Our Coalition Members
See below for descriptions of each organization
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the United States Constitution and laws of Nebraska guarantee everyone in the Cornhusker state. These rights include: Your First Amendment rights - freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion. Your right to equal protection under the law - protection against unlawful discrimination. Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake. Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs. The ACLU also works to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including people of color; women; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people; prisoners; and people with disabilities.
Action for Healthy Kids fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity. We’re giving kids the keys to health and academic success by meeting them where they are -- in the classroom, in the cafeteria and on the playground -- with fun physical activity and nutrition lessons and changes that make it possible for them to eat nutritiously and play actively every day.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands is a community-based mentoring program. Our organization operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 18, in the Omaha metro area. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.
The purpose of Black Men United is to foster Black male achievement by enhancing economic, social, educational and political inclusion in the United States. To accomplish this it will focus on providing services, programs and supporting in the three critical areas of education, work and family, while also promoting positive images and messages about Black boys and men. To educate and empower all people with ongoing recruitment of MENtor's to help save a generation of our youth.
Bold Nebraska is part of network of small but mighty groups protecting the land, water and climate. It is best known for its work to build an unlikely alliance of farmers, ranchers, Tribal Nations and citizens to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. However, the citizen group also works on issues including eminent domain, clean energy, and small family farms and lifting up small businesses, which are vital to our communities and state.
The BIA-NE is committed to creating a better future for all Nebraskans with brain injuries. Serving the brain injury population means working to secure and develop community-based services, providing support groups and access to pertinent information and medical resources and service referrals. It also means educating professionals who work with children and adults with brain injury.
Bright Horizons is dedicated to the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault through empowerment, education, social action and support services. Our organization provides free and confidential services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, and human trafficking. Our services are available 24 hours a day. We serve 10 counties in north central and northeastern Nebraska, including Antelope, Boyd, Brown, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Pierce, Rock and Stanton.
CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA’s main focus is to be the child’s voice in the court room. Their secondary role is finding activities that nutrition the child. Studies show how without doubt that children in Foster Care do better all-around when they have something that is just theirs. CASA finds what the child’s interests are and opportunities in the community to give to these children the chance to explore their interests. Since the organization gets federal and state money, CASA is creative and resourceful to give children the same opportunities as children not living in poverty have. CASA is a 501(c)(3) that now has a 501(h) filed, after being in CSN training.
The mission of the Center for People in Need is to enhance opportunities for families and youth as they address socio-economic barriers limiting their paths to success. In support of our mission we…Assist other human service agencies that are providing for the social and economic needs of low-income, high needs families and individuals; Provide for the emergency, basic needs of families through delivery of direct services; Actively advocate for systemic changes through federal, state and local policy makers; Develop and support educational programs, increase job training, and improve computer skills for low-income workers.
For more than 40 years, the Center for Rural Affairs has stood strong for the values that reflect the best of rural America. Established in 1973, the organization has fought to secure a future for family farming and ranching, small towns and rural communities. They helped build a new generation of small businesses and agricultural enterprises that offer opportunity to rural people. Together with rural Americans, they worked to fulfill the responsibility to be good stewards of the land and water. The Center has never wavered in its commitment to opportunity, stewardship and community. In Washington, they have confronted powerful, selfish interests in difficult, critical battles. They keep up the fight, providing a clear vision and steadfast hope for a better future in rural America. Through well-informed, persistent advocacy, policy has been changed in Washington and state capitals. The Center works to ensure social and economic justice, environmental stewardship and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of life, securing a bright, vibrant future of their communities.
Dedicated to providing quality comprehensive health care in a manner that acknowledges the dignity of the individual, the strength of the family, and the supportive network of the community. Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. (CDHC) has provided needed health care to families in Omaha, Nebraska since 1983. Over the years, the number of insured and uninsured patients we serve has steadily grown, as has our health care services. CDHC is a FTCA Deemed Facility.
The Mission of Catholic Health Initiatives is to nurture the healing ministry of the Church, supported by education and research. Fidelity to the Gospel urges us to emphasize human dignity and social justice as we create healthier communities.
CityMatCH is a national membership organization of city and county health departments' maternal and child health (MCH) programs and leaders representing urban communities in the United States. CityMatCH's mission is to strengthen public health leaders and organizations to promote equity and improve the health of urban women, families, and communities.
Civic Nebraska works to create a more modern and robust democracy for all Nebraskans. We achieve this through youth civic leadership programs in K-12 schools, civic health initiatives in communities across the state, and ensuring our elections are modern and accessible to all Nebraskans. A modern and robust democracy does not build itself. It takes hard work and dedicated community leaders. It starts on our streets, in our schools, and neighborhoods, and that is where you will find Civic Nebraska.
In 2002, a group of women motivated with a desire to make a difference in Omaha came together to develop an interest group known as the Interest Group of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. This newly formed group became the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Omaha Metropolitan Chapter on May 3, 2003, under the leadership of Princess Mcullum. Our vision is to serve as a viable women's organization that will work with sincerity and diligence to become an effective, intricate entity in the Greater Metropolitan Omaha area. Our motto, listed above, reflects our desire to be action-oriented and strive for change.The chapter promotes an environment within the organization that is hospitable. Ideas and information are shared to promote teamwork and equality.
Collective for Youth is a connector for advocacy, resources and training for out of school time providers. We are committed to connecting youth to high quality programs and growing a community of thriving partners who ignite the imagination and grow the minds of youth.
College Possible Omaha is proud to serve more than 700 high school students in the Omaha area at 10 partner high schools in 6 different districts for the 2016-17 academic year. Almost 900 college students from the Omaha site are enrolled at 53 colleges and universities regionally and across the country. 70 percent of our students will be the first in their family to attend college. College Possible Omaha was founded during the 2011-12 school year. Thirty-two AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members currently serve through the site.
Common Cause Nebraska is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization. Over the past 40 years, we’ve worked as our state’s foremost government watchdog, advocating for issues like campaign finance reform and voting rights, while striving to expose corruption and influence. Through a combination of coalition building, policy development, research, public education, and lobbying, our goal is to bring to the forefront the issues that affect Nebraskans at the local, statewide, and national level. Above all else, we want to see a Nebraska that strives for open, honest, and ethical government.
Community Action of Nebraska (CAN) is the state association of the nine independent Community Action Agencies in the state. CAN coordinates training and technical assistance for the local agencies and supports the development of statewide initiatives such as assets development programs and free tax preparation assistance. CAN staff members participate in numerous statewide initiatives, developing policies and practices that support low-income families in attaining economic stability and community engagement. CAN’s mission is that it collaborates with community service organizations across the State to foster the cultures and skills which support low-income families attaining economic stability and to keep the voices and conditions of those in poverty central in the development of public policy.
The Community Justice Center (CJC) is the leading Restorative Justice practitioner and educator in the State of Nebraska. We offer unique evidence-based Victim Impact/Empathy peer programming that inspires offenders and helps participants understand whom their victims are and the true extent of the harm they caused their victims and communities. We utilize Restorative Justice Practices to habilitate offenders while holding them accountable for their actions. We reduce recidivism rates for a better, safer, and more cost-effective criminal justice system.
Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community. In supporting our mission, we assist more than 2,000 youth and their families via school and homeless shelter partnerships in overcoming barriers to their success. Our headquarters, 2566 St. Mary’s Ave., is at the heart of the community we serve. As such, we are better able to understand the challenges our families face, as well as provide them with easier access to our services.
The mission of the D2 Center is to connect out-of-school and disengaged youth ages 15-21 into an educational pathway with other resources and supports needed to earn a high school diploma and prepare for post-secondary opportunities and a career. We offer several elective credit classes at the D2 Center for students who need alternative ways to earn high school credit. Our certified teachers specialize in creating a small, caring classroom environment with a focus on individual students and their success. Students can also participate in our Careers & Community Engagement Program through activities that help identify career interests, strengths, and post-secondary opportunities. Our services consist of individualized planning and support for academic success including credit attainment, youth advocacy, and multiple pathways to earn a high school diploma. We’ve designed our program based on best practices from national models and research.
Defy Nebraska was founded in 2016, and the new chapter has already made significant impact on formerly and currently incarcerated people. Working closely with Director Scott Frakes and the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, Defy launched its in-prison program CEO of Your New Life in Nebraska State Penitentiary and Omaha Correctional Center in September 2016, and in Tecumseh State Correctional Center in June 2017. In February 2018, Defy Nebraska began programming at its fourth prison, the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York, Nebraska. Defy Nebraska will expand to its fifth Nebraska prison in the summer of 2018, the Lincoln Correctional Center. Defy Nebraska launched its post-release program in October 2016 which includes CEO of Your New Life for people in the community with criminal histories and a business and entrepreneurship incubator for program participants seeking to start their own business.
Disability Rights Nebraska uses a combination of legal advocacy, public policy advocacy, citizen advocacy, self-advocacy and advocacy education to protect vulnerable people with disabilities, especially those who learn, live or work in isolated, segregated or congregated settings. Disability Rights Nebraska was created to assist individuals with disabilities and their families in protecting and advocating for their rights. From its beginning, Disability Rights Nebraska has promoted the principles of equality, self-determination, and dignity of persons with disabilities.
ENCAP wants the people it serves to lead the positive changes in their lives. We build relationships with clients based on mutual respect and accountability. Through a variety of programs, from behavioral health, to food and nutrition, to family support, and providing transportation, ENCAP uses best practices and innovative programming to make a meaningful difference in the communities that we serve.
The Empowerment Network has emerged over the past seven years as a catalyst for bringing together individuals and organizations to accomplish visionary and strategic objectives. Omaha will be a GREAT city, in every zip code, by closing long-standing gaps in education, employment and entrepreneurship, housing, and quality of life, which have been traditionally based on race and geographic segregation. We address poverty, economic and educational gaps, and quality of life disparities by Building Wealth & Income, Creating Strong Families, Preparing Successful Children, and Rebuilding Thriving Neighborhoods. Specific strategies using our experiences from the past seven years are incorporated into the 7 Step Empowerment Plan. It is a holistic and comprehensive community building approach.
Established in 1968, Family Housing Advisory Services’ (FHAS) mission is to improve the quality of life and eliminate poverty by helping people achieve housing stability and financial security. FHAS is committed to, and compassionate about, finding solutions to address poverty-related problems through housing and financial education and advocacy. Our goal is to make a positive impact in our community…one household at a time. Our programs reach low-to-moderate income persons seeking to avert a crisis and/or improve their housing, finances, and quality of life through a unique combination of services that change the way we think about money, saving, spending priorities, and preparing for the future, thereby, eradicating poverty and bringing about self-sufficiency, changing the landscape of impoverished communities and our city, one household at a time.
The Financial Hope Collaborative (FHC) at Creighton University identifies economic barriers for low and moderate income households, creates replicable solutions, and collaborates with community partners to implement these solutions. FHC identifies best practices in programs and policies and adapts them to the local community to facilitate access to the financial mainstream for all.
The mission for the Food Bank of Lincoln (FBL) is to alleviate hunger in Southeast Nebraska. They do this by nourishing our communities to end hunger. FBL aspires to be empathetic to people’s suffering by empowering people, showing kindness, and by restoring dignity. FBL aspires to be collaborative with each other, clients, partners, and the community at large. They seek win-win-win solutions.
Food Bank for the Heartland's mission is to provide emergency and supplemental food to hungry people in Nebraska and western Iowa. In fiscal year 2016, we will distribute 16+ million pounds of food to 93 counties through 225 agency and 250 school partners as well as 5 direct service programs
Goodwill Industries, Inc., Serving Eastern Nebraska and Southwest Iowa, has been a leader in helping people fulfill their dreams through work since 1933. We train and employ people with disabilities and others who may be at a competitive disadvantage in the job market, such as at-risk youth. Our many employment and training services are funded through government agencies, grants, private support and proceeds from the sale of donated goods at our locations throughout the metro area.
The Mission of the Great Plains Black History Museum and Interpretive Center is to preserve, celebrate and educate all people of the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout the Great Plains of America.
The Health Center Association of Nebraska (HCAN) is a nonprofit Primary Care Association who is committed to enhancing and expanding access to quality, community-responsive healthcare for Nebraska’s medically underserved and uninsured. Members of HCAN are Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) that provide medical, dental and behavioral health services for nearly 85,000 Nebraskans.
The mission of Heartland Family Service is to strengthen individuals and families in our community through education, counseling, and support services. Founded in 1875, Heartland Family Service serves more than 35,000 individuals of all ages each year from 19 locations in east central Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Our 50 programs provide critical human services to the individuals and families who ultimately shape the future of our community in the following focus areas: child & family, counseling & prevention and housing & financial stability.
Founded in 1947, Heartland United Way is a local community impact and fundraising organization that aims to improve lives and create possibilities for people in Hall, Hamilton, Howard and Merrick Counties. Heartland United Way achieves its mission through advocacy, leadership and support for non-profit organizations that help individuals and families gain access to educational, economic and health opportunities. With the help of diverse community partners who serve as board members, impact council members and volunteers, Heartland United Way advances the common good by building opportunities for individuals and families to live independent, successful lives. Heartland United Way thrives on the generosity of its donors, and all donor dollars are wisely invested locally by dedicated community volunteers into high-performing programs.
To improve the quality of life of Latino/a immigrant workers by promoting leadership development, workers’ rights, and civic engagement through legal information sharing, training, and organizing.
As a result of more than 20 years of community organizing experience, Sergio Sosa – along with Latino/a workers, social and religious institutions, and hometown associations-formed the Heartland Workers Center (HWC) in January of 2009. After listening to hundreds of stories from workers in meatpacking, construction, restaurants, and cleaning, a vision was born to create a new model of organizing that entails finding and developing leaders, training them on workers’ rights, and finding effective methods of participating in the civic society. The HWC was incorporated and officially became a non-profit organization [501©3] in April of 2010. The mission is To improve the quality of life of Latino/a immigrant workers by promoting leadership development, workers’ rights, and civic engagement through legal information sharing, training, and organizing.
The Holland Children’s Movement is a nonpartisan research and advocacy organization dedicated to leading Nebraskans to action on national, state and local budget and policy decisions to reduce childhood poverty and improve prosperity for Nebraska families. We support efforts to tackle the root causes of family poverty and assure that every child in Nebraska has the support they need to reach their full potential. The Holland Children’s Movement’s focus is to make the state of Nebraska a national leader in opportunities for all children.
The Human Services Federation supports its members through education, networking and the power of collective action. HSF works to inform, strengthen and increase the capacity, awareness and effectiveness of nonprofits and the nonprofit sector in Lincoln. HSF encourages nonprofits to collaborate to solve problems, while being responsive to community needs and ensuring quality service delivery in health and human services.
The Hunger Collaborative is a comprehensive collaborative commitment to achieve sustainable solutions to hunger and poverty. The Hunger Collaborative consists of Omaha’s three largest food parties (Heartland Hope Mission, Heart Ministry Center, and Together) in partnership with the Food Bank for the Heartland
KVC Nebraska is a behavioral health organization that provides child welfare, juvenile justice and developmental disability services. These services include Foster Care, Intensive Family Preservation, Family Support Services, and Extended Family Home services for individuals with Development and/or Intellectual Disabilities. Its mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of Nebraska families.
The mission of the Immigrant Legal Center is to welcome immigrants into our communities by providing high quality legal services, education, and advocacy. The ultimate goal of the Immigrant Legal Center (ILC), like that of Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska, is to empower immigrants to be full participants in the community by reducing inequality and combatting poverty.
Inclusive Communities is a human relations organization confronting prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through educational programs that raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society. Through our powerful social justice work, we are providing education and advocacy related to the topics of diversity and inclusion. We work with schools, businesses and in the community.
inCOMMON Community Development alleviates poverty at a “root” level by uniting and strengthening vulnerable neighborhoods. We do this by fostering relationships of belonging, equipping and supporting residents for success, and empowering neighbor-driven change.
The Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) empowers diverse and emerging communities by developing leaders to act for justice and the common good. IPL is an affiliate organization with Omaha Together One Community (OTOC). IPL collaborates with local organizations to identify emerging leaders. IPL provides skills training, research and organizing support. IPL focuses on leaders from diverse faiths, races, and socio-economic backgrounds including refugees and immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America, public school parents, and faith-based and community organizations
Justice for Our Neighbors is a nonprofit organization providing free, high quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy for low-income individuals and families in Nebraska and western Iowa. We serve immigrants of all faiths, races, abilities and ages, with an emphasis on the most vulnerable; including victims of domestic violence and crimes against children. Eleven attorneys specialize in immigration law and are available for legal clinics, consultations and extended representation. Immigrants obtain work permits, legal permanent residency and U.S. citizenship.
To promote the self-sufficiency and self-determination of Heartland Latino families and community by providing bilingual, high quality social, educational, economic, and advocacy services.
The League of Women Voters of Omaha, a non-partisan organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Live Well Omaha leads a coalition of organizations that are committed to prioritizing and improving conditions that impact the health of our community. Live Well Omaha accomplishes this work through engaging and connecting partners; reporting and communicating health data and progress; advocating for policy change; and sustaining the work of improving the long-term health of our community.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska (LFS) is a faith-based, not-for-proﬁt, multi-service human care agency with locations across Nebraska and in Council Bluﬀs, Iowa. LFS expresses God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life. Services are provided through three core competencies: Behavioral Health, Children Services and Community Services.
The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, it was established to educate through the teachings of Malcolm X’s legacy on a local, national and international scale. The Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, in concert with local, national, and international supporters of El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), endeavors to perpetuate his uncompromising leadership and contributions towards social justice.
MACCH is the backbone organization of a collective impact effort representing all local housing and homeless service organizations within Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties. Incorporated in 2006, MACCH leads implementation of our community’s “10 Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.” Since its’ founding, MACCH has procured nearly $30 million in federal funding on behalf of regional homeless assistance projects.
Advocacy is an important part of the work that Midlands Mentoring Partnership (MMP) does. MMP was created to bring about community-wide, systemic change that would allow mentoring programs to serve more youth with high quality services. There are more than 200+ mentoring programs in Nebraska that are serving more than 15,000 youth, however, not nearly enough mentors to serve our state’s 80,000 school-age youth that live in poverty. MMP works on the national level, the state level, and the city level and advocates for issues that support our sector and vulnerable families. The organization is committed to quality mentoring and accountability. MMP works closely with mentoring agencies in the community and across Nebraska to ensure that systems are in place to create, monitor, support and evaluate mentor-mentee matches. And— are helping to expand the number of mentoring relationships for the youth that need it the most.
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with 132,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.
The Nebraska Alliance of Child Advocacy Centers (Nebraska Alliance) provides statewide leadership in the fight against child abuse alongside its member centers, Nebraska's seven fully accredited Child Advocacy Centers. The Nebraska Alliance: facilitates a collaborative statewide network dedicated to a coordinated and comprehensive response to child abuse, serves as a leading resource within Nebraska in regard to child abuse issues and the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) model, and represents a collaborative effort among our CAC membership, staff and our governing entity. The Nebraska Alliance also provides support services to emerging and existing CACs and multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs), and assists with the development, continuation, and enhancement of the CAC model throughout Nebraska.
Nebraska AIDs Project leads the community in the fight to overcome HIV/AIDS and its stigma through education, supportive services and advocacy.
Founded in 1996, Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that fights for justice and opportunity for all Nebraskans. With expertise in addressing systemic problems affecting thousand of people, we incorporate legal advocacy, community activism, and policy expertise to make a positive, sustainable difference in our four main areas of concentration – health care access, poverty, child welfare, and immigration. We take our work wherever we believe we can do the most good, whether that’s at the courthouse, in the statehouse or in the community.
Leaders at local health departments statewide leverage their collective expertise and capacity to assure The Good Life is a healthy one for all Nebraskans through their professional association—the Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD). NALHD’s technical assistance, training, and grants management activities support high-quality public health work statewide. Learn more at www.nalhd.org.
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation supports children, young adults and families at risk with the overall goal of giving our state's most vulnerable kids what they need to reach their full potential. We do this by building strong communities that support families so their children can grow up to be thriving, productive adults.
Nebraska Children’s Home Society was founded in 1893 as a statewide, non-profit, non-sectarian agency with the mission of providing “safe and loving care for children of all ages.” NCHS is licensed as a Nebraska Child Caring Agency and a Nebraska Child Placing Agency and accredited through the national Council on Accreditation. Organizational areas of core expertise include: 1) Healthy Beginnings: pregnancy services, preparation for parenthood, early childhood education, and home visitation for parents; 2) Building and Strengthening Families: infant and foster care adoption, parenting support and education, grandparents raising grandchildren, reunification services for foster children, post-adoption services, and behavioral health services; 3) Pathways to the Future: foster care and permanency for children in out-of-home care, teen pregnancy prevention, and services for at-risk youth; 4) Engaging Communities: outreach and education, collaboration with other organizations, leadership in community efforts to improve child well-being, special events, and training. NCHS has 11 offices throughout the state of Nebraska: Omaha (3), Lincoln, Grand Island, Kearney, Norfolk, Alliance, North Platte, Scottsbluff, and Beatrice. All office locations are staffed with professionals and serve as hubs to surrounding communities to provide coverage across the state.
The Nebraska Civic Engagement Table exists to strengthen Nebraska’s nonprofit community through collaboration, training, and leadership development. Our goal is to create a year-round culture of civic engagement in Nebraska, and offer grassroots organizations, with deep community connections, the resources and training they need to engage with the communities they serve.
The Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is a statewide advocacy organization committed to the prevention and elimination of sexual and domestic violence. We work to enhance safety and justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by supporting and building upon the services provided by our network of local programs.
The Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition (NUIHC) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the State of Nebraska. We provide community health care and services targeting the urban American Indian and Alaska Native population in the greater Omaha metropolitan area, Lincoln-Lancaster metropolitan area, and Sioux City, Iowa. We are state-recognized, and our rehabilitative health care services are nationally accredited through the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Our diabetes self-management program is nationally accredited through the Diabetes Education Accreditation Program. We have been serving our community since 1986
Nebraskans for Civic Reform (NCR) is a group of dedicated and politically diverse young Nebraskan professionals who are committed to making our civic institutions more inclusive among youth and historically disadvantaged and disengaged populations. NCR achieves this by engaging our youth in our community and building leadership skills. Our veterans programs ensure a smooth transition back into civilian life through job readiness and community engagement programs. Finally, we also work to protect voting rights both through litigation and through policy in the Nebraska Legislature. We believe that by engaging and connecting Nebraskans and improving political participation in general, that we will enrich the civic culture of the state, revitalize an interest in community and increasingly retain a talented and motivated population. We work to create a modern and robust democracy for all Nebraskans. Our over 30 full and part-time staff work hard every day to accomplish this mission across the state.
Nebraskans for Peace is a grassroots, progressive community organization founded in 1970. The focus is to promote peace and social justice through nonviolent protests and supporting campaigns that stop violence and injustices in the state of Nebraska. Nebraskans for Peace lend research and support in large scale topics such as climate change and nuclear war, as well as local topics such Native American rights and policies of equality for the LGBTQ community. The organization also focuses on LGBTQ legislative bills, women’s health, Whiteclay, and now Standing Rock concerns, as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. Nebraskans for Peace host events that support local businesses, artists, and musicians that are interested in social justice issues. In working on topics of injustice, the organization tends to work with marginalized people who systemically then also live in poverty.
Nebraskans for the Arts advocates for arts policy, arts education and participation in arts in Nebraska. Advancing the arts as essential to life and the importance of creativity for a 21st century workforce is more important than ever. The arts can propel individuals and communities forward, while energizing and bringing people together.
Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) helps nonprofits help their communities. There are thousands of nonprofits in our area – each trying to make a difference on their own. NAM brings them together so that each member can benefit from the midland’s collective strength. Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) is the only membership organization in the state dedicated exclusively to working with nonprofits in the Midlands. By connecting organizations with information, education, advocacy and collaboration, NAM helps members focus their energy on the people and communities they serve.
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community and are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
Ollie Webb Center seeks to enrich the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through support, programs and advocacy. Ollie Webb offers a lifetime of support and assistance from diagnosis to education and beyond. Our staff is on the frontline fighting for funding and equal opportunities for people dealing with development or intellectual challenges.
Omaha Children's Choir exists to provide all children with an appreciation and understanding of our city’s diversity and to inspire social change through the power of choral music. Omaha Children's Choir was founded on the premise that the study of music makes a positive difference in the lives of young people in ways that can help them socially, emotionally, and even academically. Significantly, it gives them a unique opportunity to learn about their own and other’s cultures and the society in which they live, as well as helping them develop sophisticated skills and an empowering aesthetic awareness that generates self-esteem and empathy.
The Omaha Community Foundation is a giving collective, founded to help people who care about Omaha do the most good here. At our most basic level, we simplify our donors’ charitable giving. But the Foundation has always had a much larger mission: We help our donors give with greater impact. We make their charitable dollars go further and do more. And we’re dedicated to expanding philanthropy throughout our community – with members and non-members – always looking for new and better ways to give.
Omaha Home for Boys works with young adults, ages 10 to 24 across a continuum of care. The residential program works with young men ages 10 to 18 in a home like setting. The transitional living program, Jacobs’ Place, works with young men and women ages 17 to 20. The independent living program, Branching Out, works with young adults ages 14 to 24. The mission of the Omaha Home for Boys is to support and strengthen youth, young adults and families through services that inspire and equip them to lead independent and productive lives. The Omaha Home for Boys is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization providing services to youth regardless of race, religion or ability to pay.
OneWorld Community Health Center believes that everyone deserves access to the best health care possible, regardless of economic or insurance status. It strives to be an innovative leader in health care, empowering individuals and creating healthier communities.
Outlinc is Lincoln’s gay and transgender community center. For over five years, Outlinc has been working to make Lincoln the best place in the Midwest for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people to live, work and play. Our educational and social programming serves hundreds in Lincoln annually, with thousands of people accessing our online resources. Outlinc’s mission is to engage and foster the well-being and advancement of Lincoln’s LGBTQ community.
The Panhandle Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit membership-based organization serving the eleven counties of the Panhandle. For the past fourteen years, PPHHS has served as a catalyst for collaboration in the development of creative opportunities for enhancing sustaining family and community life in Western Nebraska. PPHHS does not provide services. Rather it brings people from diverse backgrounds, disciplines, and sectors together to assess, plan, implement and evaluate systems, policies, practices, and programs which strengthen communities and increase protective factors for families, children, youth, families, and seniors.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has served women and men of all ages since the mid-1930s. Today the agency offers a full range of quality reproductive health care services to residents in Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska and eastern Oklahoma. Supported by volunteers, partially funded by generous donations and staffed by dedicated and professional employees, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland continues its tradition of providing accessible, affordable reproductive health care and education and advocacy for reproductive rights. Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Our Vision: Communities where sexual and reproductive rights are basic human rights and where every person has the opportunity to lead a healthy and meaningful life. Our Mission: To provide, promote and protect sexual and reproductive health through health services, education and advocacy.
PRI is a catalyst for change. We spotlight topics of civic interest by engaging the public in civic conversations, promoting policies that advance opportunities and justice, and helping to build grassroots coalitions to act on that information.
Prevention Means Progress was formed in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, in 2004 to address specific meth issues facing the community. In 2006, PMP bridged the river into Nebraska to form a dual-state coalition. Today, the organization focuses on prevention of all substances of abuse and have over 40 partners who collaborate in both Iowa and Nebraska. PMP focuses on comprehensive prevention efforts in our two-state radius, including work in schools with young people, hosting and planning awareness events to spread PMP’s message, work with policy makers to provide education and science-based research on addiction and substance abuse, and assessing our communities for environmental strategies to facilitate change. PMP’s vision is empowering people to take action against substance abuse and values everyone’s contribution to prevention, treatment, and recovery. PMP believes prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover!
At PromiseShip, everything we do is centered around families. Our approach provides real solutions that transform uncertainty into well-being. Helping families regain self-sufficiency, surrounding them with positive support and encouragement, and helping them pursue a happier, healthier life is our goal.We help families become strong units built on a foundation of love, confidence and independence. There’s no better way to strengthen our community than by helping families be families.
The Refugee Empowerment Center resettles and empowers refugees to become self-sufficient through direct services and educational programs. REC envisions a world where communities welcome all refugees and immigrants and see us as catalysts in the work of building relationships and cross-cultural understanding between communities.
Rejuvenating Women is a faith-based organization that provides hope and restoration to those enslaved in human trafficking. We are committed to developing long-lasting relationships with the girls and women who are deeply wounded by loving each and every one right where she is at.
The Sherwood Foundation promotes equity through social justice initiatives enhancing the quality of life in Nebraska. We believe social justice is the proactive reinforcement of policies, practices, attitudes, and actions that all produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts, and outcomes for all. The Sherwood Foundation® invests in organizations and initiatives dedicated to making strategic impact in the communities we serve. The Sherwood Foundation® limits grants to organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3), government entities, schools, or churches that are serving Nebraska. These organizations must be in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service.
Formed in 1999, the mission of the South Omaha Community Care Council (SOCCC) is to provide a strategic infrastructure to enhance collaboration, communication, leadership, and services for the empowerment and well-being of the community. SOCCC addresses the needs of an ever-changing, diverse society through its active partnerships and networking relationships with over 95 human service organizations, medical facilities, neighborhood associations and private businesses. With its large array of partner agencies, SOCCC serves as an information and referrals source to the South Omaha community.
Stand For Schools advances public education in Nebraska. We know that Nebraska will always do best when we come up with Nebraska solutions to Nebraska problems, and education is no exception. Public education reflects Nebraska’s values: Public schools are open to all, they are free and fair, and they provide fiscally conservative oversight of taxpayer dollars through elected school boards.
Survivors Rising is a working group dedicated to advocacy, education, and support for survivors of intimate partner and domestic violence in Omaha, Nebraska. Our mission is to ensure the survivor’s voice is represented in legislation and holding offenders accountable. Survivors Rising was created by a small group of survivors of intimate partner and domestic violence who are passionate about the cause. We recognized the need for advocacy, education, survivor engagement in the community, and support for all survivors. Survivors Rising is a catalyst for change. We are committed to working with survivors to provide hope and tools for healing and to providing survivor engagement in all aspects of our communities. There should be nothing about us without us.
Together is a Homeless Prevention Organization that has served Omaha for 40 years providing Emergency Resources and Navigation Services to working families living in Extreme Poverty to rebuild Housing Stability. We believe every family should have the opportunity for access to basic needs and case management services in order to move themselves from resource dependency to sustainability and ultimately to self-sufficiency. Together has worked diligently over the years to develop a leading Homeless Prevention Program. We have built the First Stop Program to address the crises that working families living in poverty experience all too often. We address these crises with triage, assessment, navigation, material resources, and financial resources. It is a comprehensive approach that allows us to find a sustainable solution to the immediate need as well as the root cause. Clients are treated with Hope, Dignity, and Compassion and started on a path to success.
The Trinidad Center in Lexington, Nebraska aims to strengthen and support our diverse community by providing comprehensive services through acceptance, academics and advocacy.
United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. We all have a stake in what befalls our fellow man. We all benefit when a child succeeds in school, when someone finds a job that will help them provide for their family, or when more people are able to access quality, affordable health care. The solutions we create for communities around the world go beyond short-term charity for a few. We rise or fall together. With your support, we are reaching for great new heights.
United Way of the Midlands operates with the good of the community in mind. For over 90 years, our donors have made lasting changes in the lives of individuals and families in the Omaha metropolitan area. As the city continues to grow, so do we, and we're stronger than ever. With your caring support, we proudly fund a network of health and human service programs that help those in need across Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. United Way works closely with the agencies that host the programs to note measurable results in the lives of their clients. And we collaborate with many individual and corporate donors and foundations to keep the network of hope strong. United Way of the Midlands will continue to evolve alongside the growing needs of our community. We will champion those who are in the fight to better themselves and others. We will be informed and accountable. We will skillfully combine passion with reason. We will build up what has fallen and create what should have been here all along. Together, we will create life-changing opportunities through programs that meet the Basic Needs of our most vulnerable population, support children during their academic years and help prepare young people for productive careers. We see what can be, and what should be, because we are community-based and we are community-focused.
The mission of the UNMC Center for Reducing Health Disparities is to increase awareness of, reduce, and ultimately eliminate health disparities to promote health equity by fostering culturally and linguistically competent, trustworthy, and equitable partnerships between the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, and stakeholder communities and to promote health and prevent disease by building a strong portfolio in collaborative community based research, education, and service.
The Urban League of Nebraska is an empowering voice in the community advocating for economic self-reliance, parity, power, civil rights and equal opportunity for all. Its goal is to close the social economic gap in the African American, other emerging ethnic communities and disadvantaged families in the achievement of social equality and economic independence and growth.
The ULNYP Chapter is a volunteer auxiliary of the Urban League of Nebraska. Our mission is to engage young professionals in the National Urban League's movement toward the achievement of social and economic equality
Backed by a tradition of nursing, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) offers a wide range of in-home and community-based services to individuals of all ages and stages of life. With a team of more than 400 expert healthcare professionals and caregivers, VNA is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to residents of Omaha and Council Bluffs.
Voices for Children in Nebraska is the independent voice building pathways to opportunity for all children and families through research, policy and community engagement. We will engage the public and state leaders to build systems removing obstacles and promoting opportunities for ALL children to lead healthy, secure and fulfilling lives.
The Women’s Center for Advancement (WCA) is the designated direct service provider for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault (DVSA) in Douglas County, dedicated to helping clients stay safe and grow strong by addressing both their immediate safety needs and their long-term self-sufficiency.
Our mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through research, grants and advocacy. As a trusted expert in the community, we identify critical issues through research, fund innovative solutions through grants, and influence dynamic change through advocacy. Since our beginning in 1990, the Women’s Fund has supported local agencies with more than $4.5 million in grants and initiatives that address the most pressing issues as identified by our research. Our vision is a community where every woman and girl has the ability and opportunity to reach her full potential.
Youth Care and Beyond supports children, individuals and families with disabilities. Offering family style residential homes for teens in juvenile justice – child welfare system, supported adult apartment style living services and in home assistance for children and adults.
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Grand Island programs have an important impact on the development of disadvantaged children, leadership and empowerment for adolescent girls, and the self-reliance of women in economic crisis.
The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. YWCA Lincoln programs have an important impact on the development of disadvantaged children, leadership and empowerment for adolescent girls, and the self-reliance of women in economic crisis.