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We are so excited with the progress of the Snow Redfern Foundation!  In most cases, change is hard for everyone involved, and I have to be honest, we’ve had challenges along the way.  One of the accomplishments we are proud of is the development of a new website:  snowredfern.org.   As you can see, this work is still in process, but we will keep you posted as to its completion.  Please come back and visit us regularly to check our progress.   As you well know, this type of technology is the future – just as the knowledge that the vision of Mrs. Redfern will be carried on by the Board of the Snow-Redfern Foundation.   Your patience with our transition is greatly appreciated, as are the continued donations and memorials that demonstrate your desire to make a difference for today’s youth.  It is important to understand that together we need to continue to build the foundation, which in turn will provide unending support for those who deserve a chance at an opportunity in a difficult world.

   This is why it is SO important that you understand that the Snow Redfern Foundation will use their resources to provide support for organizations, which will in turn provide direct services to youth and families.  These services will be in the form of training and education.  Your support will allow us to leverage funding and produce multiple returns on YOUR investment in youth.  

    A great example of the efforts of the SRF is our work with Teen Challenge, a highly regarded international organization that will be occupying the former NBR campus.  Our Board has pledged to assist in helping Teen Challenge in its first year of development.  The cooperative effort of the two organizations is proving that we will succeed, not only through the transition, but well into a bright, promising future. We have truly been blessed with cooperation and mutual insights as we work together for the future benefit of youth who will become part of the legacy of Mrs. Redfern’s vision.  

Sooooo…what are we doing now?


It’s amazing how many times the above question has been asked of me individually, and of the Snow-Redfern Memorial Foundation, in the past two years.  I continue to receive mail inquiring about the status of our Foundation and of our former residential program.  So let me try to clarify what we currently are doing.


When we had the residential program, serving male adolescents, here are just SOME of the services provided on a daily basis.  We would: care for youth, provide clothing, provide food, recreation activities, support the education of youth, provide spiritual guidance, consult with adults who cared for youth (especially the families), provide guidance for every day living activities to be used for a lifetime, transportation, provide warm safe places to live, see that youth received counseling services for social issues, behavioral issues, and addiction disorders, and above all keep loving kids.  Keep in mind these are SOME of the services we provided.  This list could go on forever.  WOULD IT SURPRISE YOU TO FIND OUT THAT WE PROVIDE THESE SAME SERVICES  TODAY?  Yes, even though we no longer have a residential program, we are able to provide assistance to so many organizations that are provide all, and many more, of these services listed above.  Please look at the article in this Ramrod for more details on who these organizations are.  


Sooooo…in answer to your question, we CONTINUE to help youth and their families who are less fortunate than others, or who have had some misfortune in their lives.  I am stressing this at this time, as it was very easy for supporters to give to something that was so tangible and easy to visualize.  What the SRMF does now is more difficult to wrap your mind around, as you don’t see the kids on horseback (oh, but yes you do…look at our web page).  You don’t see kids with big smiles getting snow boots (oh, but you do…see the website).  I hope you get the point, that through grants we are helping kids as we have for 45 years, and will continue to do so forever.  Sooooo… we need your continued support.  It has been difficult for the past two years, as donations have dwindled seriously, some of our costs continue.  We hope you will consider reengaging your giving. By doing so, we can congregate donations, which will leverage your contributions and further expand the assistance we are able to provide to organizations helping kids!  Our look is different our outcomes are the same, as is our address.


Oh, as for what I am doing these days?  Much the same as before, as it is my task to keep you informed and move the Foundation ahead, a task I truly love.  I’ve been blessed!

SNOW-REDFERN FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS FOR 2016


The Snow-Redfern Foundation, of Alliance, Nebraska, has awarded grants for the 2016 year.  Forty-three organizations across the state of Nebraska, and 21 different communities received grants.  These organizations have demonstrated through their applications that they provide direct services to youth and families.  

This has ensured that the Mission Statement of the Foundation is being achieved, in that they continue to meet the wishes of Mrs. Redfern, by caring for those less fortunate.  Each organization has already received their funds and are able to use them for programs they have defined in their application.  Once the funds have been used, they share information back to the Foundation, as to how the money was specifically used.


Here are the Organizations, alphabetical and by city, that received funds:


ALLIANCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS/ALTERNATIVE HS – Alliance

ALLIANCE SPARTANS BASEBALL - Alliance

ALLIANCE TEAM MATES - Alliance

AMERICAN RED CROSS – Grand Island

ANACOVA EMPOWERMENT PILOT PROJECT - Scottsbluff

BOX BUTTE COUNTY FAMILY FOCUS - Alliance & Hemingford  

BOX BUTTE HEALTH FOUNDATION - Alliance         

BRIDGEPORT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY - Bridgeport

BUCKBOARD THERAPEUTIC RIDING ACADEMY - Gering

BULLDOG BACK PACK PROGRAM - Alliance

BULLDOGS COMMITTED - Bridgeport

CAMP ROCK - Bridgeport

CASA CONNECTION-Columbus

CASA OF FILMORE COUNTY – Geneva

CASA/MARLAND LIVING – Hastings

CASA OF NORTHEAST NEBRASKA - Norfolk

CASA OF SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA - Hastings

CHEYENNE COUNTY CASA - Sidney

CIRRUS HOUSE - Scottsbluff

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERS (CAPWYN) - Gering

COMPASS – Kearney

CONNECTION HOMELESS SHELTER – North Platte

COOL KIDS CLUB/NO LIMITS AFTER SCHOOL- Sidney

CORNHUSKER COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS - Walton

DAWSON/GOSPER COUNTIES CASA – Lexington

FAMILIES CARE, INC. - Kearney

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH DIAPER DEPOT - Scottsbluff

KIMBALL TEAM MATES - Kimball

LEXINGTON SCHOOLS BACKPACK PROGRAM - Lexington

NEBRASKA LUTHERAN OUTDOOR MINISTRIES – Lodgepole

NEBRASKA MINORITY RESOURCE CENTER - Gordon

PANHANDLE PARTNERSHIP FOR HHS - Chadron

PARENT TO PARENT NETWORK - Norfolk

PRAIRIE LOFT CENTER - Hastings

SALVATION ARMY – North Platte

SCOTTSBLUFF COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS– Scottsbluff area

SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA YOUTH FOR CHRIST – Lincoln

SPEAK OUT SCOTTSBLUFF - Scottsbluff

UNITED WAY OF WESTERN NEBRASKA – Box Butte/Dawes Counties

WESTERN COMMUNITY HEALTH RESOURCES - Chadron

YMCA OF THE PRAIRIE – Holdrege

YWCA ADAMS COUNTY - Hastings

YOUNG LIFE – Alliance


One goal of the Snow Redfern Foundation is to expand how much is awarded each year, as well as increase the number of organizations that receive awards.  As the investments grow, the amounts awarded can be increased.

If you have questions about this process, or comments you would like to share, please send them to srf@bbc.net or phone 308-762-6370 to speak with Stan Bills, the Executive Director for the Foundation.

SNOW-REDFERN FOUNDATION ELECTS NEW DIRECTORS

AND NEW OFFICERS


At the 2016 Annual Board of Directors Meeting for the Snow-Redfern Foundation, two new Directors elected.  Ken Thompson (left) is a returning Director, having served two prior 3 year terms.  Mr. Thompson is employed at Farm Credit Services of America, in Alliance.  He brings previous board experience, leadership skills, and experience in finance matters to our Board of Directors.  Calvin Tolstedt (right) is a Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and is employed at the Alliance Animal Clinic.  Dr. Tolstedt will complete a two year term, and is new to the Board.  Our Board is continually seeking young community leaders, with new ideas, and he will bring that to discussions.  Both gentlemen will be eligible for a second three year term. They were asked to serve based upon what Board Members perceived as positive skill sets that will enhance the effectiveness of our Board of Directors.

Selected to serve as the Foundation’s officers for this coming year were: (pictured from left to right)


Robyn Iossi – President   


Kevin Wilkinson – Treasurer


Susan Unzicker – Secretary


Bill Reno – Vice-President



In our FIFTH year of following the newly created, and ever evolving, MISSION STATEMENT we again are breaking new ground.  But perhaps the greatest achievement is seeing so many more smiles of children, and their parents, across the State of Nebraska.  Proudly we shared with FORTY-TWO organizations, in TWENTY-ONE communities in Nebraska.  As always we wish to provide more grants, to more groups, in more communities.  So PLEASE share our web site with anyone you know who is involved in an organization that is sharing our MISSION to help kids!

Also, the growth and development of our Board of Directors is amazing.  It becomes more active and involved each year.  This too has been a process, or evolution, as we learn more and more about what it takes to be a GRANT PROVIDING FOUNDATION.  The high level of skills and talent that we have gathered as a Board of Directors is amazing.  This is a great compliment to the COMMUNITY OF ALLIANCE.  We have an abundance of very talented, skilled and CARING people who live in Alliance!


SNOW-REDFERN FOUNDATION SUPPORTS CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH RIDE



May is officially Mental Health Awareness Month. Many organizations and individuals find creative ways to raise awareness for the need to expand services for those who have emotional and behavioral issues.  Once again, a Pony Express Ride will be held from May 17th through May 20th, with the sole purpose of bringing attention to this great need.  This involves riding from one end of the state, to the other, accepting letters that ask Nebraska officials at all levels to be aware of the needs of our children and have it become a priority to provide preventive services in all communities.    


For the 10th year, Snow-Redfern Foundation of Alliance, is fully involved in the Pony Express Ride to raise awareness of needs in the area of children’s mental health. Each year the Foundation has found ways to partner with Family Organization, and the Nebraska Eagle Riders, to conduct a motorcycle ride across Nebraska.  This year they will provide hamburgers and hot dogs at the Family Organization’s picnic, in Lincoln, at the conclusion of a week-long celebration.  Several hundred family members, and their children, will gather on the steps of the Capitol on the final day (Saturday, May 20th) to receive letters from the Eagle Riders that have been collected along the ride.  These letters are delivered to elected officials at the highest level, asking them to be aware of the great need for mental health services for children in Nebraska.  


This ride is open to the public, and anyone wanting to ride along, is very welcome.  Some riders make the entire trip, but others get involved in segments of the ride.  This year, riders from the Alliance Eagle Rider Chapter, Kearney Chapter, Scottsbluff/Gering Chapter, Holdrege Chapter, and 4 Metro Chapters (Omaha area) will participate.  Riders from BACA, Christian Motorcycle Association, American Legion Riders, Vulcan Riders, Blue Knights, Red Knights, and  Chrome Divas Club (Omaha) have all been invited to ride along.  It is anticipated that this will be one of the largest rides we have ever conducted.     


The Snow Redfern Foundation’s board of directors has approved the use of a new logo that honors the organization’s roots.

Since the closure of Nebraska Boys Ranch in 2009, the Foundation has struggled with public perception.  While the Nebraska Boys Ranch was a forefront-of-the-mind organization, the Snow Redfern Foundation -- which created the Nebraska Boys Ranch in 1965 -- had taken a back seat in identity.  

“In rebranding our foundation, we are reclaiming our roots and expanding the SRF legacy,” explained Executive Director Stan Bills.  “Now that Teen Challenge of the Midlands Boys Ranch on the Oregon Trail is no longer in operation, we shall return to using Nebraska Boys Ranch synonymously with Snow Redfern Foundation.  I believe it helps connect the dots!”

The evolution of the logo is the result of several brainstorming sessions held by SRF board members.

Recently, SRF awarded monetary grants to over 80 Nebraska organizations that assist at-risk youth.

“We continue to fulfill the dream of Mrs. Arvilla Snow-Redfern of assisting Nebraska children,” Bills added.   “Through careful financial planning and the generosity of those who have given to the foundation, this year we are able to support several thousand children.”


For more information on the Snow Redfern Foundation, log on to snowredfern.org.



SNOW-REDFERN FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS FOR 2017


The Snow-Redfern Foundation, of Alliance, Nebraska, has awarded grants for the 2017 year 82 organizations across the state of Nebraska, and 27 different communities.  These organizations have demonstrated through their applications that they serve needy youth and families. The grants are only given to organizations that provide direct services for youth.  This has ensured that the Mission Statement of the Foundation is being achieved, in that they continue to meet the wishes of Mrs. Redfern, by caring for those less fortunate.  Each organization will be receiving their funds in November, and are able to use them for programs they have defined in their application.  Once the funds have been used, they share information back to the Foundation, how the money was specifically used. Here are the Organizations, by region, that received funds. Please take a moment to see if an organization in your community has received a grant.


2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS BY AREA


ALLIANCE, BRIDGEPORT AND HEMINGFORD

Alliance Area YMCA (now Alliance Recreation Center)

Alliance Arts Council

Alliance Old Timers Baseball

Alliance Public Schools/Alternative School

Alliance Spartans Baseball

Alliance TeamMates Mentoring

Alliance Young Life

Box Butte Health Foundation – BB Co.

Box Butte Family Focus – BB Co.

Carnegie Arts Center - Alliance

East Pointe Horspice - Alliance

United Way of Northern Nebraska  

Bridgeport Friends of the Library

Bridgeport Public School/ TeamMates

Camp Rock - Bridgeport


SCOTTSBLUFF AND GERING

Ancova Empowerment Pilot Program - Scottsbluff

Carpenter Center – SB/Gering/Terrytown

Cirrus House – SB/Gering

Community Action Partners (CAPWYN) – SB/Gering

Cooperative Ministries Back Pack Program - SB

Diaper Depot/First Baptist Church – Scottsbluff

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Panhandle

Lifelink Foundation - Scottsbluff

Northfield Church Backpack Program - Gering

Panhandle Partnerships - Panhandle

Summer Program Handicapped Children/Camp Scott

TeamMates of Scottsbluff County – SB County




GRAND ISLAND, HASTINGS, KEARNEY, HOLDREGE,

LEXINGTON, BROKEN BOW

Adams County Teen Court/Diversion - Hastings

American Red Cross – Grand Island

CASA of Dawson/Gosper Counties – Lex/Goth

CASA of South Central Nebraska - Hastings

CASA/Maryland Living Center - Hastings

Central Plains Center for Services – Broken Bow

Compass - Kearney

Families Care, Inc. - Kearney

His Supply House - Hastings

Lexington Public Schools/After School Program - Lex

Lexington Public Schools/Homeless Education - Lex

Open Table/Food 4 Thought - Hastings

Prairie Loft Center - Hastings

Todd Becker Foundation - Kearney

YMCA of Adams County - Hastings

YMCA of the Prairie - Holdrege

YWCA of Adams County – Hastings


CHADRON, GORDON, RUSHVILLE

Board of Regents/UNL/Dawes Co.

Chadron Community Hospital/Health Services – Chadron

Gordon/Rushville After School Program

Nebraska Extension/Careers Program – Rushville

Nebraska Extension/STEM Program – Rushville/Gordon

Nebraska Minority Resource Center – Rushville/Gordon

Sheridan County Junior Leaders – Sheridan County  

Western Community Health Resources – Chadron


KIMBALL, SIDNEY, LODGEPOLE

CASA of Cheyenne County – Cheyenne County

Cool Kids Club/No Limits After School Program – Sidney

Kimball TeamMates – Kimball

Ne. Lutheran Outdoor Ministries/Sullivan Hills – Lodgepole

Table of Grace Mobile Food Pantry - Sidney  


NORTH PLATTE, OGALLALA

Connection Homeless Shelter – N. Platte

N. Platte Schools Kids Club After School Program

Ogallala Women’s Resource Center – Ogallala

Salvation Army – N. Platte


OMAHA, LINCOLN, YORK, ASHLAND, GENEVA

African Culture Connection – Omaha

Ashland Kids Cupboard – Ashland

CASA of Fillmore County – Geneva

Collective for Youth After School Program – Omaha

Cornhusker Council, Boy Scouts – Lincoln

Families Inspiring Families – Lincoln

Girl Scouts, Spirit of Nebraska – Lincoln

Nebraska Family Support Network – Omaha

Omaha Conservatory of Music – Omaha

We Can Do This – Lincoln

Willard Community Center, A Corp – Lincoln

YMCA of Lincoln – Lincoln

York Public Schools After School Program – York

Youth for Christ - Lincoln  


COLUMBUS, NORFOLK, DAVID CITY

CASA Connection – Columbus

CASA of North East Nebraska – Norfolk

Columbus After School Program – Columbus

Genesis Personal Development Center – David City

Parent to Parent Network – Norfolk

Youth for Christ – Columbus

Zone After School Program - Norfolk

 


One goal of the Foundation is to expand how much is awarded each year, as well as increase the number of organizations that receive awards.  As the investments grow, the amounts awarded can be increased.  If you have questions about this process, or comments you would like to share, please send them to srf@bbc.net or phone 308-760-1416 to speak with Stan Bills, the Executive Director for the Foundation.  You may also visit our website at www.snowredfern.org.


SNOW-REDFERN FOUNDATION ELECTS NEW DIRECTORS

AND NEW OFFICERS


At the 2017 Annual Board of Directors Meeting for the Snow-Redfern Foundation, three new Directors elected.  Donna Jones has served in the financial field for several years and works at the Bank of the West.  Brooke Shelmadine works at Box Butte General Hospital and holds the position of Executive Director for their Foundation. Nathan Jaggers is an attorney and has his own practice in Alliance.  Two will be eligible to serve 2 three-year terms and one will serve a 3-year term, with all being eligible for re-election after 3 years.  They were asked to serve based upon what Board Members perceived as positive skill sets that will enhance the effectiveness of our Board of Directors. Our Board is continually seeking young community leaders, with new ideas, and we are confident that they will bring that to our discussions.

Also elected at our annual meeting, to serve as the Foundation’s officers for this coming year were:


Robyn Iossi – President   

Jared Mracek – Vice-President

Ken Thompson - Treasurer

Susan Unzicker – Secretary


Leaving Director’s positions, after many years of service were:  Bill Reno – Vice President, Kevin Wilkinson – Treasurer, and John Adam – Director.  Mr. Reno and Mr. Wilkinson both served two, three-year terms and served as officers for many of those years.  Mr. Adam was on his third three-year term and decided to resign to allow he, and his wife Ann, time to travel. He also had served several years as President of the Board.  These three gentlemen will be greatly missed, for their leadership and commitment to the Mission of Snow Redfern Foundation.