Reagan Elementary School – Omaha, NE: $2,500
  • Rose Hill Elementary School – Omaha, NE: $3,500
  • Saint Albert Catholic Elementary School – Council Bluffs, IA: $2,500
  • Titan Hill Intermediate School – Council Bluffs, IA: $1,500
  • West Dodge Station Elementary School – Elkhorn, NE: $1,500
  • Westbrook Elementary School – Omaha, NE: $3,000


Health and Human Services

  • Assistance League of Omaha: A $5,000 grant to support Operation School Bell which provides new clothing to 3,000 school-aged children in need.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands: A $10,000 grant to support the “Community-Based Mentoring Program” in Douglas County. The program matches adult mentors with vulnerable children to establish a one-to-one relationship that changes the lives of the children for the better.
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Omaha: A $50,000 capital grant to support their $2.5 million “Providing Help Creating Hope” campaign to expand and/or renovate Catholic Charities’ shelter for abused women, an addiction recovery center for the uninsured, and two multi-purpose neighborhood centers located in low-income areas in Omaha.
  • Girls Incorporated of Omaha: A $10,000 grant to support the “Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy Program” which provides girls with a vision of how bright the world could look if they choose a path other than teen motherhood.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Omaha: A $10,000 grant to support the construction of new homes for low-income families in need of affordable housing.
  • HELP Adult Services: A $7,500 grant to support their program which allows low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Omaha access to free medical equipment that is prescribed by their physicians.
  • Mercy Housing Nebraska: A $5,000 grant to support the “Resident Services Program” which provides shelter, food, and life skills training for homeless families.
  • OneWorld Community Health Centers: A $10,000 grant to support the Caremobile, a mobile dental clinic that travels to schools throughout Omaha to provide dental care to students who might otherwise go without due to lack of insurance.
  • Youth Care & Beyond: A $10,000 grant to help underwrite affordable housing and independent living skills for developmentally disabled youth and adults.
  • Youth Emergency Services: A $7,500 grant for the Street Outreach Program, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living Program, and Maternity Group Home for homeless youth.

The Pacific Life Foundation also announced a pledge to contribute a total of $560,000 towards marine mammal education, conservation, and research efforts throughout 2012. In addition, the Pacific Life Foundation continues to provide a robust matching gift program for Pacific Life employees, matching donations up to $5,000 per employee to their local United Way, up to $2,000 per employee to institutions of higher education, and up to $500 per employee to nonprofits. 
 
Annual funding of grants allows the Pacific Life Foundation to respond to a broad spectrum of community needs by partnering with nonprofit agencies that serve a large geographic area.  Contributions are made primarily in areas with large concentrations of Pacific Life employees.  Currently, Pacific Life has approximately 260 employees working in its regional business center in Omaha, Nebraska. The Pacific Life Good Guys, an employee volunteer group, worked at 10 events with Greater Omaha area nonprofits during 2011.

The Pacific Life Foundation was established in 1984. Together with Pacific Life, the Foundation has contributed donations totaling over $68.3 million to thousands of nonprofits. It expects to contribute $5.6 million in grants to nonprofits throughout 2012.  For more information about the Pacific Life Foundation, visit its website at www.PacificLifeFoundation.com.

Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients. For additional company information, including current financial strength ratings, visit Pacific Life online at www.PacificLife.com.

Pacific Life refers to Pacific Life Insurance Company and its affiliates, including Pacific Life & Annuity Company. Client count as of May 2011 is compiled by Pacific Life using the 2011 FORTUNE 500® list.