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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  (Our COVID-19 public information effort has ended. Please connect with nonprofits through their SHARE Omaha profiles and support their efforts during this time.)

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

100 Years of making music: Omaha Symphony

Written by Katie Fourney    on February 18, 2020    in
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!
Your season ticket purchase:

    How to support the Midwest’s largest employer of the blind and visually impaired

    Written by Katie Fourney    on February 17, 2020
    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.

    Innovation and impact spur DIBS for kids

    Written by Katie Fourney    on February 13, 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 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.

    5 Ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and support nonprofits

    Written by Katie Fourney    on February 10, 2020    in
    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

    Hope needs you: Volunteering at The Hope Center for Kids

    Written by Katie Fourney    on January 31, 2020    in
    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.

    Find your fit and become a mentor

    Written by Katie Fourney    on January 27, 2020    in
    January is National Mentoring Month. Find your fit and become a mentor now.
    Mentors connect, befriend and guide. The impact of mentors is tangible. Mentoring is linked to improved academic, social and economic prospects for Omaha/Council Bluffs metro young people who become the future leaders of our community.

    It can feel daunting to be a part of helping youth make responsible choices, but for many it’s natural! The first step is to show up.

    Shelley, a GOAL buddy for Partnership 4 Kids, views her time with Gifford Park Elementary students as a break in the day.