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Family and Human Services

Find Local Community Partners interested in Family and Human Services below.

Casia Dotzler ~ casia@abidenetwork.org ~ (402) 422-7807

3223 N. 45th St, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ www.abideomaha.org/getinvolved

Are you looking for an opportunity for your business or school to serve as a group?

Are you an individual with a special skill, talent, or just want to connect and build relationships with kids? We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities from coaching basketball to helping refurbish houses, clean up neighborhoods or help at block parties.

Melanie Roberts, Administrative Assistant  ~ mmroberts@alz.org ~ 402(502)-4300

11711 Arbor St., Ste. 110 Omaha, NE 68144 ~ https://www.alz.org/nebraska/

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. Visit https://www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900. Volunteers assist with all elements of our mission, including advocacy, community education, and special event support. Start your Volunteer Profile on our website linked above!

Barby Clark~ (402)803-8430 ~ barby.clark@redcross.org

2912 S 80th Ave, Omaha, NE 68124 ~ https://www.redcross.org/ne/omaha/volunteer

Volunteers Opportunities include:  responding to local disasters such as house fires; organizing and participating in neighborhood smoke alarm installations; helping educate the community about the services and support provided by the American Red Cross; and more!

Types of Service: Assistance with daily activities, health care or health education, office support/clerical or computer work

Looking for volunteers who can commit a semester or longer to the organization!

Bridget Battafarano, Support Specialist ~ bbattafarano@banistersacademy.org ~ 402-571-4293

2111 Emmet Street, Omaha, NE 68110 ~ https://banisters.org/

The mission of Banister’s Leadership Academy is to strengthen youth and families through leadership. Typical volunteer duties include facilitating group mentoring sessions to children grades K-8 in a fun environment. Training is provided to volunteers to implement the evidence-based goal-setting curriculum.

Thomas Lynch, Director of Community Programs  ~ thomas.lynch@boystown.org ~ 402-498-1186

14057 Flanagan Blvd., Boys Town, NE 68010 ~ www.boystown.org

Boys Town invites you to play a special role in the lives of our special needs children through mentoring and volunteer group projects. Mentors help our students improve their reading and math skills. Group volunteer projects include assisting with harvesting vegetables from the Boys Town gardens; preparing our chapels for services; and various projects at the annual Boys Town gardens; preparing our chapels for services; and various projects at the annual Boys Town Posadas Christmas celebration.

Special Requirements: Police background check, Drug test

Michael Young ~ michael.young@campqualityusa.org ~ 402-714-5401

PO Box 24322, Omaha, NE 68124 ~ https://www.campqualityusa.org/htl/ways-to-help/donate-time/volunteers/

The mission of Camp Quality USA is to establish and sustain nationwide community-based camping experiences and ongoing support programs for children with cancer and their families. More than 10,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year. Countless numbers of families struggle with the physical, emotional and financial drains of such a disease. To make matters worse, the cause of childhood cancer is largely unknown, making successful treatment a challenge, current research necessary and an established support system imperative.

In the USA, there are presently 16 camps established in 12 states. More than 700 children participate in our camps each summer, and many more participate in Camp Quality activities throughout the year. We have one-on-one companions for every camper, and the Heartland Camp is June 13-18th in 2016.

Deanna Wagner, Recruitment Coordinator ~ dwagner@casaomaha.org ~ (402) 932-5683

2412 St. Mary’s Ave, Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.casaomaha.org

When home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate®. The CASA volunteerÔæïs focus is on advocating for the best interest of that foster child. CASA volunteers do this by providing individualized attention through monthly visits to their foster youth and relevant parties, documenting information concerning the childÔæïs best interest, and submitting their independent report to the court to assist the judge ruling over the case. Duties: Meet with the child on a consistent basis. Assess best interests and understand the child’s wishes. Attend family team meetings, meet with professionals in the childÔæïs life, review documents and records to maintain awareness and gather information about the child. Monitor the services that are in place and recommend services as needed. Maintain complete records of contacts, hours, and mileage. Document the facts and circumstances of the child’s situation in a written court report, including the child’s wishes and recommendations to fulfill the best interest of the child, and attend court hearings.

To be a CASA, you must: Be able to commit to a minimum of 2 years. Be willing to donate 10 hours per month.  Be available for court hearings. Be able to maintain objectivity and professionalism in dealing with the child and all other parties involved. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills. Possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word. Must be at least 21 years of age. Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license, valid phone number, and a permanent address. We provide 30 hours of pre-service training (15 online and 15 in person) and 12 hours of continuing education training annually.

Linda Robincheau, Volunteer Coordinator ~ lrobincheau@catholiccharitiesdm.org ~ 712-256-2059 ext. 101

1215 N Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA ~ https://www.ccomaha.org/program-and-services/domestic-violence

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault program provides domestic violence and sexual abuse services to anyone faced with these issues through our 24-hour emergency shelter, crisis phone line, court advocacy, educational groups and outreach to under-served populations in nine counties surrounding Council Bluffs in southwest Iowa.

Types of Service: Assistance with daily activities, child care, collect or distribute clothing and personal care items, domestic abuse outreach, environmental clean up/yard or garden work, music or art activities, non-partisan advocacy work, office support or clerical and computer work, tutor or teach

Requirements: Background check

Dave Vankat, Senior Director & Community Relations ~ davev@ccomaha.org ~ (402) 829-9238

3300 North 60th Street, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ https://archomaha.org/discover/

Catholic Charities ministers to the greatest and most fundamental needs of our community. Since 1926, Catholic Charities has had a rich tradition of serving and advocating for the voiceless, hungry, addicted, abused, and forgotten individuals and families annually throughout the area.

At Catholic Charities, we . . .

-give shelter and safety to battered women and children

-feed the hungry

-assist immigrants during times of need

-develop new small business owners

-listen to and counsel people with mental illness

-partner new mothers with experienced mentors

-promote health and recreation to children and seniors

-reunite adoptive families

-support and guide those faced with untimely pregnancies

-teach children

-seniors and families life skills

 

Requirements: Some volunteer roles require background checks or bi-lingual (Spanish) ability.

Reggan Simons ~ rksimons@archomaha.org ~ (402) 551-9003

3300 N. 60th St., Omaha, NE 68104 ~ www.family.archomaha.org

Volunteers are needed periodically to assist in the administrative offices, on special projects and/or events.  Fluency in Spanish is helpful but not a necessity. Contact Reggan Simons if you are interested in volunteering or hearing about other opportunities we may have available.

Types of Service: Listening to stories/ministry of presence, office work/clerical or computer work, usher or greeter

Understanding of Spanish is valuable, but certainly not required!

Clarissa Newman, Campus Coordinator ~ clarrissa.newman@lakincampus.org  ~ 712-323-4416

1415 Avenue J Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 ~ https://www.lakincampus.org

The Charles E Lakin Human Services Campus is a unique collaborative that is home to American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club, Heartland Family Service, MICAH House, and The Salvation Army. The Campus, a separate non-profit, holds events throughout the year for children and families that participate in the programs of the partner agencies, and serves as a place where all children and families in need can find resources and training to better enable them to be productive and contributing citizens. /  / Annually, the Campus hosts a number of events. The goal of the Campus events is to provide children and their families the opportunity to participate in activities they may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience in a safe, familiar and convenient location for them. We want to facilitate activities with the children and families that encourage families to spend time together and give them ideas of activities they can do to create lasting memories and traditions in their own homes. Our annual activities include an Easter Egg Hunt, Water/Summer Party, Back to School Extravaganza, Trunk or Treat and Holiday Celebration. During our events children and their families get to play games, make crafts, and take home donated books. We also have a Campus garden where families and children can learn gardening basics and then use the food in their own kitchens. Together, as a Campus, we collaborate to provide lasting positive memories to children and their families experiencing difficult situations, these experiences can assist the healing and rebuilding process. Spanish language helpful. All volunteers are background checked through the sex offender registry database.

Anna Willey ~ 402-504-3664 ~ awilley@childsaving.org

4545 Dodge St, Omaha, NE 68132 ~ www.childsaving.org

Child Saving Institute provides a safe haven and healing for thousands of innocent young victims of family crisis, neglect and abuse. We offer the vital services necessary to make at-risk children safe and fractured families whole through programs such as early childhood education, foster care, adoption, an emergency shelter, parenting classes and therapy. Our mission is “responding to the cry of a child,” but it is our vision that guides us as we work to give the children we serve safe, happy childhoods

Types of Service: Assistance with daily activities, child care, office support/clerical or computer work, reading to children

One-time volunteers welcome, as well as individuals who can commit a semester to the organization!

Cheryl Clark, VP Resource Development ~ cclark@childrenssquare.org ~ (712) 322-3700 x5869

N 6th St & Avenue E, P-O Box 8-C, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 ~ https://childrenssquare.org

Serving over 1200 children and families daily, Children’s Square USA offers children’s residential mental health treatment, children’s emergency shelter, child and family therapy, and foster care services.

Ismael Alvarez Del Castillo, Development Coordinator ~icastillo@completelykids.org  ~ 402-397-5809 ext. 204
2566 St. Mary’s Ave, Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.completelykids.org

Completely KIDS needs volunteers to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. Volunteers are needed to work with youth Monday through Friday in our after school programs at elementary and middle schools and evening programs in area homeless shelters. We are looking for energetic individuals and groups to help the youth with homework, skill development, enrichment activities, and exposure to positive role models. An extra set of hands is always appreciated in this fun environment.

Find us on: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Instagram

Meredith Metcalf, Deputy Director ~ 402-453-5656 ext. 227 ~ mmetcalf@encapomaha.org

2406 Fowler Avenue Omaha, NE 68111 ~ https://encapnebraska.org/get-involved/

1 in 8 Nebraskans is food insecure, and many of those are seniors.

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership’s (ENCAP) Nutrition Center provides food boxes to seniors in Omaha and across Douglas and Sarpy Counties. We need your help to make this happen!

We are looking for individuals and groups who want to give back, move and pack boxes for delivery, and provide a smiling face to our seniors. We are looking for both one-time volunteers and folks who want to serve on an ongoing basis.

A typical day may include packing boxes, checking clients in, or helping clients to their cars with their food.

Please give us a call, email, or stop by! Look forward to meeting you!

Kelly Keller, Volunteer Coordinator ~ kkeller@endlessjourneyhospice.com ~ (402) 800-8145

10909 Mill Valley Rd 205 Omaha, NE 68154 ~  www.endlessjourneyhospice.com

Endless Journey is a local independent hospice that embraces the holistic philosophy of caring for body mind and soul. In addition to traditional hospice care, we enlist a broad array of holistic interventions such as Reiki, Healing Touch, massage, music therapy, acupuncture, essential oils, chiropractic and art therapy to assist in pain management and helping patients and family members through the entire dying process. volunteers are utilized in the office and at bedside. Bedside volunteers use their unique gifts to be present to patients and/or family members as relief support, a friendly visitor, or in the final hours simply providing calm presence.

Susie ~ susied@essentialps.org ~ 402-554-0121 ~ https://essentialps.org

Benson Area               6220 Maple St., Omaha NE    68104

Maple Village              3029 N 93rd St., Omaha NE  68134

Bellevue                      908 W. Mission Ave., Bellevue, NE 68005
EPS is dedicated to helping expectant women and parenting families make life-affirming choices for themselves and their children through medical services, education, professional counseling, material assistance and resource information. Since 1973, Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS) has existed as a haven for women facing unplanned pregnancies. Our work is founded on the principle of upholding the dignity of all persons – born and unborn – through compassionate care for women. We believe it is our responsibility to offer our time and resources to assist women, facing the most difficult circumstances, to understand their pregnancy and to learn about all options available to them. Our accurate medical information, factual and science-based education, and informational resources empower women to make informed decisions for themselves and their health. All services are provided at no cost.

 VOLUNTEER

EPS offers many ways for you to gift of your time and energy to our life-saving mission. Call EPS during business hours at 402.554.0121. Descriptions of many of the volunteer opportunities at EPS are below.

Client Advocates meet individually with women to provide a listening ear and support while administering pregnancy tests and STI screenings. Client Advocates are also trained to share community resources.

EPS needs licensed nurses. If you are a registered nurse, please inquire about volunteering your time to help cover shifts and support staff at our centers in Benson, Bellevue and Maple Village.

EPS has boutiques in Benson and Bellevue. Volunteers assist with sorting donations, taking inventory, stocking shelves, processing clients at the register, and assisting clients in shopping.

EPS resource rooms in Benson and Bellevue offer clients of our parenting program, Beginning Essentials, a work space to read articles on parenting with optional DVD viewing. Volunteers provide a welcoming environment, offer assistance to clients as needed, and keep the area clean.

EPS is in need of ongoing administrative assistance. Volunteers will be trained to assist with various office tasks, including; mailing, filing, organizing content for newsletters, and more.

Baby Showers are possible thanks to the support of volunteers who donate food, organize donations, prepare shower gifts, take photos, and assist on the day of these events. On average, we have about forty clients attend each shower with one to three families members each.

To assist us with urgent donation requests, follow us on Facebook and visit our page often for current posts. Search for us at Friends of Essential Pregnancy Services.

Tia Houston ~ tiah@fhasinc.org ~ (712) 322-4436

3605 Q Street Omaha, NE 68107 ~ https://www.fhasinc.org/tax-services.html

Family Housing Advisory Services’ Omaha EITC Coalition administers the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites in the metro area. We recruit and train two corps of volunteers (Site Navigators-Intake Specialists and Tax Preparers). Training is in the Fall between Labor Day and Thanksgiving at a variety of times. Service is in the Spring (January through April) but we also are open year round for tax preparation. We have a variety of internships also available and can tailor to student interest. See our website for more information at https://www.fhasinc.org/tax-services.html or call 402-546-1013, ext 6209 for more information.

Types of Service: Non-partisan/advocacy work, office support/clerical and computer work, tax preparation or customer intake

Understanding of Spanish, Arabic, and Nepali would be valuable, but certainly not required!

Catherine Schroeder ~ (712)323-7756 ~ info@gabrielscorner.com
#131, South 16th Street, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 ~ www.gabrielscorner.com

Opening hours vary, so please call first.  (Volunteers are always welcome.)

Our free services include:

  • Free pregnancy tests (ID must be provided)
  • Free ultrasounds
  • Caring, professional, confidential counseling
  • Referrals
  • Proof of pregnancy forms
  • Financial assistance (in emergencies) and babies material needs…. from birth to 3 yrs. (diapers, clothes, and larger items like car seats, cribs etc. when available)
  • Post abortion counseling
  • Adoption information and resources
  • Information on Medicaid
  • Se habla espaniol

Shelby Thayer ~ (402) 457-4676 ~ volunteer@girlsincomaha.org

2811 N. 45th St, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ https://girlsincomaha.org/get-involved/sign-me-up/

Girls Incorporated’s mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We do this through a wide variety of programming that we offer daily. Girls Inc. always encourages interested adults to get involved in Girls Inc. Programs. Volunteers are needed to assist with homework activities, serving meals, field trips, job shadowing, programming and more. Help is needed between (3:00pm – 7:00pm) Monday – Friday during the school year and all day (7:00am – 6:00pm) during the summer. We would love to have individuals or groups (up to 20) planning on participating once or on a continuing basis.

Alex Jurgens ~ (402) 502-2773 ~ ajurgens@griefsjourney.org

7811 Farnam Dr, Omaha, NE 68114 ~ www.griefsjourney.org

Grief’s Journey provides a safe, supportive environment where children, teens, and adults can learn healthy ways to cope with the death of a family member or friend. Grief’s Journey also performs community education and outreach to meet the needs of Omaha’s bereaved youth. Volunteer needs vary and include weekend day camps, monthly and evening support groups, assistance with fundraising and benefit events, as well as office/clerical work and program preparations. Volunteers who facilitate support groups must complete our Child Grief Facilitator Training, which is held 2-3 times throughout the year. We can accommodate groups of 1-10 volunteers and welcome both long-term and one-time service. No special skills required. Support groups include serious illness and injury and immigration challenges.

Special Requirements: Grief Facilitator Training

Habitat for Humanity

Saturday Weekly Service with Habitat Restore

Molly Carrig ~MollyCarrig@creighton.edu https://omahahabitatrestore.org/

Join members of the Creighton community to volunteer at a local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. All are welcome, you don’t need to be a member of the CU Habitat club to join. All you need is an open mind and a heart ready for service. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to meet your community! At the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, we will be helping to process donations while building relationships, proceeds from the ReStore go to build more Habitat homes in the Omaha community. Transportation is provided. You must register ahead of time.

Service dates and sign ups coming soon!

CU Habitat Club

Ryan Boepple ~ RyanBoepple@creighton.edu.

CU Habitat welcomes all members of the Creighton and Omaha communities to sign up and volunteer at our builds. We work hard to make sure that these volunteer experiences are fulfilling and we appreciate the hard work and contributions these volunteers bring to the program. Our chapter also offers something different, however, for those volunteers wanting to get more involved in CU Habitat – membership! Chapter members become involved in all areas of our organization and are offered a wider range of service-oriented opportunities and privileges. Basically, while volunteers help us work on the home, members go beyond this and participate in the social, developmental, reflective, and organizational facets of the club.

Jenny Schroeder, Volunteer Services Manager ~ 402-457-5657 ~ jschroeder@habitatomaha.org
1701 N 24th Street Omaha, NE 68110 ~ https://habitatomaha.org/volunteer/local-opportunities/ 

Habitat for Humanity builds housing in partnership with low-income families. Volunteers are needed for construction work, vacant lot clean up, working at the Habitat ReStore, and in our office. Hours are flexible between 8:30am – 3:30pm, Wednesday – Saturday. We love to have individuals or groups (8-10 people) participating once or on a continuing basis. In 2019, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha will build or renovate more than 50 homes. Houses are built with donor contributions, volunteer labor and donated materials. We have a diverse set of opportunities available for volunteers of all skill levels.  To learn more about getting involved with our construction, ReStore, office and creative opportunities please visit our website!

Jon Firmature ~ (402) 292-6560 ~ executivedirector@hfhsarpy.org

1001 Ft Crook Rd N Ste 207, Bellevue, NE 68005 ~ https://www.habitat.org/us-ne/bellevue/hfh-sarpy-county

Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County builds affordable housing in partnership with clients. Volunteers are needed for construction work, vacant lot clean up, working at the Habitat Home Store, on committees, helping with events, and in our office. Hours vary depending on what you would like to do: Office hours are M-F 9am-4pm; the Habitat Home Store is open T-TH 12-6pm, F & S 9am-5pm. We would love to have individuals or groups (8-10 people) participating once or on a continuing basis and ask that all volunteers sign up online through the Habitat for Humanity website, linked above.

Requirements: Certain training required for certain volunteering role

Melinda Eames, Community Outreach Coordinator~ 402-552-7418 ~ Meames@heartlandfamilyservice.org

2101 S. 42nd St., Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.heartlandfamilyservice.org

With 50+ programs and 15 locations, volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Volunteer opportunities are available in many different locations and capacities. From a one time to an on-going opportunity, from an individual to a group, we always could use willing hands to help us in our work and accomplish more in the community. Making a difference is what we are all about. Our needs are constantly changing, so please contact us to plan your involvement.

Types of Service: Assistance with daily activities, child care, environmental clean up/garden work, music or art activities, office support/clerical or computer work, tutor or teach

Becky Snedeker~ (402) 341-6559 ext. 102 ~ becky@helpadultservices.org
1941 S. 42nd St, Suite 200, Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.facebook.com/HELPAdultServices

HELP Adult Services is seeking volunteers who are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others. Both our long-term navigation program and our medical equipment rental program serve all ages by providing support for those experiencing the challenges of aging and/or medical needs. To help with our mission to empower lives, €one person at a time we are seeking a team of volunteers who will provide assistance with the development and implementation of our 2018 -19 marketing plan. As a volunteer, you will help our team develop marketing materials, develop a social media campaign and a community based action plan to help spread the word. As this population continues to grow it is even more critical that we reach out to these very special members of our community.

Types of Service: Health care or health education, listening to stories/ministry of presence, office support/clerical or computer work

Wildey Rodriguez ~ (402)444-6529 ~ wrodriguez@interculturalseniorcenter.org

5545 Center St, Omaha, NE 68106 ~ https://interculturalseniorcenter.org/

The Intercultural Senior Center is a non-profit organization that strives to improve the dignity, quality of life and physical well-being of seniors from around the world through advocacy, education, access to social services, and cultural enrichment activities that benefit the entire community. We envision an Omaha that values the wisdom and experience of our diverse elders and creates opportunities for them to embrace and enhance their community.

Efren Garcia ~ EGarcia@latinocenter.org ~ 4821 South 24th Street Omaha, NE 68107 ~ 402-733-2720 ~ https://www.latinocenter.org/get-involved/

The Latino Center of the Midlands provides a magnitude of bilingual services that focus on educating the community through a three main programs and one main partnership. We also seek to enhance the lives of the Heartland Latino Community by supporting the education and development of our youth and adults; promoting comprehensive engagement of our families in all facets of their lives; and by fostering leadership through a variety of services and activities.

Volunteers perform tasks as teaching a class, assisting a class, tutoring, child care and activities. As well as helping with major events where volunteer help is needed. Health & well-being services, financial education, social education, physical education, behavioral health education, adult basic education, advocacy services, youth truancy prevention services, youth groups services, and many other educational services are provided along with workforce assistance.

Healthy Kids Club is looking for 1-2 volunteers per day, Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm. This service opportunity is a great fit for anyone interested in healthy eating & lifestyle, public health, and/ or medicine. Volunteers must pass a background check. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially helpful!

Upcoming Get out the Vote phone banking opportunities are November 17 3pm-5pm, November 22 3pm-5pm and December 15 3-5pm.

Skills: Bilingual (Spanish & English) preferred, but not required for all volunteer roles

Morgan Mattson ~ 402-301-1891 ~ mmattson@lfsneb.org

www.lfsneb.org

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc. is always in need of volunteers to assist with a variety of programs teaching job skills, mentoring children and adults, sorting donations, facilitating support groups and organizing community events. Volunteers are also needed to assist with refugee services; mentoring, tutoring, apartment set-up, and shopping. We also have opportunities for childcare, clerical support and special events. Lutheran Family Services matches volunteers to programs based on the volunteer’s location, skills and interests. Flexible hours and volunteer sites make volunteering at LFS convenient. We always welcome occasional volunteers and groups.

  • Refugee Family Mentor/Community Guide (ESL assistance, job skills, community guidance, grocery shopping, navigating through community, etc.) 
  • Co-sponsorship for Refugee Resettlement (Furniture collection/apartment set up) 
  • Farming Assistant (Global Roots) 
  • Movers and Shakers (moving furniture, household items, and apartment set up) 
  • Special Event Help 
  • Child Services 

The Global Roots program is seeking volunteers interested in gardening/ farming on a regular or one time basis. The Global Roots program provides access to land, resources and support to refugee farmers in Nebraska. All service is outside and socially distanced.

To apply to volunteer visit our Volunteer Hub website: lfsneb.volunteerhub.com
Morgan Mattson, 402-578-7224, mmattson@lfsneb.org
www.lfsneb.org ”

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Amelia Simmons, Creighton Medical Student ~ ameliasimmons@creighton.edu ~ (402) 881-0143

1111 N 17th St, Omaha NE 68102 (Siena Francis House) ~ Website

Founded and run by students of the Creighton University School of Medicine since 2004, the Magis Clinic serves the homeless and uninsured of Omaha.  The Magis Clinic is staffed by volunteer students, physicians and pharmacists from the Creighton University School of Medicine and the School of Pharmacy and provides free healthcare and referrals to existing community services.  It is the first free medical clinic in Omaha open on Saturdays that treats homeless men, women, children and the medically uninsured.  Services include basic acute primary care consultations and follow-up, physical exams, mental health care, STD testing, laboratory services, including basic blood tests; pharmaceuticals.  Magis Clinic volunteers also partner with the Charles Drew Health Center, coordinating their efforts to achieve the mission of the Magis Clinic.

Requirements: Application & Interview

Kayla Terrillion, Child Program Specialist ~ kterrillion@themicahhouse.org ~  712-323-4416

1415 Avenue J, Council Bluffs, IA 51501 ~ https://www.themicahhouse.org/volunteer

MICAH House is an emergency family homeless shelter serving the Council Bluffs and Omaha metro area. Since 1986, the MICAH House has been a haven for families and individuals experiencing a housing crisis. The shelter provides the resources and support services necessary to regain self sufficiency and reenter the community.

Special requirements: Completion of MICAH House Volunteer Application Form (located on our website) and review of MICAH House Volunteer Handbook.

Kara Covrig ~ kara.covrig@mosaicinfo.org ~ (402) 896-9988 x 51002

4642 S 132nd st Omaha, NE 68137 ~ https://www.mosaicinfo.org/locations/nebraska/omaha

Mosaic is a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities in the Omaha area.  Volunteer opportunities range from one time opportunities to ongoing opportunities.  Activities could include (but are not limited to) working directly with people served, assisting with activities, teaching classes, accompanying people in service on outings, starting an advocate program for those in service, manual labor, etc.  We match the skills and desires of volunteers with the opportunities at Mosaic.

Types of Service: Assistance with daily activities, listening to stories/ministry of presence, music or art activities

Sophia Daley ~ sdaley@mhacb.org ~ (712) 322-1491 ext. 107

505 S.6th Street Council Bluffs, IA 51501

The Municipal Housing Agency houses elderly, disabled and low-income individuals. Some of the elderly and disabled residents could use assistance with cleaning their units. Such cleaning ranges from light housekeeping (vacuuming, dusting) to deep cleaning services such as cleaning a refrigerator, oven, bathtubs, or mopping floors. Our residents benefit from the light housekeeping, especially the elderly and disabled residents whom have disclosed cleaning is physically difficult for them.

We have a local food pantry and could use volunteers to distribute the food. Volunteers are also welcome to spend time with residents who don’t have other social supports as a friend or companion. Finally, if you love decorating, come help make the home of a resident more festive by decorating for the holidays!

We would greatly except any volunteers, whether it be one-time or continuous. The MHA units are either efficiency size or one bedroom units, so I would suggest groups of about 2 or 3 would be efficient considering the space.

Shelby Larson, Manager of Community Engagement ~ (402) 934-9700 ~ shelby.larson@omahahealthykids.org

5006 Underwood Avenue, Omaha, NE 68132 ~ www.omahahealthykids.org

Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance is a nonprofit organization that works to create a Healthy Home for every child. Our main goal is to bring awareness and education to families in the city about environmental hazards, green and Healthy Homes, and lead poisoning. We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help us accomplish our goal of creating Healthy Homes for every child in Omaha and beyond.

Volunteers with OHKA can:

1. Host a Healthy Home House Party: This is a great way for you to have some fun with your friends, learn about Healthy Homes and help support an incredible cause. At the party, our staff can help you make green cleaning supplies and natural home improvement remedies, teach you and your friends about Healthy Homes and our work, and you can adopt one of our families to help them make their home safer and healthier.

2. Do a Healthy Home Clean-Out: Once a month, we need volunteers to help us clean out a basement, clear out a living space, clean up a backyard or organize a living area for one of our families. We provide the supplies including haz-mat suits (when needed), gloves, dumpsters and cleaning equipment. Volunteer Clean-Out days usually occur on a Saturday morning for 2-3 hours.

3. Volunteer for Rundee: Rundee is our annual 5K run that is a fundraiser and awareness builder for OHKA. Volunteers help manage the course, staff the stations and cheer on the runners and walkers.

4. Help OHKA in the office: We are always in need of help to organize our supplies, manage the front desk, edit grants, or serve on a committee. Let us know what you’re good at and we will try to make it work!

5. Outreach events

Payton Shudak ~ (402) 444-4597 ~ Payton.shudak@douglascounty-ne.gov

1905 Harney St, Suite 500, Omaha, NE 68102 ~ https://countyattorney.douglascounty-ne.gov/victim-assistance

The Victim Assistance Unit offers opportunities for volunteers and interns with trainings provided. Responsibilities include: follow up calls, court accompaniment, court clerking work (coding reports, etc.), and assisting other advocates. Volunteers are needed 8:00am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Requirements: On-Site Training

Jody duRand, Partnership Manager ~ (402) 554-3385 ~ jdurand@omahalibrary.org
UNO Community Engagement Center, 6001 Dodge St #223B, Omaha NE 68182 ~ www.omahalibrary.org

Volunteers are welcome at any of our twelve locations. If you would like to volunteer and are able to commit to at least 6 months please visit the website at www.omahalibrary.org, scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click on Volunteer. You will find links for Adults and Youth.

Claire Yocom~ Volunteer Coordinator~ cyocom@refugeeempowerment.org ~ (402) 677-4803

3610 Dodge St, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68131 ~ https://refugeeempowerment.org/volunteer/

The mission of the Refugee Empowerment Center is to resettle and empower refugees to become self-sufficient through direct services and educational programs. REC envisions a world where communities welcome all refugees and immigrants. We see ourselves as catalysts in the work of building welcoming communities. We aim to build relationships and a cross-cultural understanding between the Omaha and refugee communities. We are a community-based, Nebraska 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Volunteers are key to our success in helping resettle newly arrived refugees and equipping them with the skills they need to be self-sufficient.  We have a variety of ways you can help including providing transportation to social security, medical appointments, job interviews and other first 90 days transportation needs.  Also setting up housing; helping set up household goods, etc.  ESL class help and other assistance for newly arrived refugees. Training is provided!

Requirements: REC general volunteer training

Emily Mozer, Volunteer & Events Manager ~ (402) 346-9377 ~ emozer@rmhcomaha.org

620 S. 38th Ave, Omaha, NE 68105 ~ www.rmhcomaha.org

The Ronald McDonald House provides a ‘home away from home’ for families whose children are being cared for at Omaha-area hospitals. Volunteers assist with the upkeep of our home and are needed in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Volunteers are also needed for special events throughout the year. RMHC can accommodate groups of 1-10 volunteers and welcome both long-term and one-time volunteers. No special skills required. Spanish speaking recommended but not necessary.

LaJoanna Newsome ~ (402) 898-6000 ~ LaJonna_Newsome@usc.salvationarmy.org

10755 Burt Street. Omaha, NE 68114

The Salvation Army seeks volunteers to help improve lives in our community. Various one-time and on-going opportunities including TurkeyFest, Toyland, and bell ringing. Volunteer numbers vary depending on the event. Some registration is required prior to volunteering.

Silvia Rodriguez, Volunteer Services Manager ~ (402) 341-1821 ext. 1113 ~ srodriguez@sienafrancis.org

1702 Nicholas St, Omaha, NE 68102 ~ https://sienafrancis.org/

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Volunteers are needed for activities and projects including: serving dinner and Sunday brunch, cultivating and maintaining the community garden, cleaning, painting, sorting donated items, decorating for holidays, and gathering items needed for our shelter. We are within walking distance of Creighton and offer flexible hours. Volunteers must call or email to schedule a time to volunteer.

Chris Triebsch ~ (402) 597-3100 x106 ~  ctriebsch@voicesforchildren.com

7521 Main Street, Suite 103 Omaha, NE 68127

Voices for Children advocates for change by educating and motivating Nebraskans to take action to better the lives of Nebraska’s vulnerable children in the areas of health, education, safety and economic stability. Volunteers are occasionally needed for special projects such as assembling materials and preparing mailings. Volunteers are usually needed for a one to two hour period on a project by project basis. Training is provided. It is a great opportunity for the busy volunteer who can only commit to short term projects.

Rebecca Valdez ~ rebecca.valdez@urbanleagueneb.org ~ 402-453-9730 x117

3040 Lake St., Omaha, NE 68111 ~ www.urbanleagueneb.org

We seek to build resilient members in the North Omaha community by helping clients navigate challenges and seek out solutions. We strive to have every member of the community ready for college, work, and life. Programming includes employment services and youth development. Typical volunteer tasks include reading with children at their after school program, assisting high school students with STEM related activities, talking through career exploration with students, as well as giving advice to high school students about how to get to college.

Requirements: Confidentiality

Jacquie Gordon, Volunteering and Training Coordinator ~ jacquieg@wcaomaha.org ~ (402) 345-6555 ext. 333

3801 Harney Street Omaha, NE 68131 ~ https://www.wcaomaha.org/volunteer/

The Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) serves victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. We are dedicated to helping clients stay safe and grow strong by addressing both their immediate safety needs and their long-term self-sufficiency. Volunteers can help in a variety of ways, including sorting donations in our Career Clothing Boutique, answering Hotline calls, and co-facilitating classes such as the Girls Leadership Academy, and more.