Developmental / Learning Disabilities

The Arc of Omaha at the Ollie Webb Center
Lisa Dougherty ~ (402) 346-5220 ~ ldougherty@olliewebbinc.org
Elizabeth Walls, Best Buddies Chapter Director ~ elizabethwalls@creighton.edu

1941 South 42nd St, Suite 122, Omaha, NE  68105 ~ www.olliewebbinc.org

The Arc of Omaha’s mission is to improve & enrich the lives of people with developmental disabilities & to provide information, education, & support to their families. Volunteer opportunities include: assisting with child care (for children with & without disabilities), serving dinner to our adult participants, coaching a basketball team, doing arts & crafts with children, teaching educational classes & socializing.  Contact Lisa to receive a monthly notice regarding upcoming volunteer opportunities. Best Buddies Colleges, a program for college students, pairs people with intellectual disabilities in one-on-one friendships with college students (aka College Buddies). College Buddies & their Buddies must meet 2 times/month – one activity is individual; the other is a large group event. The pair also makes weekly telephone or email contact. Contact Sarah Manzione for more information.

Fontenelle Elementary School
Mr. Eric P. Nelson ~ (402) 457-5905 ~ eric.nelson@ops.org
3905 N. 52nd St, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ www.ops.org/elementary/fontenelle
Tutors are needed to work with pre-K to 6th grade students in the areas of reading, writing, &, math during the school hours of 9:00 am – 3:45 p.m.
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.

Madonna School
Dr. Bill Goodwin, Principal ~ (402) 556-1883 ext. 22 ~ bgoodwin@madonnaschool.org
6402 N. 71st Plaza, Omaha, NE 68104 ~ www.madonnaschool.org
The Madonna School educates special needs students to become as independent as possible. We seek volunteers who can commit to a specific time and day of the week. Opportunities include swimming lessons (M,W, Th), art classes (W), Special Olympics (F), in the classroom, and special extra-curricular activities. Ideally, volunteers should be able to commit for a period of about 2 hours to half a day on the volunteers specific day. Additionally, some classrooms are in need of volunteers to assist our teachers and teacher’s aides for a half-day a week throughout the 2013-’14 school year.

Allison Brown-Corson ~ 402-896-9988 x 2008~ allison.brown-corson@mosaicinfo.org
10011 J Street, Omaha, NE 68127 ~ www.mosaicinomaha.org
Mosaic is a faith based ministry that got it’s start 100 years in Axtell, Nebraska. In Omaha, people are learning more about the ministry of Mosaic through events called Discover the Possibilities. These events introduce Mosaic’s mission by telling stories of the people Mosaic serves. The stories are very personal stories told in a very personal way, face to face and in small groups. The events are free and last no more than one hour.

Munroe-Meyer Rehabilitation Institute
Nicole Norlin-Giron ~ (402) 559-3018 ~ ngiron@unmc.edu
444 S. 44th St, Omaha, NE 68131 ~ www.unmc.edu/mmi

If you are a Nursing, Social Work, PT/OT, Special Ed., Psychology, Speech Path, or Geriatrics student we have a fun and interesting service opportunity. The  UNMC/MMI  Recreation Therapy department is seeking students to assist our participants who have developmental disabilities with activities such as art, swimming, cooking, sports, and games at the Nebraska Medical Center. Our programs offer hands on experience assisting children and adults of all ages who have various developmental disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome. Programs run during the fall and spring semesters Monday – Thursday, 3:00 – 5:30 pm, Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 pm and Saturday mornings, 9:30am – noon.

Special Olympics Nebraska
Liz Bailey ~ (402) 331-5545 ext. 20 ~ lbailey@sone.org
11011 Q St, Suite 104C, Omaha, NE 68137 ~ www.sone.org
Volunteers work with people of all age groups that have various intellectual disabilities to help coach, fundraise, and organize events. Hours vary by role.