At Strictly Business, we believe it is so important to support our local nonprofits. Our commitment to supporting local nonprofits stems from recognizing their pivotal role in addressing the pressing needs of our community’s most vulnerable segments. Nonprofit organizations understand the needs of those who are vulnerable in our community and work to help support causes many of us connect to.

These organizations not only champion causes that resonate deeply with us, but also play a significant role in job creation, providing invaluable opportunities for individuals – be they workers, volunteers or donors – to contribute meaningfully to causes larger than themselves. When we pitch in to help nonprofits, we’re helping our communities and neighbors, keeping a culture of humanity, art and philanthropy alive.

Avenue Scholars ( is a leader in bridging the gap between education and business for Scholars, guaranteeing careers for youth of hope and need through supportive relationships, individualized coaching, education and training.

Avenue Scholars is a pioneering organization dedicated to ensuring that area students seamlessly connect their education with the business world around them, helping Scholars realize their full potential in the community at large.

Avenue Scholars provides services on a continuum to support and empower students from their high school years into the workforce. Their tried and true method integrates academic learning with career preparation to transform the Scholars’ dreams into tangible, professional successes.

Avenue Scholars’ students are selected for their perseverance and ambition, providing them with the tools and opportunities to further overcome life’s obstacles to excel in the careers in which they are deeply passionate.

To connect about becoming a prospective partner or supporter, email Audrey at, and for more information, visit Avenue Scholars’ websites at and

JDRF is now Breakthrough T1D ( Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease where a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone needed to get energy from food. T1D is diagnosed in both children and adults, has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle; at present, there is no cure.

As the leading global T1D research and advocacy organization, Breakthrough T1D helps make everyday life better while driving toward cures with a mission to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

You can help make a difference by participating, volunteering or fundraising.


  • Walk – September 29, 2024; Mahoney State Park
  • Community Summit – February 2025; Scott Conference Center
  • Gala – April 5, 2025; CHI Health Center
  • Programs:
  • Research – Two core objectives: Curing T1D & Improving Lives.
  • Advocacy – Advocate for government support of research & policies for affordable/accessible therapies.
  • Early Detection – Education & awareness program on detecting T1D in advance.
  • Community Outreach – Educational resources & support for people affected by T1D.
    • Community Events
    • T1D Resource Guides
    • Newly Diagnosed Outreach
    • Online Support
    • Ride – Destination cycling experience for all fitness levels.
    • YLC – Young professionals raising awareness & funds for T1D.

There is no one look for homelessness—and no one way toward homelessness. No matter their circumstances or reason for seeking organizational assistance, Youth Emergency Services (YES) ( brings Omaha’s youth to a safe space to call their own.

As part of its mission to provide housing and support to youth experiencing instability, crisis, and homelessness, YES strives to help young people, aged 16-24, meet their basic needs—from food security, to hygienic maintenance, to housing and more. Through the agency’s programming pathway, youth are equipped with the necessary skills and resources to become independent and self-sufficient within the community.

  1. First, struggling or homeless youth on the streets are identified by YES outreach workers and given bags of snacks and hygiene items. Youth are then also invited to enjoy a warm meal, take a hot shower, and find additional resources at YES’ Street Outreach Center.
  2. After proper screening, youth may then be housed at YES’ Emergency Shelter for up to 90 days, where they receive their own bedroom and support from a trained staff member to navigate personal challenges and/or apply to one of YES’ longterm housing programs—Transitional Living Program or Maternity Group Home Program.
  3. After completing a long-term housing program, youth can choose to receive an additional 12 month of YES services—now in their own apartment—through the agency’s Transition in Place program.

At the completion of YES’ programming, youth are equipped with the skills and resources they need to survive and thrive on their own in the community. To learn more about YES’ mission and programs, please visit

Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) ( is a nonprofit that has served the Omaha community for 127 years, providing healthcare and supportive services to individuals and families that are uninsured, under-resourced or otherwise unable to afford healthcare on their own. Last year, VNA provided care for over 40,000 people, utilizing a unique model that cares for those in need wherever they call home. VNA’s services include:

  • Public health nursing in every homeless shelter, domestic violence shelter and group maternity home in Omaha and Council Bluffs.
  • Parenting support services to assist healthy childbirths and guidance to equip and empower young parents and their children for healthy living and long-term well-being.
  • Home health aide services that promote independence at home, decrease fall risks and health and well-being for vulnerable elderly.
  • Flu and immunization services.
  • School nurses who promote wellness and provide physical and mental health services at 55 local public, private and parochial schools.

In December 2023, VNA moved into a newly renovated office space at 12565 West Center Rd. For more information, visit

Family Housing Advisory Services (FHAS) ( stands as a beacon of hope and guidance for families navigating the complex landscape of housing and financial stability. With a mission rooted in improving housing opportunities and poverty elimination, FHAS offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to assist individuals at every stage of their housing journey. From pre-purchase counseling and foreclosure prevention to rental assistance, financial education, earned income tax credits and fair housing services, FHAS is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has access to safe, affordable housing.

Leveraging years of expertise, FHAS employs a personalized approach, tailoring advice and resources to meet the unique needs of each family. Their team of seasoned professionals provides invaluable support, empowering clients with the knowledge and tools needed to make informed housing and financial decisions. As a trusted community partner, FHAS not only helps families secure housing but also builds stronger and more resilient communities.

To learn more, visit

Since 2008, the Husker Fans Salute the Troops ( organization has hosted a Husker Salute weekend for up to 100 Veterans, active military personnel and their families, with the mission to Salute, Serve and Support them for their sacrifices, and to help ensure that every person with Military ties in Nebraska and surrounding communities feels respected and appreciated for their service and are hopeful for the future. 2024 Husker Salute Weekend is being planned for this fall (tent. Sept 28-29), with an inspirational keynote speaker, FUN – FREE – FAMILY oriented activities, hotel accommodations, complimentary meals, a game-watch tailgate, and a tour of Memorial Stadium.

Husker fans and businesses from across Nebraska and the USA help support Husker Salute with donations of funds, services, materials, food and drink. You too can join the support team! See, on Facebook at Husker Salute, or email Please help this Big Red cause!

Do Space ( is an innovative and vibrant community technology library. Established in 2015, it has become a premier hub for digital access, learning and exploration. Operated by the nonprofit organization, Community Information Trust, Do Space aims to build digital equity by offering free access to cutting-edge technology and resources to all ages and skill levels. Now located in the Abrahams Branch of Omaha Public Library on 90th and Fort, Do Space offers free access to computers, laptops, 3D printers, virtual reality equipment, a podcast studio and other cutting-edge technologies. With a mission to empower individuals with essential digital skills, the space hosts workshops, mentor appointments and hands-on classes on topics such as coding, digital design, entrepreneurship and more. Learn more at or contact us at

Child Saving Institute (CSI) ( was founded in 1892 and has been dedicated to the needs of children and families in the greater Omaha area for over 131 years. CSI is guided by a deep understanding of the needs of the people we serve and a desire to lead with empathy, create safe spaces and meet each person where they are. The purpose is “Champion what’s best for each child and family,” but it is the promise that guides us as we work to lead With Heart and Humanity, while valuing Humanity and Perseverance for Growth.

CSI’s programming is diverse, but so are the needs of today’s children, youth and families. Services address the need for early childhood development and high-quality childcare, which we offer through our early childhood education program at our two Omaha childcare centers. Other services offered focus on the prevention, intervention and healing from child abuse, neglect and trauma. Programs include foster care, mental health services including therapy and medication management, parent support and education programs for young and expectant parents, an emergency shelter for youth temporarily displaced and who have nowhere to live, adoption services for older children and youth in foster care and an emergency shelter to house children during family crises.

With your support, CSI continues to serve more than 3,000 kids and families each year and touches thousands more, improving children’s lives and helping them discover the joy of childhood. For more information, visit or call (402) 553-6000. Stay connected with CSI by following the organization on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

The mission of AIM Institute ( is to grow a strong and diverse tech community through education, career development and outreach. AIM’s vision is to build a thriving community where anyone can pursue a rewarding tech career. For three decades, AIM has been a catalyst in helping to build the region’s tech ecosystem as demand for tech talent skyrockets.

In the past year, over 6,800 participants have embarked on transformative journeys with AIM: including over 3,500 youth inspired, 4,800 individuals from underprivileged backgrounds empowered, and more than 2,000 honing their tech skills. Plus, nearly 2,000 more are on the brink of diving into the world of technology.

AIM is committed to developing and retaining tech talent for the success of the region’s companies and entrepreneurs. AIM offers programs like Youth Academies and Code School, nurturing tech talent from elementary school through adulthood. Career development initiatives include Leadership Development Academies and Customized Training, which equip local talent with the skills needed for success in high-demand tech careers at area businesses. Through strategic partnerships, AIM fosters tech workforce development and networking opportunities in addition to hosting events such as the upcoming Heartland Developers Conference on August 20-21 at CHI Health Center Omaha and AIM’s first-ever BIG AI Conference, August 21 also at the CHI Health Center Omaha.

For more information on AIM’s array of education offerings, custom training, services and events, visit; engage on Facebook, Instagram – @aiminstituteomaha, and X (formerly Twitter) – @aiminstituteoma.

HALLINS Corporation ( aims to drive positive change in underserved communities using art, music, and culture. This goal is achieved through four major projects organized by HALLINS.

The Omaha Jazz Experience is the annual fundraiser and is scheduled for July 20 at Stinson Park. The festival will feature the incredible 12-time Grammy nominee and winner Kirk Whalum as the headliner, with 2-time Grammy nominee Jonathan Butler performing just before him. Local favorite band The Toast will start the show.

The twelfth annual LOVAM festival will be held on August 31 at Turner Park. Free and open to the public, the festival showcases performances by national jazz musicians and provides a unique opportunity for women and minority business owners from underserved communities.

HALLINS addresses access and inclusivity barriers in jazz education for young musicians by providing specialized coaching and mentorship through a structured Masterclass led by Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians.

Since 2006, Veterans in Business Forum, VIBF (, has been assisting veterans and others in business. The mission is to provide support, education and advocacy to help veterans succeed in business and increase community awareness of veteran-owned business activities.

VIBF monthly meetings provide the opportunity for members to learn from each other and guest speakers on a range of topics pertinent to veteran business owners. These include business development, access to capital, legislation, contracting with local, state and the federal government, veteran topics etc.

The Veterans in Business Forum’s network and resources concentrate are primarily focused on  Nebraska and nearby Iowa with emphasis on Omaha, Bellevue, Papillion, La Vista, Springfield, Gretna, Council Bluffs and Offutt AFB areas.

For more information, email the VIBF today at

For over 60 years, Keep Nebraska Beautiful (KNB) ( has worked for the betterment of Nebraska through waste reduction, recycling and community beautification. KNB’s mission is to enhance, preserve and beautify Nebraska by developing and managing programs and partnerships with statewide affiliates, private industry leaders and citizens who share a passion for the environment. As a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), KNB coordinates KAB events in the state of Nebraska and is a statewide resource for its 20 local community affiliates and all Nebraska residents.

The largest programs offered through KNB are the Nebraska School Chemical Cleanout Campaign, Materials Exchange Program, Used Oil Collection Program, Food Waste Reduction Program and Household Hazardous Waste Program. These initiatives focus on promoting environmental sustainability and public health.

Contact KNB at (402) 486-4562 or visit for more information.

Serving over 600 students, the schools in the CUES School System ( – All Saints, Holy Name, and Sacred Heart – anchor their Omaha neighborhoods, CUES provides a safe place for students to learn academic, social and interpersonal skills. Many CUES families face difficult financial circumstances and simply cannot afford to pay full tuition. They choose our schools to give their children a faith-based education. CUES students thrive in a culture of love, kindness, and excellence.


  • CUES never turns away a child due to inability to pay.
  • Underwriting the cost of education is our greatest need.
  • The total cost to educate is $13,700 per year.
  • Every CUES family qualifies for financial education assistance.


  • 92% of our students are students of color.
  • 100% of our students receive free and reduced meals.
  • 90% of CUES graduates have graduated from high school since 2018.

United Way of the Midlands LogoSince 1923, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) ( has served the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro by bridging the business and not-for-profit sectors and raising money to support our community’s most impactful health and human service programs. UWM’s more than 100 funded programs and direct services – like 211 and JAG Nebraska – focus on four key areas to improve health and well-being for all, build financial stability and strength, help young people realize their full potential and address urgent needs today to advance a better tomorrow.

As part of each investment cycle, UWM accepts applications from agencies across the metro requesting funding for their programming. The task of helping determine which agency programs receive a grant award is the responsibility of UWM’s Community Investment Review Team. This group is made up of more than 100 volunteers from across the community who generously donate their time, talents and expertise to help UWM invest in impactful programs, while maintaining a broad circle of supports and a safety net of essential services for our community.

Learn more at

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

To find out more about Project Harmony, visit or call (402) 595-1326.

Established in 1972, Santa Monica House ( provides long-term residential programs to adult women battling substance use, mental health and trauma. The program relies on the disciplines of the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous® while incorporating evidenced based models that are centered around a strength-based approach. Santa Monica provides food, shelter, rehabilitative counseling, job acquisition guidance and resocialization training through our continuum of care. Being under Santa Monica’s umbrella, women will be empowered as they progress through the Intermediate Residential, Halfway House, Three-Quarter way or sober living and Supported Transitional Apartments to independent living. Women in the three-quarter way and apartments will work with our Certified Peer Support Specialist to partner with on their journey to independence. We also offer Chemical Dependency evaluations to the community. This design to step-down levels of care provides a holistic experience giving 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 Santa Monica’s new website at for more information about the agency, what the future holds and how to help.

Founded in 1986, MICAH House ( serves families and women that are experiencing the crisis of homelessness by providing shelter and support services. Located on the Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus in Council Bluffs, MICAH House provides two shelter programs – a family shelter and a women’s shelter. Through both programs, all individuals are provided with case management services that are tailored specifically to them, helping each person reach their unique goals and safe, stable housing.

MICAH House provides a variety of additional support services including education on finances and employment, an on-site health clinic, a complimentary professional clothing cloest, various types of therapeutic programs targeted specifically for each population (families, women, children), the Florence M. Lakin Child Development Center and invaluable parenting support. Each year, over 600 individuals are served – with almost half being children.

For more information, please visit

For over 20 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 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. The organization’s 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 such as a seizure or a diabetic high or low and open doors both literally and figuratively. Some even provide lifesaving measures for their disabled partners. Learn more online at

Firefly ( (formaly known as FAMILY, Inc) is a human services organization with a mission to engage and educate our community, inspiring a healthy future through literacy, family and public health services. At Firefly they envision a resilient community built on strong partnerships and trust with equitable opportunities to thrive. They are committed to building a better future for our community through our children. Firefly provides the right support and services for each child at the earliest stages of development, prenatally through age five, preparing children to enter school ready to learn. Through early developmental assessment, oral health education and screening, support to pregnant moms, parenting home visits, care coordination, connections to hawki health insurance, fostering informal support networks and more, Firefly partners with each family leading to more successful outcomes decades later. What better investment for the future can a community make?

To learn more, visit or call (712) 256-9566. Firefly. can also be found on Facebook (@familyincia), Twitter (@FAMILYIowa), LinkedIn (@familyinc) and YouTube (FAMILYonYouTube).

The YMCA of Omaha ( strengthens communities through three pillars:

Youth development: Developing the next generation of leaders by instilling life skills such as perseverance, sportsmanship and teamwork. We do this through youth sports, summer camps, after-school programming, swim lessons and Early Learning Centers.

Healthy living: Engaging community members in healthy habits, including exercise and wellness programs for all and special accommodations for those managing health risks or recovery, including the active older adults.

Social responsibility: Making health and learning opportunities broadly accessible for people of all means, backgrounds and neighborhoods.

Learn more at

Through a growing grassroots network of volunteers who hail from every corner or the state, Nebraska Community Foundation ( unleashes abundant local assets, inspires charitable giving, and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska. This year, NCF celebrates 30 years of progress toward its vision to make Nebraska a place where our hometowns are achieving their dreams.

Headquartered in Lincoln, the Foundation serves communities, donors and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving more than 270 communities.

In the last five years, 45,993 contributions have been made to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Since 1994, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $517 million in Nebraska’s people and places. For information, visit

For over 15 years, Autism Action Partnership (AAP) ( has provided targeted programs and services to fill critical gaps in the autism community.

AAP’s work on behalf of the autism community focuses on creating more SUPPORT, INCLUSION and PROSPERITY for those autism. When AAP began this work in 2008, 1 in 88 children was diagnosed with ASD. Today, that number has more than doubled to 1 in 36 children (CDC 2023). The CDC also estimates the autistic adult population in the United States exceeds 7 million (2.2% of our population).

AAP provides after-school programming for autistic adolescents, a workforce development program, life skills programming for autistic adults, events for individuals and families, inclusion training, first responder training, and more! We’re moving the needle forward to create a more inclusive Omaha through training & consultation program, COMPASS.

Learn more about Autism Action Partnership, visit or call (402) 763-8830.

Educare of Omaha, Inc. ( prepares children and families for elementary school by providing high quality, full-time, year-round early education. Over 650 children ages zero to five years participate annually at five schools located in North and South Omaha, and through a home visitation program. At Educare schools, certified teachers interact with children to develop and reach individual social-emotional and cognitive goals. On-site health aides provide health screenings and referrals. All meals, snacks, diapers and other basic needs are provided for during school hours.

Each family also meets with a Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Specialist or Early Childhood Coordinator who provides education and support about child development and parenting, helps families design and meet goals and links families to agencies that may be able to help with health needs, housing concerns, finding employment and more.

For more information about Educare of Omaha, Inc., visit

Over the past 50 years, CenterPointe ( has grown to include over forty programs including mental health and substance use treatment, primary care services, rehabilitation, medication management, 24-hour crisis response, and housing. Most of those served experience severe and persistent mental illness, addiction, and health issues. Nearly all are low or no income.

Last year, CenterPointe served over 4,500 individuals, half making less than $1,000 a year. This year, they have already surpassed that number; the need for comprehensive, whole health services has never been greater.

CenterPointe builds stronger communities by helping people get better, sooner, for longer. To learn more, visit

Vision Maker Media ( envisions a world changed and healed by understanding Native stories and the public conversations they generate. What began as a film archive to conserve and document Native American stories, transformed into the nation’s leader in content by and about Indigenous people. Since 1976, VMM has helped develop, produce, and distribute programs to educate and engage audiences. Through programs like iNative Shorts for Kids, Native Youth Media Project, Creative Shorts Fellowship, Public Media Fund and SHOP Films, VMM provides mentorship, training and funding to nurture the next generation of filmmakers, and has a catalog of films available for purchase to use in the classroom and other educational spaces. Vision Maker Media shines a long-overdue light on the foundation of American history with Native American perspectives, while empowering and engaging the next generation of Native filmmakers to share their stories. For more information, visit
Angels Among Us ( provides financial and emotional support 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 or $825 a month, depending on household income levels, for the length of their entire treatment plan, up to three years, 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.

In addition to financial support, Angels Among Us launched 11 emotional support programs to provide wrap-around services for all members of the pediatric cancer family. Programs for teens, kids, siblings and caregivers; events for the family to attend together; and bereavement support services are now offered. These emotional support programs allow Angels Among Us to better fulfill its mission of BOTH financial and emotional support.

Angels Among Us recently moved into its new space, The Harper Hope Center. This space allows Angels Among Us to conduct programmatic events and support groups for the pediatric cancer families they serve, on site, for the first time. We are now located on 89th and Indian Hills Drive at 220 N 89th St. STE 101 in Omaha.

Since 2006, Angels Among Us has assisted over 700 families with over $5 million in support. Gifts of any amount are welcome and encouraged. For more information, contact Angels Among Us at (402) 934-0999 or visit the website at

A Time to Heal Cancer Foundation ( is a local organization started in Omaha, Nebraska. They offer FREE support, education and empowerment for cancer survivors and caregivers. Our programs are a blend of emotional support groups and education available online from anywhere or in-person at their new office at 220 N 89th St. Suite 201.

They provide many different programs including: Survivorship 101, a nine-week, 90-minute per week class offering researched-based guidance on nutrition, exercise, anxiety and intimacy after cancer; Navigating Brain Fog, a unique 6-week, 90-minute per week class helping cancer and COVID-19 survivors improve memory and cognitive function; Advanced/Chronic Cancer Support, monthly session for those with ongoing cancer, providing connections, help and support.

Their programs are free and facilitated by trained healthcare professionals. Generous donations make this life-changing support possible for over 800 survivors each year! For more information or to support survivors, contact A Time to Heal at (402) 401-6083 or visit

The Branched Oak Observatory (BOO) ( is a unique astronomical park located conveniently just 20 minutes from downtown Lincoln near Branched Oak Lake Recreation Area. Established in 2015, they offer a unique viewing experience and learning opportunity for young and old alike. Whether viewing the sun, the moon or deep-space star clusters and nebulae, the Observatory’s staff of volunteers – amateur and professional astronomers alike – help to “Bring the Night Sky Down to Earth.”

The Observatory has a radio telescope to view the electronic spectrum of the universe, a SATCOM array for communications with the International Space Station and other satellites, a Cosmic Ray Detector and an Earth Moon Earth EME array that will allow them to bounce radio signals off the surface of the moon and back to Earth!

Please follow the Branched Oak Observatory on Facebook (@BranchedOakObservatory). Their new summertime hours are 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for safe solar viewing on “SUN”days. If you would like more information, visit or contact Matt Anderson at / (402) 480-5515. Branched Oak Observatory is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Jennie Edmundson Foundation (, the fundraising arm of Methodist Jennie Edmundson (MJE) Hospital, is unwavering in its commitment to enhancing community well-being. By mobilizing philanthropic leaders, the foundation ensures that MJE Hospital’s programs and services remain at the forefront of meeting community needs.

Philanthropy fuels the foundation’s Caring for Our Community Fund, Cancer Center, Cardiac Center, Women’s Services, Behavioral Health, Charitable Patient Care Fund, Medi-Van Transportation and Scholarship Funds. These vital resources provide essential care, education and services to those who may otherwise lack access to healthcare.

Community involvement is encouraged through donations, planned gifts and corporate sponsorships, each contributing to the foundation’s impactful initiatives. Becoming a MJE Adult Volunteer offers a unique opportunity for individuals to make a difference, develop new skills and contribute to a supportive hospital environment.

To get involved or learn more about the foundation’s mission, contact (712) 396-6040 or visit Every contribution, regardless of size, plays a crucial role in sustaining the foundation’s mission to improve the quality of life for all.

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 917 safe shelter beds to men, women and children experiencing homelessness; serves over 4,747 nutritious meals; and provides homeless preventive measures to more than 1,000 people living in poverty. Offers more than 40 programs for free to people in the Omaha/SWI area making a difference, right here, right now.

Visit or call (402) 422-1111 to see how you can make a difference in the community.


Community Foundation for Western Iowa ( is your connection to creating a lasting legacy of giving, ensuring communities in western Iowa are vibrant and strong for future generations.

The Community Foundation helps donors create a personalized philanthropy plan tailored to their interests and preferences. Donors can maximize their charitable gifts, which can include cash, financial investments, bequests, stocks and securities, grain, livestock, real estate and vehicles. As an added benefit, the Community Foundation is proud to offer the Endow Iowa Tax Credit, a 25% state credit on qualified gifts.

Since 2007, the Community Foundation for Western Iowa and its charitable investors have granted more than $18 Million to organizations creating impact in western Iowa. Last year, generous donors awarded 320 grants to organizations totaling more than $5.4 Million through their charitable funds at the Community Foundation.

Help our community meet the challenges of changing times. Create impact and give where we live at

Stephen Center (—located in South Omaha—partners with individuals, families and the community to overcome homelessness, substance abuse and mental health concerns. Approximately 250 people call Stephen Center each day through three programs on a sober campus. The Pettigrew Emergency Shelter serves men, women and children experiencing homelessness. The HERO Program (Health, Empowerment, Responsibility and Opportunity) is a state-licensed use and mental health treatment program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). It provides substance use evaluations, inpatient services and intensive outpatient treatment.

The third program is Stephen Center’s Permanent Supportive Housing program for those that meet income and disability qualifications. All Stephen Center clients have the support of case managers who assist them with the identification of barriers impeding self-sufficiency.

Volunteers play a pivotal role in Stephen Center’s mission, impacting clients’ lives every day. For more information, visit or follow them on Facebook under the username @stephencenteromaha.

The mission of the American Red Cross ( is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Our mission is more than words. We always aim to prevent and relieve suffering with every action. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to people affected by disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. Red Cross supporters provide a beacon of hope. From helping during disasters and ensuring access to lifesaving blood, to providing training to save lives and supporting military communities, the Red Cross is there when help can’t wait. To learn more, visit

Completely KIDSAt Completely KIDS (, our vision is a community that is safe, healthy, successful, and connected. We empower children and families with the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty and overcome barriers to their success. Each year, we serve over 2,600 Omaha-area KIDS, primarily between the ages of four and 14, and their families.

Our holistic afterschool and summer activities, offered at 16 metro locations, cover a wide range of subjects such as literacy, art, computers, physical fitness, gardening clubs, cooking, and more. We also offer the Weekend Food Program for food-insecure families, adult education classes, behavioral health therapy, the Homework Diner, and a Teen Employment Program.

Completely KIDS relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations to maintain our high level of services. You can support us through volunteering, attending events, packing food bags, organizing supply drives or making a donation.

The mission of the Nebraska Safety Council ( is simple: For more than 60 years, they have provided education and leadership to empower people to live safe and healthy lives. The Nebraska Safety Council’s comprehensive programs, training courses, events and services are designed to improve employee care at a desk, on the production floor, behind the wheel and off the job. Their unique Worker 360° approach provides integrated risk management to improve overall worker quality of life and positively impact an organization’s bottom line. Members of the Nebraska Safety Council include organizations throughout Nebraska and surrounding areas, across a variety of industries. There is no one-size-fits-all option. Each company’s safety and wellbeing program is customized for their needs and size. Demonstrate your commitment to employee safety and health by becoming a member of the Nebraska Safety Council. You will receive access to training, guidance and resources to establish or enhance your safety and wellness programs and policies. The Nebraska Safety Council provides leadership and resources for a safe and healthy workplace and community. To reach their team, call (402) 483-2511 or visit to learn more.

Abide Omaha ( is a faith-based, inner-city nonprofit committed to fulfilling their dream, that one day, every person in every neighborhood will have every opportunity to reach their God-given potential. This year, Abide’s 2024 motto of the year is “On Purpose!” Abide wants to do everything on purpose, helping others live, lead and love on purpose. Their 2024 motto was inspired by 1 Corinthians 9:26, “So I run with purpose in every step.”

Abide Omaha’s mission is to revitalize the inner city, one neighborhood at a time. Abide provides a 3-tiered, holistic approach to revitalization, focusing on (1) safer neighborhoods, (2) stronger families and (3) emerging leaders. Abide’s strategy focuses on:

  1. Connecting and stabilizing neighborhoods to make the community safer.
  2. Inspiring hope and bringing healing by equipping children, youth and families.
  3. Investing in emerging leaders who are committed to citywide transformation.

To learn more, visit

Mosaic in Omaha’s ( purpose is to “love and serve,” and its mission is to “embrace God’s call to relentlessly pursue opportunities to empower people.” The values woven through our work to serve those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and others with diverse needs are Belonging, Connection, Faithfulness and especially Grit during these challenging times.

“To empower” at Mosaic means helping those we serve achieve their best or most meaningful life by providing truly specialized services to help them achieve their goals and dreams; working with those we serve to have closer ties to the community to open up volunteer and employment opportunities for them; and Mosaic standing alongside those we serve to advocate with and for them to bring awareness to issues that affect their lives and promote public policy that positively impacts them.

This empowerment of people we support ranges from helping someone communicate for the first time to helping another gain enough independence to secure a job and live in their own home. To learn more or to donate, please visit

Midlands Community Foundation (MCF) ( serves as a catalyst for lasting impact in Sarpy and Cass counties and helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals and “Invest in the Power of Community.”

MCF plays an integral part in the community by serving Sarpy and Cass counties in areas of arts community and economic development, education, health and human services. They help provide shelter for the homeless and stock shelves at local food banks, underwrite scholarships for college-bound students, maintain and support local libraries, update parks and recreational areas, provide new technology for schools and nonprofit organizations, treat school children to educational fieldtrips, support STEM initiatives and they assist in emergency disaster relief for affected victims.

In addition, MCF manages 180 charitable funds that serve an array of needs. This past year, they have infused nearly $2.8 million back into the community through its grants, discretionary gifts and charitable fund contributions. Learn more at

The American Heart Association ( is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives – devoted to saving people from two of the nation’s top killers: heart disease and stroke.

Powered by millions of volunteers, global and local collaborators, their goal is equitably increase worldwide healthy life expectancy from 64 to at least 67 years by 2030.

Through events right here in Nebraska, like the Heart Walk, Go Red for Women and Heart Ball, the American Heart Association is making an impact. For more information, visit

More than 11,000 Nebraskans will be diagnosed with cancer this year. The Heartland Cancer Foundation’s (HCF) ( mission is to provide practical and immediate financial assistance to eligible cancer patients in our community so they can focus on what matters most: healing.

If YOU are passionate about supporting local cancer patients who are struggling with both a cancer diagnosis and financial hardship, YOU can get involved by sponsoring one of HCF’s signature events like the Mardi Gras Gala, Oncology Symposium or Heartland Golf Classic, or by becoming an Impact Partner and having a presence at all events year-round.

Other ways YOU can show your support include volunteering, joining the Impact Guild, setting up a recurring gift or including HCF as a beneficiary in your legacy plans.

Chances are, cancer has had an impact on your life. If you’re ready to provide hope, learn more and reach out at

Christian Record Services, Inc. (, located in Lincoln, is a ministry that serves children and adults who are blind. This year, the organization is celebrating 125 years of service to the Lincoln community and beyond with nearly 18,000 members throughout the United States and in countries around the world.

Christian Record Services offers an array of services and programs, including Bible study lessons, books, magazines and Bibles in audio, braille and large print from a library of more than 2,000 titles. Members also can deepen social, educational, and spiritual connections through PhoneFaith, scholarships for higher education, and National Camps for Blind Children.

These services and programs are free of charge to people who are legally blind, regardless of spiritual beliefs or faith background.

For more information, visit, call (402) 488-0981, or email

Outlook Enrichment ( Empowers People With Vision Loss.

Outlook’s mission is to positively impact everyone who is blind or visually impaired.

“As we learned more about people who are blind or have low vision and all the work they do, we found a paycheck alone wasn’t independence. We formed Outlook Enrichment to serve many aspects of their life to help them fulfill their personal and career goals,” says Eric Stueckrath, President and CEO of Outlook.

Outlook Enrichment helps people with vision loss and blindness live life independently while doing the things they love. Outlook Enrichment received a Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics for their effective work.

“We aspire to be the first place people turn to when seeking resources that empower those with vision loss,” said Nina Rongisch, Executive Director of Outlook Enrichment. “We teach independent living skills and offer adaptive recreational and cultural events.”

Supporting Outlook Enrichment’s mission is its Vision Beyond Sight Gala on November 8: