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Omaha author to donate portion of sales from upcoming novel to local organization
Chaka Heinze creates partnership with Abide Network, a nonprofit organization
By: Spencer News
“I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use this book to further God's purposes,” Heinze said. “I am excited to have the opportunity to benefit the Abide Network and their mission to transform north Omaha neighborhood by neighborhood. I love that they aren't about handouts, but rather about creating community.”
The nonprofit organization, begun by Ron and Twany Dotzler in 1989, strives to involve caring people in the lives of children, youth, and families in under resourced areas. To reach this goal, Abide Network has been actively involved with civic, community, corporate and religious organizations and their leaders to build relationships and strengthen the community.
The staff of Abide Network reside and work within the urban community and have experienced firsthand the complex issues and problems that exist. According to the organization’
“Abide Network exists by the grace of God to meet the needs in the inner city of Omaha and is funded by donations from various individuals, corporations and churches," said director Ron Dotzler. "We want to thank Chaka Heinze for generously donating the money raised from her book, Under A Withering Sun, to further our work in the inner city of Omaha."
Slated for release on Aug. 26, Under A Withering Sun ($14.95 USD) is the first full-length novel released by the Omaha native. The young adult fiction novel tells the story of Regina Leeman, an emotionally troubled college student who volunteers as a creative writing teacher at an urban recreational center. The epistolary novel is published through Athanatos Publishing Group.
Heinze said volunteers similar to Leeman are the prototypical people who make Abide Network stand out in the community.
“When I first began writing this book, I had no idea at the direction it would take. One of the central directives of Jesus is that we help one another when we can and where we can. The quest of Regina Leeman, the protagonist in my story, to volunteer in the inner city reflects God's dual purpose to transform both the individual and the greater community at large. The Abide Network has put Jesus' directive into action and is actively participating in the transformation of Omaha,” Heinze said.
Interested in volunteering time or donating to Abide Network? Visit www.abidenetwork.org. To learn more about the author and her upcoming release, visit her website at http://www.chakaheinze.com.