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The North Bend Eagle


UP pitches in to build library

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 3/23/11

North Bend Library Foundation was one of 43 nonprofit organizations in Nebraska and Iowa to received funds from the Union Pacific Foundation. The UP Foundation is granting $7.4 million in 2011 to continue funding the Principals’ Partnership, which go to 49 schools, and projects for nonprofit organizations. The local project is receiving $10,000.

The Principals’ Partnership is a resource to 1,000 public high schools in 21 states. Additionally, the foundation is providing grants to 760 charitable organizations in 22 states.

Grants totaling $1,040,000 will continue the Principals’ Partnership and fund several projects of nonprofit organizations in Nebraska. The total is $197,450 in Iowa.

Brenda Mainwaring, Director of Public Affairs, corporate relations, for Nebraska and Iowa, was in North Bend Monday to present the check to Library Foundation president Jana Post. Also along for the presentation were foundation members Cheryl Kavan, Deanna Wolf, Pat Beebe and Bernard Larson.

“The Union Pacific Railroad has always been a big part of our community,” Larson said. “This is one more way we benefit from their presence. We really appreciate their donation.”

For more that 50 years the Union Pacific Foundation has upheld the tradition of supporting community and civic programs. Grants to non profit organizations support community, cultural, and health and human services.

The North Bend Library Foundation continues to accept donations to help pay for items not in the general construction contract. Wolf gives examples such as landscaping, book shelves, furniture, desks, special storage needs, stackable chairs for the community room, a projector and screen and computers.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to the North Bend Library Foundation, P.O. Box 56, North Bend, NE 68649.

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