Community Fair Organizations
Heart Ministry Center
The Heart Ministry Center operates under the motto, “Dignity for All” and completed more than 128,000 individual “acts of assistance” in 2017 alone. The organization provides an extensive range of services from the Center in Omaha, including the following: urgent care and dental clinics, a food pantry, employment training and advising, clothing, and social workers/case management.
Visiting Nurse Association
The Visiting Nurse Association provides a number of health services within Omaha. VNA caregivers offer help at home, with services ranging from running errands to providing post-op nursing care. Additionally, VNA workers provide preventative care in schools and health education classes for parents.
Charles Drew Health Center
The Charles Drew Health Center has been dedicated to promoting health within the Omaha community since 1983. The health center works to provide quality care to individuals who may not have access to health services otherwise. The diversity of the health care team at Charles Drew Health Center allows the organization to provide comprehensive care to those who seek help.
Open Door Mission
Open Door Mission fights to confront poverty and homelessness in Omaha. The organization was founded as a Gospel Rescue Mission with the vision of hope. Open Door Mission serves a homeless community of over 1,000 individuals, providing hot meals, a bed, and a number of other preventative services.
Habitat for Humanity of Omaha
Habitat for Humanity works to address the need for affordable housing in the Omaha community by building and repairing homes. According to their website, more than three quarters of individuals living in the city pay more than they can afford from their income on housing. The organization is also dedicated to advocating for new laws in order to change the system from which this problem emerged.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands is an organization dedicated to helping children meet their fullest potential. By pairing youth with an adult mentor, the organization has provided social and educational support for thousands of Omaha children thus far.
OneWorld Community Health Centers is dedicated to providing quality, comprehensive health care to the underserved. In 2017, the organization served to 41,868 community members and hopes to extend their impact even further in the years to come.
The Healing Kadi Foundation
The Healing Kadi Foundation is an Omaha-based non-profit that provides health services to South Sudanese refugees, including disease screening, vaccinations, counseling, and resources.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect environmental diversity. Within Omaha, the Conservancy has conducted a 3-year long irrigation project that has saved over 4.7 billion liters of water thus far. Additionally, the organization works to promote sustainable living in cities.
YMCA of Greater Omaha
The YMCA has played an integral role in promoting community health in Omaha for over a hundred years. Not only does the YMCA encourage the community to stay active, but they provide a number of other programs focused on youth development, including “alternatives to teen violence, health/wellness, chronic disease intervention, child care, summer day camp, water safety, refugee assimilation, homework help, special needs integration and family programs”.
Refugee Empowerment Center
The Refugee Empowerment Center’s mission is to support refugees during their transition to Omaha. The organization helps individuals find employment and housing, provides financial guidance, as well as language services and driving education.
Big Muddy Urban Farm:
Big Muddy Urban Farm formed in the winter of 2011 as a collectively run urban farm. The collective of 7 young growers grew food for their neighbors on several underutilized, vacant lots in North Omaha. Big Muddy Urban Farm’s curriculum unites theory with practice. The Aspiring Farmer Residency program sets a monetary goal based on prior farm performance and develops a new, unique business plan around this goal. While developing a business plan and executing the plan on growing sites, residents are guided in agricultural, business, and social topics via virtual education platforms.
Soaring Over Meth and Suicide (SOMS)
Soaring Over Meth and Suicide’s prevention program was established by the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition in response to the high rate of suicides and methamphetamine use among Native Americans. SOMS attempts to find effective ways to offer Native youth opportunities, healing, education, skills, increase protective factors and decrease risk factors.
Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance:
OHKA a nonprofit organization that works to create a Healthy Home for every child by bringing awareness and education to families in the city about environmental hazards, green and Healthy Homes, and lead poisoning. OHKA strives to create environmental equality in Omaha for all by offering education on health hazards in the home, tenant legal rights, environmental testing, and information on the community resources available in the city.
Women's Center for Advancement:
The WCA saves hundreds of lives each year. It is the go-to place for anyone in the Omaha area who is experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking. Their free, high-quality services address their clients’ immediate safety needs and help them to grow into independence over time.
The Magis Clinic is a Creighton student-run, free clinic, open to all people. Inspired by Jesuit values, Magis is dedicated to providing quality and compassionate healthcare to the underserved in the Greater Omaha community. As part of Creighton University, the Clinic also works towards forming and educating students to be agents of change.
Set Me Free Project:
The Set Me Free Project is a nonprofit organization focused on fighting sex trafficking through prevention education for youth and families. Their curriculum is informative, interactive, and flexible – reaching students (3rd-12th grade), educators, parents and leaders in every facet of our communities. Set Me Free’s mission is to stop human trafficking before it starts.
LLearning for ALL:
Together with school districts and community organizations as partners in Douglas and Sarpy counties, Learning for ALL implements effective practices to measurably improve educational outcomes for children and families in poverty. By taking a two-generation approach, Learning for ALL expects continued progress in narrowing the achievement gap.
Together is a homeless prevention organization that seeks to end homelessness in the Omaha community. Together case managers utilize tools to either rapidly rehouse or keep a household in their home. These tools include: case management, financial assistance, employment assistance, financial education assistance, navigation services, food, furniture, bus tickets, and identification. They serve over 22,000 individuals and families annually.
This foundation- founded by Ron and Jeanie Carson with the intention of tending to the needs of the elderly community- is dedicated to fulfilling life-long dreams for seniors with a chronic or terminal illness. Over 75 dreams have been granted in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
Special Olympics NE:
Special Olympics Nebraska is a non-profit organization that changes lives through the power of sport by encouraging and empowering people with intellectual disabilities, promoting acceptance for all, and fostering communities of understanding and respect across the state. They provide year-round sports training, athletic competition and other related programs in over 110 communities statewide and can be found in hundreds of classrooms through their Project Unify and Young Athletes Program initiatives.
Hillcrest Hospice Care Center provides hospice services at home, in a retirement community, assisted living or long-term care facility. At Hillcrest, their special team focuses on achieving a patient’s goals or “wish list” activities whenever possible. They also offer support programs for patients and their families to provide support and guidance.
Global Livingston Institute:
Based out of Denver, CO, The mission of the Global Livingston Institute is to educate students and community leaders on innovative approaches to international development and empower awareness, collaboration, conversations and personal growth.
Heartland Hope Mission
The Heartland Hope Mission organizes two food pantries for the Omaha community. Not only patrons of the pantry receive enough food for one week at each visit, the organization provides financial and employment counseling, hygiene products, clothing, and food stamp applications.
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