Summer Volunteer Opportunities


 

Creighton Global Initiative: Refugee Home Set-up: Fridays 1:45-5 pm in collaboration with Lutheran Family Services

Join members of the Creighton community to help set up an apartment for a refugee family!
Our community partner, Lutheran Family Services, will direct volunteers as they prepare a home for a new Omaha family.
Volunteer Roles:
Prior to the refugee family’s arrival, each apartment home must be staged by moving furniture, cleaning, shopping for the first set of groceries and adding necessary supplies. We need a variety of volunteers who are interested in moving beds and dressers but also volunteers who can make the apartment home a future “home” by cleaning and setting up living, bathroom, kitchen areas. If you have ever moved to a new place you know what this may take: a little cleaning, a vision and some elbow grease. Shopping as a group on behalf of Lutheran Family Services you will visit a grocery store, discount store and a locally owned ethnic grocery store.
Leadership Onsite:
Two Creighton students will direct the volunteer group by dividing tasks to maximize efficiency.
Reflection:
Each week will conclude with an Ignatian Reflection before returning to Creighton’s campus.
Come once or come each week.
Please register for each Friday you wish to attend.
No need to bring money, just dress modestly, be ready to clean and be able to move comfortably. It has been pretty warm in the apartments but cool while shopping, please dress accordingly.
Volunteers will ride together in a Creighton university van.

Sign up is now available for Friday  August 12 

We will not send a group on Friday August 19

Dates starting August 26 will be posted on our fall weekly service website.

Can’t attend an upcoming session but looking to donate?

Lutheran Family Services is in need of the following items:

10 or 20-pound bags of jasmine or basmati rice
toilet paper
diapers, all sizes
sanitary napkins (no tampons)
shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and bar soap
hair care products for people of African descent
spoons and other silverware
frying pans
pots , including large stock pots
dish towels and dish cloths
twin, full, or queen-sized sheet sets
dinner plates/sets of dishes
kitchen utensils

USA Triathalon 2016 National Championships Volunteers Needed

The USA Triathlon Age Group national championships are coming August 10-14 and we need YOU! One of the many reasons that Omaha was chosen as the host city was its overwhelming support of national events like the USA Swimming Olympic Trials, College World Series, and FEI Equestrian Jumping & Dressage Finals. We anticipate 15,000 visitors; including 6500 Triathletes will visit during race week. Triathletes will swim/bike/run their way throughout the area. The event will begin at the Swim Venue/Transition Area. Carter Lake, and then cyclists will leave the transition area head toward Boyer Chute via River Road and after returning to the transition area, run through Downtown Omaha including TD Ameritrade Park and back to the finish line in Levi Carter Park.

We are very proud to show off our community to visitors from across the country. As you might imagine, an event of this magnitude needs many volunteers to be successful…approximately 900!! There are opportunities for volunteers of all ages. EVERYONE can get involved in this national event right here in our community. We need everyone to get available on Wed. 9a-7p. Thurs. 1:30-7:3-p. Fri 9am-7pm. Sat 5am-8pm Sun 5am-3:30pm. Here is the link: http://usatriathlon1.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=8592 to view all the opportunities.

We hope to engage the entire community in the many facets that will make the USAT National Championships truly stand out to our triathletes and visitors! Visit the website above of e-mail beth@raceomaha.com for additional details.

Camp YouCan

Camp YouCan is looking for a volunteer Camp Counselor for kids and teens with epilepsy! Contact Kael for more details.

 

Camp NorthStar

Seeking volunteers to work on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (Monday through Friday) from 9:00 to 10:30, 10:30 to noon, or 9:00 to noon as part of the educational team supporting boys in grades 4-9 in areas of reading and math. Volunteers will be assigned to either the Robotics or Culinary Foods team where students will be integrating reading and math. Students will rotate through both teams each day. Volunteers will need to have a level of comfort   supporting the adults on the team and working with students. Camp NorthStar runs through July 29. Contact Kate Bullerdick for more information.

Education Opportunity Center volunteers

Thursday mornings and/or afternoons.

The Education Opportunity Center is looking for a volunteer to assist with proctoring GED exams on Thursdays. The volunteer would complete a brief training and then would sit in the exam room to ensure there is no cheating or talking during the exam. Please contact Dasha Sudar for more information.

Families in Action volunteers

Mornings from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, and evenings from 6:00 to 7:15 PM.

Volunteers are needed to work with the nonprofit Families in Action, which reaches Latino children ages 2 to 15 through Summer programming, Programming includes homework tutoring, sports and games, and fun actvities. This is part of an initiative with Children’s Hospital ad Medial Center to prevent childhood obesity. For more information, contact Virginia McGill at 402-660-6689, and visit the website.

KidsKamps volunteers

Orientation and camp gates vary.

Going to be in Omaha this summer? Come volunteer for KidsKamps! KidsKamps are afternoon camps with crafts and activities for families to honor and remember the special people in their lives who have died. The camp is meant for kids, teens, and adults. Volunteers are paired with families to accompany them for the duration of the camp. Volunteers would need to be available from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm on the camp day and must attend a volunteer orientation session prior to the camp. See this flyer for specific dates and times. Please contact Julianne O’Keefe for more information

Moving help for the Refugee Empowerment Center

Ongoing.

The Refugee Empowerment Center helps refugees resettle in the Omaha area. They are responsible for furnishing homes for refugees, and they are seeking volunteers to help with light moving and home setups. The move-ins will take place primarily in the evenings and weekends for about an hour each time, but due to the nature of the work, there isn’t a consistent timetable, so volunteers would need to have flexible schedules. Interested volunteers would get on a list to be notified of upcoming move-ins where they could assist. Please contact Vince Vazquez to get on the list, or for more information.

OTOC leadership trainings

Mondays June 13, July 11, August 8, 2016.

Save the date for three Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) leadership trainings that will take place over the summer. Each training will take place at Augustana Lutheran Church (3647 Lafayette Ave.) at 7:00 pm. The trainings will go over some of the fundamentals of community organizing, focusing on how to hold candidates accountable to respond to community issues in an election year. To learn more about OTOC, check out their website. If you have any questions, contact Joe Higgs.

Radio Talking Book Network volunteers

Ongoing.

The Radio Talking Book Network is the audio companion for the blind and for those individuals that are unable to read printed information needed for daily living. They are looking for volunteers to read and record in the Omaha studios, reading from periodicals, regional newspapers, and books. Individuals volunteer on a day and time that is available to them and read scheduled daily programming for the many listeners located across Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. Please contact Sybil Mahan by email or at 402-572-3003 if you are interested or would like more information.

Omaha Take Steps walk

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 7:00 AM

The Omaha Take Steps walk is expected to exceed 800 attendees this year. We will have a kids’ zone, raffle and other activities. Proceeds from the walk will support multiple local programs as well as nationwide CCFA initiatives. Locally, proceeds will help support area children who attend Camp Oasis for children with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, our educational events for families & caregivers, and research initiatives. The fastest growing population of patients are children under age 18; these diseases were previously thought to most commonly strike young adults.

Will take volunteers who can work any part of the times available; i.e. if volunteers can arrive at 7 or 8am and/or need to leave before cleanup is complete on Saturday, that is great. Setup begins at 7am on Saturday, June 25; we expect to be finished with setup by 9am. We also need volunteers to do things like oversee a bounce house, run a photo booth (i.e. take photos and manage props), have water at the halfway point for our walkers, etc. Lunch is provided by Hy Vee. Volunteers also welcome to participate in the walk if not assigned other duties; if a team from Creighton would like to participate in the walk and then help with cleanup/etc, that would also be great (arrival any time before 10am, cleanup anticipated to be complete by 2pm). We are also in need of volunteers to help with setup on Friday, June 24, from 12pm-4pm. We will take any number of volunteers for any time available. Primary contacts are Amanda Hall, 816-519-7297 or ahalltemp@ccfa.org and Aaron Castens, 646-750-7100 or acastens@ccfa.org. We can provide a letter or other documentation as needed to certify any volunteer hours.

Siena/Francis House 22nd Annual 5K Walk/Run

Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

This run will take place at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village (2285 S. 67th Street). The 5K run beginning at 9:00 will be timed, and winners will be based on the participant’s official race time. Walkers will begin after the runners. All who pre-register will be guaranteed a t-shirt! Watch for updates here.

Siena/Francis House summer donations request list

Ongoing.

Siena/Francis is in need of any household, toiletries, clothing, kitchen and paper products. Items such as cleaning products, soap, pillow cases, canned food,and jeans (sizes between 12 months – 5X) will be appreciated. 8oz. cups, pillows, blankets, disinfectant cleaners such as Pine-Sol or Bleach, zip-lock bags (all sizes), and pain relievers are appreciated. Find more critical needs here.

Ted E. Bear Hollow event volunteer

Ongoing.

Ted E. Bear Hollow is in need of special event volunteers over the summer. Register to volunteer and find events here.

Visiting Nurse Association

Ongoing.

The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) is looking for students who are interested in volunteering with the organization through their hospice volunteer program. There is training for volunteers June 9, 11 and 13. Volunteers must be available for all 3 days to attend the training sessions. June 9th and 11th training sessions are 5p.m.-9p.m. and the 13th training session is in the morning. Contact Celeste Sully Feuerbach at csully@thevnacares.org if you are interested.

St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church

Ongoing.

St. Frances Cabrini church at 10th and William St. is seeking volunteers. We have a lot of projects going on right now and are looking for people willing to help with various projects around campus from yard cleanup to painting. Contact Cathy Beeler 402-659-6090 or email stfrancescabrinicatholicchurch@gmail.com for more information.

Benson Area Refugee Taskforce (BART)

Ongoing.

Refugee Computer and Citizenship Tutors needed Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm
Benson Area Refugee Taskforce needs volunteers for Wednesday classes at the Benson Library-6015 Binney St. Help refugees learn basic computer skills (email, search engines) or learn content for the citizenship test (using lessons in a book). Contact Bev Hornig for more information.