Immanuel, the Midwest leader in retirement living and senior services, is pleased to welcome Emily Tonniges as director of the Immanuel Community Foundation. As director, Tonniges oversees funds that annually support retirement community residents, Immanuel Pathways PACE® (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) participants and employees. Foundation efforts support Immanuel capital improvements, programming, special projects and more. In her new role, Tonniges will also work closely with Immanuel’s Vision Foundation, a grant program that has provided over $11 million to community organizations.
A Hastings, Neb. native, Tonniges is also a graduate from Colorado College. With a diverse professional background, Tonniges has a passion for helping others. She has been heavily involved with area organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Omaha Performing Arts, Papillion La Vista Community Theatre, Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce, Sarpy CASA, Voices for Children and many others.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Emily to our Immanuel family,” said Eric Gurley, Immanuel president & CEO. “Emily’s strong philanthropic spirit has already been a great asset for our Community Foundation, a fund that is an integral part of our mission of service.”
The Immanuel Community Foundation supports the organization’s mission of Christ-Centered Service to Seniors, Each Other and the Community. Two of its key programs include the Resident Assistance Fund and the Helping Hands Assistance Fund, both great benefits for Immanuel residents, participants and employees.
Immanuel’s Resident Assistance Fund supports retirement living residents. An unexpected illness or unplanned expense can derail the most careful financial planning. The Resident Assistance Fund ensures that no matter the financial challenges, a resident is never asked to leave.
Immanuel’s Helping Hands Assistance Fund supports employees. This fund provides financial support and paid time off to employees facing an unforeseen challenge or event. During spring 2020, this fund was integral to our support of frontline employees who needed time off or financial assistance due to schools closing amidst COVID-19.