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SHARE @ Home

Written by Katie Fourney    on May 20, 2020    in
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...

You can continue to do good and #SHAREatHome.  

EASY WAYS TO VOLUNTEER FROM HOME

  • Help Arthritis Foundation make phone calls to former participants of Jingle Bell Run, from the comfort of your home. Submit your interest here.
 
  • Now is a great time to become a Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands mentor! Mentors are a friendly and supportive voice during this confusing time for youth. Start your mentoring journey virtually with online registration and training. Submit your interest here.
 
  • Write articles or blogs for Dove’s Nest’s website and newsletter and/or develop worship resources, such as children’s stories or sermon outlines. Submit your interest here.
 
  • Make phone calls to Radio Talking Book Services listeners/care facilities to determine if any have encountered challenges with their radios or listening devices and to receive feedback about usage. Submit your interest here.
 
  • There are a variety of ways to virtually volunteer with Lutheran Family Services. Become a digital ambassador, send messages of hope, create care packages and more. Submit your interest here.
 
  • Can you organize and lead your neighborhood or church in supporting one another? Become a One Omaha community leader and you'll form a private, online group connecting those who need help to those who have help to give. Learn more and submit your interest here
 
  •  Answer crisis hotline phone calls from your home. The Women's Center for Advancement (WCA) has seen an increase in calls to their domestic violence and sexual assault hotline.  Submit your interest here. 
     
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Nebraska is starting a mail campaign called "NICE NOTES". Help write positive, uplifting notes and they'll organize drop off/pick up of cards and will handle the addressing and the stamps. Submit your interest here.
   
  •  Send letters of encouragement to MICAH House clients experiencing homelessness and staff. You may mail letters to MICAH House at 1415 Avenue J, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501.
   
  • Thank community mental health and hotline workers for their tireless work by sharing this Facebook post from The Kim Foundation.
 
  • Join RISE in virtually helping Builders (incarcerated individuals) review their resumes and brush up on their interview skills as they prepare for reentry into society. Submit your interest here.
 
  • Make sack lunches for homeless men, women, and children at Open Door Mission. Please include a sandwich (meat or PB&J) plus both a sweet and a salty item. We ask volunteers to practice good hygiene and wear gloves while preparing lunches.  Learn more here.
 
  • Volunteer to be a future Golden Retriever Rescue in Nebraska Foster Home! Begin the vetting process virtually now and help Golden Retriever Rescue be prepared for an anticipated spike in need of foster homes in the coming months. Submit your interest here. 
 
  • Heartland Hope Mission is holding a virtual food and hygiene drive. You can help by creating a Facebook event "Virtual food drive for Heartland Hope Mission", or posting on the Next Door app, or getting the word out to your contacts via email or text. HHM is serving three times more people this year than last. Learn more here.
   
  • Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue needs COVID-related supplies to protect their drivers as they pick up perishable food to be distributed to local nonprofits.  Shop here to ship directly.
 
  • Help Food Bank for the Heartland pack, sort and stock food to fight hunger. Note, volunteer shifts take place at the Food Bank, practicing social distancing. Submit your interest here.
 

GIVE FROM HOME

  • Many nonprofits face hard decisions for the future if they cannot meet their budget needs. Canceled fundraisers, events, concerts and programs mean charitable causes must now look for new funding to carry out their missions. You can make a difference with a donation of any size. Give to a nonprofit now using donation code COVID19. 
 
  • Help feed guest families at Ronald McDonald House Charities by sending a catered meal to RMHC or drop off ingredients for a meal that staff members can prepare. Submit your interest here.
 
  • As you are spring cleaning:
    • Old electronics can be brought to Cross Electronic Recycling at 5030 N 72nd Street in Omaha. Learn more about Cross Electric Recycling here.  
    • Cell phones can be donated to Women's Center for Advancement and delivered to 3801 Farnam, Omaha. There is a bin in the vestibule.
    • Craft and art supplies can be delivered to Bethlehem House at 2301 S 15th Street, Omaha 
    • Notebooks, pens, pencils can be delivered to Learning for ALL at 8610 West Dodge Road, Omaha or New Cassel Foundation at 900 N 90th Street, Omaha
    • Preemie diapers and formula are accepted by March of Dimes. Contact kschemahorn@marchofdimes.org.
    • Wheelchairs and scooters can be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Contact Laura at 402-390-2914.
    • Complete board games may be brought to:
      • Abide at 3323 N 45th Street, Omaha
      • Child Saving Institute at 4545 Dodge Street, Omaha
      • FAMILY, Inc in Council Bluffs (email kkolakowski@familyia.org to schedule donation)
      • Florence Home at 7915 N 30th Street, Omaha
    •  Cleaning supplies are accepted by:
      • Bethlehem House at 2301 S 15th Street, Omaha
      • Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program at 1215 N Broadway, Council Bluffs
      • Child Saving Institute at 4545 Dodge Street, Omaha
      • MICAH House at 1415 Avenue J, Omaha
      • Midlands Humane Society at 1020 Railroad Avenue, Council Bluffs
    • Non-perishable food, toiletries are accepted by:
      • Abide at 3323 N 45th Street, Omaha
      • Catholic Charities Omaha at Juan Diego Center or Sain Martin de Porres Center 
      • Heartland Hope Mission at 2021 U Street, Omaha
      • Heart Ministry Center (toiletries only) at 2221 Wirt Street, Omaha
      • New Cassel Foundation (toiletries only) at 900 N 90 Street, Omaha
      • New Visions Homeless Services at 1435 N 15 Street, Council Bluffs
      • Salvation Army (food only) at 6101 NW Radial Highway, Omaha
      • Siena Francis House at 1117 North 17th Street, Omaha
      • Society of St. Vincent de Paul (food only) at 2101 Leavenworth Street, Omaha
      • Youth Emergency Services at 2602 Harney Street, Omaha
    • Culturally appropriate, non-perishable food items for refugee families may be brought to Heartland Family Service at 4318 Fort Street in Omaha, Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Learn more.

A complete list of nonprofit needs and delivery details can be found at www.SHAREomaha.org/COVID19

USE YOUR SKILLS FOR GOOD AT HOME

  • Can you research and write accurate descriptions?  Heartland Equine Riding Therapy Academy (HETRA)  has received donated items that can be auctioned off online for needed revenue. Volunteers can research and draft descriptions for online auction sites. Submit your interest here.
 
  • Pear Tree Performing Arts needs help with grant research and writing, and with their website and social media. Learn more.
 
  • Are you handy with a needle and thread? 
    • Find your sewing needle and some fabric to create different hats for the American Cancer Society's wig room to give to cancer patients. Neutral colors are always desired but patterned hats are also loved. These will be distributed to patients currently undergoing cancer treatment. Request delivery instructions here. 
    • You can also assist the DAR Pillowcase Project for Military Troops by sewing pillowcases to be sent to deployed troops. Submit your interest here. 
    • MACCH (Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless) is collecting sewn face masks for individuals experiencing homelessness. Submit your interest here. 
    • The need for masks is still great across the Mosaic network. Volunteer to help sew face masks! Submit your interest here. 
    • Nebraska Medicine needs volunteers to make masks. Contact them here to receive a kit and instructions.
    • Open Door Mission is collecting handmade masks also.  Learn more here.
 
  • Good at Googling? Help Sing Omaha scour the web for applicable grants for their music education programs. Submit your interest here.
 
  • Are you a graphic designer? A creative eye is needed to help the Roberta and Bob Rogers Gallery design a postcard and social media images. Submit your interest here.
 
  • Your talents are needed! To put your skills to use, filter volunteer needs by skills desired here. Omaha metro nonprofits are in need of marketing, IT, finance, construction, art and legal assistance. See an opportunity that's not social distancing approved? Submit your interest for the future. 

Thank you for giving financially as you're able and sharing your time, skills and goods with vital local nonprofits. If you have even more time to give, check out these virtual volunteering opportunities with national nonprofits from Points of Light. 

Share with us on social media, @SHAREomaha, how you're doing good with #SHAREatHome

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SHARE Omaha offers easy ways to do good for local causes, big and small. As nonprofits adapt how they carry out their missions due to social distancing requirements, use SHARE Omaha to continue to connect to new ways to virtually volunteer, collect useful items at home and contribute the cash needed to sustain vital organizations. To see how metro nonprofits have been impacted by the coronavirus, and how your gifts can make a difference, visit SHAREomaha.org/COVID19