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The Nebraska Chapter currently services the entire state of Nebraska and the following counties in Iowa: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Pottawattamie and Shelby. Volunteers needed for a variety of opportunities including advocacy, community education, and special event support. Go to the website to find an office near your location and learn more about ongoing volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers are needed to be Patient Companions. You will receive 12 hours of training (mixture of on-line and one group session) on the history and philosophy of hospice as well as how to be of most assistance to patients and their families as they face terminal illness. Volunteer needs include: reading aloud, playing games, making crafts, playing musical instruments, or sitting with patients and/or their families in support. Additional opportunities could include writing life stories, making scrapbooks, videos, keepsakes, mementos, etc. for families to keep. We are also looking for volunteers interested in companioning with family members after their loved ones have died. We offer flexible schedules averaging 1 hr/wk with daytime, evening, and weekend opportunities but ask that volunteers make a minimum one-year commitment to our organization. Office help is also needed to answer phones, file, help put together mailings, among other administrative tasks. We ask that volunteers devote at least one hour a week between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Groups can also adopt one of our facilities to create seasonal craft items or projects to help brighten patients’ days. Volunteers should have access to transportation and will need to pass a background check and drug screen.
When home is no longer safe for a child, and the child must enter the foster care system, a judge may appoint a committed volunteer called a CASA or Court Appointed Special Advocate®. The CASA volunteer’s focus is on advocating for the best interest of that foster child. CASA volunteers do this by providing individualized attention through monthly visits to their foster youth and relevant parties, documenting information concerning the child’s best interest, and submitting their independent report to the court to assist the judge ruling over the case.
- Meet with the child on a consistent basis. Assess best interests and understand the child’s wishes.
- Attend family team meetings, meet with professionals in the child’s life, review documents and records to maintain awareness and gather information about the child.
- Monitor the services that are in place and recommend services as needed.
- Document the facts and circumstances of the child’s situation in a written court report including recommendations and the child’s wishes.
- Maintain complete records of contacts, hours, and mileage.
- Attend court hearings.
To be a CASA, you must:
- Be able to commit to a minimum of 2 years.
- Willing to donate 8 to 10 hours per month.
- Be able to commit to training hours as noted above.
- Be available for court hearings.
- Be able to maintain objectivity and professionalism dealing with the child and all other parties involved.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word or other word processing application.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Must pass a background check, have a valid driver’s license, valid phone number, and a permanent address.
- Be able to pay a $5 application fee.
We provide 30 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of continuing education training annually.
The Community Bike Project Omaha provides a safe, positive environment for the repair and distribution of bicycles.
Volunteers are needed to assist with bicycle repairs and to serve as role models for youth participants. No bicycle knowledge is needed, just a willingness to learn! Prior knowledge of bicycle mechanics is a plus, but we also love teaching people! We can accept up to four volunteers at a time.