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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.
To be a CASA, you must:
- Be passionate about advocating for youth impacted by the judicial and foster care systems
- Attend 30 hours of pre-service training and 12 hours of on-going training annually
- Be willing to commit 2-10 hours per month for 2 years
- Be 21 or older
- Possess a valid driver’s license, phone number, and address
- Pass necessary background checks, provide references, and complete an interview
- Be available for your foster child’s court appearances
- Maintain confidentiality, professionalism, and possess effective written and verbal communication skills
We provide in-depth trainings and a dedicated supervisor to work closely with and support you during your case. If you are interested in volunteering, but are unable to meet our volunteer requirements, some one-time volunteering opportunities are available (such as assisting with our annual race).
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.