Fearless Grants Awarded to Nebraska Nonprofits

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) will be awarding Fearless Grants focused on mental health services to Lutheran Family Services’ At Ease program in Grand Island and the North Platte Community College Foundation. 

The At Ease program will receive the grant on Monday, March 27 at 10 a.m. at Lutheran Family Services in Grand Island. (Address: 1811 West 2nd Street, Suite 440). The North Platte Community College Foundation will receive the grant at 2 p.m., North Platte Community College south campus. (Address: 601 West State Farm Road, Health and Science Center).

“If we at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska can shine a light on and recognize some of the great work being done throughout the state to improve the health and vibrancy of our citizens, we are proud to do so,” Steve Grandfield, BCBSNE executive vice president said.  “Supporting health and wellness initiatives such as these that can make such an impact on people’s lives, is an important part of our mission.”

Each Fearless Grant is focused on championing inspirational, motivational and aspirational work throughout the state.  The grants span BCBSNE’s social responsibility focus areas of health and wellness, human services and education. After reviewing the grant applications, the BCBSNE corporate social responsibility committee awarded $28,000 to three programs focused on different, yet vital, services to veterans and students.

“The organizations serving mental health needs are providing game-changing services set to achieve great results for the clients they serve,” Marjorie Maas, BCBSNE’s director of corporate social responsibility, said.

At Ease provides peer support and behavioral health therapy for veterans, active duty military members and their loved ones.  The Lutheran Family Services program was awarded $10,000 to help mend lives suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health struggles. 

Mid-Plains Community College is seeking to create a unified approach to preventing suicide, mitigating suicide ideation, and suicide intervention at college campus locations and their greater campus communities.  BCBSNE’s $8,146 grant will help make this program a reality with the help of the North Platte Community College Foundation.

Omaha Public Schools Foundation, in partnership with Methodist Health Foundation, was awarded $10,000 to support mental health counseling in Omaha middle and high schools.

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