Supporting Non-Profits in Omaha, NE – 2018 (January – July)
As we enter into a brand new year and look to the future, it’s a time when we examine areas of personal growth and self-improvement and set our resolutions accordingly. For many, this will include community involvement and giving back in some way or another. The same holds true for businesses and professional organizations that are planning their philanthropic efforts for the coming year. By turning good intentions into meaningful action, each of us has the ability to make a profound difference in the lives of others and in our community.
Supporting our local non-profits through charitable giving, volunteering, hosting or participating in a special event, organizing a donation drive or fundraiser, joining a movement to spread awareness, corporate sponsorship, encouraging employees to present opportunities for corporate involvement or allowing them to participate in these types of activities during work hours, or in any other way, is something that we can all do. Every little bit counts – no matter how much time, money, resources, etc. you have to give, it all adds up.
Here in the Omaha Metro community, we are fortunate to have a strong, thriving non-profit sector supported by the contributions of many individuals, businesses, and special interest groups. Each organization that exists within the diverse spectrum that constitutes this collective has identified a specific need and made it their mission to meet it, and others have followed suit by getting on board and doing what they can to forward that mission.
With such an abundance of ways to give back right here in the Omaha Metro, deciding where to focus your efforts can ultimately prove to be a tough call. To that end, a good starting point is going with your gut and seeking out opportunities that align with causes you’re most passionate about. That being said, it is important to understand that non-profits vary in how they are structured. Be sure to do your research before making the commitment to support a particular organization. Transparency is highly regarded in the non-profit sector, so even spending just a few minutes online or making a phone call to confirm how funds are being allocated will ensure you are making the most of what you have to offer, and that they are too.
Beyond what you commit to doing in the coming year at the present time, we encourage you to be on the lookout throughout the year for ways you can get involved. There are always announcements being made as needs arise or as new programs and initiatives are developed and introduced. Along with your participation, your agency in helping to spread the word and promote awareness is yet another way you can show your support.
As you think about the various ways in which you can play a part in the big picture, keep in mind the famous words of Anne Frank: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.” For ideas and inspiration on what you can do to support the valuable work going on every day to improve our little part of the world and beyond, look no further than the group of non-profits we are featuring this month.
We have compiled a list of excellent non-profits, all of which need and welcome your support, and encourage you to get involved with these organizations!
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For over 18 years, Domesti-PUPS has been supporting people in our local, regional and national communities through the assistance of animals. From therapy dogs in the classroom motivating children to excel in their learning environment, to pet therapy visitations in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living centers, Domesti-PUPS pet therapy teams bring a bit of brightness through their furry encounters. Our service dog teams provide increased independence when paired with a disabled partner. These highly skilled canines can turn on lights, provide balance and mobility, retrieve dropped items, bring a bottle of water from a refrigerator, respond to medical emergencies and open doors both literally and figuratively. Some even provide life-saving measures for their disabled partners.
For more information about Domesti-PUPS, visit www.domesti-pups.org.
Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands exists to be a catalyst for 180 degree life change in the addict. We offer residential, 12-month faith-based programs for men and women 18 and older. This program is designed to assist individuals in gaining freedom from drugs and alcohol and destructive behaviors that accompany addiction. During the program, we also support the spouses and families of those enrolled in our program through our family ministry. We also have a substance prevention program geared toward adolescents called “Know the Truth.” We facilitate presentations in junior high and high schools and share our real-life stories of addiction and the effect it had on our lives. Our goal is to change perceptions and in turn, behavior. By partnering with Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands and Know the Truth you can change lives! Visit us at www.tcmid.org or call (402) 551-2322.
Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,300 nutritious meals and provides homeless preventive measures to more than 591 people living in poverty.
Visit www.opendoormission.org or call (402) 422-1111 to see how you can make a difference in our community.
Do Space is the first community technology library in the United States and is located in the heart of Omaha at 72nd & Dodge. Since opening in 2015, this one-of-a-kind space brings technology access and learning to all by offering free access to computers, 3D printers, and cutting-edge technology alongside a robust offering of tech learning programs for all ages.
At Do Space entrepreneurs, small business owners and startup founders get the tools they need to move their business forward. Educational programs to boost skills are offered for free, in addition to a free co-working space every Friday.
In 2018, Do Space debuts a new service, the Professional Membership, to further support entrepreneurs and small business owners. Professional members at Do Space enjoy additional benefits such as priority conference room reservations and brand recognition.
To learn more, please visit dospace.org/professional-
In 2011, Carole’s House of Hope, Inc. (CHH) was established as an organization purposed to transform the lives of young women aging out of the foster care system, pregnant or parenting mothers and their children. CHH addresses the gaps in the current model of service that can inevitably lead to high rates of unemployment, poverty, homelessness, mental health instability, criminal activity, early pregnancy, human trafficking and prostitution. CHH is intentional on creating a safe place in which women can stabilize, heal and lay the ground work for future endeavors while becoming self-sufficient.
CHH provides housing, food/pantry items, clothing, baby supplies/cribs, wraparound services with community partners, individualized case management, individual/group therapy, financial literacy coursework, parenting education and many more life skill classes.
Mission Statement: Carole’s House of Hope is designed to provide hope and healing for mothers and their children through innovative programming and services that promote self-sufficiency and independence.
For more information, call (402) 991-HOPE (4673) or Carol’s House of Hope would like to invite you to view our website at www.caroleshouseofhope.org. Please like us on our Faceboook page, Twitter and Instagram!
CEDARS has been a vital part of the community for 70 years. What started as a grassroots effort to provide safe refuge to children and youth who had no other safe place to spend the night has grown into a dynamic and dedicated team of over 200 professionals serving 2,750 kids and families each year.
CEDARS strong financial health as well as commitment to accountability and transparency have earned the 70-year-old child-caring organization a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.
“The people of this community have long trusted the work of CEDARS,” says Jim Blue, CEDARS President. “This new 4-star rating validates the trust they have placed in us to carry out this important work of caring for the most vulnerable children in our community.”
For more information, call (402) 434-KIDS (5437) or visit www.cedarskids.org.
Through a growing network of ambitious people, Nebraska Community Foundation (NebraskaHometown.org) is helping local leaders unleash the abundant assets and talents within their own place to build stronger, more prosperous communities across the state. Using philanthropy as a tool for community development, NCF works with organizations and individuals every day to plan the charitable gifts and legacies that make dreams come true.
In just the past five years, donors have invested more than $128 million in Nebraska schools, hospitals, community centers, libraries, fire and rescue units, parks and recreation, youth programs and our natural environment through Nebraska Community Foundation. NCF isn’t your typical community foundation. All grantmaking decisions are made by local affiliated fund leaders in communities across the state. NCF serves over 250 Nebraska hometowns and supports 1,500 volunteer leaders through training, financial management, donor education, and planning for a brighter future.
Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands (DECM; diabetes-education.com) is a community-based, non-profit agency established in 1984 to help those with diabetes live more productive and fulfilling lives while helping to constrain diabetes related health care costs. It was the first program in Nebraska to be recognized by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
In response to the growing diabetes epidemic and the related rising health care spend faced by employers, DECM has introduced Dia-Tec Cloud.
For less than the cost of one box of test strips each month, employees receive unlimited testing supplies, 24/7 real-time support from Certified Diabetes Educators, online education and training. It reinforces positive behavior change to prevent complications, improve productivity and quality of life.
Dia-Tec Cloud improves clinical outcomes while reducing health care costs. (A recent study presented at the 77th ADA Scientific Sessions showed an $83 PPPM employer cost reduction.)
For more information contact Kristen at (402) 399-0777.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association is devoted to saving people from two of our nation’s top killers, heart disease (No. 1) and stroke (No. 5). Powered by millions of volunteers nationwide, the Association’s goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans by 20% by 2020, while reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke by 20%. Currently, one person dies every 40 seconds from heart disease and stroke. Through events right here in Omaha like the Heart Walk, Go Red for Women Expo and Heart Ball, that startling statistic can change.
For more information, visit www.heart.org/omaha.
The Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) saves hundreds of lives each year. It is the go-to place for anyone in the Omaha area who is experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. Our free, high-quality services address our clients’ immediate safety needs and help them to grow into independence over time. The WCA assures that no victim will ever walk alone on their journey.
The WCA also provides education and training services for everyone in the community from schools, businesses, and community organizations. We want to raise awareness about the issues of power and control. The WCA wants to make the Omaha metro a safer place for all.
For 125 years, Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) has expressed God’s love for all people through quality human care services for people in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County, supporting Safety, Hope and Well-Being through:
- Children Services strengthening families and restoring safe, happy childhoods through a continuum of care from prenatal to adulthood. Programs include Centers for Healthy Families in North Omaha and Council Bluffs, Adoption, Foster Care and RSafe® sexual abuse treatment.
- Behavioral Health programs healing minds and hearts through cutting-edge trauma therapy, substance abuse treatment and integrated care services. Programs include Outpatient Mental Health, Crisis Response and “LFS At Ease” support for active military, veterans and their loved ones.
- Community Services welcoming and providing comprehensive services to those seeking refuge from violence, oppression and persecution, including refugee reception/placement, immigration legal services and the International Center of the Heartland.
LFS has received the Better Business Bureau of Nebraska’s Integrity Award in 2017 and 2013.
Please consider volunteering your time, sharing your expertise or making a financial gift. Other ways to support LFS include collecting items for donation such as children’s clothing and diapers.
“I’ve never been asked.” That’s the number one reason why people don’t donate blood. Today, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank is asking you to donate blood to help save lives. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood. The rarest blood type is the one that’s not available when a patient is in need. That need is constant. Nebraska Community Blood Bank has been connecting people who need life-saving blood with generous volunteer donors for 50 years. We provide life-saving blood to healthcare facilities throughout southeast Nebraska. Be part of our life-saving mission by becoming a blood donor with Nebraska Community Blood Bank today.
Since 2001, the agency has provided a free and welcoming safe place for grieving children, teens, and adults to offer each other hope and support. Research indicates that unresolved grief correlates to issues such as poor school and work performance and emotional and behavioral concerns, whereas healthy coping leads to long-term successes for children, families, and communities. Carefully measured outcomes indicate that the programs of Grief’s Journey effectively move participants to health and resilience. As the region’s cornerstone for grief support, Grief’s Journey provides free peer support groups, family days, and camps as well as professional training, education, and consultation throughout Nebraska and Iowa.
The agency relies on charitable contributions, special event income, and volunteerism to support its free programs. Together, hope grows.
For more information about Grief’s Journey, please visit www.griefsjourney.org or call (402) 502-2773.
The mission of FITGirl, Inc. is to empower young girls as they develop and mature by demonstrating positive lifestyle choices; physical, mental, relational and nutritional. We do this through camp style programs with coaches and mentors who instill confidence and courage through educational and physical fitness activities.
As early as 10 years of age, girls’ activity levels drop by as much as 83% as they transition through adolescence. FITGirl, Inc. was developed in direct response to the decline in physical activity among young girls, lack of opportunity for participation in physical activity outside of select sports and the dramatic increase in low self-esteem due to social media and societal pressures.
FITGirl’s EMPOWERU and summer camp programs provide empowerment workshops focusing on relationships, body image, self-esteem, goal setting and self-worth in tandem with various physical fitness and nutritional activities such as yoga, self-defense, meal planning, fitness, dance, hiking, boxing and more. Find out more at www.fitgirlinc.com.
The BLUEBARN Theatre is dedicated to theatre’s most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change. Bringing artistically significant scripts and professional production values to area audiences since 1989, BLUEBARN has established itself as Omaha’s professional contemporary theatre company.
Each year BLUEBARN produces five to six contemporary plays in a season that runs from September through June. Repertoire is diverse in theme and style, ranging from works by some of America’s most renowned modern playwrights, to regional premieres of work produced on the coasts, to new works by writers whose voices deserve to be heard. Now enlarging its artistic boundaries in its innovative new performance space, BLUEBARN looks forward to a future of theatre that will challenge both theatre artists and patrons. The BLUEBARN is located at 1106 S. 10th Street in downtown Omaha. Visit bluebarn.org for more information.
Angels Among Us provides financial assistance to families whose children are battling pediatric cancer. Any family living in or being treated in Nebraska is eligible to apply. Once approved, families are provided with $500 a month for 18 months to help them stay financially stable during treatment. Funds are paid directly to the creditor, which ensures that funds are used for their intended purpose.
When a child is diagnosed with cancer, a family’s life as they know it comes to an abrupt halt. Unfortunately, their monthly expenses do not. Since 2006, Angels Among Us has assisted over 350 families with $1.5 million in support.
Will you join us as we fight to keep families stable? Gifts of any amount are welcome and encouraged. There is strength in numbers. There is also hope, help and monetary relief.
For more information, contact Angels Among Us at (402) 934-0999 or visit our website at www.myangelsamongus.org.
The mission of the Veterans in Business Forum (VIBF) is to provide business support, education and advocacy to help veterans succeed in business and increase community awareness of veteran-owned business activities. Veterans, active duty, reservists and civilians are welcome to join and support each other and veteran-related goals.
The VIBF meets the first Friday of every month (0800-0900) and serves the Omaha area.
Speakers may be from VIBF members, business groups, veteran groups, NBDC, PTAC, SBA, SCORE, or private sector and government agencies on a wide range of topics. VIBF encourages collaboration through networking. Each month, members can bring up issues and concerns to discuss with the group to get recommendations to help come up with effective solutions.
Contact us to learn more: Michel Thornhill, (402) 932-7243, email@example.com. Mailing Address: VIBF c/o Little Mountain Web Design, P.O. Box 461235, Papillion, NE 68046.
Founded in 2009, the mission of the SAVE Program has been to connect under-served youth with opportunities and resources to be successful students and active individuals. SAVE serves over 150 youth in the Omaha-metro area through financial support of extra-curricular activities and educational opportunities with the Intercultural Center of Creighton University and Multicultural Affairs Departments of University of Nebraska-Omaha and Bellevue University. The SAVE Program introduces and implements effective academic mentoring programs into the lives of its participants.
The SAVE Program’s 3rd Annual Graduation Event will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha La Vista Hotel & Conference Center with Keynote Speaker, Ken Bird, 2016 Aksarben King and Founder/CEO of Avenue Scholars. This will be an enjoyable evening of dinner, silent auction, and celebration of 2018 SAVE Graduates. Check out our website (saveprogram.org) for more details!
Pediatric Cancer Action Network (PCAN) offers assistance to reduce the financial burden placed on families of pediatric cancer patients in Nebraska. This year alone there are projected to be over 80 new diagnoses in Nebraska. Most, if not all of these families will need some sort of financial assistance along their journey and there are precious few resources available for them.
Pediatric cancer kills more Nebraska children than any other disease. It ranks second only to accidents as the leading cause of death for children in Nebraska. Nationally, Nebraska ranks 5th for incidence rate per capita and even more alarming is that we have the highest mortality rate in the United States. It is a major health issue in Nebraska and shockingly few are aware of the magnitude.
PCAN’s focus is to help families pay bills and reduce unnecessary stress to the primary care givers in that family.
For more information, visit pcanaction.org or contact Karri Ahlschwede at (402) 310-7331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is to preserve the history of Strategic Air Command, the Cold War and aerospace artifacts and to inspire learning through imaginative, innovative, and inspirational programs and exhibits. The museum is not funded by any government source and relies on the community to help carry out its mission.
The museum is home to one of the largest collections of Cold War aircraft and artifacts in the U.S. Visitors can touch iconic aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft as well as learn about historic leaders and events. The museum offers free public tours, family events, Children’s Learning Center, and educational programs. The museum’s STEM programming supplements public education with field trips, camps, and monthly workshops. Looking for a thrill? Fly in the museum’s flight simulator or visit a STEM exhibit. There is something for everyone at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum!
Just 20 minutes from Omaha or Lincoln. To check out the museums monthly events, rental spaces, or how to become a member go to SACMuseum.org!
NAMI Omaha is a local affiliate of The National Alliance on Mental Illness. We provide free support to family and friends who have a loved one living with mental illness. We do this through education, literature, workshops, conferences, support groups and more. We also offer support groups to the individuals who have a mental illness.
One of our most successful educational programs is called FAMILY to FAMILY. It is a free series of 12 classes (one 2 1/2 hour session weekly). These classes are structured to help families and friends understand and support their mentally ill loved ones, while maintaining their own well-being. The classes include information about mental illnesses, medications, resources, problem solving, and family communications.
Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha (CSF) believes that all families, regardless of income, should be able to choose the best educational setting for their children. CSF provides tuition assistance scholarships so children from low-income families can access the private or parochial K-8 education of their choice. CSF is destination neutral and has no religious affiliation—children attend approximately 80 different schools across Omaha and northeast Nebraska. A crucial piece of the CSF program is the commitment it requires from families. Each CSF family must contribute $500 toward their children’s education and their children must achieve a 90% attendance rate. Since 1999, more than 33,000 scholarships have been awarded and valued $34 million dollars.
CSF Omaha relies solely upon donations to provide scholarships. If you or your company would like to make a donation or receive more information, please contact the CSF office.
Jennie Edmundson Foundation is the fundraising arm of Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital. By engaging philanthropic leaders, we are able to help make certain that the equipment, facilities, programs, services and educational initiatives at MJE continue to meet community needs.
The JE Foundation relies on donations and grants from our community. These funds go to help our Charitable Patient Care Fund, Breast Health Center, Medi-Bus Transportation and Scholarship Funds, to name a few. Generous contributions provide education, care and services to many who may not otherwise have access to healthcare services. Individual or Planned gifts, Memorials or becoming an event or corporate sponsor are also a few ways to help.
Becoming a MJE Teen or Adult Volunteer gives you the opportunity to be involved in many facets of volunteerism. What a wonderful way to meet new people; develop new skills, interests and be rewarded through the experiences of helping patients, family members and hospital staff.
To find out more about the JE Foundation and how you can get involved, call (712) 396-6040 or visit our website at www.jehfoundation.org.
Omaha Creative Institute (www.omahacreativeinstitute.org) provides local artists with the training and opportunities they need to build an economically sustainable career in the arts. We do this by providing professional development, offering grants to artists, and connecting artists and patrons. 2018 is our 10th Anniversary! To celebrate we are launching new programs to serve artists, like Working Artist Wednesdays and the Omaha chapter of Volunteers Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts. We are also giving away almost $75,000 in grants to local artists in 2018, putting more money in the hands of the people who make our communities vibrant and strong. We are also proud to announce our move into the Little Bohemia neighborhood. We don’t own any furniture of our own. If you or your office would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please contact us by phone at (402) 996-1092 or by email at email@example.com.
Launch Leadership (www.launchleadership.org) provides leadership training for middle school and high school students. For more than 50 years, we’ve empowered young leaders that build better schools and communities.
Everything we do is focused on helping students find out who they are and how they lead. Then, we challenge them to think about how they can apply what they’ve learned to the real world. The result is a community infused with motivated, focused, ambitious young leaders.
Our Summer Leadership Workshop brings together over 500 students for an action-packed week of fun activities and lifelong lessons. We also facilitate services throughout the school year, including One-Day Workshops and Leadership Retreats.
Our all-volunteer staff is composed of college students, professional educators and professionals from other walks of life. Most staff members are alumni of our services, and they joined Launch in part to give help build the next generation of leaders.
Outlook Nebraska is a nonprofit organization dedicated to positively impacting everyone who is blind and visually impaired. We empower anyone in the community facing vision loss to gain confidence in their capabilities and achieve their life goals through employment, workplace training, and recreational and cultural opportunities.
We provide free training on computers, smartphones, and other devices to any members of the community facing vision loss. We collaborate with other organizations to provide recreational and cultural activities for the blind. Through community education, Outlook Nebraska increases awareness of the capabilities of the blind and visually impaired and aims to help answer the call for social responsibility among citizens and business leaders.
More than 60% of Outlook’s associates are legally blind and utilize an array of innovative low vision technologies. Many work on the production floor of Outlook’s growing manufacturing facility, operating machines and packing a commercial line of recycled paper. Others work in administrative departments such as sales, accounting and marketing.
Outlook Nebraska is the only agency of its kind in a seven-state area. Our aim is to positively change people’s attitudes about blindness.
For more information about Outlook Nebraska, visit outlookne.org.
Family Housing Advisory Services (FHAS) helps families improve their housing, finances and quality of life. FHAS offers a comprehensive menu of cohesive services to address poverty and provide tools for success. FHAS prevents homelessness, educates homeowners, provides foreclosure prevention options, develops financially-wise consumers (including youth transitioning out of foster care), offers affordable mortgage lending options, eliminates housing discrimination, and reduces poverty through access to tax credits.
FHAS serves about 10,000 individuals and families annually. Families learn how to budget, save, avoid eviction or foreclosure; pursue homeownership, post-secondary education or microbusiness enterprise; exercise their fair housing rights, and access income tax credits.
For more information about Family Housing Advisory Services, Inc. please visit www.fhasinc.org or call (402) 934-7921.
We connect providers to resources and funding that they may not be able to access on their own. We connect donors to good work that best supports their giving goals. We offer streamlined coordination and communication with school districts, which saves everyone time, money, and stress.
We are cheerleaders.
We know that out of school time providers are doing what they do best – providing great programs and activities for our community’s youth. We are here to cheer them on, to advocate on their behalf to donors, the school district, and lawmakers, and to provide professional development, feedback, and assessment tools.
We are building a community-wide system.
We are the entity that brings the right people to the table and guides the growth and development of the out of school time community.
For more information, go to www.collectiveforyouth.org or call (402) 932-2025.
Celebrating 41 years, Vision Maker Media, supports Native filmmakers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media including public television and public radio.
We also support training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs, which includes advocacy efforts promoting increased control and use of information technologies and the policies to support this control by American Indians and Alaska Natives.
A key strategy for this work is the development of strong partnerships with tribal nations, Indian organizations and Native communities. Reaching the public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native produced media that shares Native perspectives with the world.
Together, we can end child abuse. Project Harmony is boldly focused on ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect in our community. We have reimagined how communities can come together by leveraging resources to respond to, treat and ultimately prevent child abuse. Project Harmony restores courage, facilitates healing and empowers each of us to be someone in the life of a child. Take the pledge to be someone in the life of a child today at ProjectBeSomeone.org.
To find out more about Project Harmony, visit www.projectharmony.com or call (402) 595-1326.
Better Business Bureau® (BBB®; bbbinc.org) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is a private, non-profit organization established in 1912. Its mission is “to be the leader in advancing marketplace trust.” Today, it is supported by approximately 9,500 BBB Accredited Businesses.
BBB accreditation does not mean that the business’s products or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB, or that BBB has made a determination as to the business’s product quality or competency in performing services. It means BBB has concluded that the business meets BBB Standards for Trust and has pledged to support the objectives and standards of fair advertising and ethical business practices.
Not all businesses qualify for BBB accreditation, so make sure to look for BBB’s seal that identifies the business as one that “Starts With Trust®.”
BBB’s headquarters is located in Omaha at 11811 P St. and it has a branch office at 300 N. 44th St. #100 in Lincoln.
For more information, please visit bbbinc.org.
Greater Omaha SCORE helps startup entrepreneurs, existing small businesses and non-profits grow and be more successful. Our clients benefit from counselors knowledgeable in all areas of business from start up to exiting the business.
SCORE focuses on:
- One-to-One Counseling – Confidential counseling from certificated counselors.
- Mentoring – Ongoing mentoring to help clients stay focused and to address issues that come up.
- Education – Most startups and/or small businesses may have a great product/service idea but have no idea how to run a business. That’s where SCORE shines. We provide workshops on all facets of business.
SCORE is a national non-profit organization dedicated to growing 1 million small businesses by 2020.
To contact SCORE for counseling or to volunteer go to: omaha.score.org or contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org / (402) 221-3606.
Two locations: 1067 Bedford Ave., Suite 100 and in the Commerce Village at 950 S. Mason, Omaha, NE.
Radio Talking Book Service (RTBS), founded in 1974, serves the state of Nebraska and southwest Iowa by providing human-voiced print information for individuals with visual or physical disabilities which prevent them from reading print material. We are in our 43rd year of bringing the printed word to life through our key programs: Radio Talking Book Network, a statewide radio reading service; and Listening Link, an educational reading program.
Radio Talking Book Network provides immediate access to daily printed news and information through the reading of 10 regional newspapers, 75 periodicals and magazines, and books. RTBS’s weekly program schedule includes a live reading of the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star seven days a week, the Wall Street Journal five days a week, and newspapers from Council Bluffs, Columbus, Norfolk, North Platte, Fremont, Grand Island and Scottsbluff are read weekly.
For more information or to become a volunteer reader please visit us at www.RTBS.org or call (402) 572-3003.
Founded in 1989, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy’s mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children of all ability levels through equine assisted activities. Therapeutic Riding, Therapy Services, Carriage Driving, Life Skills, Veterans, and Equine Facilitated Learning programs are at the heart of HETRA’s services. The organization employs Occupational, Mental Health, and Physical Therapists, 16 PATH Int’l Certified Riding Instructors, and is the only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International Accredited (PATH) facility in Nebraska. Today, as a result of 28 years of dedication and commitment, HETRA serves over 125 participants weekly with the help of over 200 dedicated volunteers who donate over 18,000 hours annually. HETRA offers year round programming, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, a herd of over 20 horses, and is situated on 25 beautiful acres in Gretna, NE. Learn more at www.HETRA.org.
The Siena/Francis House is Nebraska’s largest shelter and is located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The Siena/Francis House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-denominational, charitable organization, with all financial support able to be deducted, by donors, to the full extent of the law. Our overnight programs include two emergency shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness (265 beds), a residential addiction recovery program for homeless men & women (79 beds), and permanent supportive housing apartments (48 beds). Additionally, we have a rehousing and reintegration program (designed to help homeless guests acquire the services they need to successfully navigate their way into affordable, appropriate housing out in the community), a food program (which serves 3 meals per day), clothing distribution, a day shelter for the homeless (open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. every day of the year), an employment training program for up to 110 homeless resident men and women, and a medical clinic.
Please consider supporting Omaha’s largest homeless shelter by making an in-kind or financial donation to the Siena/Francis House today by visiting our website at www.sienafrancis.org, or contact us at (402) 341-1821 or email@example.com.
Childhood cancer is severely underfunded and misunderstood. Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease among children, yet only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is dedicated to researching childhood cancer. And while over 60% of adult cancer research is paid for by big pharmaceutical companies, they don’t even give 1% to childhood cancer research due to low profits. A cure for childhood cancer will be funded by small, private groups like Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Sammy’s is a Nebraska-based 501c3 non-profit which funds researchers who are doing groundbreaking, innovative work that will lead to modern treatments that will save and have less debilitating side effects for these sweet little fighters. Sammy’s main mission is to raise funds for research, but also to comfort families in the hardest times of their lives. Join the fight, visit www.SammysSuperheroes.org or find us on Facebook to get involved.
Our Mission…It’s our mission to be Nebraska’s primary resource for Parkinson’s Disease information, educational programs, exercise classes, to organize outreach events, and to promote awareness and raise funds for LOCAL Parkinson’s services and research. Through awareness and collaboration, we can provide the right information and resources Nebraskans need on their journey with Parkinson’s.
Our Work…In the tradition of our founder, Colleen Wuebben, we build connections to strengthen Nebraska’s Parkinson’s community in body and spirit. Our website, newsletters, and staff serve the nearly 16,000 Nebraskans living with Parkinson’s. In 2017 we began sponsoring 600+ exercise classes per year, hosting monthly educational talks, and assisting individuals and organizations with accessing important equipment and support. We’re locally based, passionate, and here to help!
Our Plans…Our focus on outreach in 2018 will empower professionals in rural communities with the tools to deliver specialized Parkinson’s programming where it is needed most: in their hometowns!
At the Heartland Hope Mission South Omaha and Millard food pantries, working poor families choose a week’s supply of nutritious groceries including milk, frozen meat and fresh produce to prepare well-balanced meals at home. But, we are more than a pantry. Clients also receive clothing, hygiene items, diapers, and access to a Client Service Specialist, who assists with SNAP (food stamp) applications and navigational services. Our Jobs Paths Program provides access to current job postings and on-site interviews with employers. Clients can also participate in financial classes, nutrition education and a community garden. Our goals are to provide programming and wraparound services to prevent families from becoming homeless and to help people achieve or rebuild self-sufficiency.
South Omaha (2021 U Street): Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Thursdays 1:30-4:00 p.m. | Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Millard Pantry (5321 S. 139th Plaza): 2nd Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Last Wednesday 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Find out more: HeartlandHopeMission.org | (402) 733-1904.
The mission of Omaha Home for Boys is to support and strengthen youth, young adults and families through services that inspire and equip them to lead independent and productive lives. More than 300 at-risk young men and women are served annually through the Home’s three core programs: Inspiration Hill Residential Care, Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living and Branching Out Independent Living.
Through education, behavior training, employability classes and basic life skills coaching, the Omaha Home for Boys empowers young adults to transition from a state of crisis to one of safety and growth. As Omaha Home for Boys approaches its 100th anniversary in 2020, it will continue to evolve to meet the needs of children and families throughout the state.
For more information about Omaha Home for Boys or to invest in the future of the youth served, please visit our website at OmahaHomeForBoys.org.
The Metro Area Youth Foundation (MAYF) was formed in 2006 by a group of Omaha area Optimist Club members who wanted to do more for families and children experiencing cancer. This all-volunteer group recognized that many organizations have been formed to help fight cancer, but there were not many resources available to the families who were in the middle of the fight. The goal is to allow the families to focus on the children not the money they owe by providing a short-term financial bridge. Many of these families were already struggling financially; a cancer diagnosis can often mean that only one parent can continue to work, adding to the burden. MAYF has been able to provide over 500 families a chance to keep the water and power on, rent to stay in their apartment, a mortgage payment to keep their home and a chance to keep life as stable and normal as possible. For more information about how you can get involved or donate to MAYF’s Childhood Cancer Campaign, visit SummerBashforCCC.org or please call (402) 740-5158 or email SummerBash@cox.net.
The Cross Training Center exemplifies the message, “If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.” We empower and equip undereducated and economically disadvantaged men and women through character development, vocational training and real hands-on work experience. Our students have experienced setbacks in life due to incarceration, homelessness, mental health disorders, human trafficking, challenging circumstances and generational poverty. They gain skills, knowledge and hands-on work experience at our center, where we serve the public through various operations including:
- Electronics Recycling
- Computer and Electronics Retail Store
- Computer Refurbishing and Repair
- Automotive Maintenance and Repair Services
- Banquet Facility and Food Services
Cross Training Center’s mission is to provide Solutions to Poverty through Work.
For more than 140 years, Heartland Family Service has been the area leader in creating the path to a better tomorrow for children and families. Each year, we serve over 52,000 individuals from more than 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa through three program areas: Child & Family, Counseling & Prevention, and Housing & Financial Stability. With over 50 programs, we are able to craft an integrated, multi-service approach to guide clients toward safety, well-being, and, ultimately, self-sufficiency.
When life improves for one of us, life improves for all of us. We all matter.
To support our mission of strengthening individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services, text “HFS” to 72727, visit HeartlandFamilyService.org, or contact Chief Development Officer Donna Dostal at (402) 552-7443 or DDostal@HeartlandFamilyService.org.
Founded in 1993, the Cancer Alliance of Nebraska is a nationally-recognized 501c3 nonprofit working with the National Cancer Institute and pharmaceutical companies to provide breakthrough treatments to cancer patients using clinical trials which we bring to the local community settings here in Nebraska. Every day we get closer to the cure.
- Why Cancer Clinical Trials are Important
- They lead to the discovery of new cancer treatments and cures
- They can improve the health of participating cancer patients
- They benefit future generations, impacting thousands of lives
- When our research is shared – across the state and around the globe – we get closer to the cure even faster
We succeed in our work due to the collaborative support of our experienced physicians, hospitals, clinics, donors, and patients in communities across the state of Nebraska. And we share in the collective belief that there is always something more we can do. Visit our site at www.cancerallianceofnebraska.org.
The mission of the Nebraska State Stroke Association is to serve Nebraskans through stroke prevention, education, advocacy, and support services. Since 1985, NSSA has been providing education and outreach on the signs of stroke and serving as a resource for Nebraska stroke survivors and their families. NSSA is a 501 (c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.NebraskaStroke.org or call (402) 484-8131.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Nebraska and the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
Stroke is an emergency. Act F.A.S.T.
- F. Face. Look for an uneven smile
- A. Arm. Check if one arm is weak.
- S. Speech. Listen for slurred speech.
- T. Time. Call 911 right away and go to a hospital certified as a Primary Stroke Center.
More than 80% of strokes can be prevented. If you are interested in hosting a stroke awareness program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Emergency Services (YES) is the only nonprofit in Omaha with the sole focus of helping homeless and nearly homeless youth. Last year, YES provided support and services to more than 2,100 youth in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area. YES offers a full-continuum of services to help these youth get back on track and on the road to self-sufficiency. Through the Street Outreach Program, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Living Program, and Maternity Home, youth can get a hot meal, find a safe place to sleep at night, and connect with resources to help them get back in school, find a job, and secure permanent housing. While in the program, youth are required to work and/or go to school, do community service, and pay rent. For more information about YES’ programs, please visit www.yesomaha.org.
Women on a Mission for Change is entering its 8th year of serving women and girls in the areas of Careers, Health, Applied Life Skills, Nutrition, Growing your Spirituality and Education to create C.H.A.N.G.E. in their lives
Our vision is to provide women and girls with resources to achieve all aspirations of their lives and become powerful, empowered women and girls of a greater society.
We do this by offering an annual conference with women in leadership speakers, and an opportunity to set goals, a two year mentoring program for girls 14-18 years (W.I.G.) and an annual gala to honor women over 50 for their legacies (Legacy Gala).
Review our website www.womenonamissionomaha.org for more information, sponsorship opportunities and register for the next conference – Theme in 2018 “Creating Change” – April 6, 2018.
Contact Gina Ponce at (402) 403-WMC1, President and founder.
- Increasing availability of fresh and locally grown produce
- Educating the community about gardening and sustainability
- Providing employment opportunities
- Empowering neighborhoods
In addition to offering a space for our neighbors to grow, City Sprouts offers a variety of programs:
- Urban Farming summer internship
- Little Sprouts summer program
- Garden-to-Table afterschool program
- CommuniTEA + COFFEE winter community-building program
- Growing Gardeners year-round workshop series in partnership with The Big Garden
- Truck Farm Omaha, mobile teaching garden planted in the bed of a pickup
City Sprouts has grown its community garden to include an education center with office and classroom space, an urban farm, and a second community garden in South Omaha, each offering new opportunities to engage with the community.
To learn more or to help cultivate and grow our programs, visit us at OmahaSprouts.org.
Established in 1972, Santa Monica has been providing long-term residential services to thousands of chemically-dependent women, partnering with them on their journey to recovery. The program relies on the disciplines of the twelve step program of Alcoholics Anonymous®, while incorporating mental health and trauma treatment along with life skills. Santa Monica provides food, shelter, rehabilitative counseling, job acquisition guidance, and re-socialization training. Last year Santa Monica expanded services to include a step down level of care for the women, providing a more holistic continuum of care. These services will give the women more support as they transition back into the community. Donations are always valued at Santa Monica and the women benefit from toiletries, clothing and paper products.
Visit our new website at www.santamonicahouse.org for more information about the agency, what the future holds and how to help.
Child Saving Institute focuses on the prevention, intervention, and healing of childhood trauma, neglect and abuse. Since it’s beginning more than 125 years ago, Child Saving Institute’s primary focus has always been children’s safety and well-being. As an innovative leader in children’s services, our programs include an emergency shelter for youth whose families are in crisis, quality early childhood education, consultation services for low-income child care centers, foster care, therapy, pregnancy counseling, in-home services for struggling families, independent living skills education for youth aging out of the foster care system, and older child adoption.
CSI’s programming is diverse, but so are the needs of today’s children and youth. With your support and the support of others like you, CSI serves more than 2,800 kids and families each year, improving the lives of children in our community — and helping them discover the joy of childhood that every child should experience.
For more information, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, visit childsaving.org, or call (402) 553-6000.
Nebraska Recycling Council is a statewide, member-based, nonprofit supporting collaboration between communities, businesses, solid waste and recycling industries to improve waste diversion systems. Our mission is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska. Offerings include:.
- Recycling Information: Nebraska Online Recycling Guide, Phone Assistance
- Education & Training: Webinars, Green Team Training, Networking Events
- Services: Waste Assessments, Zero Waste Events, Zero Waste Community Consultation, Hub & Spoke Consultation
- Grants: Recycling Equipment Grants
- Publications: Best Management Practices, E-Newsletters, Case Studies
- Annual Awards Luncheon: National Speaker, Workshops, Business & Community Environmental Awards
Visit www.nrcne.org or call (402) 436-2384 to learn more.
Matt’s Music Memorial was started to honor and remember a Nebraska hero, Cpl. Matthew Lee Alexander, after his death in Baqubah, Iraq on May 6, 2007. Matthew enjoyed life. Music was a passion for him growing up. He played percussion throughout middle and high school. After graduating from Gretna in 2004, Matthew joined the Army as an infantryman. He never made it home from his first tour.
Matthew would want others to have the opportunity to experience the personal growth and enjoyment he found through his band experiences. This foundation aims to honor him and keep his memory alive by “Making Music Possible” for kids from all walks of life. If you’d like to know more, visit www.MattsMusicMemorial.org or call (402) 670-1806.
The Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (MLCDC) provides Latinos with opportunities to generate economic growth. Our educational and coaching services include childcare development, micro-business, financial capability and micro-lending.
MLCDC’s vision is to be a catalyst for a thriving, diverse, and inclusive community enriched by Latino influence, economic results, culture and leadership.
Most recently, eager to create new opportunities for South Omaha, MLCDC and a group of business owners came together to develop Las Americas Global Market. MLCDC will build a commercial kitchen and light manufacturing facilities to create 45 jobs. On July 1, 2017, MLCDC launched a financial education and one-on-one coaching services at the Mexican Consulate in Omaha. This program is offered to low-to-moderate-income Latinos seeking to build assets through affordable homeownership and build a plan to improve their financial capability through personalized financial coaching, financial literacy and the responsible access to financial products.
Visit our website at www.midlandslatinocdc.org or call (402) 933-4466 to learn more.
OneWorld believes that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare in a safe, welcoming environment. That’s why we provide a vast range of comprehensive services including: Adult Medicine • Pediatric Care • Prenatal Care • Women’s Healthcare • Behavioral Health • Dental • Pharmacy • Support Services.
OneWorld maintains an open-door policy, providing treatment regardless of an individual’s income, insurance status, race, sex, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identify, immigration status or ability to pay. In 2015, OneWorld care for 35,557 patients during more than 145,000 visits and is ranked in the top 2% of the nation for patient outcomes.
Our Mission: OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc., in partnership with the community, provides culturally respectful, quality health care with special attention to the underserved.
Our Vision: To become an innovative leader in health care, empowering individuals and creating healthier communities.
Kids Can! Community Center’s mission is to educate, engage, and inspire children through early childhood care and out-of-school experiences. Kids Can! serves children 18-months to 13 years old. We offer a variety of programs including: early childhood education, before- and after-school programs, summer and non-school day programs, tutoring, and mentoring. Kids Can! utilizes the Creative Curriculum and Handwriting Without Tears activities for our youngest students with the goal of ensuring all students are prepared to enter Kindergarten. School-age children participate in the STEMsmart Academy which focuses on science, technology, engineering, math, strength, music, art, reading and tutoring supporting well rounded children.
Founded in 1908 as Social Settlement Association of Omaha, Kids Can! has a long history of making a meaningful impact in the community. Kids Can! is located on 49th and Q Streets in Omaha.
MCF has played an integral part in managing three Affiliated Funds: Gretna Community Foundation, Bellevue Community Foundation, and Springfield Community Foundation. These Affiliated Funds have worked hard in their own communities raising awareness and building partnerships to secure a strong Foundation in their respective city.
MCF manages more than 100 charitable funds that serve an array of needs. This past year, more than $1 million has been distributed into the community through these charitable funds, MCF grants and discretionary gifts in the areas of health care, arts, culture, community, economic development, education and human services.
MCF can provide you with a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving through a variety of charitable gifting vehicles. We hold ourselves to high standards, have strong integrity and most importantly work to make a difference in your local community. The time is NOW to create a charitable fund to benefit your personal interests.
- Designated Funds
- Donor Advised Funds
- Field of Interest Funds
- Scholarship Funds
To learn more about MCF, visit www.midlandscommunity.org or call (402) 991-8027.