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Benson Area Refugee Task Force (BART)

Educational Opportunity Center

Literacy Center for the Midlands

Southern Sudan Community Association (SSCA)

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Benson Area Refugee Task Force (BART)

Shannon Linehan ~ (703)244-1143 ~ BensonRefugeeTF@gmail.com
www.BensonRefugeetf.com

The Benson Area Refugee Task Force, BART, is a group of volunteers from Benson who works with refugees. We provide Citizenship, Computer, Health, and English Classes to Refugees. We also watch the children of our adult students during class. Furthermore, we have drives throughout the year, and several Clothing Closets for refugee families. We are always trying to think of new ways to help the refugee communities succeed. Since we are entirely volunteer based, we need volunteers for everything that we do.
Knowledge of Karen, Kachin, Nepali, or Burmese languages would be incredibly helpful.

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Educational Opportunity Center

John Gallion Jr. 402-280-3302 ~ johngallion@creighton.edu
Judge Elizabeth Pittman Building, 2002 Burt Street, Omaha NE 68178 ~ www.creighton.edu/eop/eoc

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is one of the five federally grant funded TRIO programs at Creighton University under the Department of Education. Creighton’s EOC program provides counseling & information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. We also provide services to improve the financial & economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, & to assist in the application process. EOC needs volunteers to assist with the daily workflow of our office. This may include data entry, filing, copying, & other duties assigned such as tutoring. Call or email for more information.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

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Literacy Center for the Midlands

Pierre Sagitteh ~ (402) 342-7323 ~ psagitteh@midlandsliteracy.org 
1823 Harney St., Suite 204, Omaha, NE  68102 ~ www.midlandsliteracy.org

The mission of the Literacy Center for the Midlands is to empower adults and families by helping them acquire the literacy skills and practices necessary to be active and contributing members of their communities. Volunteers attend an hour information orientation and are trained to work with a small group of Literacy Center Students or on a one-to-one tutoring basis. Although we have more of a need for long-term volunteers, we welcome one-time volunteers as well. No special skills or knowledge of other languages are required. Services are offered on several locations including the South Omaha Library; La Vista Public Library; Millard Public Library, and inCOMMON on Park Avenue.

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Southern Sudan Community Association (SSCA)

Marni Newell ~ (402) 554-0759 ~ mnewell@sscaomaha.org
3610 Dodge St, Suite 100, Omaha, NE  68131 ~ www.sscaomaha.info

SSCA Omaha is a refugee resettlement agency that provides initial and ongoing services and programs to refugees beginning new lives in the United States. We host on-site programs that promote cultural competence and self-sufficiency. Our volunteers have the opportunity to interact with refugees from countries such as South Sudan, Sudan, Burma, Bhutan, and many more. Volunteer opportunities include assistance in our English or Employment Classes, tutoring American history, government, and civics for those students eligible to take the naturalization test, and mentoring a newly arrived refugee family through our First Friends program. Clerical and community outreach volunteer opportunities are also available. The bulk of our opportunities are Monday through Friday, anytime between 9:30am and 4:30pm, though we are happy to cater to varying availabilities and volunteer interests. (Individuals and groups mentoring a refugee family may meet after 4:30pm or on weekends).
We can accommodate groups of 1-15 volunteers and welcome both long-term and one-time service. No special skills are required. Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Nuer languages are a nice surprise, but not necessary.

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Adult Literacy

Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim
Luis Marcos ~ lmarcos@pastoralmayausa.org
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 4513 South 32nd St., Omaha, NE  68107 ~ www.pixanixim.org
Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim is an organization of the Mayan community in Omaha, Nebraska. We welcome volunteers and students from all backgrounds who are open to working together to build a stronger Omaha Community.
Opportunities available include providing childcare during our Adult Education
classes and tutoring youth (grade school to high school) Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. There are also opportunities to teach English and Spanish literacy,
Drivers Education, and Citizenship courses (each of these requires a semester long commitment). Our Adult Education program seeks to provide participatory learning during which all involved can be friends, teachers, and students at the same time.
Spanish, Q’anjob’al recommended but not necessary.

Educational Opportunity Center
Karrie Scott ~ (402) 280-3300 ~ KarrieScott@creighton.edu
Judge Elizabeth Pittman Building, 2002 Burt Street, Omaha NE 68178 ~ www.creighton.edu/eop/eoc
The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is one of the five federally grant funded TRIO programs at Creighton University under the Department of Education. Creighton’s EOC program provides counseling & information on college admissions to qualified adults who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education. We also provide services to improve the financial & economic literacy of participants. An important objective of the program is to counsel participants on financial aid options, including basic financial planning skills, & to assist in the application process. EOC needs volunteers to assist with the daily workflow of our office. This may include data entry, filing, copying, & other duties assigned such as tutoring. Call or email for more information.
Spanish speaking recommended, but not necessary.

inCOMMON Community Development
JD Senkbile ~ 933-6672 ~ jd@incommoncd.org
Jeff Spiehs 933-6672 ~ jeff@incommoncd.org
1340 Park Ave Omaha, NE 68105 ~ http://incommoncd.org/
The Park Ave Commons is a safe and hospitable place for residents to come together to build community, receive services, and take part in empowerment-based opportunities and trainings. Programming at the Commons include: community-building activities, social services, individual development, and job readiness workshops.
Spanish speaking useful, but not necessary.

IWCC Adult Education and Literacy Program
Terri Amaral ~ 712-325-3267 ~ jd@incommoncd.org
Volunteers are often needed to work with adults enrolled in the program. Opportunities include working with beginning – advanced level ESL students in the areas of conversation, reading and writing. Day and evening opportunities are available. Call for additional information.

Metropolitan Community College, Adult Education
Tara Waln-Lewellyn, Volunteer Coordinator ~ (402) 457-2315 ~ twalnlewellyn@mccneb.edu
30th & Fort, Bldg #9, Omaha, NE 68111 ~ www.mccneb.edu
Help someone succeed! Tutor students in GED and English as a Second Language (ESL) classrooms at one of our many sites in the Omaha Metro. Several locations are just minutes from Creighton. We ask for a 10 week, 3 hours a week commitment that aligns with our quarter system. Classes are held in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends.

Literacy Center for the Midlands
Pierre Sagitteh ~ (402) 342-7323 ~ psagitteh@midlandsliteracy.org
Sandra Kriz ~ skriz@midlandsliteracy.org
1823 Harney St., Suite 204, Omaha, NE  68102 ~ www.midlandsliteracy.org
The mission of the Literacy Center for the Midlands is to empower
adults and families by helping them acquire the literacy skills and practices necessary to be active and contributing members of their communities.
Volunteers attend an hour information orientation and are trained
to work with a small group of Literacy Center Students or on a one-to-one tutoring basis.
Although we have more of a need for long-term volunteers, we welcome one-time volunteers as well. No special skills or knowledge of other languages are required.

Omaha Public Schools – Adult Education
Sarah Mungin, Coordinator of Vol. Svcs. ~ (402) 557-2614 ~ sarah.mungin@ops.org
3230 Burt St., Omaha, NE 68131 ~ www.ops.org
Volunteers are needed as GED and ESL classroom tutors. As a GED volunteer, you will prepare adult learners to take the GED (High School Equivalency) test. As an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor, you will help students improve their basic English and conversation skills. With the support and guidance of a certified teacher, volunteers tutor in small groups or one-on-one with adults. Classes are held throughout Omaha in the morning, afternoon, and evening and ranges in size from 4 – 20 students. Volunteers should commit between 2 1/2 – 10 hours a week.

Omaha Together One Community – OTOC
Allison Latenser ~ (402) 344-4401 ~ admin@otoc.omhcoxmail.com
3647 Lafayette Ave, Omaha, NE  68131 ~ www.otoc.org
OTOC is a broad-based multiethnic and interfaith community organizing effort.
Member institutions work to create positive change through collective action and seeking accountability in the public arena.
Current issues include: working to increase access to summer enrichment programs
for children; education pertaining to the need for comprehensive and humane immigration
reform at the national level; working with refugee leaders to identify and address issues affecting families; improving how the City of Omaha enforces housing and building codes to assure integrity of housing; and working to rethink how the City of Omaha trains people for jobs.

Southern Sudan Community Association (SSCA)
Ann Marie Kudlacz ~ (402) 554-0759 ~ akudlacz@sscaomaha.org
3610 Dodge St, Suite 100, Omaha, NE  68131 ~ www.sscaomaha.info

SSCA Omaha is a refugee resettlement agency that provides initial and ongoing services and programs to refugees beginning new lives in the United States. We host on-site programs that promote cultural competence and self-sufficiency. Our volunteers have the opportunity to interact with refugees from countries such as South Sudan, Sudan, Burma, Bhutan, and many more. Volunteer opportunities include assistance in our English or Employment Classes, tutoring American history, government, and civics for those students eligible to take the naturalization test, and mentoring a newly arrived refugee family through our First Friends program. Clerical and community outreach volunteer opportunities are also available. The bulk of our opportunities are Monday through Friday, anytime between 9:30am and 4:30pm, though we are happy to cater to varying availabilities and volunteer interests. (Individuals and groups mentoring a refugee family may meet after 4:30pm or on weekends).
We can accommodate groups of 1-30+ volunteers and welcome both long-term and one-time service. No special skills are required.
Arabic, Burmese, Karen, Nepali, Nuer languages are a nice surprise, but not necessary.

 

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