Delivering Infinite Book Shelves (DIBS) for Kids

Mission and Vision

DIBS FOR KIDS IS A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT HEADQUARTERED IN OMAHA, NEBRASKA. WE BUILD SOFTWARE THAT SUPPORTS TEACHERS TO SEND MORE BOOKS HOME WITH THEIR STUDENTS AND, IN TURN, MAKE SIGNIFICANT LITERACY GAINS IN THE CLASSROOM.

MISSION STATEMENT

Our Mission locally is to support Omaha to become the nation’s first large, urban community to ensure that every child, regardless of income, has two things: (1.) Access to a great book to take home every night and (2.) A desire to read that book for fun as a path toward achieving third grade reading proficiency.

VISION STATEMENT

Our Vision is to bring in-home reading opportunities to all 46 elementary schools in the Omaha Public Schools district that have a poverty rate over 70%. We believe this would position Omaha as a national leader, taking a unique approach to improved literacy outcomes for students.

Meet Our Team

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David Orrick

Founder & Executive Director

David is an Omaha-native and a former 1st grade teacher. He is adamant that schools must rethink the way they support teachers. He designed DIBS to serve as a model for the support they need.

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Marie Kovar, Ed.S.

School Support Director

As a former School Psychologist and DIBS parent, Marie has been involved with the DIBS program since 2015. She supports our schools to ensure they have what they need to be successful.

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The AmeriCorps VISTA Team

DIBS would not be where we are today without the help of our wonderful AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America. These VISTA members commit a year of their lives to serve DIBS. They help us support schools and expand our program!

Meet our 2018-2019 VISTA team!

Kaylin Burris

Communications and Marketing Associate

Kaylin Burris graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in May 2019, with a Bachelor’s degree in Convergence Investigative Journalism, as well as a minor in Sociology and a certificate in Multicultural Studies. She is the Marketing and Communications VISTA at DIBS for Kids. She works to expand DIBS’ online presence, as well as advertises the fundraisers, events, and accomplishments of the organization at large.

Will Mccrary

Capacity and Sustainability Associate

Will McCrary is from Moody, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with majors in Anthropology and History. He is the Capacity and Sustainability VISTA at DIBS. He previously served as an AmeriCorps member in Birmingham where he conducted vision screenings and ran an income tax preparation site.

Bex O'Neil

Grant writing associate

Bex O’Neil is the grant writing VISTA at DIBS for Kids. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. She works to secure grants for new projects to help DIBS expand, reach new students, and analyze our effectiveness.

Kat Nixon

School Support Associate

Kat Nixon is from Santa Barbara, CA. She graduated with honors from Arizona State University with a degree in Global Health and Project Management. She is excited to be a part of DIBS as the School Support VISTA and come alongside teachers to help support them in any way as they implement the DIBS program.

Board of Directors

ASHLEY KUHN

Board Chair

Scott Brown

Board Vice Chair

CAROLYN WALZ

Board Treasurer

Connie Saunders

BOARD MEMBER

CY WAKEMAN

Board Member

DANITA WEBB

Board Member

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