Our Omaha/Council Bluffs metro is a community of collaboration and generosity, and this piece of our DNA is showing itself in endless, heartwarming inquires of, "How can we help?"
As we social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19, we are grateful for technology that empowers, unites, and brings us closer to the common goal of a metro where every nonprofit and vulnerable neighbor's needs are met.
To see how metro nonprofits have been impacted by the coronavirus, and how your gifts can make a difference, visit SHAREomaha.org/COVID19
If you're able to give: your money, time or skills...
The impact of COVID-19 on vital Omaha metro nonprofits is overwhelming. As you are thinking about how you can help, we encourage you to start small and keep listening and looking for opportunities to do good. Mr. Rogers reminds us: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
Together, we can support these critical organizations and allow them to continue to serve our neighbors.
Omaha Girls Rock’s mission is to empower youth to find their unique voice through music education, performance and creativity. They cultivate strong, contributing members of the Omaha metro and their future starts with Omaha Girls Rock
Do you want to be one of the 200+ rockin' volunteers that make Omaha Girls Rock's summer camps a success?
Find your favorite green shirt and save the date. These Shamrock-themed events are pure gold.
The 712 Initiative and TS Bank present the 7th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K run/walk on Saturday, March 14. The run will take place in historic downtown Council Bluffs starting and ending on the 100 Block of West Broadway. Festive attire is encouraged for this 5K. Get your ticket now.
A street party on the 100 Block will follow the run. Complete with live music, an outdoor beer garden, a photo booth and more!
Volunteers are needed to make this event a shamrockin’ good time.
Pre-event volunteers: Times are flexible, with a 2 hour commitment
Congratulations Omaha Symphony on 100 years of transforming our lives through music!
The 2020/2021 series of performances marks the centennial season of the Omaha Symphony. It will be truly special as the Omaha Symphony salutes the past, celebrates the present (including music director Thomas Wilkins’ final of 15 seasons) and launches a bright future.
Join the celebration with 2020/2021 Omaha Symphony season tickets!
Outlook Nebraska, the largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in a seven-state region, provides anyone dealing with vision loss resources to stay independent. Opportunities to join Outlook Nebraska in fulfilling their mission are not only impactful but uniquely fun!
Here are a few ways you can help visually impaired teens take part in fun activities or guide adults in doing something for the first time.
1. Step up to the plate for this day of baseball!
Batter up! Are you a baseball player, baseball coach or baseball team?
Come team up with blind and low vision teenagers for a game of beep baseball. With beeping balls, beeping bases and your help, it will be a ball.
The Lifting Up Do-Gooders column, written by SHARE Omaha executive director Marjorie Maas, runs bi-monthly in metroMAGAZINE. See the original publication of this article here on page 34.
Who is a Do-Gooder? Either you are one, or you know a few. SHARE Omaha defines do-gooders as those who see a need and do good for others or the community; those who raise their hands to help when a crisis or challenge arises around them; those who regularly prioritize this good work, even in the light of personal sacrifice.
There are as many ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day as there are varieties of roses. Here are five ways to celebrate Cupid’s day AND support local Omaha metro nonprofits. And, if you’re not feeling the love, suggestion #5 is for you.
1. Gift a Nebraska Humane Society sweatshirt
Spay. Neuter. Wrap your Valentine in a cushy sweatshirt of love. Shop here.
2.Attend Heartland Hope Mission’s open house: A Brunch of Love
The Hope Center for Kids founders Pastor Ty and Terri Schenzel saw the need for hope in the lives of children who could not see beyond their circumstances. Today, their vision is carried on by dedicated staff and volunteers who provide a safe after-school and summer program where youth can take part in faith-building, academic support, youth development, employment training and receive a hot meal.
Lou, a longtime volunteer, and her husband have supported the work of The Hope Center for 20 years.
Currently, Lou is a part of a team of volunteers that work in The Hope Center’s garden. Approximately 20 raised beds are used to grow vegetables and flowers and each spring the team cleans the beds and preps them for planting. Lou enjoys helping kids plant seeds, maintain the beds and watch new life grow.
We have so much great news to share from our nonprofit partners about their amazing work. But, we'd love to hear from you. Let us know if you have stories you'd like to tell and we'll make you a guest blogger!!