The mission of the Munroe-Meyer Guild is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities through fundraising for the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute. Over the past 40 –plus years, the major fundraiser for the Munroe-Meyer Guild has been the annual garden walk held in June. Proceeds from that event and others total more than $1 million over the past four decades. These funds that are generated through the Garden Walk are used to help fund programs at the Institute that might otherwise go unfulfilled.
The Munroe-Meyer Guild Garden Walk is held the second Sunday each year. Tickets sales will be online around the first of May. We are thrilled with the five gardens that we will showcase this year. Attached are photos of each to give you a glimpse of the unique and beautiful settings. 2014 Gardens
The Munroe-Meyer Guild supports innovative projects and training at the Institute including the following grants awarded in 2014:
- PEERS for Young Adults, and Evidence-Based Social Skills Program: This grant will address the social skills needed to make friends that will assist in the successful transition to young adulthood for youth with disabilities through a facilitated group.
- Communication Intervention for Children with Down syndrome: Children with Down syndrome have known delays in language development and academic skills, which is often attributed to their cognitive delays. This research study, that will include 40-50 children with Down syndrome between the ages of 12-30 months, will help identify the impact of the use of voice output communication devices.
- Guide for Understanding Intensive Deployments for Exceptional Families: This grant will create a deployment support group for military spouses or caregivers with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities at Offutt Air Force Base.
- Parent Education for Families of Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder: The ACT clinic is a free-of -charge early intervention program for underinsured toddlers (ages 18-35 months) with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. This grant will develop a group parent training program to teach parents general behavior principles and techniques through the use of Behavioral Skills Training curriculum.
- Resources, Education and Disability Information Project: There is a correlation between the parents' ability to access and advocate for services and the child's overall health outcome. The majority of Nebraska families do not know what is available to support them or how to access those programs such as many of the state Waiver programs, the Disabled Children's Program or Children's Medically Handicapped Programs, for example. This money will provide money to identify the information that families need, and to develop, deliver, and evaluate webinars for their usefulness to families.
In addition to the grants, the Guild hosts a brunch for all MMI staff each year.
Officers of Munroe-Meyer Guild:
President – Luann Rabe & Kara Walters
Treasurer – Sally Lewis
Secretary – Linda Bannister
Friends of the Guild:
Dr. Alan and Karen Richards
For more information:
(800) 656-3937 ext. 9-5771