Supporting Omaha Area Nonprofits During COVID-19

Guest Post by Katie Fourney at SHARE Omaha.

We at SHARE Omaha, an organization dedicated to helping metro nonprofits fulfill their missions, are tracking the impact of COVID-19 on vital Omaha/Council Bluffs causes.

What we’ve heard has been overwhelming, but know this: you can help.

As you are thinking about how you can make a difference amid this pandemic, we encourage you to start small and keep looking for opportunities to do good. Mr. Rogers reminds us: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

A full compilation of the impact felt by dozens of organizations, and how we all can help, can be found at SHAREomaha.org/COVID19.

Your contribution could be a monetary donation, a gift of items, a pledge to volunteer later in the year, or simply clicking “share” on an organization’s social media post. All our little acts of good will grow and revitalize the metro.

Organizations like Youth Emergency Services, Heartland Hope Mission, Open Door Mission and OHB (Omaha Home for Boys) are adapting quickly and continuing to serve our most vulnerable neighbors. An online cash donation can help ease the financial burden.

Organizations that depend on ticket sales, like The Durham Museum, Children’s Museum, Film Streams and Omaha Community Playhouse are losing revenue as they are temporarily closed and events are canceled. Consider a donation or a gift in the amount you might have spent on a ticket, performance or entrance fee.

If you have an abundance of cleaning supplies or non-perishable food, dozens of nonprofits can collect these items from you, without contact, and put them to immediate use.

Our nonprofit community is doing what they’ve always done: adapting and continuing to serve. As they focus on new ways to accomplish their given missions, we encourage those who can give, even a little bit, to do so. Please find your way to do good at SHAREomaha.org/COVID19.

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