Community Fair Organizations
Bread for the Journey: Omaha
Bread for the Journey is a group of volunteers that raise money in the local community to turn around and give “micro-grants” to community members with innovative ideas. They believe that “these small grants, given to the right person at the right time, make a big impact on our local community”. They facilitate the community development by supporting local initiatives.
Magis Clinic is a Creighton University student-run, free clinic that is open to all with a focus on the homeless and uninsured. It is based out of the Siena/Francis House. The Magis Clinic focuses on providing primary and mental health care, as well as, laboratory services such as STD and basic blood testing. Volunteers at the clinic include medical and pharmacy students, in addition to the volunteer physicians and pharmacists. Additionally, the Magis Clinic partners with the Charles Drew Health Center.
Charles Drew Health Center
The Charles Drew Health Center has been providing healthcare services to both the insured and uninsured members of the Omaha community since 1983. They utilize a Sliding Fee Scale program that allows everyone to have access to healthcare services that might be unavailable otherwise.
Open Door Mission
Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission that has been fighting the cycle of homelessness and poverty since 1954 in the Omaha area. In addition to providing beds to homeless men, women, and children, the Open Door Mission serves over 2,000 meals and provides preventative measures to more than 275 individuals in our community.
Global Livingston Institute
The Global Livingston Institute has been dedicated towards improving the global community by educating students and community leaders on innovative approaches for international development. To get involved, the Global Livingston Institute continually invites students and community leaders to East Africa to participate in study abroad courses, women’s leadership conferences, youth summits, high school leadership programs, research and community based internships, and an HIV awareness music festival. Locations in Uganda have included Lira, Jinja, Kampala, and Kabale; while efforts have also occurred in Musanze and Kigali, Rwanda.
Nebraska AIDS Project
Nebraska AIDS Project has been a forefront leader in fighting HIV/AIDS and the associated stigma throughout Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. They continually host events such as HIV/STI testing, educational and prevention initiatives, support groups, and advocacy work to combat HIV/AIDS. Nebraska AIDS Project has a variety of opportunities to get involved and make a difference in our community through volunteering, interning, or beginning a career.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity strives toward a mission where they can have “A world where everyone has a decent place to live”. Through rallying the local community, Habitat for Humanity constructs homes for those in need in the Omaha community using donor contributions, materials, and volunteer labor. In the Omaha community, more than 1,350 families have benefited from Habitat for Humanity’s outreach, forming communities that are stronger and healthier as a result.
Institute for Latin American Concern
The ILAC Center in the Dominican Republic is an international, Catholic, Ignatian-inspired, collaborative health care and educational organization that exists to promote the integral well-being and spiritual growth of all participants. All of Creighton's ILAC programs emphasize the importance of global vision and understanding in the process of educating well-rounded individuals. To this end it offers dental, medical, nursing, pharmacy, law, physical therapy and occupational therapy, undergraduate and high school students, and also to faculty-led groups, medical/surgical teams and other colleges the opportunity for service-learning and immersion experiences in the rural Dominican Republic.
Omaha Economic Development Corporation
The Omaha Economic Development Corporation (OEDC) focuses on leveraging resources to achieve positive changes that contribute to the social and economic success of residents, neighborhoods, and businesses in North Omaha. They work to provide a greater diversity of housing choices for area residents and drive overall community economic growth opportunities.
University of Nebraska Medical College of Public Health
The College of Public Health works to promote optimal health and well-being through robust education, research, and service in collaboration with communities in Nebraska, across the country, and around the world. The college aims to put knowledge into practice and implement a new era of public health grounded in social justice, community engagement, innovative public health practices, and public health policies that support community health efforts.
Creighton Medicine Education and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere (MEDLIFE)
MEDLIFE works to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier live through mobile clinics and medical mission trips. They aim to educate about cultural sensitivity, and advocate for social justice of impoverished communities that have limited access to health care. They assist and learn from physicians providing medical care, and help educate citizens about protective measures to reduce the likelihood of sickness, infection, and injury from occurring. They also assist in creating developmental infrastructure that allows communities to grow stronger.
Volunteers Assisting Seniors
Volunteers Assisting Seniors provides valuable aid to the population of seniors living in the Nebraska community by enabling them to make informed decisions regarding their benefits. Healthcare costs are expensive, and for our retired population it can drastically alter their lifestyle and living situation. Volunteers Assisting Seniors work to ensure that each senior in the our community has access to the information necessary to make an informed decision about their entitlements and benefits. Volunteers Assisting Seniors are looking for volunteers who are excited to learn new skills, challenge their mind, and mostly importantly to make a difference in the lives of seniors in our community.
Community 360 is an organization that provides trusted volunteers to nursing home communities. One of the greatest needs for older adults living in nursing homes is companionship; Community 360 stresses the importance of care for our older population and recognizes the role continued community involvement can have on one’s health. Volunteers for Community 360 have a variety of opportunities to serve from event-based volunteer opportunities, to weekly companions for residents of long-term care centers. There are currently hundreds of volunteers serving residents throughout the Omaha metro and Council Bluffs area.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands is there to “help children realize their potential and build their futures”. Serving as a Big has been shown to have a positive influence on the life of children in our communities; this program provides an opportunity to form a friendship and provide a perspective that shows what the world can offer these children. Volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters provides an opportunity to do some good for a child in your community, as well as, provide a positive impact on your local community. Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for volunteers that are ready to have a positive impact on the lives of children in their community.
American Red Cross - Nebraska and SW Iowa
The American Red Cross plays a large role in the Nebraska and SW Iowa communities; providing services that include: collecting donations of blood, responding to home fires, and teaching first aid and CPR to community groups. All of this is accomplished with the help of dedicated volunteers who teach, provide services, help with fundraising and blood drives, and also lending professional expertise. The American Red Cross continually looks out for the health of our local community in a variety of ways and are excited for those in the community with the same passion.
Keep Omaha Beautiful
Keep Omaha Beautiful is dedicated to maintaining a clean, beautiful, and healthy environment and community across Omaha that is environmentally sustainable. They recognize the strong connection between one’s living environment and the health of the individuals in a community, as well as, the community itself. Keep Omaha Beautiful offers a range of programs, events, and educational services focused on promoting litter reduction, community beautification, and environmental knowledge.
Intercultural Senior Center
The Intercultural Senior Center is an organization that focuses on creating a welcoming environment for seniors from various cultural backgrounds. Particularly, they provide services to immigrant and refugee seniors that have health, educational, emotional, and legal needs that have gone unmet. The Intercultural Senior Centers works to overcome barriers of poverty, language, and culture to provide services and programs to this community. Their aim is to create an Omaha community that values the wisdom and experience of our diverse elder population. There are a variety of ways to get involved with the Intercultural Senior Center and have a positive impact on the Omaha community, as well as, the personal growth that comes with learning from such a diverse population.
Creighton University School of Medicine's Advocates is an effort to reach out and provide care for various under-served or at-risk populations in the greater Omaha area. They serve groups such as the homeless, refugees, elderly and the youth in various ways. They provide medical education, assist in medical care, and seek to meet the general needs of these populations. Advocates is a service-learning organization that helps low income families or elderly that are getting "lost" in the "system" when it comes to their health and well being. The purpose of Advocates is to serve the local community by advocating for their well being.
Healing Gift Free Clinic
The Healing Gift Free Clinic is dedicated to providing quality medical care at no charge to those who need it most in the Omaha community. It is staffed by an all-volunteer team of nurses, pharmacists, and physicians who see upwards of 50 patients every Thursday. The clinic provides a variety of medical services ranging from the management of chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and hyperlipidemia to addressing many acute health crises. The clinic functions as a collaborative teaching environment where medical professionals and students are able to join forces to provide outstanding care and promote overall health within the community. In addition to addressing the disparities in access to health care, the clinic also partners with community organizations to alleviate social burdens such as housing inequalities, access to food, and local support groups.
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