Supporting Non-Profits in Omaha, NE – 2018 (July – December)
As businesspeople, while working hard towards our goals, we also know that we play an important part in making our community a better place. We are invested in those efforts because it allows us to build our businesses as well as raise our families, cultivate friendships, and lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. Here in Lincoln, you’ll find many people working together to care for one another, to give a hand up to those in need for the greater good, to protect our environment, and to make our city the best place to live and work it can possibly be. In a community that understands the importance of giving back and places a lot of value in it, you’ll also find it to be a big part of corporate culture here in small and large businesses alike. Supporting our local non-profit organizations is something that we can all do to give back individually – and to truly make a difference collectively.
An excellent example of the power of philanthropy at the local level just happened a couple months ago. For the seventh year, the Lincoln community came together for Give to Lincoln Day on May 31 and showed their support in a big way. With over 20,000 donations to over 400 different non-profit organizations, the total raised came in at $4,613,411.73 (nearly $1 million more than the previous record set last year!). Those funds are going to change lives for those here in our community, and is a powerful statement of what can be accomplished when we all come together for the greater good. But it doesn’t stop there. While not diminishing the fact that these funds are greatly appreciated and put to good use throughout the year, it’s important to be mindful that monetary donations aren’t the only way you can give back. There are a variety of ways to contribute to the valuable work that our non-profits are doing day in and day out, all year long. While funds will often be allocated to certain areas that are determined to be of importance, there are other needs that will arise throughout the year. This may be a donation of items or hosting a donation drive, volunteering, sponsorships, participating in special events, helping to raise awareness, and so on.
As individuals, whether you offer your time, talents, or prefer to donate money or items to the cause, there’s always a need that can be met with whatever you have to give. Businesses also have the opportunity to encourage their employees to get involved, which unites everyone together for a worthy cause. Many companies incentivize employees to volunteer, participate in fundraising and awareness events, or volunteer together as a group; there are plenty of ways to get involved that can be tailored to fit the needs and goals of your organization. Likewise, as we always encourage consumers to be conscious of their purchasing decisions, staying informed and supporting the businesses that make an effort to support non-profits in the community is something we can all do. Leveraging resources to further reinforce those actions has a ripple effect, as does setting an example, spreading your passion for a cause, and getting others involved.
Our local non-profits are the source of initiatives that are focused solely on helping to make an impact on the lives of those who live in our community—to make our tiny part of the world a better place for all. Oftentimes their reach extends beyond that to make an impact at the state, national, and/or global level. These organizations also create jobs in our community, allowing many people to fulfill their greater purpose by doing what they love while touching lives and truly making a difference.
At Strictly Business, the focus of our work has always been supporting the growth and prosperity of our local business community. That said, we feel strongly about supporting our local non-profit organizations too. The two really do go hand-in-hand. By shining a light on all of the different ones here in our community, it is our hope that we are encouraging our audience to get involved with the cause(s) they are passionate about supporting. So without further ado, we’ve highlighted some of our local non-profit organizations so that you have the opportunity to learn more about them and take action!
We have compiled a list of excellent non-profits, all of which need and welcome your support, and encourage you to get involved with these organizations!
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Dreamweaver Foundation (dreamweaver.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling life-long dreams for terminally ill seniors in need. We strive to enrich the quality of life and are committed to honoring our most cherished generation in their final days. Making the impossible dream, possible. We serve seniors who are at or below the federal poverty guidelines in the Greater Omaha Area, Lincoln, eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. The granting of a Dream is a simple act, and yet the outcomes are profound. Dreams give the gift of hope.
Dreamweaver Foundation is celebrating five years of making dreams come true for terminally ill seniors by hosting our first Boots & Buckets fundraising event, presented by Pinnacle Bank. The casual event will be held Thursday, September 20, 2018 at A View on State in Omaha.
Poverty limits opportunity. We don’t. Since 1965, Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties (www.communityactionatwork.org) has been removing barriers for individuals living in poverty so that they have the opportunity to thrive. Our four impact areas are Early Childhood Education, Homelessness Prevention, Financial/Family Well-being, and Hunger Relief. Just some programs and services offered include Early Head Start and Head Start, which provide comprehensive early childhood education services to 480 babies, toddlers, preschoolers, pregnant women, and their families; rent, utility, and security deposit assistance; Weatherization, focused on increasing the energy of homes; matched savings opportunities to youth and adults; financial education; free tax preparation and health insurance enrollment assistance; housing; and free evening meals at our soup kitchen, The Gathering Plmeplmeplace. Last year, Community Action provided over 79,000 poverty-fighting services to over 17,000 children and adults. Our mission is to empower people living in poverty to reach economic stability.
Educare Lincoln’s (wp.lps.org/educarelincoln) mission is to establish a high quality, one-stop community learning center for at-risk children and families; implementing specialized learning environments, which develop children academically and socially, empowering them to become productive members of society through research and evidence-based practices.
Educare Lincoln is based on the developmental approach to early childhood education that places emphasis on learning skills, through play, that are geared to each child’s stage of readiness or development. Educare Lincoln is not only a place for children to learn and grow, but also a place for parents and families to grow and reach their full potential.
As a community leader in the city, Educare Lincoln works hard to close the achievement gap by providing high-quality early childhood education in our community for high-risk children and families. Educare Lincoln promotes community involvement through collaboration with other community-based programs.
Please contact Amelia Smith if you are interested in becoming a community partner or volunteer. For other information, please contact Russ Reckeway or visit wp.lps.org/educarelincoln.
1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer in their lifetime. Cancer is a worthy opponent, but cancer will never have what we have…our humanity. With offices in Lincoln, Omaha, and Kearney, the American Cancer Society supports every community in Nebraska. While most people know us for our research, we do so much more: free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and advocacy groups to create awareness and impact. We attack cancer from every angle. Learn more, get in touch, get involved and save lives: www.cancer.org / (402) 423-4893.
Join us at the Relay For Life of Lancaster County on July 14. This signature fundraising event brings communities together to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help those who turn to the American Cancer Society for support. Visit www.RelayForLife.org/LancasterCoNE to join the movement.
Do you question your “why” regarding life, business, and work? Do you want to develop more authentic relationships? Would you like others’ help in your struggles with major challenges? If you answered yes to any of these questions, CBMC Lincoln (lincoln.cbmc.com) is for you. CBMC is a ministry to business and professional individuals, encouraging them toward spiritual development, personal integrity, principled leadership, and a desire to impact others.
We’ll encourage you in connecting closely with Christ and with others who are growing and discovering how to represent Christ in life and work. CBMC offers 1-1 mentoring, challenging growth groups, leadership development, networking, and larger events throughout the year. We serve business owners and leaders through Peer Advisory Groups, geared to equip members to lead lives and businesses which honor Christ and serve the community.
To learn how CBMC Lincoln can serve you, please contact us at (402) 204-1997 or visit lincoln.cbmc.com.
Employee safety and health creates a stronger foundation for an organization’s success. For more than 50 years Nebraska Safety Council (nesafetycouncil.org) has provided comprehensive programs and services designed to improve employee care at a desk, on the production floor, behind the wheel, and off the job.
Our members include organizations throughout Nebraska across a variety of industries. There is no one-size-fits-all option; each company’s safety and wellbeing program is customized for their needs and size. Demonstrate your commitment to employee safety and health by becoming a member of the Nebraska Safety Council. You will receive access to training, guidance, and resources to establish or enhance your safety and wellness programs and policies.
Providing leadership and resources for a safe and healthy workplace and community, Nebraska Safety Council – (402) 483-2511 / nesafetycouncil.org.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ (FCA; nebraskafca.org) purpose and passion is “Advancing the Gospel, in sport, through transformational leaders.” In order to do this, we must adhere to our strategy of “to and through the coach.” In other words, disciple coaches to be disciple-makers.
Billy Graham once said, “A coach will impact more young people in a year than the average person does in a lifetime.” We’ve seen this to be true. The average coach spends approximately 1,000 hours of face-to-face time with a student-athlete each year. We want these coaches to feel equipped and empowered in their engagement with their athletes, prepared to be there for their students, not just on the field or in the locker room, but in daily life.
In order to accomplish this, we need staff, volunteers, and financial partners. We would be honored if you would partner with us to make this happen. Learn more about FCA at nebraskafca.org or contact the Lincoln-Southeast Nebraska FCA Staff at (402) 464-2343.
Heartland Cancer Foundation (HeartlandCancerFoundation.org) is a non-profit organization created with one belief: People with cancer should not fall behind because they struggle to afford their expenses. Our purpose is to encourage cancer patients, help them overcome financial burdens, and give them compassion so they can thrive.
Many people who come to us can’t get to their cancer treatment appointments because they have no way to buy gas. Many people can’t buy the medications and supplies they need to ease side effects. Some lose their cars, some lose their jobs. And some lose their homes.
This is what motivates us to make an impact. Heartland Cancer Foundation provides compassionate assistance so patients can heal with confidence, and get back to living a bright future. Support us in 2018 with a corporate sponsorship or through committed monthly giving. More information is available at HeartlandCancerFoundation.org, or contact Heidi Moyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 261-9974.
Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska (dsafnebraska.org) recognizes that every person with Down syndrome is an individual who has a unique purpose and set of abilities. Since 1995, DSAF has provided a positive vision for the future to individuals with Down syndrome and those who share in their lives, through networking, advocacy and support, including:
Parents First Call – offers help and empathy to new parents upon receiving a diagnosis of Down syndrome.
Medical Outreach – provides accurate information regarding DS to local medical offices.
Age-based Stars groups – enables members to participate in fun, inclusive activities with family and friends.
Capital City Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk – provides a heartwarming experience of what we’re all about. The annual Step Up Walk is our biggest awareness event!
DSAF is more than just an association. It is a place of belonging and hope. Get involved. Go to dsafnebraska.org to learn more.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (www.heart.org/lincoln) is devoted to saving people from two of our nation’s top killers, heart disease (No. 1) and stroke (No. 5). Powered by millions of volunteers nationwide, the Association’s goal is to improve the cardiovascular health of Americans by 20% by 2020 while reducing deaths from heart disease and stroke by 20%. Currently, one person dies every 40 seconds from heart disease and stroke. Through events right here in Lincoln like the Heart Walk, Go Red for Women Expo and Heart Ball, that startling statistic can change.
For more information, visit www.heart.org/lincoln.
I’ve Got a Name (www.ivegotaname.org) is determined to protect and fight for the 900 girls SOLD for sex every month in Nebraska…200 girls sold in the Lincoln area alone.
We help the public learn to identify sex trafficking and to become advocates of HOPE and CHANGE. We create awareness through business/public speaking and education.
Our Street Outreach provides personal one-on-one help to those on our streets and within our neighborhoods. We build strong trusting relationships with the vulnerable, victims and survivors of sex trafficking. We provide emotional support and comfort while connecting them to needed services. We empower them into a future of change and purpose.
We are Stronger Together!
Fresh Start (FreshStartHome.org) is home to 24 women striving to overcome homelessness. Substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, job loss…the reasons that each woman is at Fresh Start are many, but the goal is the same-get back on my feet! Fresh Start helps women who are homeless change their lives. They face overwhelming challenges to move from homelessness to economic stability.
Because of you, women are provided with basic needs, safe housing, and case management. While at Fresh Start, they work with staff through a goal-oriented program designed to recognize strengths in order to become healthier and stronger women.
Fresh Start has provided services for 26 years. Together we have given a fresh start to over 1,600 women that worked hard for a better life. Your support and generosity helps women who are building a better life and makes our community stronger!
Donation Needs: Paper Goods, Cleaning Supplies, and Gas Cards.
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For over 18 years, Domesti-PUPS (www.domesti-pups.org) has been supporting people in our local, regional and national communities through the assistance of animals. From therapy dogs in the classroom motivating children to excel in their learning environment to pet therapy visitations in nursing homes, hospitals, and assisted living centers, Domesti-PUPS pet therapy teams bring a bit of brightness through their furry encounters. Our service dog teams provide increased independence when paired with a disabled partner. These highly-skilled canines can turn on lights, provide balance and mobility, retrieve dropped items, bring a bottle of water from a refrigerator, respond to medical emergencies such as responding to a seizure or alerting to a diabetic high or low, and open doors both literally and figuratively. Some even provide life-saving measures for their disabled partners.
Nebraska Community Foundation (NebraskaHometown.org) unleashes abundant assets, inspires charitable giving, and connects ambitious people to build stronger communities and a Greater Nebraska.
Headquartered in Lincoln, the Foundation serves communities, donors, and organizations by providing financial management, strategic development, education, and training to a statewide network of 1,500 volunteers serving 250 communities.
In the last five years, 39,142 contributions have been made to Nebraska Community Foundation and its affiliated funds. Since 1993, Nebraska Community Foundation has reinvested $292 million in Nebraska’s people and places.
For information, visit NebraskaHometown.org.
In 1899, Austin O. Wilson, a legally blind young man in his early 20s, was concerned about the lack of Christian reading material available for the blind. He decided to try an experiment. Taking a clothes wringer, he modified it to accommodate two metal plates with a sheet of heavy paper between them. As the plates were squeezed through the wringer, the raised dots on the plates made an impression on the paper, producing one page of a braille magazine he entitled the Christian Record. Wilson’s magazine launched the organization Christian Record Services, Inc. (crsb.org) that continues to serve the reading community of the blind still today.
In 1933 and 1934, Christian Record was one of the exhibitors in the Hall of Religion at the World’s Fair, themed “A Century of Progress,” in Chicago, Illinois. A year later, Christian Record was again prominently represented in the Hall of Science at America’s Exposition, held in San Diego, California.
In 1950, the first talking books were recorded for Christian Record. In 1967, National Camps for Blind Children was formed. That first summer camp was held in Florida with 23 youth. Since then, nearly 50,000 campers have attended these special camps.
Today, Christian Record continues the tradition of service to the blind by providing a library of more than 2,000 Christian-inspired titles, Bible studies, special camps, and community events—all without cost to members. To learn more visit, crsb.org or call (402) 488-0981 and connect on Facebook and Twitter.
Goodwill Industries Serving Southeast Nebraska, Inc. (www.lincolngoodwill.org) has been strengthening the Lincoln community for more than 80 years by providing services for individuals who face barriers to employment and by offering residents an outlet for recycling gently-used household items and clothing. The sale of donated items in Goodwill’s retail stores remains the largest source of funding for its programs and services.
Goodwill recognizes that services provided by peer agencies prepare people served by Goodwill to better succeed in Goodwill’s employment programs. It is with this understanding that Goodwill provides funding to colleague agencies to help with their own programs that align with Goodwill’s mission of willing workers employed and community resources maximized.
For more information about Goodwill and its role in the Lincoln community, visit www.lincolngoodwill.org today.
Serving our community by promoting the dignity, independence, and wellbeing of older adults, Tabitha (Tabitha.org) provides support for clients and their families across 28 Nebraska counties through compassionate at-home support (including Tabitha Meals on Wheels), innovative living communities, and exceptional rehabilitation, home health care, and hospice services.
Tabitha is a local, nonprofit provider and an industry leader, believing everyone deserves to receive extraordinary care. This commitment is illustrated with our world-class, award-winning continuum of services delivered to over 2,000 individuals daily. When you have questions about Senior Care, Tabitha is the Answer.
Tabitha is always looking for civic-minded individuals to donate their time, talent, and treasure to help us provide care for our friends and neighbors. You can make a difference in the lives of local veterans, teachers, public servants, and community leaders who need a helping hand.
Call (402) 486-8509 or visit Tabitha.org to make a contribution or volunteer today!
With a focus on survivorship, our bold and compassionate programs tackle the real issues that challenge the lives of survivors and their families. From the moment of diagnosis through end of life, Project Pink’d, Inc. (www.projectpinkd.org) provides tools, resources and a strong network to strengthen and renew the mind, body, and spirit of breast cancer survivors in our local community. In 2017, we had the honor and privilege of impacting the lives of over 2,400 breast cancer survivors in 26 counties throughout Nebraska and Western Iowa.
Those diagnosed with breast cancer often face challenges related to finances, anxiety, depression and sexual wellness, self-esteem and strained relationships with family. This is WHY Project Pink’d focuses on quality of life AFTER a breast cancer diagnosis. Our programs focus on improving the quality of life for survivors, providing support for survivors’ emotional, physical, and financial well-being.
For more information, please visit www.projectpinkd.org.
Theatre Arts for Kids (TAFK.ORG) is a challenging musical theatre program specially designed for the young and aspiring performer interested in learning about, participating in, and producing musical theatre. Through training, teamwork and workshops, performers gain lifelong skills as they build self-esteem and develop leadership ability in addition to building their skill base as singers, dancers, and actors. TAFK offers a variety of classes for all ages as well as voice and piano lessons.
Child Guidance Center (CGC; www.child-guidance.org) inspires healthy futures for children and families through comprehensive behavioral and mental health services. Last year, Child Guidance Center served nearly 1,700 children and adults through a variety of programs including our three main program areas: Outpatient Services and Outpatient Services-Schools; the Therapeutic Group Home; and the Extended Day Treatment program. Our Active Parenting Program started last July and includes Crisis Response therapy.
The Outpatient Services and the Extended Day Treatment Program operate out of our offices at 25th & O Streets. In addition, therapists provide counseling within 16 Lincoln Public Schools, including substance abuse awareness and prevention in three of those schools. We provide therapeutic consultation at Don Sherrill and Nuernberger Education Centers as well as community-based evaluations, and risk assessments, and transitional counseling at the Juvenile Detention Center.
For more information about CGC programs or to make a donation, go to www.child-guidance.org or call (402) 475-7666.
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent it. And, at present, there is no cure.
In T1D, your pancreas stops producing insulin—a hormone the body needs to get energy from food. This means a process your body does naturally and automatically becomes something that requires your daily attention and manual intervention. You must constantly monitor your blood-sugar level, inject or infuse insulin through a pump, and carefully balance these insulin doses with your eating and activity 24/7.
JDRF (www.jdrf.org) works every day to change the reality of this disease for millions of people by funding research, advocating for government support of research and new therapies, ensuring new therapies come to market and supporting those impacted by T1D.
There are many ways to join the JDRF family, but for 47 years there has been only one reason—because together, we will turn Type One into Type None. If you would like to get involved or know of anyone who might benefit from our outreach or support services, please contact the Lincoln and Greater Nebraska Chapter at (402) 484-8300 or Lincoln@jdrf.org.
Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln (www.lincolnhabitat.org) has brought people together to build homes, communities, and hope. Through our Homeownership Program, we provide the opportunity to purchase a home for low-income families who are unable to meet normal financing requirements; the homes are purchased with a zero-interest mortgage financed by us, built or repaired by volunteers alongside Habitat homeowners from new or existing housing stock. In 30 years, we have served 154 families (723 individuals) locally, and nearly as many globally through Habitat International’s tithe program, serving approximately 1,500 individuals.
Ways to get involved with Habitat Lincoln: volunteer on our construction site, attend an event, contact us about available lots, support and sponsor a build, donate in-kind building materials or subcontracting labor, and always follow us on Facebook to stay updated on our latest news and projects. Through shelter we build strength, stability, and self-reliance. Learn more at www.lincolnhabitat.org.
Friendship Home (www.friendshiphome.org) is Lincoln’s only safe, confidential emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. We save and change lives for over 1,500 victims each year by providing safe shelter and crisis services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 62% of those we served last year were children. Shelter at Friendship Home is offered in a communal shelter setting, apartments for families, and transitional living for families who need more time to rebuild their lives. Our advocates work closely with families and empower them to become survivors through safety planning, referrals to resources, support groups, and mental health counseling.
Gift cards for gas and groceries, financial donations, and volunteers to help with special events are ways to help. For more information about Friendship Home, visit www.friendshiphome.org.
If you or someone you know needs help, call our confidential helpline at (402) 437-9302.
The mission of the Nebraska State Stroke Association is to serve Nebraskans through stroke prevention, education, advocacy, and support services. Since 1985, NSSA has been providing education and outreach on the signs of stroke and serving as a resource for Nebraska stroke survivors and their families. NSSA is a 501 (c)(3) organization. For more information, visit www.NebraskaStroke.org or call (402) 484-8131.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Nebraska and the leading cause of disability in the U.S.
Stroke is an emergency. Act F.A.S.T.
- F. Face. Look for an uneven smile
- A. Arm. Check if one arm is weak.
- S. Speech. Listen for slurred speech.
- T. Time. Call 911 right away and go to a hospital certified as a Primary Stroke Center.
More than 80 percent of strokes can be prevented. If you are interested in hosting a stroke awareness program, please contact us at email@example.com.
Formalized in 2017, the Advocacy Partnership is a collaborative endeavor between partner agencies; the Arc of Lincoln (arclincoln.org) and the Autism Family Network. The goal of the umbrella organization is to share resources and staff as well as work to protect their shared interests.
The Arc of Lincoln has advocated for the rights of persons with developmental disability diagnoses, regardless of age or ability, since 1952. We empower people with disabilities and their families to promote and protect their rights and interests, while enriching the quality of their lives. One of the unique services we offer is advocacy support at IEP’s and ISP’s.
The Autism Family Network has assisted persons and families whom have autism-related diagnoses in Lincoln and Lancaster County since 2006. With supporting over 1,200 families one of the most exciting new programs that we will be offering soon is Safety LNK. Safety LNK is a program for people with autism who wander. You can register for both the first responder alert form and the Project Lifesaver program. The first responder alert form will include as much information that you would like to share in case the individual wanders. This would also include a picture that will need to be updated every year. Project Lifesaver includes each participant to have a unique wristband that is a one ounce, battery operated transmitter that emits an automatic tracking signal every second, 24 hours a day. Each participant’s transmitter is assigned a radio frequency that is unique both to them and to their geographical area of the county. The bracelets may be worn on the client’s wrist or ankle.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS; www.LFSneb.org) expresses God’s love for all people through quality human care services for people in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County, supporting Safety, Hope and Well-Being through:
- Children Services strengthening families and restoring safe, happy childhoods through a continuum of care from prenatal to adulthood. Programs include Centers for Healthy Families in North Omaha and Council Bluffs, Adoption, Foster Care and RSafe® sexual abuse treatment.
- Behavioral Health programs healing minds and hearts through cutting-edge trauma therapy, substance abuse treatment and integrated care services. Programs include Outpatient Mental Health, Crisis Response and “LFS At Ease” support for active military, veterans and their loved ones.
- Community Services welcoming and providing comprehensive services to those seeking refuge from violence, oppression, and persecution, including refugee reception/placement, immigration legal services and the International Center of the Heartland.
LFS has received the Better Business Bureau of Nebraska’s Integrity Award in 2017 and 2013 and a Greater Omaha Chamber’s Business Excellence Award in 2018.
Please consider volunteering your time, sharing your expertise or making a financial gift. Other ways to support LFS include collecting items for donation such as children’s clothing and diapers.
Aiding Angels (www.aidingangels.com) is a local, 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing FREE, professional housecleaning to the cancer heroes in our community during one of the most stressful times of their lives. A clean home and environment contributes to the welfare and recovery of patients.
Brenda Schwery, local business owner of Maid To Please, has provided free home cleaning services for years through another foundation where, unfortunately, women with cancer are the only recipients. In response to an overwhelming number of requests from not only women, but also men and children, Brenda founded Aiding Angels. Now, the void is filled and the much-needed help is extended to everyone going through cancer treatment or hospice due to cancer.
For more information on Aiding Angels, please visit www.aidingangels.com or contact Brenda at (402) 434-2472.
Why BBB Matters Today
The Better Business Bureau (BBB; www.bbb.org) has been assisting consumers and businesses since 1912. It is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing trust in the marketplace. In 2017, BBB provided nearly 225 million instances of service to businesses, charities and the general public. BBB has Business Profiles on more than 4.7 million businesses and Charity Reports on over 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. Today, BBB serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is supported by approximately 10,000 Accredited Businesses that have voluntarily committed to adhere to BBB’s Standards of Trust.
BBB offers services to both businesses and consumers by creating a community of trustworthy businesses through accreditation, setting standards for trust, encouraging and supporting ethical business practices, celebrating community role models and denouncing substandard marketplace behavior.
BBB does not compare businesses to each other, but rather evaluates them against its standards – and BBB’s standards clearly speak to the character and competence of an organization.
With a dedicated and united front of staff and volunteers who help the homeless and near homeless find possibilities when things seem impossible, the vision of Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (www.mtko.org) is to defeat hunger & homelessness and restore hope! Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, Matt Talbot is an inviting hunger relief and outreach center for those in need. Annually, Matt Talbot provides more than 100,000 nutritious meals and 35,000 homeless prevention services to the working poor and homeless such as housing, case management, drug & alcohol evaluations, life skills classes, diversion, nutrition counseling, and help with obtaining vital identification documents. Most importantly, Matt Talbot provides beyond basic needs to embolden people to have hope. Matt Talbot has maintained a 4-star Charity Navigator ranking for four consecutive years and received the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award for the nonprofit sector in 2013.
Help save lives. Donate blood.
“I’ve never been asked.” That’s the number one reason why people don’t donate blood. Today, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB.org) is asking you to donate blood to help save lives. Every 2 seconds someone needs blood. The rarest blood type is the one that’s not available when a patient is in need. That need is constant. Nebraska Community Blood Bank has been connecting people who need life-saving blood with generous volunteer donors for 50 years. We provide life-saving blood to healthcare facilities throughout southeast Nebraska. Be part of our life-saving mission by becoming a blood donor with Nebraska Community Blood Bank today.
Visit NCBB.org to learn more about hosting a blood drive or to sign up to donate blood at a donor center or blood drive near you. Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, or Twitter (@NCBBLincoln).
Childhood cancer is severely underfunded and misunderstood. Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease among children, yet only 4% of the National Cancer Institute’s budget is dedicated to researching childhood cancer. And while over 60% of adult cancer research is paid for by big pharmaceutical companies, they don’t even give 1% to childhood cancer research due to low profits. A cure for childhood cancer will be funded by small, private groups like Sammy’s Superheroes Foundation. Sammy’s is a Nebraska-based 501c3 non-profit which funds researchers who are doing groundbreaking, innovative work that will lead to modern treatments that will save and have less debilitating side effects for these sweet little fighters. Sammy’s main mission is to raise funds for research, but also to comfort families in the hardest times of their lives. Join the fight, visit www.SammysSuperheroes.org or find us on Facebook to get involved.
CEDARS (www.cedarskids.org) has been a vital part of the community for over 70 years. What started as a grassroots effort to help kids in crisis has grown into a dynamic and dedicated team of over 200 professionals serving 2,750 kids and families each year.
For those children and youth who are unable to live at home, CEDARS provides an array of safe places to stay that offer structure and support while working to facilitate a successful transition to a more permanent living situation.
For families in need of resources, support, and education, CEDARS work focuses on maintaining healthy connections and helping families remain together.
For youth who are at risk for, or who have committed law violations, CEDARS provides positive development programs to prevent subsequent law violations and prepare them to live successfully in the community.
Today, CEDARS will serve nearly 1,000 children and youth.
To learn more, call (402) 434-KIDS (5437) or visit www.cedarskids.org.
Youth for Christ Lincoln Area (yfclincoln.org) is a non-denominational, non-profit organization serving youth in the Lincoln community and surrounding areas. We engage youth through three ministries: Campus Life to teens in high schools and middle schools, Juvenile Justice to jailed teens, and Parent Life to pregnant teens. Through regular programming and special events, YFC Lincoln Area works with over 2,400 local youth with the goal of engaging them in a healthy relationship with God.
To learn more about our ministries, college internships, or to volunteer visit yfclincoln.org or call us at (402) 420-7475.
Voices of Hope (www.voicesofhopelincoln.org) provides 24-hour-a-day services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, incest, stalking, and related forms of abuse. We have provided free and confidential services to victims of these crimes in Lincoln/Lancaster County for over 40 years. Our services include the 24-hour crisis line (402-475-7273), 24-hour victim advocacy at hospitals, and daily walk-in services. We also offer support groups, crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with protection orders, basic needs, and on-campus services at UNL and Nebraska Wesleyan. We answer an average of 8,000 crisis line calls a year and provide face-to-face services to approximately 2,000 victims. Our free and confidential services are available to women and men. We are in need of financial donations, gift cards, gas cards, and donations of basic needs items such as personal hygiene items, household items, diapers and wipes, and office supplies. For more information, visit our website at www.voicesofhopelincoln.org.
Nebraska Recycling Council (www.nrcne.org) is a statewide, member-based, nonprofit supporting collaboration between communities, businesses, solid waste and recycling industries to improve waste diversion systems. Our mission is to maximize the economic and environmental benefits of resource recovery in Nebraska.
- Recycling Information: Nebraska Online Recycling Guide, Phone Assistance
- Education & Training: Webinars, Green Team Training, Networking Events
- Services: Waste Assessments, Zero Waste Events, Zero Waste Community Consultation, Hub & Spoke Consultation
- Grants: Recycling Equipment Grants
- Publications: Best Management Practices, E-Newsletters, Case Studies
- Annual Awards Luncheon: National Speaker, Workshops, Business & Community Environmental Awards
Visit www.nrcne.org or call (402) 436-2384 to learn more.
Not all children are lucky enough to have lives free of abuse or neglect. Some become involved in the juvenile court system through no fault of their own. Court Appointed Special Advocates or CASA for Lancaster County (www.casa4lancaster.org), a local not-for-profit organization, recruits, trains, and supports community volunteers who advocate on behalf of abused, neglected, truant, or ungovernable children in Juvenile Court. CASA volunteers do their own investigation and report their findings directly to the judge. They provide a voice for children in court, expedite permanency, and ensure that children have safe permanent homes.
To donate, volunteer, or for more information, please contact CASA for Lancaster County at (402) 474-5161 or www.casa4lancaster.org.
City Impact (www.cityimpact.org) empowers under-resourced communities through wholistic youth, family, and neighborhood development. We aspire to be the best in the world at seeing, investing in, and encouraging the unique strengths of under-resourced youth and families so that their leadership makes a lasting positive impact within their communities. Through core values of relationships, faith, strengths-based leadership, empowerment, learning/teaching, and excellence, City Impact encourages transformation from the inside out.
Mentor, Teach, Empower, Transform
Needs: Monthly mentors, weekly reading tutors during the school year, weekly faith program volunteers, sponsors or donations for kids store, and monthly program supporters.
Coming Soon: Look for our new Scheel’s Gym & Fitness Center coming in fall of 2018!
A Journey Shared. We build connections to strengthen Nebraska’s Parkinson’s (www.parkinsonsnebraska.org) community in mind, body & spirit. Our website, newsletters, and staff serve the nearly 16,000 Nebraskans living with Parkinson’s. Since 2016 we have sponsored 1,000+ specialized exercise classes, hosted monthly educational talks, and assisted individuals and organizations with accessing important equipment and support. We’re locally-based, passionate, and HERE to help!
Our Big Plans: Parkinson’s Nebraska will host a “Delay the Disease” training class in Grand Island this September. This workshop will empower professionals across Nebraska to deliver quality Parkinson’s programming!
Please join us for what we hope to be our biggest fundraiser to date, Walk & Run the Park for Parkinson’s—featuring the 1st Annual “Shake-a-Leg 5K!” on September 30th at Elmwood Park in Omaha.
Learn more at www.parkinsonsnebraska.org.
Since the early 1970s, Lincoln Medical Education Partnership (LMEP; www.lmep.com) has been a leader in healthcare education, patient care, and research through several programs. These include the training of Family Medicine resident physicians and delivery of quality patient care through Lincoln Family Medicine Program, access to integrative medicine through Lincoln Medical Acupuncture Clinic, cancer research through The Nebraska Cancer Research Center (NCRC), educating alcohol and drug counselors via Training for Addiction Professionals (TAP), providing substance abuse services and wrap-around support for individuals and families in the Stepping Stones for Families Program, and training schools to identify and help children with behavioral and substance abuse issues through the School Community Intervention and Prevention (SCIP) program.
To learn more about Lincoln Medical Education Partnership, visit www.lmep.com.
People’s City Mission (pcmlincoln.org) was founded in 1907 and serves as Lincoln’s primary homeless shelter. PCM provides emergency housing for nearly 350 homeless men, women, and children every night of the year. Its Help Center offers free food, clothing, and household items to over 22,000 people with incomes below 200% of the U.S. poverty line. The PCM Free Medical Clinic offers a wide range of free health services to uninsured Lancaster County residents. Last year this clinic experienced almost 18,000 patient visits, making it the third largest free clinic in the country. PCM is helping more than 30,000 individuals each year with its various services, or about 1 in 9 Lincoln residents. PCM receives most of its funding from public donations and has Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars, getting 92% of all its donations directly to the need.
For more information, please visit People’s City Mission online at pcmlincoln.org.
The Nebraska Wildlife Federation (NEWF; nebraskawildlife.org) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Nebraska’s wildlife and habitat. We promote this through clean energy, conservation farming, growing certified wildlife habitats and education. NEWF co-authored the Husker Power Plan (with the help of committee members from Nebraska conservation groups) which we hope the three major utilities in Nebraska will use as a template to increase their use of renewable energy and lowering their carbon footprint. This will not only benefit wildlife and habitat but humans as well. Please go to huskerpowerplan.org for further reference. NEWF has also been very busy developing and implementing monarch/pollinator gardens throughout the Lincoln area, mainly around schools, recreation areas, and churches. As we all know, humans cannot survive without pollinators. NEWF encourages everyone to create their own wildlife habitat in their backyard. Or on their acreage. Or somewhere. You can have your wildlife habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation, in conjunction with NEWF. Please go to our website for additional information: nebraskawildlife.org.
We can always use assistance to amplify our message and efforts. Feel free to contact us at (402) 477-1008 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands (www.tcmid.org) exists to be a catalyst for 180-degree life change in the addict. We offer residential, 12-month faith-based programs for men and women 18 and older. This program is designed to assist individuals in gaining freedom from drugs and alcohol and destructive behaviors that accompany addiction. During the program, we also support the spouses and families of those enrolled in our program through our family ministry. Additionally, we have a substance prevention program geared toward adolescents called “Know the Truth.” We facilitate presentations in junior high and high schools and share our real-life stories of addiction and the effect it had on our lives. Our goal is to change perceptions and in turn, behavior. By partnering with Adult & Teen Challenge of the Midlands and Know the Truth you can change lives! Visit us at www.tcmid.org or call (402) 551-2322.
Lincoln TeamMates (LincolnTeamMates.org), a school-based mentoring program, gives community members a chance to nurture Lincoln’s future. Mentors meet with their students at school for one hour a week during the academic year. Not only do mentors act as role models, but they build relationships with their mentees that offers hope and direction for the future. The program helps students graduate and pursue post-secondary education or career training. More than 95% of the Lincoln TeamMates graduates in the past 5 years planned to attend a post-secondary institution.
TeamMates appreciates the many Lincoln businesses that encourage their employees to volunteer for the program, enhancing our community’s economic future. During the 2017-18 academic year, TeamMates supported over 1,200 students. However, the demand for mentors grows each year, as parents, teachers, and students see the profound impact of mentorship. Nearly 800 students in Lincoln still await a TeamMate to help them thrive. Perhaps, like many other businesses in our city, your company would like to support TeamMates by becoming a financial partner, sponsoring an event, or encouraging your staff to become mentors. By doing so, not only do you impact students’ lives but invest in Lincoln’s future.
To find out more about TeamMates’ mission or participate in our program, go to LincolnTeamMates.org. If your business wants to get involved, please call (402) 436-1990.
It’s finally summer and all across Nebraska, Girl Scouts (www.girlscoutsnebraska.org) are taking on new adventures at camp and in the great outdoors, like honing archery skills, camping under the stars, befriending horses, and skimming the treetops by zip line. Girl Scouts are also challenging themselves and taking the lead by traveling locally and globally, growing as entrepreneurs, improving their communities, exploring STEM programming, and much more!
Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska is the largest girl-serving organization in the state with more than 21,000 members. Girl Scouts is dedicated to teaching girls to thrive in five key ways: developing a strong sense of self, displaying positive values, seeking challenges and learning to persevere, forming and maintaining healthy relationships, and learning to identify and solve problems in their communities.
Ready to help your girl be bold, be brave, and be a Girl Scout? Learn more at www.girlscoutsnebraska.org.
The Haymarket Theatre’s (www.haymarkettheatre.org) mission is to enrich, educate, entertain, and empower our community through live theatre and youth performing arts education programs for all. Its vision since the theatre’s inception in 2001 is to foster, create, collaborate, and host intriguing theatre and high quality performing arts for the surrounding and greater Lincoln community. The Haymarket Theatre is dedicated to exposing the community’s youth to vast array of opportunities that can only be learned through an education and participation in the theatrical arts.
In 2018, we have an exciting lineup of youth shows, including Super Academy, The Addams Family, The Murder Mystery Monster Mayhem of Manchester Manor, and Elf, Jr. Our mainstage lineup includes Lost In Younkers and Sweeney Todd.
For more information, visit www.haymarkettheatre.org.
Community Health Charities of Nebraska (www.chcne.org) is a fundraising family of 22 Nebraska-based affiliates of nationally-recognized health charities dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by a chronic health condition, disability, or end-of-life issue. CHC-NE raises vital funds through workplace giving campaigns, corporate matching funds, individual gifts, and foundation contributions to benefit these health charities. Dollars raised each year help our charities provide support for those with chronic health conditions as well as family members, friends, and co-workers affected by chronic illness. Thank you for giving the gift of hope through your support.
In Lincoln, we are proud to partner with United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County during the annual United Way/CHC Campaign. In 2019, look for us as Combined Health Agencies Drive.
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