Charity and Community Involvement

Cornhusker Corvette Club Gives Back

Charity Fundraiser Events hosted by CCC Members
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Charity and Contributions This Year

CCC President Kevin Reit recieves a check for $2,500 for the West Region Scholorship Fund from CCC Competition Director Don Angeroth at the July meeting.

Thanks to all went to Petro's for dinner on July 18 to support the Humane Society.  Petrow's donated 15% of all dinners to this wonderful organization.

Charity and Contributions Last Year

Raised $7800.00 during a three hour car show at the 2016 NCCC convention and donated that amount to the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Omaha campus.

Bought new unwrapped toys and presented them to “Toys for Tots” in December, total value, $2480.00

Donated $1500.00 to “Moving Vets Forward”, a local organization that helps veterans who are in need.

Presented a check for $1000.00, to Saint Jude’s Hospital, the charity of choice for NCCC.
Donated $1000.00 to Southeast Community College, Lincoln Nebraska, to their automotive scholarship fund.

Awarded $1000.00 to Future Corvette Owners of America.

At the 2016 convention, Patriotic Productions had a display of our fallen veterans; we thanked them with a $500.00 check.

A $500.00 check was also presented to Daughters of the American Revolution, who at the same convention presented a pin to all that served in the armed services.

The local La Vista police department received a $500.00 contribution. 

Non perishable food is collected at each CCC General Meeting. Those items are given to the Stephen’s Center, a local shelter. In 2016 approximately $550.00 in canned and boxed food was donated.

Toiletries are collected for women’s homeless shelter in neighboring Council Bluffs, IA.

CCC hosted “Stamp out Polio Worldwide” movie night. $1000.00 donated.

Cornhusker Corvette Club Members In the News

Ron Hernandez Receives Jefferson Award
The local Fox television network has a monthly award for outstanding community service, and the December winner was CCC member Ron Hernandez.  Here is the article as it appears on their website.

OMAHA, Ne (FOX42 KPTM) —

Ron Hernandez isn't your average Joe.
  
He served in the army for 25 years, broke his back and leg and suffered a head injury.
  
However, he says his injuries don’t slow him down one bit. Instead, they motivate him.
   
"That's just my calling, to serve the community,” Hernandez said.
That’s why he started a group called Moving Veterans Forward in April of 2011.
   
He says if no one else will help, he will.
  
Every week, he moves homeless veterans into their new apartments with his truck.
He also gets donations, like furniture and dishes, and keeps them in storage.
   
That way, every veteran will have a fully furnished apartment at no charge.
   
“I feel that it's something that needs to be done," Hernandez said. "In five and a half years, we've moved 722 veterans."
He says that number will grow in the new year, but he has another plan under his sleeve: he wants to create a hangout spot for veterans.
  
Hernandez hopes his ideas will inspire others across the nation.


Member Spotlight
Article about CCC Member Steve Skidmore from the Omaha World Herald Newspaper


THE BUILDER

By Cindy Gonzalez / World-Herald staff writer
Monday, November 23, 2015


It was college information night at his son’s high school.

Steve Skidmore sat through hours of discussion about higher education options, but got stuck on one thought: What about the kids who aren’t college-bound?

His mind drifted back to his own graduation jitters. Where’s the compass, he wondered, for those not cut out for a career predicated on a four-year bachelor’s degree?

That Millard evening in 1994 turned out to be transformational all right — not only for son Eric, who was nudged toward the university route. But also for the father, who bounded down a path that over the next two decades would offer hundreds of local teens construction-related resources designed to connect them with a decent-paying job, even without a college degree.

Skidmore hasn’t been paid a dime, supporters say, for years of coordinating the Builders of the Future mentoring program he founded with the Metro Omaha Builders Association. (Especially early on, he pitched in his own cash to keep things running.)

Neither does his State Farm Insurance business benefit directly from the pipeline of skilled craftsmen the program aims to expand.

When asked why he does it, the Benson High alumnus says: “I was one of those kids.”
“If we have the ability to help them, why would you not?” he says.




















































For a guy who preferred to play elaborate pranks in school rather than study algebra, Skidmore has done the math: Twenty years later, he says, about $130,000 in scholarships have been awarded for additional training in industrial arts.

And more than 1,300 young people — on average 100 students a year — have become better builders through the initiative, which pairs participating schools and community partners with a professional mentor.
The program also provides construction materials so teens can engage in more hands-on experience. The capstone project has each group creating, from the ground up, a mini-house or shed.
Donations and mentors from places such as Andersen Windows flowed in only as Skidmore and other supporters beat the pavement seeking support, said Ted Grace of Grace Custom Homes, one of the big drivers behind the program.

It’s not all been smooth sailing.

When the housing market collapsed in 2008, so did Builders of the Future. Skidmore said he didn’t want to fold — “I was angry” — but acknowledged that many industry financial backers were in a slump. They were cutting workers, not hiring.

With the market churning again, Skidmore gladly stepped back when MOBA members asked for help reviving the program. He does it while running his own business.

“He takes such a personal interest, and doesn’t let go of it,” said Barry Larson, a retired general contractor. “He’s like a dog with an old bone.”

Grace said he and fellow builders hope the program helps to re-energize the short supply of skilled labor that worsened during the Great Recession.

This year, he said, support is better than ever. The nonprofit Builder Foundation run by MOBA and industry leaders will contribute up to $70,000 in materials and scholarships, said Larson, also the foundation’s executive director.

Skidmore recruited, and the foundation will cover, the salary of the program’s first paid facilitator, Kirk Skiles, a retired industrial technology teacher. The new post reflects the program’s maturity, and the intention to take it into more schools and “to the next level.”























“He takes such a personal interest, and doesn’t let go of it,” Barry Larson, a retired general contractor, said of Skidmore. “He’s like a dog with an old bone.” KENT SIEVERS/THE WORLD-HERALD

Skiles stressed that the program enhances classroom instruction already provided by traditional schoolteachers. The bonus comes, he said, as students connect with professional mentors — who have real­-world tips and jobs waiting.

This year, more than a dozen homebuilding professionals are volunteering to mentor the latest batch of participants: nine schools, a Goodwill Youthbuild group and a Metropolitan Community College class.
Skidmore kicks off each year with a visit to each school, and recently caught up with the Gretna High School vocational building construction class.

His adrenaline pumps when mingling with the next generation of builders. A self-described risk-taker — he loves rock crawling on four-wheelers — Skidmore likes to see the “light go on” when a kid who fidgets in math class easily figures the correct angle for a shed piece.

If a teen is eager to learn and work outdoors, Skidmore tells them: “I can get you a job that pays $18 an hour.”
 
Skidmore, who washed and sold cars before owning his own insurance business, explains that an entry-level framer or masonry job builds confidence and experience and can lead to more.

It’s not that he’s advising against college; his own two sons went. But if not, there’s an alternative: “Start as a carpenter. End up a Ted Grace (who owns a building company) or an insurance executive,” he said.

Dylan Berube, 17, said it’s the hands-on work that makes the class worthwhile. “It gives us real-world experience as opposed to being stuck at a desk,” said the senior who has enlisted in the U.S. Marines to work on aircraft mechanics.

Teacher Jason Novotny said the financial boost from Builders of the Future comes in handy, as not all schools have what can add up to $5,000 to build the type of playhouse constructed as part of the program.

After the class designs and constructs its mini-house project, it will market and sell the structure. Skidmore recommends the class use the proceeds to enhance the school’s shop program.

Previous participants have produced playhouses in the image of a firehouse and a log cabin. One looked like Mother Goose’s “Old Lady Who Lived in a Shoe” house.


On a different school visit, Skidmore, 62, glowed at a framed photo of a playhouse created by a class he mentored: a replica of a 1950s Sinclair service station.

Nothing beats the feeling of running into a former student, though, he said.

It happened recently when Skidmore helped his son pick up a refrigerator he bought through Craigslist. They didn’t know the seller’s identity, until Skidmore recognized her: Leslie Reimer from Bellevue East’s Class of 1995.


“He gave me a big hug,” Reimer said, and fussed over her being one of the first scholarship recipients.
Now 38, Reimer recalled being the only girl in her four years of shop classes. To this day, she has a wood shop in her garage, and has used her construction know-how to flip three houses.

Although Reimer went on to be a business coach, she said the career calls for teamwork, design and project management skills. They’re many of the same, she said, she honed while learning construction. What Reimer said she mostly gained from mentors like Skidmore, and the scholarships they offered, was confidence.


“It’s that intangible power of having somebody believe in you that really didn’t need to believe in you,” she said.



Seniors in the Gretna High School vocational building construction class construct a backyard shed as part of the Builders of the Future program, founded by Steve Skidmore with the Metro Omaha Builders Association. Working atop the shed are Jake McMahon, left, and Kyle Morbach; below them, from left, are Matt McMahon, Tyler Kudlacek, Dylan Berube and Justin Hines. KENT SIEVERS/THE WORLD-HERALD
“He takes such a personal interest, and doesn’t let go of it,” Barry Larson, a retired general contractor, said of Skidmore. “He’s like a dog with an old bone.” KENT SIEVERS/THE WORLD-HERALD