Although mental health conditions are extremely common, we rarely talk openly about our mental health in the way we do about our physical health. It’s time that’s changed. WhatMakesUs is a new local initiative collecting stories from community members living with mental health conditions, and their allies, to highlight what makes them who they are — not defined by a mental health condition.
Once again, the caring hearts of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro have proven that together we can make big things happen.
In July 2020, ten community-minded local banks partnered with the common goal of providing all metro families the supplies needed for a successful school year. These institutions, including ACCESSbank, American National Bank, Bank of Bennington, Core Bank, Dundee Bank, First National Bank of Omaha, Great Western Bank, Pinnacle Bank, Security National Bank, UMB Bank and Well Fargo, led the effort to collect school supplies for a dozen organizations with the Banking on School Supplies drive.
Over the course of two weeks, boxes of supplies were delivered to bank branches and NorthStar Foundation by generous donors.
Story shared by Adrielle Griffin, Completely KIDS Chief Marketing and Development Officer
When the COVID-19 pandemic washed over the Omaha metro area in mid-March, much was unknown. Many, including those at Completely KIDS, thought they might be shut down for a week or so and then life would return to some sense of normalcy. The Completely KIDS staff realized quickly that would not be the case and jumped into action.
Completely KIDS staff began distributing 200 bags of food every Friday in partnership with Food Bank for the Heartland as a drive-up mobile pantry. But as the line of cars backed up on St. Mary’s Ave., it became evident the need was even greater.
*Note: Photos shared in this story were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restoring Dignity depends heavily on volunteers and donors to ensure refugees have a decent place to live.
Restoring Dignity brings refugee families furniture and household items to transform a living space into a home where they can thrive. Their work also includes teaching basic cleaning skills and providing critical housing advocacy for refugees.
Volunteer Jeff and Crystal Young make community service projects a family endeavor. They began pitching in on Restoring Dignity makeovers of refugee homes after seeing a call for help.
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