Summer 2018 Volunteer Opportunities
Creighton Global Initiative: Refugee Community Service
Fridays 1-4:15 p.m. in collaboration with Lutheran Family Services
Each week will vary from moving furniture from the Lutheran Family Services warehouse for a refugee family’s apartment to dropping off mail for families and potentially hearing their story. Volunteers will learn about the refugee process and hear stories about the transition in Omaha along with getting a tour of Lutheran Family Services. We need a variety of volunteers comfortable with moving beds and dressers, but also volunteers who can help make an apartment home a future “home”. If you ever moved to a new place you know what it may take: a little cleaning, vision, and some elbow grease.
Two Creighton students will direct the volunteer group by dividing tasks to maximize efficiency.
Each week will conclude with an Ignatian Reflection before returning to Creighton’s campus.
What to Bring:
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 so please dress accordingly. BRING WATER.
Volunteers will ride together in a Creighton University van. Meet the van at Deglman Circle.
Sign Up Here:
Come once or come each week!
Please register for each Friday you wish to attend.
Fridays 1 – 4:15 p.m.
Register here for Friday, August 10
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
Other community partners looking for volunteers this summer
Kayla Terrillion from the Micah House has requested volunteers for Tuesday nights this summer. If you have already served there before, you can simply e-mail her at email@example.com. Otherwise, please fill out this form.
Educational Opportunity Center
Looking for summer volunteer hours on Creighton’s Campus? Assist Adult Learners In A Classroom Setting! Tutor our ESL (English as a Second Language) Students and GED Students. Primary volunteer hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and/or Wednesdays anytime from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Please contact Dasha Sudar or call 402-280-3310 for questions.
Siena/Francis House Meal Service
The Siena/Francis House serves meals from 4:30-7 p.m. every evening and 8:30-11 a.m. on Sunday mornings. If you are interested in helping out with meal service, please check out their opportunities using this link under zip code 68102.
Looking to donate?
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. 8 oz. cups, pillows, blankets, disinfectant cleaners such as Pine-Sol or Bleach, and pain relievers are also appreciated.
Siena/Francis House 23rd Annual 5K Walk/Run
The Siena/Francis House’s annual Hope for the Homeless Walk/Run will be held on September 8 from 9-11 a.m. at Stinson Park. Registration for the event begins on June 11th. Volunteers will be needed throughout the event. Please contact Carly Kenney for more information.
Ollie Webb Center, Inc.
Ollie Webb Center enriches the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families through support, programs, and advocacy. Volunteers are needed for Shop and Learn Classes and Community Lunch and Film Clubs. Shop and Learn class teaches students how to plan and shop for a healthy meal. We also prepare and eat the meal as a group. Volunteers are asked to help students navigate their lists and the store. Dinner is for everyone! Class is at Whole Foods Supermarket in the meeting room near the coffee bar. Community Lunch and Film Club is a social outing for people who have developmental disabilities. Volunteers are used to assist staff with getting everyone settled in the theater, helping to get concessions, and assisting with any other needs. The cost of your movie ticket is covered. We meet at Westwood 8 theater.
Endless Journey Volunteers
Volunteers are needed in the Omaha Metro. Endless Journey is a hospice company located in Omaha, NE. Our mission is to provide exceptional comfort care to clients who are terminally ill. We are in search of compassionate volunteers to provide companionship visits to our clients. There are minimal monthly time requirements and we’ll work with YOUR schedule!
Typical tasks of our volunteers include:
- General companionship
- Visiting and having conversations with clients
- Administrative/Clerical assistance
- Accompanying clients to facility activities, and much more!
For more information, please contact Bea Williams.
Are you looking to channel your inner camp counselor? Camp Catch-Up is seeking dedicated, compassionate staff to work alongside our campers: youth who have been separated from their siblings due to out-of-home care.
Camp Catch-Up is a weekend of fun, adventure, and connection that gives you an opportunity to do great things:
- Build first-hand connections with children from diverse life experiences
- Learn the importance of sibling connections for youth in out-of-home care
- Support youth as they reconnect with their siblings in a fun environment
- Get to know other professionals in the area
- Unplug from your daily stressors and experience the fun of camp
Questions? Contact Mona Tarin or reach her at 402-613-6357.
Seeking volunteers to work on a weekly or bi-weekly basis (Monday through Friday). Teacher Aide volunteers are needed in the morning from 9-11:30 a.m. and Athletic/Gym Supervisors are needed in the afternoon from 1-4 p.m. Volunteers will need to have a level of comfort supporting the adults on the team and working with students. Camp NorthStar runs June 4-July 27. Contact Kate Bullerdick for more information.
Commitment: 3-4 days out of your summer
Positions: Camp staff, staff in training, camp nurse, camp photographer, or camp artist. Full job descriptions can be found online.
How to apply: Apply online at campcatchup.org
Session #2: May 30-June 3 at Western NE 4-H Camp, Halsey, NE
Staff arrive the evening of May 30, and depart at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 3.
Session #3: August 2-August 5 at Eastern NE 4-H Center, Gretna NE
Staff arrive at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, and depart at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Families in Action Volunteers
Mornings from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM, and evenings from 6:00 to 7:15 PM.
Volunteers may be 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 activities. This is part of an initiative with Children’s Hospital and Medial Center to prevent childhood obesity.
Kaboom Playground – Partnership with inCommon Community Development (To be updated)
We are partnering with Pacific Life Foundation and inCOMMON Community Development to build a playground at 1302 Park Ave, Omaha, NE 68105. We are seeking additional volunteers from the community to help us out.
We could use as many additional people as possible on the following 3 days:
Prep Day 1: Thursday, June 1 (8-4pm approx.) Help us sort tools and hardware, move playground pieces from the delivery truck into the storage container, cut lumber for benches and tables, or potentially dig holes! Breakfast and lunch provided!
Prep Day 2: Friday, June 2 (8-4pm approx.) We will finish any remaining tasks from the previous day. Breakfast and lunch provided!
Build Day: Saturday, June 3rd, (8-3pm) Build Day is full of fun and music. We assemble the playground pieces in teams and work with a professional installer to set them in the holes with concrete. We also transport mulch into the playground footprint to provide cushioning. Other teams build the wooden side projects! Breakfast and lunch provided!
Please reach out with questions to:
Rachel Malkusak, Senior Project Manager
KidsKamps volunteers (To be updated)
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. Please contact Julianne O’Keefe for more information
Moving help for the Refugee Empowerment Center (To be updated)
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.
Radio Talking Book Network volunteers (To be updated)
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.