Lincoln Cares Donation Program Hits $1 Million

The City of Lincoln announced a new donation process for the Lincoln Cares community donation program. LES customers have had the option to add $1 to their monthly bill payments to support Lincoln Parks and Recreation, Lincoln City Libraries and Aging Partners.

“LES is making it easier for customers to continue their support of the Lincoln Cares program,” said Wailes. “We have implemented a new enrollment system that will allow all LES customers to have their $1 donation automatically included on their LES bill each month. Customers interested in taking advantage of the new system can enroll online or by calling LES.”

“We are incredibly grateful to LES customers and other donors who have supported the Lincoln Cares program since it was started in 2003,” Mayor Beutler said. “Because of the community’s generosity, we have been able to invest more than $1 million in extra funds in our parks, libraries and programs for older adults.”

Wailes said that automatic bank billed customers who already signed up to have their Lincoln Cares donation included on their monthly bills will not need to re-enroll. Support of Lincoln Cares is voluntary, he noted, so customers can discontinue their automatic donation at any time by calling LES.

The Mayor encouraged LES customers to take the easy steps to enroll in the program because the option to add $1 to their utility bill on a month-by-month basis will no longer be available after April 2014. “As our community continues to grow, these additional funds are needed now more than ever, Beutler said. “Lincoln Cares is a simple and easy way for everyone to support the services that help to make our community a great place to live.”

From its inception in February 2003 through October 2013, Lincoln Cares has collected nearly $692,451 in donations from LES customers. An average of 4,220 of the 115,524 total residential LES customers donated to the program in 2013 on a monthly basis. Another $560,936 has been contributed through direct donations to the Lincoln Parks Foundation and through community partnerships with local foundations, businesses and neighborhood associations. The total for all collections since Lincoln Cares began is $1,253,387.

Mayor Beutler recognized all six Lincoln media organizations that are providing in-kind advertising and promotion to create a greater awareness of Lincoln Cares and its new enrollment system: KOLN/KGIN-TV, KLKN-TV, Three Eagles Communications, Broadcast House, the Lincoln Journal Star and The Ticket.

LES customers who are not currently enrolled in the Lincoln Cares program can sign up at or by calling 402-475-4211. Donations also can be made online at or mailed directly to the Lincoln Parks Foundation, 2740 “A” Street, Box 201, Lincoln, NE 68502.

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