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The Big Give 2019

Sep 09, 2019 04:40PM ● By Tara Spencer

Omaha Magazine’s “Big Give” is our annual directory of charitable causes. We are proud to help connect volunteers and philanthropists to the many area nonprofits. Each page in this sponsored special section is devoted to a different organization. Read on to learn more about their mission statements, organizational backgrounds, points of pride, upcoming events, and ways that you can make a difference. 

Aksarben Foundation

Aksarben Foundation volunteers

Mission statement: To sustain a unified network of business and community leaders that seek to influence change in heartland communities for the betterment of education, workforce development and growth of the economy.

AKSARBEN Foundation 7101 Mercy Road, Suite 320 Omaha, NE 68106 402.554.9600 aksarben.org

Background Established in 1895, the Aksarben Foundation networks with premier employers to influence change for the betterment of youth, the economy, and heartland communities. The Aksarben Foundation recognizes and celebrates the philanthropy and volunteerism of heartland families, funds scholarships and community grants throughout Nebraska and western Iowa, and celebrates the dedication of Nebraska’s agricultural families with the Aksarben Farm Family Awards, given to families who have maintained family ownership of their farmland for 100 or 150 years.

Brag Lines The Aksarben Foundation focuses on the betterment of Nebraska and western Iowa. For nearly 75 years, the Aksarben Foundation has awarded scholarships to Nebraska youth so that they can realize their dreams and give back to the heartland. Aksarben awards over $1 million in scholarships annually and has long been known for the Aksarben Ball and the Aksarben Stock Show. These events recognize, promote, and celebrate volunteerism, philanthropy, and community pride while helping raise funds.

Pay it forward Aksarben supporters make several programs possible. The Aksarben | Horatio Alger State Scholarships are for students throughout Nebraska and western Iowa who plan to attend four-year colleges within Nebraska. Aksarben awards 50 of these scholarships each year. Aksarben annually awards 100 Aksarben Career Promise Scholarships to students attending MCC. Ag Leaders Scholarships are awarded to 4-H student exhibitors during the Aksarben Stock Show, and Aksarben Community Grants help communities throughout Nebraska and western Iowa realize their goals.

Wish list Support of the Aksarben Foundation initiatives help further the betterment of the heartland in areas of education, community, and workforce development—the most important issue facing Nebraska today. By working together, we can continue to help improve the condition of the heartland economy and strengthen communities across the state for a better, more prosperous tomorrow.

Upcoming events: Aksarben Stock Show Sept. 27-29, 2019 Aksarben Purple Ribbon Auction Sept. 28, 2019 Aksarben Ball Oct. 19, 2019

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American Heart AssociationAmerican-Heart-Association-survivors

Mission statement: The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives.

American Heart Association 9900 Nicholas St. Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68114 402.810.6870 heart.org

Background The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease. Founded by six cardiologists in 1924, the organization now includes more than 40 million volunteers and supporters. They fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

Brag Lines In Nebraska in the last five years alone, the AHA has funded 21 studies, funding $2.9 million in new research. Since 1949,  the AHA has invested more than $4.3 billion in studies that have led to medical advances such as artificial heart valves, CPR, pacemakers, cholesterol drugs, microsurgery and drug-coated stents. Health care providers learn about medical advances and new treatment guidelines though AHA journals, conferences, and online courses. In the 13-state affiliate, AHA is currently supporting 481 multi-year studies at a cost of more than $110 million.

Pay it forward The American Heart Association wants everyone to know that cardiovascular diseases are largely preventable. Risks can be lowered by adhering to what they call Life’s Simple 7: not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a healthy diet, controlling blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, and controlling blood sugar. People can assess their cardiovascular health by visiting MyLifeCheck.org and answering a few questions.

Wish list Corporate Event Sponsors Financial contributions to support research Auction items Survivor stories Heart Walk teams Red yarn for the Little Hats, Big Hearts project Volunteers for upcoming events

Upcoming events: Go Red for Women Expo Sept. 24, 2019 Omaha Heart Ball Feb. 29, 2020 Workplace Health Symposium TBD Omaha-Council Bluffs Heart Walk May 2020

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American Midwest BalletAmerican-Midwest-Ballet-dancer

Mission statement: Celebrating 10 years of professional dance, American Midwest Ballet provides artistic and cultural enrichment through programs of the highest quality: professional dance performances, educational programs, and community outreach.

P.O. Box 6413 Omaha, NE 68106 402.541.6946 amballet.org [email protected]

Background American Midwest Ballet (AMB) plays a key role in the cultural vitality of our region. The region’s professional ballet company inspires people through a talented roster of 30 dancers from around the nation and abroad, acclaimed choreographers, and stunning productions.

Brag Lines As the region’s professional dance company, their work is truly beyond words. Founded in 2009 by visionary artistic director, Erika Overturff Professional dance productions that uplift, inspire, and make people think Over 30,000 people reached in the community and on tour Outreach to over 7,500 students and over 1,000 underserved persons Partnerships with over 20 social service agencies Collaborations with fellow arts organizations Three main stage productions each season

Pay it forward Attend a performance Become a season subscriber Support the ballet as a sponsor Support the ballet an individual donor Participate in and support AMB School Join the ballet guild Partner with AMB to bring dance to your audience Follow AMB on social media   AMB is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Wish list Season sponsorships Production sponsorships Education and outreach sponsorships Artist, costume, and scenic sponsorships Individual donations In-kind donations Guild volunteers

Upcoming events Momentum: Habaneras Oct. 11 and 13, 2019 The Nutcracker Nov. 24, and Dec. 7-8, 2019 Swing, Swing, Swing! April 4 and 11, 2020

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American Red Cross

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Mission statement: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

American Red Cross 2912 S. 80th Ave. Omaha, NE 68124 402.343.7700 redcross.org

Background American Red Cross, serving the Omaha Council Bluffs Metro area turns compassion into action through its strong network of volunteers, donors, and partners in times of need. They ensure that all members of the armed forces and their families find support and comfort when needed, and that in an emergency there are trained individuals nearby ready to use Red Cross skills to save lives. Red Cross also ensures that people have access to lifesaving blood and blood products.

Brag Lines American Red Cross provides about 40 percent of the U.S. blood supply, making them the single largest supplier of blood in the nation. Last year, Red Cross volunteers in the Omaha metro area responded to 150 disasters, mostly home fires, providing help, hope, and comfort to individuals and families affected. Area Red Cross volunteers assisted with the response to flooding the impacted Nebraska and Iowa in the spring of 2019, helping to provide shelter, food, relief supplies and emotional support to impacted residents.

Pay it forward Become a volunteer. Help us provide relief and hope to those affected by disasters. Go to the website and click on “Volunteer.” Donate blood. Each blood donation can save up to three lives. To make an appointment visit the website and click on “Give Blood.” Make a donation. An average of 90 cents of each dollar is invested in humanitarian services and programs.  Go to the website and click on “Donate.” To make a $10 donation text REDCROSS to 90999.

Wish list Volunteers Blood and platelet donors Financial support

Upcoming events Heroes in the Heartland March 3, 2020

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Angels Among Us

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Mission statement: Angels Among Us exists to provide financial and emotional support to families battling pediatric cancer who are living-in or being treated in Nebraska.

Angels Among Us 3858 Jones St., Suite A Omaha, NE 68105 402.934.0999 myangelsamongus.org

Background Angels Among Us was started in 2006 by two women who wanted to give back after their own childhood cancer experience. In the last thirteen years, Angels Among Us has assisted over 400 families with nearly $2 million in support. Families are identified through the social work offices of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine. Bills are paid directly to the identified creditor ensuring that funds are used for their intended purpose. Angels Among Us has assisted with mortgage and rent payment, car payments, utility bills, and more.

Brag Lines Yes, Angels Among Us supports families financially, but more importantly, Angels Among Us has helped these families read bedtime stories and play board games without the all-consuming worry of paying rent, insurance or utility bills. We are a community of people helping people. There is strength in numbers. There is also hope, help and monetary relief.

Pay it forward There are so many good causes that could use your help.We understand that. But if you could give a cancer family just a little relief and allow them to worry less about where their mortgage, rent or utility money will come from – well then, would that tip the scale?  Life isn’t fair. If you could give your help, life just got a little fairer. Doing good is, good. Doing good for others…well that makes you an angel.

Wish list Fuzzy socks with grips on bottom (ages 3-19) Gift cards for fast food and travel Travel sized germ ex and Kleenex To-go wipes Thermometers Find our full wish list on ShareOmaha.org

Upcoming events Artists and Angels Gala Sep. 20, 2019 Giving Tuesday Dec. 3, 2019 Wing in the New Year January 2020 Uncorked Wine Event February 2020 Bland Cares/Angels Among Us Golf Outing July 2020 2020 Gala Oct. 2, 2020

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Assistance LeagueAssistance League, Operation Teen Parent grads

Mission statement: Assistance League volunteers  transforming the lives of children and adults through community programs.

Assistance League® of Omaha 3569 Leavenworth St. Omaha, NE 68105-1907 402.342.4288 alomaha.org

Background Assistance League® of Omaha (ALO) is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organization whose members identify, develop, implement and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of local children and adults in the Greater Omaha Area. Assistance League of Omaha receives no federal, state or city funding.

Brag Lines Assistance League of Omaha has achieved Platinum status with GUIDESTAR, is a 2019 Top-Rated GREATNONPROFITS NONPROFIT and is a Best Practices organization of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands.

Pay it forward 3760 children were provided clothing through Operation School Bell®. The Emergency Response Team clothed an additional 109 students 70 teen parents graduated and 4 scholarships were awarded through Operation Teen Parent 361 Assault Survivor Kits® were delivered to victims of abuse or assault 593 teddy bears were given to comfort children through Operation Bear Hug 143 high school students participated in ACT/PSAT Review Sessions 4230 new/nearly new books were collected from ALO members, Pi Beta Phi and business partners to be distributed among less fortunate children within our community through Operation Literacy Operation Recovery encourages residents of Santa Monica House to succeed during their substance abuse recovery programs and transition back into the community.

Wish list Monetary donations Volunteers Tax deductible donations of housewares, adult clothing, and accessories to the Thrift Shop Books for young children Printing services Donations and Grants

Upcoming events Operation School Bell Oct. 1-13, 2019 Christmas Caravan Preview Party Nov. 6, 2019 Christmas Caravan Nov. 7, 2019 Style Show April 7, 2020

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Autism Action PartnershipAutism Action Partnership kids

Mission statement: To improve the quality of life of persons on the autism spectrum and their families through education, advocacy and support, thereby enabling them to be an integral part of the community.

Autism Action Partnership 10110 Nicholas St., Suite 202 Omaha, NE 68114 402.763.8830 autismaction.org

Background Autism Action Partnership has served the needs of the Nebraska autism community for over a decade.  AAP offers programming focused in three core areas: education, workforce development, and enrichment and inclusion. The diagnosis of autism continues to grow significantly, worldwide and locally. Autism Action Partnership provides an array of services for individuals with autism and their families and remains dedicated to working with all partners to create a more inclusive  environment for those affected by autism to thrive.

Brag Lines In 2018, Autism Action Partnership expanded Circle of Friends to over 220 schools across Nebraska for over 3000 students to improve social skills and reduce bullying of classmates on the autism spectrum. AAP hosted numerous sensory friendly “Making Memories” events, allowing families affected by autism to enjoy Werner Park, Rose Theater, Omaha Children’s Museum, and Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. AAP’s PACE program also expanded to place more job seekers (with autism) and serve more employers seeking qualified employees.

Pay it forward The world has begun to embrace autism like never before. Communities and businesses are turning their focus to the unique abilities possessed by individuals with autism and the significant contributions they can make in all areas of life. Autism Action Partnership is regularly seeking support in all forms to help harness and sustain these opportunities…and fulfill our mission. Contact us today to learn more about how your time, talent and/or treasure can help change lives!

Wish list Corporate Partners Employment opportunities for PACE participants Inclusion event opportunities Guild members Volunteers Donations

Upcoming events “Making Memories” at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium Sept. 14, 2019 11th Annual A Vintage Affaire Gala Oct. 5, 2019 Omaha Children’s Museum Sensory Santa Dec. 15, 2019

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Avenue ScholarsAvenue-Scholars

Mission statement: Avenue Scholars strives to ensure careers for committed students of hope and need through education/training and supportive relationships.

Avenue Scholars Foundation 7101 Mercy Road Suite 240 Omaha, NE  68106 402.916.9777 [email protected]

Background Avenue Scholars provides comprehensive, individualized support and resources to help students from low-income families identify, persist toward, and enter financially sustaining careers. Students are selected on financial need (eligibility for free or reduced-priced school lunches or a federal Pell grant) and interest in pursuing a career requiring an associate degree or less in one of these high-demand industry sectors: Health, Information Technology, Automotive Technology/Transportation, Trades/Manufacturing/Builders, or Business/Office Processes.

Brag Lines Avenue Scholars has supported the career development of 2,618 students since its inception in 2008. Thanks to the generosity of the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation and the ongoing support of Metropolitan Community College, the organization is able to offer all students who successfully complete their high school program an $8,000 scholarship to continue education/training at MCC, in addition to the career-focused support services provided by Avenue Scholars’ dedicated staff.

Pay it forward Businesses are encouraged to join Avenue Scholars’ effort by providing career exploration and employment opportunities for students in the five targeted industry sectors. Please contact the organizations to discuss ways to can partner in providing internships to students at both the high school and postsecondary level.

Wish list Business partners to participate with Avenue Scholars students in career-building opportunities such as career exploration events, mock interviews, job fairs, career consultations, job shadowing, internships, apprenticeships, part-time employment, and full-time employment. Financial contributions

Upcoming events Avenue Scholars Wine Tasting and Vintner Dinner Nov. 21, 2019 Avenue Scholars Foundation Celebration Luncheon Late April/early May 2020

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Benson Plant Rescue

Mission statement: The Benson Plant Rescue (BPR) engages in organic recycling to combat global warming.   Proceeds from plant sales fund the Community Produce Rescue’s (CPR’s) mission of food reclamation and assist the Omaha Public Library with children’s books and computers.

Benson Plant Rescue / Community Produce Rescue (BPR-CPR, Inc.) 7224 Maple St. Omaha, NE 68134 402.933.3867 BensonPlantRescue.org

Background Since 1999, BPR-CPR has rescued plants and produce from area retailers and gardeners. This  North Omaha effort to improve the community with low cost plants (BPR) and FREE produce (CPR)  has expanded into a nationally recognized model of environmental innovation. BPR’s all-volunteer staff not only sells plants but dispenses knowledge about their care and culture, making this more like a neighborhood club than a garden center.  The organization’s motto says it all: “Growing Community, Not Just Plants.”

Brag Lines 2,000+ dues-paying members. 5,000+  Facebook friends $70,000+ donated to library since 1999. 2018’s  $10k gift largest ever to library by a local nonprofit. 40+ tons of produce reclaimed annually. NATIONAL AWARDS 2017 Neighborhoods USA (NUSA), First Place, Physical Revitalization/Beautification 2018 Garden Club of America, Club Civic Improvement Commendation LOCAL AWARDS 2015 Earth Day Omaha’s Friend of the Environment Award 2015 (Dr. D) + 2018 (Judy) Sertoma Club of Omaha’s Service to Mankind Award

Pay it forward In October, 2018, BPR-CPR’s landlord announced plans to sell the building. To avoid losing seven years of investment, BPR-CPR negotiated a lease-purchase agreement through April 2020. To date they’ve raised about $100,000, but need another $300,000 to complete the purchase and fund necessary improvements. A contribution to the building fund will allow BPR-CPR to continue the past 20 years of organic recycling into the next 20 years. Thank you for your kind assistance.

Wish list Contributions to our building fund Volunteers Anything Garden: Perennials Shrubs Trees Houseplants Garden Decor Pots / Planters Hand Tools Garden Machinery Fertilizer Landscaping Material

Upcoming events: Spring Into Spring Sale May 2-3, 2020 Free Plants for Vets, Military, First Responders July 4-5, 2020 Midsummer Madness Perennial MegaSale July 18-19, 2020 Free Plants for Teachers & Schools Aug. 1-2, 2020

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Bethlehem HouseJude-Bethlehem_House

Mission statement: To provide pregnant and parenting women in crisis, regardless of their faith preference, with a home, hope, and empowerment through life-affirming services rooted in the Catholic tradition.

The Humble Lily 10730 Pacific St. Omaha, NE 68114 and Bethlehem House 2301 S. 15th St. Omaha, NE 68108 402.502.9224 bethlehemhouseomaha.org

Background Founded in 2005, Bethlehem House provides emergency housing for women, infants, and youth. It is a community-funded, faith-based nonprofit organization providing social services, at no cost, to families. Structured programming and case management by a trauma-informed staff helps women develop life skills, build accountability, gain financial literacy, and set goals through a 12-course Family Life program.

Brag Lines Thanks to Bethlehem House, more than 350 mothers have received shelter and love, allowing them to choose life and a healthy re-direction. During 2018, 90 percent of graduates went on to maintain stable, independent living. The Humble Lily Boutique directly supports the mission of Bethlehem House, serving as the hub for volunteers and donations. In 2018, more than 30,000 shoppers experienced the store’s eclectic blend of high-end women’s fashions. There is a new store location: 10730 Pacific St. in Shaker Place

Pay it forward Mentor MoMMs. Foster relationships and help strengthen family support systems. Donate. In-kind donations provide material items for the women and babies they serve. Current needs include: baby wipes, baby monitors, and gift cards for grocery stores and gas stations. Monetary gifts. Monetary donations fund critical programing for expecting moms. Shop. Visit the Humble Lily, Bethlehem House’s high-end women’s clothing boutique, where all proceeds support women and children.

Wish list Mentors, mentors, mentors.

Program funding provides: Aftercare healthy independency Merit scholarships Financial literacy On-site service volunteers Donations (accepted online) Diapers: Sizes 4, 5, 6, and pull-ups Gas and grocery cards: $25 increments

Upcoming events Bethlehem House Annual Fall Fundraiser—Born to Shine Oct. 18, 2019 #GivingTuesday Dec. 3, 2019 Schedule a campus tour

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Boys TownBoys Town Big Give Graduation 2019

Mission statement: Changing the way America cares for children and families.

Boys Town 14100 Crawford St., Mod 1 Boys Town, NE 68010 531.355.1508 boystown.org

Background For over 100 years, Boys Town has given thousands of at-risk girls and boys the love, support, and education they need to succeed. Every day, abused and neglected children, and broken and struggling families, find help at Boys Town. The care Boys Town provides is uniquely effective because it is driven by the unwavering belief that every child and every family has the potential to succeed, regardless of their circumstances. When Boys Town saves a child, the positive effects ripple through the community, contributing to greater progress for society as a whole.

Brag Lines Boys Town is celebrating over 100 years as a leader in child and family care. In 2018, Boys Town served 522,000 children across the country. In recent years, Crisis Counselors at the Boys Town National Hotline® (800-448-3000) prevented more than 2,700 active suicides in progress. Boys Town programs and services touch the lives of more than 2 million people nationwide every year. Boys Town conducts applied research that focuses on understanding the problems children and families face in today’s world and identifying the most effective ways to help them.

Pay it forward Help a child break free from the cycle of abuse and neglect and enter adulthood prepared to succeed. Get involved and help spread the word—Boys Town kids and families are everywhere. They are teachers, parents, engineers, and artists. Given a second chance, they have triumphed. Boys Town needs your support to continue the amazing work the organization does every day—and has been doing for over 100 years.

Wish list Monetary donations National Hotline support (suicide prevention) Career readiness (vocational training) School supplies

Upcoming events Boys Town National Hotline: Fine Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Fundraiser Oct. 3, 2019 Boys Town National Research Hospital®: Pure Inspiration Art Exhibit & Food-Wine Pairing Event Oct. 10, 2019 Youth Athletic Program: Booster Banquet April 28, 2020

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Business Ethics AllianceBusiness-Ethics-Alliance-panel

Mission statement: To build leadership, strengthen organizations, and elevate Greater Omaha through positive, practical business ethics.

Business Ethics Alliance 523 N. 20th St. Suite 104 Omaha, NE 68178 402.280.2235 businessethicsalliance.org

Background The Business Ethics Alliance started in 2005 after the Enron scandal rocked Omaha. In 2006, in collaboration with Creighton’s Heider College of Business, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Business Bureau, it grew from local business leaders’ interest in creating a more ethical business environment for our community. In 2008, the Alliance officially became a stand-alone nonprofit led by Dr. Bev Kracher, professor in Business Ethics and Society at Creighton University. Since then, the Alliance has grown to a staff of six and joined forces with over 350 “Trustees” committed to leading ethical for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. It is for, and by, the community.

Brag Lines The Business Ethics Alliance is the voice that helps Omaha create space for tough, but needed, conversations. Its programming is renowned throughout the community; and all the ethics products and services offered focus on the positive and the practical. People who attend the Alliance events elevate their personal leadership, their organization’s financial vitality, and ultimately the entire community.

Pay it forward Businesses need help in how to navigate important, complex topics, or potentially controversial current events with their workforce, their customers, and within their community. The alliance provides solutions to companies of all sizes and for employees across all levels, from C-suite to entry-level, to conduct their businesses and professional lives with accountability, integrity, and moral courage. Contact the Business Ethics Alliance to learn more about training and growth opportunities.

Wish list Attend an upcoming event or program Book a workshop or training for your company Corporate sponsorships Individual donations Follow on social media Subscribe to monthly eNewsletter

Upcoming events Fall Executive Breakfast Sept. 10, 2019 EthicSpace Conference Oct. 22, 2019 Fall Mind Candy Dialogue Nov. 19, 2019 Spring Ethics Luncheon Feb. 6, 2020

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CenterPointeCenterPointe-Campus-staff

Mission statement: CenterPointe helps the people we serve get better, sooner, for longer.

CenterPointe Campus for Hope 1490 N. 16th St. Omaha, NE 68102 402.827.0570 centerpointe.org

Background Open since 1973, CenterPointe provides care and treatment options for individuals in communities who are experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders, with a focus on low-income and homeless populations. With 37 programs covering a range of services, including treatment, rehabilitation, housing and crisis response, CenterPointe believes in empowering people to discover their own path to well-being and that the people using their services should receive the highest quality care.

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In the 1980s, CenterPointe was one of the first in the nation to offer integrated care for substance use and mental health disorders, and began its “housing-first” model in 1991 to meet basic needs so treatment can succeed. Every night, CenterPointe provides 240 units of safe and supportive housing. Last year, CenterPointe provided services to more than 3,000 individuals. Charitable gifts support basic needs for people in services and bridge the gap in public funding.

Pay it forward Attend CenterPointe’s Annual Gala Donate as an Individual or a Corporation Follow CenterPointe on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn Shop for our clients’ basic needs on our Amazon Wish Lists Name CenterPointe in your Planned Giving strategy

Wish list Hygiene and personal care products Art Supplies Jigsaw Puzzles Board Games Monetary Donations

Upcoming events CenterPointe’s Annual Gala Oct. 17, 2019

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Completely KIDSCompletely-Kids

Mission statement: Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful, and connected community.

COMPLETELY KIDS 2566 St. Mary’s Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402.397.5809 completelykids.org

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When we think about our community, we imagine one that is safe, healthy, successful, and connected. That’s why Completely KIDS has a mission to empower kids and families with the skills necessary to break the cycle of poverty and overcome barriers to their success. Each year, Completely KIDS serves more than 2,000 Omaha-area kids, primarily between the ages of 4 and 14, and their families in working toward this mission.The organization’s work takes place after the school day and during the summer with kids. Completely KIDS provides a safe, academically supportive, and enriching environment via partnerships with area schools, homeless shelters, and other local agencies. Additionally, Completely KIDS provides expanded services to the families of kids in the form of literacy, educational support, mental health services, and referrals to other agencies as needed.

Brag Lines Completely KIDS recently completed an $11 million renovation and expansion of its headquarters. The expansion allows the agency to increase the number of kids and families served through educational and enrichment activities in its afterschool program and family services like therapy and adult education. Completely KIDS will also increase the number of kids receiving weekend food from 460 to 930 over the next several years. Historically, Completely KIDS was the first Omaha nonprofit to provide afterschool services for children in homeless shelters and a weekend food program. In 2020, Completely KIDS will celebrate 100 years of serving children and families in our community.

Pay it forward Completely KIDS offers many ways to get involved through time or financial contributions, including: Working directly with children Weekend food program Fundraising and supply drives There are always more kids and families in Omaha who need the help of Completely KIDS. The organization can’t do it without the backing of donors and volunteers—people just like you. Please contact them to find out more information about giving opportunities.

Wish list New school supplies: Backpacks Pencils (No. 2) Colored pencils Lined paper Glue sticks/bottles of school glue Erasers Scissors Always in need: Volunteer support Weekend food items Grocery store gift cards New board games/puzzles/sports equipment New/gently used books New coats/gloves/hats Reading glasses Diapers/baby wipes Feminine products Toothbrushes/toothpaste New socks/underwear sizes preschool-young adult Please call or visit the website for a full list.

Upcoming events Night in the Neighborhood Sept. 27, 2019 Author Luncheon Spring 2020 Pinot, Pigs & Poets May 13, 2020

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Cross Training CenterCross-Training-Center-store

Mission statement: To equip disadvantaged and under-educated adults through vocational training and job experience so they can attain employment and become financially successful.

Cross Training Center 5030 N. 72nd St. Omaha, NE 68134 402.590.2100 crosstc.com

Background Cross Training Center provides vocational training and job experience for those who are not able to attain a job due to challenging backgrounds and circumstances. CTC empowers and equips those who have been incarcerated or homeless, involved in gangs or substance abuse, have mental or emotional disorders, have been a victim of human trafficking or domestic violence, or live in poverty for numerous reasons. They receive life-changing training and experiences in order to gain employment on a career path that breaks the cycle of poverty for generations to come.

Brag Lines Students receive work experience while providing valuable services and products that benefit our community. Cross Electronic Recycling kept over 300,000 pounds of electronics out of the landfills last year. Redeemed Computers and Electronics refurbished over 500 computers, laptops, and appliances. Cross Automotive provided 58 donated vehicles to those in need last year. Cross Social Hall hosted over 40 events while helping students learn hospitality services.

Pay it forward Donate automobiles, electronics, and other out-of-service equipment. Everything collected is used to provide vocational training and job experience. Utilize CTC’s services when a need arises. Find out more online. Financial contributions are needed to build a recycling warehouse and a commercial kitchen, and to meet the annual operating budget. People are encouraged to hold collection drives at workplaces, churches, or civic groups.

Wish list Corporate partnerships Monetary donations Volunteers Community speaking engagements Collection drives for needed items

Upcoming events Invite CTC to speak about solutions to poverty at a civic, church, or workplace event.

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CUES School SystemCUES School System-kids

Mission statement: The CUES School System consists of three urban schools: Sacred Heart, All Saints, and Holy Name. CUES-supported schools provide academic excellence, blended learning, and support for students and families beyond the classroom. The CUES Fund raises money through private donations to fully support the schools.

CUES School System 2207 Wirt St. Omaha, NE 68110 402.451.5755 cuesschools.org

Background Founded in 1975, CUES began by providing financial support and operational guidance to Sacred Heart School. In 2012, CUES expanded its mission to welcome two additional schools–All Saints and Holy Name. The CUES School System was created in 2017, a first of its kind in the region. The CUES School System is fully funded through The CUES Fund. The CUES Fund ensures all three schools are fully supported through private donations. The CUES School System is governed by a board of academic experts who ensure that each school is following a standard of excellence that will best support the student.

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CUES School System provides quality education, innovative programming, strategic partnerships, and support services for students and families beyond the classroom. They served 560 urban students in the 2018-19 school year. More than 70% of the CUES School System Class of 2019 will be heading to private school in the fall and all the graduates are planning to continue their education in high school. The CUES School System is overseen by a Board of Governors made up of a team of academic experts that ensure that the school system is adhering to the new initiatives to better serve the whole student: Blended Learning Student and family support services Community partnerships

Pay it forward By supporting the CUES Fund you allow the CUES School System to provide the education and opportunities that will prepare our students for a successful future How can you help? Individual donations Corporate donations Foundation support Join one of CUES volunteer groups: Hearts of CUES The CUES Young Professionals Group Please visit the website for more information.

Wish list Donations to support the tuition assistance fund

Upcoming events CUES School System Neighborhood Fun Run Sept. 28, 2019 Holy Name Event Oct. 4, 2019 CUES-A-PALOOZA Oct. 11, 2019 The Gathering March 28, 2020

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D2 CenterD2 Center-teacher-and-students

Mission statement: D2 Center connects out-of-school and disengaged youths age 15-21 into an educational pathway with other resources and supports needed to earn a high school diploma and prepare for post-secondary opportunities and a career.

D2 Center 1941 S. 42nd St., Suite 503 Omaha, NE 68105 402.502.8534 d2center.org

Background The D2 Center works with youth who are not in school, are in an alternative program, or are at risk of dropping out. D2 Center Youth Academic Navigators are education-focused case managers who help their students with issues as they emerge to ensure they are making progress in school. Summer elective credit classes and tutoring during the school year are available as well as career navigators to assist with postsecondary planning (jobs, career, or college).

Brag Lines Since 2011, the D2 Center has served 800-plus students. There are 340 students who have earned diplomas, and more than 250 in the program. Through a re-enrollment partnership with Omaha Public Schools, 250 students who had dropped out of school were contacted this year. Dozens re-enrolled, including 18 who have now graduated. Career navigators assist D2 Center students with postsecondary planning and connections, and students in alternative educational settings.

Pay it forward D2 Center students have various reasons for disengaging from school, and face multiple obstacles to completing their high school education. A high school diploma is a crucial step towards better postsecondary opportunities and higher earnings. These students are an important part of the community, and the D2 Center needs community support to continue their mission. Please consider a gift today and visit the website to donate and learn more.

Wish list Monetary donations Various supplies, as noted on Share Omaha’s wish list

Upcoming events Five-Year Anniversary Party Nov. 15, 2019

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Do SpaceDO-Space-class

Mission statement: To empower the Omaha community through access to technology and innovative learning experiences.

Do Space 7205 Dodge St. Omaha, NE 68114 402.819.4022 dospace.org

Background Do Space is a one-of-a-kind technology space, digital workshop, and innovation playground. It was designed to tackle the digital divide in Omaha, as well as to boost digital skills and drive innovation, creativity, and invention in the region. Free to the public, Do Space is a place where community members can interact with cutting-edge technology and receive assistance and instruction in its use. It’s more than just a building—it’s a community technology movement.

Brag Lines Located at 72nd and Dodge Streets Open 90 hours a week Average of 474 visits per day Over 75,000 members Membership, programs, and services are free At Do Space, Omahans have access to powerful fiber Wi-Fi internet, high-end computer stations and devices, 3D printers, and technology-focused learning opportunities. Do Space has a little something for everyone, but aims to make a significant impact on two key groups: underconnected, low-income individuals; and creators, entrepreneurs, and inventors.

Pay it forward Every day, Do Space works with hundreds of Omahans to help them achieve their technology education goals. With help from the community, Do Space hopes to host over 700 free programs and events this year, welcoming 13,000 new members to the space. The future belongs to those who understand technology. Help make Omaha future-ready with a gift today.

Wish list Program and equipment sponsorships Monetary donations Volunteers

Upcoming events Littles Lab Tuesdays and Saturdays Cyber Seniors Wednesdays Tech Help Saturdays Saturdays Do Space offers around 60 tech programs and events every month. Register for free on the website.

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Gesu Housing, Inc.Gesu-House

Mission statement: The mission of Gesu Housing Inc. is to provide economical, energy-efficient housing to North Omaha families. Our hope is that building these homes will continue the efforts of other non-profit organizations that seek to stabilize and restore neighborhoods throughout the city.

Background Since 2002, Gesu Housing, founded by the Br. Mike Wilmot, S.J., and directed by Dale Barr Jr., has built 69 Energy Star 3.0-certified homes in the Clifton Hills South/Girls Inc. neighborhood of North Omaha. The area is racially diverse and economically challenged. The goal of Gesu Housing is to address the issues of poverty and neighborhood decline in North Omaha by turning renters into first-time homebuyers with affordable mortgage payments as well is filling vacant lots with new three-bedroom homes.

Brag Lines Gesu Housing was given the 2016 Community Excellence Award from the State of Nebraska as well as from the City of Omaha. Studies have shown that the best way to stabilize a neighborhood is to provide families with quality, energy-efficient homes in a neighborhood that is racially and economically diverse. Removing vacant lots and blighted houses and replacing them with new homes impacts the stabilization of neighborhoods with permanent residents.

Pay it forward The need for these services is great—and Gesu Housing needs help to make sure they can continue to help worthy families within our communities. While other initiatives regarding community redevelopment and jobs are beginning to successfully take hold in North Omaha, affordable housing is the foundation without which other North Omaha economic recovery projects cannot succeed.

Wish list Financial donations can easily be made online on our website or Facebook

Upcoming events Help Build a House at Champions Run Golf Event July 27, 2020

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Heartland Family ServiceHeartland Family Services photo collage

Mission statement: Heartland Family Service’s mission is to strengthen individuals and families in the community through education, counseling, and support services.

2101 S. 42nd St. Omaha, NE 68105 402.552.7400 HeartlandFamilyService.org

Background Since 1875, Heartland Family Service (HFS) connects with over 54,000 individuals and families each year through direct services, education, and outreach from over 15 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. This includes everyone from infants in their Family Works program to seniors in their Generations Community Center. The agency’s 50-plus programs fall into the following focus areas: Child & Family Well-Being; Counseling & Prevention; Housing, Safety, & Financial Stability.

Brag Lines Of HFS’s clients, 80 percent have annual incomes of $20,000 or less. Heartland Family Service believes in, and practices, trauma-informed care. They ask, “What has happened to you?” and not, “What is wrong with you?” to each and every client that walks through their doors. Their expert staff and licensed therapists work with individuals and their families to help break damaging intergenerational cycles in order to become more self-sufficient.

Pay it forward Help improve the lives of children and families through the gift of your time, in-kind donations, or financial support: Join volunteer groups: To learn more, contact [email protected] or (402)552.7418 Purchase holiday gifts for the Adopt-a-Family program Host a monthly Good Works 101 Lunch and Learn session Follow HFS on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube Attend annual events Donate Today! Visit HeartlandFamilyService.org or contact [email protected] or (402)552-7443.

Wish list New underwear and socks Scarves, gloves, winter hats Diapers, formula, baby items Suitcases and duffle bags Toiletries Blankets New pillows Bottled water/sports drinks Non-perishable food Single-serving snacks Craft supplies Bus passes Gift cards Tickets to events and activities

Upcoming events 26th Annual Safe Haven Golf Tournament Sept. 23, 2019 Eagle Hills Golf Course Salute to Families Nov. 21, 2019 Happy Hollow Club “Carnival of Love” Gala Feb. 29, 2020 Embassy Suites – La Vista Omaha Gives!–Pottawattamie Gives! May 20, 2020 24-Hour Online Giving “Strike a Chord” Gala in Council Bluffs June 26, 2020 Location: TBD

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Humanities NebraskaHumanities Nebraska, Prime Time Family Reading

Mission statement: Humanities Nebraska inspires and enriches personal and public life by delivering opportunities to engage thoughtfully with history and culture.

Humanities Nebraska 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330 Lincoln, NE 68508 402.474.2131 bit.ly/HumanNe

Background Since 1973, HN has offered free and accessible programming throughout the state, amounting to an annual average of 500-plus opportunities to learn, discuss, and grow. Their programming includes literacy sessions that help underserved families break the poverty cycle, a summer Chautauqua history festival, high school civics curriculum and forum, writing workshops for veterans, a speakers bureau, traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian Museum, grant funding for local programs, and the annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities.

Brag Lines In 2018, HN presented or funded 579 programs, reaching 329,000-plus people in 155 different communities. “Now my son asks me to read and likes to go to school,” one parent said. A student at Capitol Forum on America’s Future said “I now have a greater understanding of what is going on in the world.” One of the Nebraska Warrior Writers wrote “The level of healing through writing has been immense…Thank you for giving me my life back.”

Pay it forward No matter who someone is or what they enjoy, HN has programs that will enrich people’s lives in so many ways. Supporting HN with a monthly, quarterly, or annual gift will: enable more at-risk kids to gain literacy so they succeed in school, help high school students become life-long engaged and informed citizens, encourage communities to come together to celebrate and learn about history and diverse cultures, assist veterans, and much more.

Wish list Award-winning children’s books for underserved families Transportation costs for high schools participating in Capitol Forum on America’s Future Writing textbooks, pens, and notebooks for veterans in Nebraska Warrior Writers Travel cost reimbursement for members of the HN Speakers Bureau, including Nebraska State Poet Matt Mason Shipping cost reimbursement for communities hosting Smithsonian traveling exhibitions as part of Museum on Main Street Hotel accommodations for Chautauqua history festival speakers and scholars Table sponsorships for the annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities

Upcoming events Plum Creek Children’s Literacy Festival in Seward Sept. 20-22, 2019 24th Annual Governor’s Lecture in the Humanities in Omaha Oct. 24, 2019 Prime Time Family Reading Time, locations in Fremont, Grand Island, Lexington, Lincoln, Norfolk, and Omaha September-November 2019 Nebraska Warrior Writers, locations in Grand Island, Lincoln, and Omaha September-November 2019

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The Jewish Federation of OmahaThe Jewish Foundation, two girls

Mission statement: JFO’s vision is that every person in Omaha feels welcome on the campus and is inspired to have a meaningful and relevant relationship with the Jewish Federation of Omaha and its agencies.

The Jewish Federation of Omaha Staenberg Kooper Fellman Campus 333 S. 132nd St. Omaha, NE 68154 402.334.8200 jewishomaha.org

Background The Jewish Federation of Omaha is a full-service organization serving the Jewish and Omaha community. They provide services and programs for all ages from early childhood education to a long-term, skilled care nursing home. They also have one of the finest fitness centers in Omaha that features a brand-new, outdoor aquatic complex; youth programming; a 300-seat theater; a public art gallery; a weekly newspaper; meals on wheels; counseling services; and community advocacy.

Brag Lines 1,800-plus people of all faiths visit the campus daily. $405,000 in scholarships for education, summer camps, and Israel experiences. 4,800 meals delivered to local Jewish seniors in need. 165 clients sought counseling in 2018-2019–89% of whom are non-Jewish. Provided funding to social welfare programs for vulnerable communities. 10,000-plus students participated in Institute for Holocaust Education programs and Anti-Defamation League workshops. JCC membership and youth camps are open to everyone.

Pay it forward The JFO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and greatly appreciates individual and corporate donations, which benefit people in Omaha, in Israel, and around the world. Other ways to support the JFO: Visit the campus for the many community events and programs, educational programs and classes, backyard concert series,  film festival, Israel’s Independence Day, cultural arts, camps, and youth services. Volunteer Become a JCC member Subscribe to the Jewish Press Choose RBJH for rehabilitation needs

Upcoming events Backyard Concert Series Sept. 8, 15, and 22 Exploring Judaism: Tuesday nights starting Sept. 3, 2019 Parenting the Love & Logic Way® Sept. 9-30, 2019 2020 Annual Campaign Community Event Sept. 16, 2019 PEW - Promoting Empowerment in our World October 2019 Jewish Film Festival November 2019 Institute for Holocaust Education Week of Understanding March 23-27, 2020 Yom HaShoah Community Commemoration April 22, 2020

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KANEKOKANEKO performance

Mission statement: Creativity begins with an idea—seeing things differently. KANEKO’s purpose is exploring the creative process—how a new idea is born into the arts, sciences, and philosophy. Supporting and promoting freedom in creativity is KANEKO’s mission.

KANEKO 1111 Jones Street Omaha, NE 68102 402.341.3800 thekaneko.org

Background Established in 1998 by international artist Jun Kaneko and his wife, Ree, KANEKO is headquartered in three turn-of-the-century warehouses in the Old Market. KANEKO is an institution with a vision to celebrate creativity, and began programming in 2009, officially opening as a public gallery in 2010. Since then, KANEKO has hosted a wide range of artists, writers, scientists, educators, and speakers to share their gifts of creativity with the community of Omaha.

Brag Lines With over 60,000 visitors annually, KANEKO is one of the most attended visual arts organizations in the state. Recently, KANEKO has been able to expand its core creative programming to include the Generator, Movement, and Passages Series as an outlet for local and national artists to showcase their innovation in music, performance art, dance, and writing to the creative community in Omaha. KANEKO’s educational programs serve youth and adult learners alike around the Omaha metro.

Pay it forward Visit KANEKO. Explore the creative process through an exhibition or program at KANEKO. Become a Volunteer. Volunteers at KANEKO monitor the gallery, help give exhibition tours, and assist with programs and educational workshops. Become a Member. KANEKO members help make KANEKO a creative resource for the Omaha community and beyond. Make a Donation. Help make KANEKO a place where ideas are born and visitors are inspired to explore the creative process. Donate online.

Wish list Volunteers and docents Memberships Corporate partnerships Annual fund contributions In-kind donations Art supplies

Upcoming events The Sixth Annual KANEKO Open Space Soirée Sept. 27, 2019 Opera Omaha + KANEKO Evening with Madama Butterfly October 17, 2019 PASSAGES Series: MCC Creative Writing Forum October 25, 2019 TedxOmaha Salons Every Third Monday of the Month

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KIOS 91.5KIOS-b&w photo-man-and-equipment

Mission statement: KIOS’s mission is to empower our community with quality local, national, and global content that challenges and connects people, and furthers a deeper understanding of events, ideas, and cultures.

KIOS 91.5, Omaha Public Radio 3230 Burt St. Omaha, NE 68131 kios.org

Background KIOS is Omaha Public Radio. Started at Omaha Central High School in September 1969, KIOS was the educational extension of Omaha Public Schools and became a charter member of National Public Radio in 1971. KIOS continues to provide the best in news, information, jazz, and entertainment programming to an audience of around 60,000 listeners each week. KIOS broadcasts programs from National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Public Radio International, along with locally produced shows.

Brag Lines This year, KIOS celebrates its 50th anniversary. As part of the year’s festivities, KIOS hosted “An Evening With Susan Stamberg.” Stamberg was the first woman to anchor a nightly newscast and one of NPR’s “founding mothers.” KIOS is committed to excellence in programming and continuous improvement in its operations.  With a complete renovation of its studios in 2019, KIOS has laid the groundwork for podcasting along with an expansion of our digital presence and features reporting.

Pay it forward Listener support and corporate sponsorships make it possible for all in our community to stay informed of important news events, hear great music, and stay connected to the local community and the world. KIOS needs to increase this support to expand our range of services and on-air programming as well as perform vital maintenance on aging transmission equipment. Monetary contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations will help fund KIOS’s Wish List items.

Wish list More individual Sustaining Members Vehicle donations through the CARS Program, which generate operating funds for KIOS Needed transmitter and tower upgrades Studio equipment upgrades for enhanced on-air and streaming station identification Radio journalist field kits, enabling KIOS to work out in the community Upgrades to online streaming, expansion and support Corporate sponsorship of air studio Volunteers for fund drives and special events

Upcoming events Fall On-Air Pledge Drive Oct. 16-19, 2019 Spring On-Air Pledge Drive April 2020

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MerrymakersMerrymakers performers and listener

Merrymakers Association 12020 Shamrock Plaza Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68154 402.697.0205 merrymakers.org

Background The Merrymakers Association consists of 24 professional musicians who serve more than 50,000 seniors each year, traveling to 146 nursing homes, hospice houses, veteran homes and other senior communities each month. Merrymakers: play music geared to the seniors’ age group, sparking fond memories create a comfortable environment where expression is encouraged provide an opportunity for socialization offer a genuine personal connection Executive Director Sandy Lemke is supported by an enthusiastic and dedicated board of directors, along with Friends Group president Jill Goldstein.

Brag Lines Merrymakers consistently achieves a high level of success with its programs. Its results are quantified through annual surveys of partner facility activity directors. These surveys show that Merrymakers music: improves quality of life, decreases feelings of anxiety and/or depression, decreases feelings of loneliness and/or isolation, gives an overall increase of enjoyment and happiness, gives a chance to express feelings, and gives an opportunity for social engagement.

Pay it forward Individuals can serve on event planning committees throughout the year or make monetary donations of any size. A contribution to Merrymakers is a meaningful way to support culture and socialization for senior citizens. Merrymakers has a waiting list of facilities who would like to receive our services. Merrymakers can’t achieve its mission without the support of donors and volunteers. Please contact them to find out more information about ways to help!

Wish list Monetary donations of any size Volunteers to serve on event  planning committees

Upcoming events Toast to Eldora and Jack Vetter Nov. 14, 2019 Omaha Gives! May 27, 2020

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Metropolitan Community College FoundationMetro Community College grads

Mission statement: The Metropolitan Community College Foundation advances the college’s mission by creating community awareness, building and nurturing meaningful relationships, and connecting community partners with giving opportunities that fulfill their philanthropic objectives.

Metropolitan Community College 531.MCC.2346 mccneb.edu/foundation

Background Metropolitan Community College has nine locations in the surrounding four-county area that provide students the chance to earn high-demand technical skills, industry credentials, and credits to help them reach their academic goals. Others use MCC to engage in lifelong learning through English-language instruction, GED or college prep courses, career training and continuing education. The foundation connects students with scholarships, helps fund new facilities, and supports programs and initiatives through partnerships with generous community donors.

Brag Lines Metropolitan Community College has always been responsive to industry and community needs. Two industries—automotive and manufacturing—need more skilled workers to fill the jobs of today and tomorrow. MCC plans to answer this need with a new Automotive Training Center and renovated Center for Advanced Manufacturing with embedded veterans services at its South Omaha Campus. To learn more visit, mccneb.edu/advancingthepromise.

Pay it forward People can help MCC through the foundation by giving to what aligns with their philanthropic goals, such as: Giving to an educational program, helps grow programming, purchase equipment and support student learning Establishing professional development funds that help to keep faculty abreast of technology and curricular advances in their fields Creating or contributing to an existing scholarship fund of your choice to help fulfill the college’s mission by bridging financial gaps for students

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Nebraska Humane SocietyNebraska Humane Society black cat

Mission statement: The Nebraska Humane Society protects, enriches, and saves the lives of animals in the communities we serve.

Nebraska Humane Society 8929 Fort St. Omaha, NE 68134 402.444.7800 nehumanesociety.org

Background The Nebraska Humane Society offers safety and care for animals. NHS provides animal control services to Omaha and all of Sarpy County, upholding laws that protect animals and the people who love them. They provide education, encourage adoptions, and promote responsible pet care for the communities they serve.

Brag Lines In 2018 NHS: Adopted out 11,268 pets, performed 1,474 specialized surgeries, fostered 2,147 fragile animals in 288 foster homes, and provided behavior help to 4,729 callers. NHS also returned more than 2,500 pets to their homes, offered training classes, low-cost spay and neuter services, and a free pet food pantry. They provided a safe haven for animals of domestic violence, offered pet safety and animal care presentations for groups across the metro, and hosted pet-friendly events. 

Pay it forward NHS is a private nonprofit corporation. Animal Control is funded through the cities who contract for those services, but all shelter programs including rehabilitating and rehoming of animals are funded through private donations. Our volunteers donate time and talent to walk dogs, enrich cats, counsel for adoptions, help market pets, and foster those needing TLC in their homes! Your help becomes hope when you donate: In honor or memory; Monthly; Planned giving; Corporate sponsorships. Details at nehumanesociety.org

Wish list Blankets Towels Canned cat food Vienna sausages Canned chicken Canned Tuna Soft dog treats Kong Toys Peanut Butter Kitty Wand Toys

Upcoming events Walk for the Animals and 5K Run Sept. 29, 2019 Come Wine With Us Dec. 7, 2019 Black Tie and Tails April 25, 2020

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New Visions Homeless Services

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Mission statement: To provide help, hope, and opportunity to our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and hunger in the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities.

New Visions Homeless Services 1435 N. 15th St. Council Bluffs, IA 51501 newvisions.cc

Background New Visions Homeless Services was founded in 1995 in Council Bluffs as MOHM’S Place to provide meals to the hungry. In September 2008, the New Visions Complex in Council Bluffs was built. This facility houses southwest Iowa’s only emergency men’s shelter, community meal site, and permanent supportive housing. In 2012, New Visions Omaha Campus was built to address the specific needs of veterans that are experiencing homelessness. These services include 40 fully furnished apartments to street-level veterans, transportation, daily meals, and access to on-site mental health and substance abuse therapists.

Brag Lines In 2018, New Visions provided 43,800 nights of shelter to 810 men in the emergency shelter, Joshua House; served over 140,000 meals to 3,400 hungry men, women, and children in their community meal site, MOHM’S Place; and provided 9,360 nights of housing to 32 chronically homeless men and women through their permanent supportive housing facility, Timothy House. New Visions’ veteran-specific Omaha Campus expanded their programs to provide safe housing and wrap around services to 54 veterans at a time. Last year alone this program provided  29,600 nights of transitional/permanent supportive housing to 107 veterans that would have found themselves living in a shelter or on the streets instead of their own fully furnished apartment.

Pay it forward New Visions depends upon the community’s generosity and are grateful for all who pay it forward, and invest in those who are experiencing homelessness and hunger. People can partner with New Visions to provide over 100,000 meals a year to the hungry; hope to over 800 seeking a safe place of refuge from the harsh conditions of the streets; a home to 94 men, women, and veterans who found safe housing in one of New Visions’ apartments, and Christmas gifts to over 2,000 children in the Metro Area.

Wish list Cleaning supplies Diapers Disinfectant cleaners Hamburger Hygiene supplies Household goods Laundry soap MAT bus tickets Monetary donations Paper towels Razors Salt, pepper, and other seasonings Socks and underwear Toilet paper Towels Turkeys Washcloths Household goods

Upcoming events Homeless Services’ 25th Anniversary Celebration Aug. 15, 2019 Community-Wide Christmas Celebration Dec. 17, 2019

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Omaha Home for BoysOmaha-Home-for-Boys 100 years

Mission statement: 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.

OMAHA HOME FOR BOYS 4343 N. 52nd St. Omaha, NE 68104 402.457.7000 [email protected] omahahomeforboys.org

Background Omaha Home for Boys is celebrating 100 years of service to youth, young adults and families in 2020. Omaha Home for Boys empowers its clients with the skills needed to be self-sufficient through programs focusing on employment, education, housing, transportation, basic life skills, and mental and behavioral health. Because of their supporters, at-risk youth in our community are connected with the life changing programs and mentors at Omaha Home for Boys.

Brag Lines For 100 years, Omaha Home for Boys has served as a pillar of hope for youth, young adults, and families in Nebraska. What started as an orphanage for young boys in 1920 has evolved to a continuum of care that serves young adults ages 14 to 26. Most recently, their programs expanded to include clinical services and supportive housing, both of which meet critical needs in the community.

Pay it forward Supporting Omaha Home for Boys is an investment in this community. Funds—a gift to Omaha Home for Boys will help change the lives of at-risk youth. Friendship—become a friend of the Home by attending or sponsoring an event. Voice—share the reasons to support Omaha Home for Boys and ask others to do the same. Volunteerismpeople can use their time and talents to give back through volunteering.

Wish list Books for the high school library New or gently used furniture and household items Gift cards for clothes, shoes, backpacks, or school supplies Ticket donations for youth to attend sporting events, concerts, or theater performances Nonperishable household items such as hygiene products, cleaning supplies, or kitchen wares New mattresses Household essentials such as vacuums, bedding, and towels Clothes for young adults ages 14 to 26 Essentials for children ages newborn to 5

Upcoming events Roaring 20s Gala Nov. 8, 2019 Project Christmas Joy December 2019 OHB Golf Classic June 10, 2020 OHB 5K and Family fFun Run Aug. 8, 2020

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Omaha Public Library FoundationOmaha-Public-Library-event

Mission statement: The Omaha Public Library Foundation raises funds and advocates for Omaha Public Library.

Omaha Public Library Foundation 215 S. 15th St. Omaha, NE 68102 402.444.4589 omahalibraryfoundation.org

Background Since 1985, the Omaha Public Library Foundation (OPLF) has provided significant private funding totaling nearly $10 million for one purpose: enhancing Omaha Public Library. The Omaha Public Library Foundation believes a healthy and vibrant public library system contributes to the betterment of our community, aids in economic development, provides public gathering spaces, and creates a sense of community pride.

Brag Lines OPL’s 12 library branches are among the most frequently visited destinations in Nebraska, with 1.8 million visits last year alone. Omaha Public Library boasts more than 300,000 members. And those patrons borrowed more than 3 million items from Omaha Public Library in 2018.

Pay it forward As an organization wholly separate from Omaha Public Library and the City of Omaha, OPLF seeks private support for improvements and enhancements which cannot be provided through local government funding. Designations are always welcome, but a gift given wherever most needed provides Omaha Public Library the flexibility to respond to critical needs or special opportunities that arise. OPLF provides funds for remarkable programs and projects thanks to general or unrestricted donations. Giving categories include: Childhood literacy, programming, and services; Teen literacy, programming, and services; Adult literacy, programming, and services; Technology; Community outreach; Summer Reading Program; Genealogy; Library branch improvements; Partnerships with local organizations; Community services and outreach; Subject librarians; Collections; Community book clubs

Wish list An unrestricted gift to the Omaha Public Library Foundation is the best way to demonstrate your support. The Omaha Public Library Foundation accepts cash donations, bequests, memorials, stock transfers, and planned gifts. For more information , please call the Omaha Public Library Foundation.

Upcoming events Omaha Reads featuring “This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life of an America Family Farm” by Ted Genoways Sept. 1-30, 2019 Between the Lines with Angie Thomas, author of “The Hate U Give,” at the Institute for the Culinary Arts at Metropolitan Community College’s Fort Omaha Campus Oct. 1, 2019 Food for Fines, when Omaha Public Library cardholders donate canned goods and non-perishable foods in exchange for credit toward overdue library fines Oct. 6-13 Read It & Eat, Omaha Public Library’s annual culinary conference, at W. Dale Clark Main Library Nov. 2, 2019

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Omaha Public Schools FoundationOmaha Public Schools Foundation

Mission statement: Omaha Public Schools Foundation enriches students’ lives by funding learning experiences that inspire hope, open doors, and help students to achieve their dreams.

Omaha Public Schools Foundation 3861 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68131 531.299.9600 opsfpossible.org

Background Omaha Public Schools Foundation is dedicated to serving the students, families, and teachers of the Omaha Public Schools District. By raising funds from individual donors, corporate sponsors, and foundations as well as through parent-paid programs, OPSF is able to invest resources back into the district that encourage the development and success of all students. The funds they administer have no associated fees so every dollar goes directly to the teachers and students served.

Brag Lines OPSF Kids Club is in 42 schools and serves approximately 5000 OPS elementary students, K-6, per year. OPSF funded $192,000 in teacher classroom and community grants this past year. OPSF awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to OPS high school seniors. They provide parent-paid early childhood classrooms in select OPS elementary schools throughout the district. OPSF offers a unique fundraising platform for principals and teachers within the district called “Invest in Success,” connecting educators with interested donors to fund classroom projects.

Pay it forward Through secure online donation forms, donors can contribute to memorials, scholarships, classroom grants, and teacher requests. Donations can be made directly by contacting Executive Director Toba Cohen-Dunning. Follow OPSF through their social media channels on Facebook and Twitter to learn about opportunities to give, and sign up for their newsletter at our website on the “Contact Us” page.

Wish list Funding for OPS Capital Campaigns: Burke High stadium renovations and facilities upgrade South High addition for visual and performing arts Bryan High Urban Ag Career Academy Benson High Career Academies District Career Center Funding for Programs: Kids Club Early childhood education programs Classroom field trips Student transportation Grants and Scholarships: Teacher classroom grants Educator scholarships Individual scholarships Honors and memorials Student MAT Bus Tickets Assistance for student lunches

Upcoming events vinNEBRASKA Wine Event March 27-28, 2020

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Omaha Rapid ResponseOmaha-Rapid-Response-team-at-work

Mission statement: Omaha Rapid Response (ORR) is committed to bringing Hope to the hopeless by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those suffering in the midst of crisis and disaster.

RAPID RESPONSE: Omaha’s Disaster Relief Team P.O. BOX 24052 Omaha, NE 68124 402.502.5112 omaharapidresponse.org

Background

Omaha Rapid Response is a non-profit organization founded by members of the churches of Omaha in 2000 in response to the increasing number of natural and man-made disasters around the world. The impact of a disaster is immediate and long term. The effects of loss, destruction and hardship do not end when the disaster no longer makes the news. After the shock subsides, the reality and depression of the ’new-normal’ for the victims sets in.

Brag Lines ORR continues to send teams to the victims of disaster as long as they feel they can be of assistance.  Since the recent historic flooding, they have helped hundreds of victims in ten regional communities. They build relationships with those they serve in order to meet their immediate and future needs. God has called them to use relief work as a tool to bring Hope and Love to those hurting the most.

Pay it forward Omaha Rapid Response deploys volunteers trained in medical, construction, chaplaincy and many other disciplines. They welcome all volunteers, whether skilled or unskilled. If you have a heart to help those suffering in the midst of crisis, you are qualified to be deployed. Do you want to bless others in their time of need? Do you want to be blessed beyond words? Are you  called to be a volunteer, to pray or to give?

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Volunteers - skilled & unskilled Team Leaders Financial Support Administrative Support Corporate Partnerships Church Partners Prayer Partners

Upcoming events Hurricanes Floods Tornadoes Earthquakes Tsunamis Typhoons Famine Terrorism

Visit the Omaha Rapid Response website and Facebook page for the latest news.

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Omaha Sports CommissionOlympic Swim Trials in Omaha

Mission statement: OSC fosters a positive, socio-economic impact on, and a heightened awareness and image of, Omaha by attracting, hosting, and supporting amateur sporting events.

Omaha Sports Commission 1004 Farnam St., Suite 102 Omaha, NE 68102 402.502.2216 omahasports.org

Background Created in 2003, the Omaha Sports Commission is a non-profit entity dedicated to making Omaha a premier sports community in the United States. The commission works closely with area businesses and community leaders to help recruit and promote amateur sporting events. The OSC is a “total service event team,” meaning that it is involved in all aspects of event management—from bid selection and preparation, to event hosting and event enhancement, to post- event evaluation.

Brag Lines From 2008-2018, Omaha Sports Commission events generated $326 million in economic impact for the city. With every event, a goal of the OSC is to give back to the community. During the 2018 Curling World Cup, the OSC reached 11,000 students in the Learn to Curl Program where students were taught the sport of curling. The OSC has been responsible for bringing the U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Swimming to Omaha for the last four trials years.

Pay it forward Become a volunteer: Events aren’t successful without the help of amazing volunteers. Visit the website and find out how to be added to our volunteer database. Make a donation: As a non-profit, the OSC operates off the support of grants, event sponsorships, and donors. Visit the website and donate today.

Wish list Sponsorships for events In-kind donations Volunteers Tent/awning for trade shows and events Folding table for trade shows and events Donations

Upcoming events The OSCAS May 28, 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials-Swimming June 21-28, 2020 Women with Drive Summer 2020

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Open Door MissionOpen Door Mission volunteer

Mission statement: Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that meets the basic needs of individuals and families while inspiring hope for lasting change.

Open Door Mission 2828 N. 23rd St. E. Omaha, NE 68110 402.422.1111 opendoormission.org

Background Open Door Mission meets the basic needs of individuals and families while inspiring hope for lasting change. They are a bridge for people trying to reclaim basic necessities, restore dignity and hope, and rejoin the community. President/CEO Candace L. Gregory uses her extensive experience in community prevention programs to break the cycles of homelessness and poverty. She works to bring hope to others and develops innovative ways to make this happen through partnerships and collaborations.

Brag Lines Daily, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 917 safe shelter beds to homeless people; serves over 3,500 hot, nutritious meals to the hungry; and provides homeless preventive measures to over 1,000 people living in poverty so they can remain in their homes. Open Door Mission monthly partners with more than 1,200 volunteers who make a difference right here in their community. Please visit the website to learn how to have a life-changing volunteer experience.

Pay it forward This holiday season, Open Door Mission expects to provide more than 213,500 hot, nutritious meals to the Heartland. We invite individuals, churches, or businesses to organize a Hope for the Hungry food drive to help stock ODM’s pantry shelves for the holidays with canned vegetables, fruits, and meats; instant potatoes; and boxed meals. Please visit the website for more information.

Wish list Men’s socks and underwear Toddler toys $10.00 gift cards to Walmart or Target Matchbox and Hot Wheels car sets Play-Doh sets Board games and puzzles (especially for children 8 and older or families) Sports balls Small and medium Lego sets Hair dryers Shaving kits Makeup kits

Upcoming events Love Your Neighbor Gala Sept. 26, 2019 Hy-Vee Turkey ‘N’ Fixin’s Nov. 1, 2019 KFAB Hope for the Hungry Radiothon Nov. 14, 2019

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Opera OmahaOpera-Omaha-Elixir

Mission statement: Opera Omaha’s mission is to enrich the quality of life in our community by creating professional opera and music theater, which uniquely combine the visual and performing arts to express humanity’s deepest emotions and highest aspirations.

Opera Omaha 1850 Farnam St. Omaha, NE 68102 402.346.OPERA OperaOmaha.org

Background The only professional opera company in the state of Nebraska, Opera Omaha produces shows from the earliest operas to those composed by current artists. In addition to a season of dynamic and compelling productions presented at the Orpheum Theater, the multi-faceted ONE Festival exemplifies innovation within opera. The company is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres. It is also highly regarded for an extensive community engagement program.

Brag Lines The Holland Community Opera Fellowship offers the opportunity to expand Opera Omaha’s education and community engagement work by bringing opera to new environments, and illustrating and promoting the value of creativity in the arts and non-arts sectors. In collaboration with community partners, Opera Omaha can identify and address partner needs with co-created programming and engagement. Last season, Opera Omaha partnered with 50 community organizations, engaging nearly 19,000 participants across the metro area.

Pay it forward Supporting Opera Omaha brings many rewards. Whether purchasing a ticket to a performance, becoming a community sponsor, or giving a monetary gift, every dollar given helps deliver excellent artistic products and implement exciting new initiatives, such as the Holland Community Opera Fellowship and the ONE Festival. These transformational programs are helping give people of all backgrounds and ages access to the arts.

Wish list Gifts to Opera Omaha benefit our entire region. Donations to Opera Omaha provide the resources needed to deliver world class productions that activate a culturally vibrant community and provide free community education and engagement programming, including the Holland Community Opera Fellowship, that engage over 33,000 adults, students and children each year.

Upcoming events Madama Butterfly Nov. 1 and 3, 2019 The Abduction from the Seraglio Feb. 7 and 9, 2020 St. John the Baptist March 25, 27, and 29; April 4 and 5, 2020 The Capulets and the Montagues April 3 and 5, 2020

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Parkinson's NebraskaParkinson's-Nebraska_exercise

Mission statement: Parkinson’s Nebraska is on a mission to be the primary source of education, support, and services for those whose lives are touched by Parkinson’s Disease in Nebraska.

Parkinson’s Nebraska 16811 Burdette St. Suite 1 Omaha, NE 68116 402.715.4707 parkinsonsnebraska.org

Background Parkinson’s Nebraska began as a small organization with the big goal to increase access to specialized classes for people with Parkinson’s. It has since evolved into a broader vision of empowering individuals with Parkinson’s, their families, and professionals, and strengthening the community state-wide. Parkinson’s Nebraska was built on a strong foundation and is still dedicated to providing quality services, like Parkinson’s exercise classes, and increasing access to these services across the state.

Brag Lines This year, Parkinson’s Nebraska is showing its commitment to rural and underserved communities by sponsoring a Delay the Disease training in Grand Island to teach health care and exercise professionals how to design and implement a community-based Parkinson’s exercise program. With the help of a $7,000 community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation, Parkinson’s Nebraska is able to provide the training, hotel accommodations, meals, and a mileage stipend to 55 Nebraska professionals. The goal is to increase the number of Parkinson’s exercise classes offered across the state. As a result, 21 new Parkinson’s exercise classes will begin by Oct. 1, 2019, with 14 of these classes in rural and underserved communities. The Delay the Disease training is more than a training, it is the first step towards reaching the goal of expanding Parkinson’s programming and creating a true statewide network of resources.

Wish list Charitable, tax-deducible donations to help provide education, support, and services to Parkinson’s Nebraska Help spread the word. Share resources with Parkinson’s patients and caregivers alike Volunteers for events, fundraising, and office help Partnerships with professionals, resource providers, and other organizations who are dedicated to serving people with Parkinson’s

Upcoming events Walk the Park for Parkinson’s and the 2nd Annual Shake-a-Leg 5K Sept. 29, 2019 Home Instead Senior Care Foundation #GivingTuesday Event Dec. 3, 2019 UNMC Skate-a-thon for Parkinson’s January 2020

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Partnership 4 KidsPartnership 4 Kids Book Buddy program

Mission statement: P4K’s mission is to mentor youth for college today and careers tomorrow using their four pillars of goal setting, mentoring, college access, and career exploration. Through curriculum-based learning, P4K breaks the cycle of generational poverty by launching students into family-supporting careers.

Partnership 4 Kids 1004 Farnam St., Suite 200 Omaha, NE 68102 402.930.3000 p4k.org

Background P4K’s origins go back 30 years to two local couples wanting to make a difference in the community. “Yanney’s Kids,” started by Gail and Mike Yanney, mentored middle school students, while “Winners Circle,” started by Jerry and Cookie Hoberman, was an elementary goal-setting achievement program. In 2007, these two groups joined to become Partnership 4 Kids, which now impacts over 3,000 underserved students in Northeast and Southeast Omaha.

Brag Lines P4K is the only youth-serving organization that begins with literacy and attendance in pre-kindergarten and continues with curriculum-based after-school programs in middle and high school, followed by case management support for their college students. In 2018, 98% of P4K’s students graduated high school, and 94% of P4K students remained enrolled in college, compared to Nebraska’s 77% average. Their 2019 graduating class included 66 high school and 21 college graduates. This fall 46 more students begin college.

Pay it forward Most people had someone in their life who supported, encouraged, and motivated them to set and achieve academic and career goals. P4K asks others to pay it forward and do the same for the next generation of young people in Northeast and Southeast Omaha. Be a P4K mentor for any of their students from pre-kindergarten through high school, and forever change that student’s belief in themselves, their world view and help instill in them hope for a future filled with opportunities.

Wish list Beverages—bottled juice/water for students participating in after school activities/college tours/career tours Nonperishable snacks—protein bars/breakfast bars/crackers/fruit snacks for students participating in after school activities/college tours/career tours Gifts cards—any value—for student community outings and fundraising events Semester Celebration sponsors—$250 for each of their 32 celebrations from pre-kindergarten through high school for the 2019-20 school year. Sponsorship pays for food, beverages, activities, craft projects, and/or small gifts/game prizes. Office supplies: copy paper, stamps Basic calculators Advanced calculators for high school students Alarm clocks, electric with battery backup (batteries included) $100 for a bike, helmet, and lock for elementary incentives for students who reach their literacy goals (24 needed for 2019-20 school year) Quality backpacks for high school and college students Calendars/planners

Upcoming events Omaha Marathon & P4K 5K Sept. 15, 2019 Hops & Grapes Fall Festival Oct. 25, 2019 Partnership 4 Kids’ 30th Anniversary Gala Nov. 13, 2019

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PTI NebraskaParent Training and Information

Mission statement: To provide training, information and support to Nebraska families whose children need special education or health related services, thus increasing their capacity to improve the educational and healthcare outcomes for their children.

PTI Nebraska 1941 S. 42nd St., Suite 205 Omaha, NE 68105 402. 346.0525 800.284.8520 402.934.1479 - Fax [email protected]

Background PTI Nebraska (Parent Training and Information) is a statewide resource for families of children with disabilities and special health care needs. PTI Nebraska’s professional staff are parent-professionals and are available to speak to other parents and professionals about special education and disability specific information. PTI Nebraska’s expert staff also provide this current and relevant information through workshops statewide, at no cost. PTI Nebraska also encourages, trains and supports parents for leadership roles.

Brag Lines During the 2017-2018 fiscal year PTI Nebraska: Provided information on individualized education/health services to 2,443 parents and professionals Attended 53 IEP meetings Responded to 1,827 calls, letter and emails from parents Distributed 8,800 materials Supported over 15 parents through mediation & resolution hearings Parents contact us each day for information on their child’s special education program or health related service, to schedule a workshop in their community, or to talk with a parent of a child with a disability.

Pay it forward Each year, PTI Nebraska’s small staff of eight employees touches over 2,000 families in Nebraska through in-person visits, calls, letters and emails. In addition, through our workshops and webinars we distributed  more than 8,800 materials. At community events and trainings PTI distributed more than 31,000 pieces of information, materials and resources.

Wish list PTI Nebraska is a small but mighty non-profit organization developed under a grant from the US Department of Education. However, grant funding only pays for a portion of the services that Nebraskan’s need. Outreach to the nearly 45,000 children ages birth to 21 in Nebraska on Special Education is funded through private donations. You can help us when you donate at pti-nebraska.org

Upcoming events Medics At Home Golf Tournament for PTI Sept. 19, 2019 at Tiburon Golf Course Family Employment Awareness Training (FEAT) -Summer 2019 Omaha -Fall 2019 Columbus -Winter 2019 Lincoln -Spring 2020 Kearney

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Ronald McDonald House CharitiesRonald-McDonald-House-Charities

Mission statement: Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha creates and operates programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children. They provide opportunities that strengthen children and families during their most difficult and challenging times.

Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha 620 S. 38th Ave. Omaha, NE 68105 402.346.9377 rmhcomaha.org [email protected]

Background With the ability to host up to 40 families per night, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in Omaha helps establish normalcy by providing a comprehensive healing community inclusive of: beds, showers, meals, laundry facilities, a family-friendly kitchen, playrooms, and a playground—all the basic essentials of home. It also provides educational and artistic programs for all family members. Additionally, the RMHC environment includes a built-in support system where families are able to connect with each other, forming an interdependent network of resources and collaboration.

Brag Lines The staff and volunteers of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha focus on keeping things as ordinary as possible. The families they serve have kids diagnosed with rare and/or chronic medical conditions who are often hundreds of miles from their home. RMHC is a made-to-order home that is all-inclusive. In 2018, 154 families (438 individuals) stayed at RMHC Through the first 6 months of 2019, 176 families (492 individuals) stayed at RMHC Roughly 40% of the families come from Nebraska.

Pay it forward Meals That Heal: Shop, cook, and serve dinner for the families staying at RMHC. Events: Sponsor or volunteer at signature events and third-party fundraisers. Annual fund: Support a family for one night for just $120. Donations of all amounts accepted online. In-kind gifts: Various professional services, household supplies, and food items are necessary to care for the families and maintain RMHC. Pop tabs: Collect pop tabs that are recycled to help pay for the House electric bill.

Wish list Front desk volunteers Keurig K-cups On-the-go snack items Breakfast bars Ground coffee Sugar Non-dairy creamer Paper plates and plastic utensils Trash bags (30-gallon) Box meals Macaroni and cheese Hand soap Non-latex gloves Batteries White copy paper 13-watt CFL light bulbs Bleach Disinfectant spray Bathroom cleaner Heavy duty serving utensils Gas cards Gift cards to Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Baker’s, Hy-Vee, Family Fare, etc. Travel-size toiletries Feminine hygiene products Adult and youth winter coats

Upcoming events Wings & Wheels Gala Sept. 6, 2019 Kids & Clays Sporting Clays Tournament Oct. 18-20, 2019 Annual Golf Tournament May 2020 Big Red Friday August 2020

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The Salvation ArmySalvation-Army-Big-Give

Mission statement: The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

The Salvation Army Western Divisional Headquarters 10755 Burt St. Omaha, NE 68114 402.898.7700 salarmyomaha.org

Background The Salvation  Army of Omaha is a faith-based nonprofit organization. Its three community centers—Omaha Citadel Corps, Omaha North Corps, and the Omaha Kroc Center—as well as the Burrows Center and Renaissance Village, are uniquely situated to meet the diverse needs of our metro-area neighborhoods. From after-school programs and summer camps to food pantries to behavioral health programs that support those struggling with mental illness, The Salvation Army of Omaha sustains the bodies, minds, and spirits of the community’s most vulnerable neighbors.

Brag Lines The Salvation Army of Omaha helped those in need more than 200,000 times in 2018, providing food, housing, material assistance, youth development, older adult services, behavioral health, anti-human trafficking, and emergency disaster services. During the devastating floods of 2019, The Salvation Army raised more than $2.8 million, 100% of which directly supported flood-relief efforts. They also provided more than 72,000 clean-up kits, 40,000 meals, 48,000 beverages and 41,000 snacks to flood survivors.

Pay it forward Monetary donations are appreciated and support the thousands in Omaha whose lives are improved by The Salvation Army’s social services programs annually. In Omaha, 87 cents of every donated dollar is spent on programs that help those most in need. They also have volunteer opportunities, including tutoring, coaching, serving meals, disaster relief, ringing bells during the Christmas season and more. For volunteer information, call 402.898.6000 or visit the website and click on “Volunteer in This Community.”

Wish list Monetary donations Corporate partnerships Planned gifts Volunteers Toys and gifts (for Adopt-A-Family Radiothon) Non-perishable food Clothing New K-12 school supplies

Upcoming events Tree of Lights Kickoff Nov. 8, 2019 2019-2020 Winter Night Watch Season Starting Nov. 25, 2019 D.J.’s Hero Awards Luncheon May 5, 2020

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Siena/Francis House Homeless ShelterSiena-Francis-House-Dining-room-woman

Mission statement: The Siena/Francis House welcomes, shelters, and empowers individuals experiencing homelessness to navigate their own path to safe and appropriate housing.

Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter 1702 Nicholas St. Omaha, NE 68102 402.341.1821 sienafrancis.org

Background The Siena/Francis House—located in north downtown Omaha, Nebraska—is a 501(c)(3) independent, nondenominational, non-profit charitable organization. The Siena/Francis House provides three levels of housing: emergency overnight shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing. In addition, case management is available to help individuals achieve housing in the community. The Siena/Francis House also provides meals to people staying in our residential programs, as well as to anyone in the community who is hungry.

Brag Lines Food and shelter needs are always met first, then programs have one ultimate goal in mind: to assist every guest with a housing plan. In 2018, Siena/Francis House provided 181,828 overnight stays to 3,579 individuals through their three housing programs and served 431,553 meals. Individuals stayed at, and left, the emergency shelter in an average of 9 days. Of the approximately 5,600 people who experienced homelessness in the metro area in 2018, over 60% were provided services by Siena/Francis House.

Pay it forward Siena/Francis House relies on the generosity of the community. Below are ways to get involved: Make a monetary donation online. Sponsor a drive for food, clothing, or personal care items. Serve the evening dinner meal from 4:30 to 7 p.m. (served every evening) or brunch from 8:30 to 11 a.m. (served every Sunday morning). Volunteers must schedule in advance. Contact Volunteer Services Manager Silvia Rodriguez at [email protected]

Wish list Canned fruits Canned vegetables Cold-weather clothing (used) Individually wrapped, pre-packaged food items (for sack lunches) Toilet paper Powdered  laundry detergent Cooking oil Tennis shoes (for men, all sizes) Tennis shoes (for women, sizes 5 to 8) Salad dressing (all flavors) Razors (for men and women) Shaving cream Bar soap Disinfectant cleaners (e.g. Pine Sol) Styrofoam cups Paper towels “Zip-Lock” bags (all sizes) Pain relievers Hair brushes Socks (for men) Underwear for men (sizes 28, 30 and 32) Underwear for women (sizes 5 and 6) Work boots (for men)

Upcoming events 25th Annual 5k Walk or Run Sept. 7, 2019

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The Society of St. Vincent de PaulSt-Vincent-De-Paul_snow-girl

Mission statement: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is dedicated to bringing volunteers together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person services to the community’s most vulnerable neighbors in need, without discrimination.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Omaha P.O. Box 241201 Omaha NE 68124-5201 402.779.8499 svdpomaha.com Executive Director: Marty Smith

Background The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Omaha is a Catholic, parish-based, direct-aid organization that brings together women and men to grow in their spirituality through service to neighbors in need. Serving Omaha neighborhoods since 1868, we are part of an international organization linked by the common mission of our patron St. Vincent de Paul. The primary goal of the Society is the spiritual growth of its members, which allows us to more fully reflect God’s love to all the neighbors we encounter; our ultimate call is growing community.

Brag Lines Responding to need. Sharing in hope. In 2018: 115,688 people received emergency aid of rent or utilities. $20,255 impacted 64 people with emergency relief through Ozanam Outreach, a program for non-conferences areas. 25 years in operation, the SVdP Choice Pantry through 133 volunteers served 11,014 households Our thrift store offered quality goods at reasonable prices to thousands of patrons. Over 4,830 individuals were assisted with over $86,090 in assistance of clothing and household goods. Our annual coat drive equipped 2,380 men, women and children with warm necessities.

Pay it forward Respond to the call to serve the most vulnerable.Visit the website for volunteer opportunities: Helpline responder Ozanam Outreach worker Special events Food pantry team Garden Angels Thrift store or warehouse sorters Support the mission and programs financially. The Society of SVdP is a 501(c)(3) organization, relying entirely on financial donations to respond to the increasing community needs. Shop SVdP Thrift Stores. 21st & Leavenworth 24th & Q St. 807 Tara Plaza- Papillion OUR NEW STORE 90th and Fort by Baker’s Attend to the needs of the community. Follow facebook.com/svdpomaha 

Wish list Pantry and garden volunteers Event volunteers Event sponsors $25 monthly, Disciple of Charity membership $100 monthly, Apostle of Charity membership A $300 donation covers one month’s utilities A $500 donation provides one month’s rent to avoid a family eviction Non-perishable, nonexpired pantry items New or gently used thrift store items Winter coats, all sizes Monetary donations of any size support the mission

Upcoming events 15th Annual Free Coat Giveaway November 2019 1st Tuesdays Eat at Baileys, Dundee Dell, Shuck’s and Give! April 2020 USPS Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 2020 11h Annual Strawberry Brunch June 2020

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Stephen CenterStephen-Center-building

Mission statement: Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty.

Stephen Center, Inc. 2723 Q St. Omaha, NE 68107 402.715.5471 stephencenter.org

Background Stephen Center has served homeless and low-income individuals in Omaha since 1984. The organization was founded by Sharon and Dick McNeil, who recognized a distinct need to assist those living in poverty in south Omaha. In partnership with the McNeil family, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Omaha’s Holy Ghost Church purchased a 103-year-old building on Q Street for $10,000. From those humble beginnings in a rundown former pool hall and bar, Stephen Center has grown to include a multi-facility campus designed to support vulnerable men, women, and children as they seek to overcome homelessness, addiction, and poverty.

Brag Lines Stephen Center is the only substance-free homeless shelter in the metro, providing a safe environment for individuals and families. Meals are available three times per day/seven days a week. Clients meet with a case manager within 72 hours of arrival to define barriers and set goals. The center runs a background check on all residents who request shelter. Residents shop at NO COST at their thrift store, located at 24th and Q streets. Stephen Center is grateful to receive over 33,000 volunteer hours annually. Administrative costs are 7.5 percent of operating budget.

Pay it forward Whether it’s serving meals, working the front desk, or even lending marketing talents to the agency, Stephen Center can always use more help and volunteers. They believe that together we can end homelessness, addiction, and poverty one parent, one child, one person at a time. Like Stephen Center on Facebook to stay in the loop on all the ways to help.

Wish list Bottled water Pillows/blankets (gently used or new) Razors (shaving) Deodorant Toothpaste/toothbrushes Toilet paper Paper towels Volunteers Monetary donations

Upcoming events Gobble 4 Good Turkey Drive Nov. 1, 2019 Cruise Away Fundraiser March 2020

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Tri-Faith InitiativeTri-Faith Initiative gathering

Mission statement: The Tri-Faith Initiative fosters empathy, invites understanding, and advances common action between people of diverse faiths through the shared efforts of intentionally co-located congregations of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths and an interfaith center on one campus.

Tri-Faith Initiative Pacific St. & S. 132nd St. Omaha, NE 68154 402.934.2955 trifaith.org

Background The Tri-Faith Initiative is an ambitious project of interfaith relations. It brings together a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center on one 38-acre campus in the middle of America’s heartland. It challenges people of faith and goodwill to be conscious and proactive about the assets of faith in civil life in a religiously pluralistic society. The Tri-Faith Initiative aims to create an inclusive culture in which religious pluralism is socially normative.

Brag Lines Tri-Faith Initiative works for a world in which religious differences are seen as an asset to be celebrated, where people realize the ability to overcome fear and stereotypes and embrace one another.  Tri-Faith invites people of all religions to visit and interact. Our programming focuses on interfaith cooperation and religious literacy to fight bigotry and foster empathy. In creating meaningful experiences for exposure, Tri-Faith advances co-existence and religious freedom for all.

Pay it forward Visit the Commons and stroll the iconic Abraham’s Circle Bridge Schedule a tour and visit Tri-Faith partner congregations: Temple Israel, Countryside Community Church, and the American Muslim Institute Join the mailing list to keep up-to date on Tri-Faith events and programs Join Tri-Faith for any or all informative and social events Volunteer to work in the Tri-Faith Community Garden and Orchard

Wish list Garden tools Volunteers Corporate sponsorships Community speaking engagements

Upcoming events More Than a Joke Symposium Weekly from Sept 3, 2019 – March 31, 2020 Women and Wisdom Jan. 14, 2020 Tri-Faith Gala March 14, 2020


"The Big Give" was published in the September 2019 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.