About Lincoln Cares
Lincoln Cares is a fun, easy way to support parks and recreation in Lincoln, for only $1 per month!
Listen to Parks & Recreation Director Lynn Johnson on the KFOR morning show speak about the Lincoln Cares program.
Lincoln Cares is the City of Lincoln's voluntary donation program that offers customers of the Lincoln Electric System (LES) a chance to add $1 each month to their bill payments to provide funds for parks projects and programs not currently supported by the City budget.
Since 2003, LES customers and matching community donors have contributed more than $1,000,000 to Lincoln Cares! These funds pay for the extra programs and projects that make Lincoln an extra special place to live.
Lincoln Cares is a wonderful example of how government can work. Bolstered by matching funds from our project sponsors, Lincoln Cares gives everyone a chance to voluntarily do something extra to beautify our community.
Donating to Lincoln Cares is now different and easier!
If your Lincoln Cares donation is not already part of your monthly Lincoln Electric System bill, now is the time to enroll. Adding $1 to your utility bill on a month-by-month basis will no longer be available after April 2014.
Enroll today at https://app.les.com/applications/_lcdonate/ or call 402-475-4211. Thank you for your support of parks, libraries and older adults in our community!
2014 Projects and Sponsors
- Drinking Fountain at Rudge Park
- Irvingdale Neighborhood Association
- The new drinking fountain to be installed at Rudge Park, 14th and Lake streets, will include a separate fountain for pets.
- Parker's Pals Scholarships
- Culver's, Lincoln Area Retired School Personnel, Olsson Associates
- This scholarship program provides financial support for children of low-income families. It will include pool admissions, swimming lessons and participation in the swim/dive league and allow children to participate in youth and sports programs offered by Lincoln Parks and Recreation.
- Haines Branch Prairie Corridor
- Prairie Corridor Partnership, Lincoln Parks Foundation, Nebraska Home Sales: Rich and Max Rodenburg
- The 7.5-mile corridor will link Pioneers Park with Spring Creek Prairie and provide enhancement and preservation of tall grass prairie, recreational and educational connections and economical development opportunities.
- Sunburst Park Play Area
- 40th and "A" Neighborhood Association, Lincoln Parks Foundation
- Improvements at Sunburst Park, 40th and "A" streets, will include a modern play structure with climbing pieces.
- Portable Solar Lighting for Pioneers Park Nature Center and Pinewood Bowl
- Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center, NAQS Environmental Experts, Pinewood Bowl, Inc.
- The portable LED solar light tower can be used for lighting parking areas and for other events in Pioneers Park. Lincoln Parks and Recreation will fund the basic cost and Lincoln Cares will fund the cover the additional cost for a solar unit.
- Leading to Reading Spaces for South Branch Library
- Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, Give to Lincoln Day 2013, Bev Ward Fund
- These educational places for young children have special computers and developmentally appropriate toys to encourage literacy. Funding will be used to add computer stations and toys at the South Branch Library, 27th and South streets.
- Upgraded Library Equipment for Special Events
- Dillon Foundation, Foundation for Lincoln City Libraries, Woods Bros. Foundation
- This equipment will used to upgrade spaces for special events. Funding will be used to purchase sound field systems for all libraries and washable meeting room chairs for Eiseley and Walt Branch Libraries.
- Aging Strong Fitness Equipment
- Seniors Foundation
- Aging Strong is part of the health and fitness program provided by Aging Partners to adults age 55 and over in Lincoln and Lancaster County. Lincoln Cares donations will be used to finance fitness equipment at the Aging Partners Health and Fitness Center, 233 South 10th Street.