Great Works


After The Storm There Is A Rainbow

A reminder of hope delivered through love and service Nebraska style

Stop for a moment. Take a deep breath and listen. What do you hear? After the storm there is silence. There is shock. Numerous EF-3 tornadoes impacted eastern Nebraska on Friday April 26. Areas of Lincoln, Waverly, Elkhorn, Waterloo, Bennington, and Blair all received significant damage. Hundreds of homes and businesses have been leveled. Devastation is widespread. Less than a week has passed and when you now stop for a moment and listen the silence has been replaced with teamwork, hope, love and service. After the storm there is Rainbow.

 

Hundreds of relief agencies, first responders, and volunteers of all ages and skills are clamoring and chattering as they partner up and come together to meet any and every need they can. One of these dynamic teams of volunteers is our Nebraska Rainbow family. Led and directed by the adult leadership of Elkhorn/Waterloo Assembly #38 and Benson Diana Assembly #2 (Omaha) Nebraska Rainbow is partnering with first responders in the area and the Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkhorn to facilitate, prepare, and hand over for distribution VOLUNTEER PACKS. More than 800 have already been prepared this week. They are quite simple, a bag with two bottles of water and two prepackaged snacks. Their impact is huge as the demanding physical exertion experienced by all the workers can be given encouragement, refreshment and much needed hydration. A simple gift of love and service that is growing rapidly.

 

This story is just beginning. Five of Nebraska’s assemblies took part Wednesday night May 1 for their second Packing Party.  Donations and support have already come from six Nebraska Eastern Star Chapters, Lodges and DeMolay Chapters. Dollars are flowing in to continue to facilitate the ability to buy more supplies for packaging. Today a truck load of deliveries is heading to Waterloo from central Nebraska. The third Packing Party will be Sunday May 5.

 

Members, Pledges and Siblings in Wednesday Night Packing Party #2

 

One bag at a time makes an impact.

Bags growing into filled boxes.

 

All together we share love and service.

 

No job TOO BIG!

No hands too small!

 

Together we make a difference.

After the storm there is a Rainbow.



Schertz #280 & Pledge Group # 19 honored our hometown heroes with gift baskets they made themselves. Wketsith money from their soda sales, they bought the baskets,painted them,blue for police,red for fire department and white for EMS.  They then filled the baskets with goodies like gum,cookies, granola bars etc.and delivered them to each department on 13th September,2020.


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Our Supreme Assembly has had the "GWA Wall of Fame" on the third floor of our International Temple just outside our Assembly Room — for decades.  The purpose of the wall is to showcase those serving their jurisdiction for the current year as Grand Worthy Advisor.  Recently, the Supreme Temple Committee had a work day which included 33 adults (from Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana and Nevada) and 4-5 active Rainbow Members.  Among other tasks, the girls were asked to straighten and dust this display. Their creativity took their task one step further by rearranging them in this beautiful format, placing our founder, the Rev. W. Mark Sexson, at the center.  Thank you, girls.


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W. Farmington Assembly #116 in Ohio recently volunteered to run the children's table at the Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention held at Mill Creek Park in Youngstown. The  girls provided face painting and supervised the games & crafts.  By participating in the Out of the Darkness Walks, they join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. For more information on how you can volunteer visit the AFSP at https://afsp.donordrive.com/ If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-271-8255 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.



Rainbow Girls Do Great Work

Each year, Rainbow Girls from across the globe work hard to make a difference by servicing the below list of awesome organizations. Please, show your support! Click on any of the links to learn about their work and see how you can help out.