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You did GOOD for DIBS for Kids!

Written by Katie Fourney    on May 14, 2020    in
Many hands make quick work! During KETV’s Giving Wednesday, SHARE Omaha put out a notice that DIBS for Kids needed help labeling and stuffing thousands of reading folders for the next school year. Within just hours, dozens of volunteers said ‘count me in’ and the need was filled.

DIBS (Deliver Infinite Book Shelves) for Kids is a children’s literacy program that offers innovative lending technology to little classroom libraries, serving 13 elementary schools and over 3,000 children. Each year, thousands of reading folders with parent letters and book logs are needed, requiring DIBS for Kids staff to spend precious hours assembling folders.

Stay home and have fun in Omaha/CB: Part 2

Written by Katie Fourney    on May 4, 2020    in
Our series of fun, virtual programs to enjoy at home, from your favorite Omaha/Council Bluffs metro nonprofits, continues!

How are you having fun at home? Let us know on social media, @SHAREomaha.

FILM STREAMS VIRTUAL RELEASES & VIEWING PARTIES


 

Film Streams is collaborating with terrific film distributors to bring a bit of the Film Streams experience to your home. Pop some popcorn and settle in for a great night in.

Go to Film Streams Home Movies
Donate to support Film Streams

A couple of connectors: Abby Jares and Turner Morgan

Written by Katie Fourney    on April 30, 2020    in
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 30.
Photo credit: Steve Lustgarten

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.

Stay home and have fun in Omaha/CB: Part 1

Written by Katie Fourney    on April 23, 2020    in

By now, your family is probably missing local nonprofit attractions like The Rose Theater and Joslyn Art Museum who bring so much joy to the Omaha metro. We will be the first in line for tickets when doors re-open! In the meantime, you can still connect with organizations like Do Space and EMPAC Dance by taking part in these fun, online programs. Let us know which programs your family enjoys!

Be the best ally! How to support and stand up for the communities you love: A YP Summit recap

Written by Katie Fourney    on April 21, 2020    in
NOTE: This blog was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic reaching the Midwest. While we at SHARE Omaha worked to respond to coronavirus needs, this recap of an important Young Professional Summit session was put on hold. Although March 13th YP Summit feels as if it occurred in another lifetime, the message shared during the ‘Be the best ally!’ session is relevant now. When we begin to leave our homes again, we have an opportunity to declare anew who we want to be as community members. We can be allies in action.

Are you an ally? Are you the best possible ally? Have no clue what an “ally” is? (That’s okay! Let’s listen together.)

At the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Young Professional Summit, Erik Servellon of the Tri-Faith Initiative moderated a powerful panel that explained terminology, debunked myths and provided the framework needed to be the best ally to diverse communities.

KETV’s Giving Wednesday recruits 398 volunteer pledges

Written by Katie Fourney    on April 10, 2020    in
Wednesday, April 8th, was a big day for the SHARE Omaha family of 420 nonprofits! KETV’s second Giving Wednesday featured ways to #SHAREatHome and virtually volunteer while staying safe. In just one day, KETV’s 7 Can Help recruited 398 new volunteer pledges, eager to begin serving vital local missions.
 
“KETV is proud to partner with Share Omaha for our Project CommUNITY Giving Wednesday,” says John Livingston, KETV NewsWatch 7 creative services director. “We are a local broadcaster committed to bringing our community together. We’re inspired by the way Omaha embraces volunteerism as a way to help those in need.”
 
KETV Giving Wednesday
 

How local media is making a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by Katie Fourney    on April 5, 2020    in
 As the Omaha metro is adapting to the ever-changing landscape of how we should respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, local media broadcasters have been on the frontlines providing timely information for us as citizens.

SHARE Omaha commends the local reporters who are tirelessly reporting on CDC and state guidelines and support services available for those in need, such as food pantry and unemployment services. We’ve been inspired by the local journalists who are remembering to ask: How is COVID-19 impacting the vital nonprofits who serve the most vulnerable in our community?

COVID-19: How Omaha metro nonprofits are impacted and how you can help

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 19, 2020    in
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. 

LEARN MORE HERE. 

This COVID-19 nonprofit public information effort is coordinated by SHARE Omaha and supported by Core Bank.

 

Make plans for a rockin' summer!

Written by Katie Fourney    on March 10, 2020

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 fit below or submit your general interest through any of the Omaha Girls Rock volunteer postings.

**If Summer Camp plans change due to COVID-19, Omaha Girls Rock will connect with you about new opportunities.**

Irish or not, these events are for you

Written by Katie Fourney    on February 21, 2020    in
 
Find your favorite green shirt and save the date. These Shamrock-themed events are pure gold.
 

Shamrock Shuffle


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
    • Build balloon arches
    • Stage event supplies at The 712 Initiative office

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