Local Community Engagement during COVID-19


 

Local Community Engagement

Thank you for your interest, passion, and support during this uncertain time for our communities, our families, and our world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about our community partners, how they have been impacted, and what ways you can help here.

We would love to be able to share the story of Creighton’s community support and response during the COVID-19 crisis. If you donate, serve, or support in any way, tell us about it here!

Even though we are not able to serve our communities in person, there are still ways to stay engaged! See below for ways to stay connected with our community partners and service sites in Omaha.

Service Opportunities

Stay connected. Stay community. Stay cura. Stay Creighton.

Donate

Donations are highly needed as the non-profit community bands together to respond to community needs and support the most vulnerable in our community. If you are in a position to do so, consider donating to those most in need. The Omaha Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 response fund and the United Way of the Midlands also has a fund supporting local families . Learn more and donate here or give directly to a community non-profit of your choice.

Serve from Anywhere 

Resurrection Catholic Missions is a Service & Justice Trip partner in Montgomery, Alabama. One of their programs is the Interfaith Community Outreach, an outreach initiative that serves a low-income elderly population of more than 100 clients annually. Members enrolled in this program are used to having people consistently visit, but due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, they are no longer able to receive visitors. Resurrection reached out to see if members of the Creighton community would be willing to write and send letters to some of these seniors. Reach out to Jordan Malcom to get some names/address for this letter writing project.

Serve Locally

A small number of community partners are still in need of healthy volunteers. If you do choose to participate, in order to protect the guests and clients of our community partners, please follow the directives from the CDC , local Health Departments and respect any guidelines from the community partner.

Listed below are some community partners that are accepting limited in-person volunteers, how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and what you can do. For a complete list, visit Share Omaha.

Siena Francis House

-Increased demand for services as other nonprofit organizations decrease services

- Services and staff levels must continue during crisis

-Dramatic decrease in volunteers, which has put increased demand on staff

-In-kind donations have started to diminish

How can you help?

Volunteering

We are still in great need for volunteers, particularly for meal service.  Fill out a new volunteer registration form, and select the dates and times that work best for you. https://sfh.volunteermatrix.com/meal_service 

Donating: Bottled Water, Lysol Aerosol Spray, Disinfecting Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Hand Soap/Bar Soap, Disposable Gloves

Tissues, Razors, Shampoo/Conditioner, Vegetables & Fruit (canned or fresh), Salad Dressing/Mayonnaise, Peanut Butter/Jelly

Men’s & Women’s Underwear

These items can be delivered to the loading dock of Siena Francis House’s main shelter at 1117 North 17th Street – accessible from the west side of 16th Street, located 200 yards north of Nicholas Street – and open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Food Bank for the Heartland
-School closure forces families to find new food resources.
-Service industry workers with cut wages also need food.
-The Food Bank has purchased $200,000 worth of additional food to distribute to our pantry and drive-up distributions.
-Mobile pantry distributions are now a drive-up model where volunteers are bringing a 28-pound community pack directly to the client’s vehicle.
How can you help?
-The food bank continues to accept volunteers and has a high need to continue feeding families impacted by the closing of schools. Learn more and volunteer here.

-$20 donation can provide enough food for 60 meals
-Donate here to support increased community food needs.

Heartland Hope Mission
-Most volunteers have cancelled their shifts while need for food has increased.
-Shifted to a drive-thru prepacked food/hygiene items temporarily.
-Clothing center is closed.
-No clothing donations but will still receive nonperishable food and hygiene items.
 How can you help?
-Volunteers are needed more than ever. Volunteers will make pre-packed food boxes and will not have any direct contact with clients. Volunteers will maintain 6 feet of social distancing and be provided gloves and hand sanitizer .
-$20 provides 60 meals for 1 person in need. Donate here using code COVID19.
-Donations needed: toilet paper, shampoo, body wash, soap, toothpaste, diapers for babies (sizes 4, 5 and 6), canned meat, canned soup, cereal. Please drop off at 2021 U Street in Omaha, Tuesdays 6:30 pm-7:30 pm, Thursdays 1:30 pm-4 pm, and Saturdays 9:30 am-12 pm.

Heart Ministry Center
-Programs suspended, events postponed for businesses and volunteers, and staff at a minimum.
How can you help?
-Support us with “Heart Bags” – reusable bags filled with toiletry items such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, feminine products, soap, shampoo, body wash etc. delivered to 2221 Wirt St. Omaha, NE 68110 – C/O Dom Rahn.

City Sprouts

Volunteer work is still possible since outside and safer for public.  Sign up here.

NorthStar Foundation

Volunteer support is needed to assist with meal distribution, at 4-6PM at NorthStar (4242 N 49th Ave); volunteers will help distribute food to families in a low-contact manner. Please email Andrea Siegel at andrea@northstar360.org or call her at 402-212-1133. 

Ronald McDonald House Charities
-All volunteer groups canceled, yet dinners still needed for resident families.
-All collaborative programs suspended.
     How can you help?
-Need meals catered in, ingredients for a meal donated for the staff to prepare, and gift cards to grocery stores.
-Donations of any kind can be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House at 620 S 38th Ave., Omaha.

Holy Family Homeless Outreach

This ministry has been ongoing everyday for years under the volunteer efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers. Volunteers will mainly be a small group of 3-5 making sandwiches in the Holy Family basement. There is minimal to no direct contact with people seeking food assistance. All volunteers would need to wear masks and gloves. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 8:25-11:30. All food is provided. To volunteer or with questions call Bruce Noble at 402-490-1366.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Omaha

Matches for mentoring continue and Bigs and Littles can do virtual meetings for now. All staff is working remotely. New volunteer Bigs will be screened, trained and interviewed online. Match Support Specialists will continue to support active matches as usual through phone communication. Consider mentoring today. Find more information here: https://www.bbbsomaha.org/

Support for Senior Citizens

We know to stay home not visit any high-risk populations. However, with the limitations on visitors, social isolation can also occur for the elderly. Check out this article, 11 Things You Can Do Now to Help Seniors. for some ideas of how to support seniors from home.

More local Omaha community resources