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Covid-19 Relief Efforts

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands is supporting children in our community during this uncertain time. Donations received for the Covid19 Relief Fund will go towards providing:

  • Free Evening Meals
    Club members and their families can pick up a USDA SFSP meal at eight of our Club locations throughout the metro, ensuring that the kids and their families have the evening meals that have always been provided by the Clubs. They are now also providing the meals to the parents and they really appreciate it.
  • Technology Assistance
    With schools turning to e-learning having technology at home, such as a Chromebook, became critical for families. Many families didn’t have technology at home and their children have been trying to complete their schoolwork on a phone. During our evening meal distribution, families can pick up a device to use from home during this time.
  • Virtual Programming
    While Club members can’t be in our Clubs, staff have rolled out programming in unique ways to continue to engage and help members.
    • Calling members and their families to ensure that they are doing OK
    • Providing fun paper worksheets and packets
    • Distributing books for members to read and resource packets for parents
    • Offering virtual programming

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Beth El’s Virtual Food Drive for Food Bank for the Heartland

Food Bank for the Heartland is the largest food bank in Nebraska and Iowa. In 2019 the Food Bank distributed approximately 22 million meals to more than 600 pantries, emergency shelters, meal providers and other non-profit organizations.

When you visit our Virtual Food Drive you can select specific items to donate or you can choose a dollar amount. It will instantly show you how many meals your donation has provided to families in need.

Click here to make your donation

  • Donors can use Paypal to make a donation, or use their debit card or credit card as a one time PayPal Guest. If selected to pay as a PayPal Guest, your financial institution information will not be kept by PayPal. Contact Robby with any questions you may have.
  • Every dollar provides three meals
  • The Food Bank for the Heartland’s needs have increased 40 percent since the closure of schools and workplaces.
  • While the need for food has increased 40%, donations from suppliers have decreased.  The Food Bank for the Heartland therefore has to spend more money to get food.

If anyone has questions, please e-mail Robby at Rerlich@bethel-omaha.org.


To address immediate needs,  The Jewish Federation of Omaha COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will provide emergency assistance where it’s needed most. While the Annual Campaign adequately provides vital programming and services throughout the year, the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund will fill the urgent shortfall brought on by the current crisis.

We estimate that at least $500,000 will be needed to help Omaha’s Jewish community. The Foundation will match dollar for dollar any donation made to the Relief Fund up to $50,000 through the end of May, 2020. This will effectively double the impact of your donation! Click here to learn more.


Chabad Community Food Pantry

The community food pantry at Chabad of Nebraska, the only location in West Omaha, works to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity. Working to end food poverty and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income and disabled Omahans, the food pantry’s initiatives focus on direct services, food sourcing and distribution, nutrition and health education, financial empowerment, disaster relief and policy and research.

How you can help:

  • Donate Time: Volunteers are essential on all levels at the community food pantry – from stocking the pantry to helping the needy families to delivering food packages to the homebound.
  • Donate Food: INDIVIDUALS -All items to be donated must be in their original, unopened packages; with the expiration date on the package; and not it glass containers.
  • Donate Food: FOOD COMPANIES – The food pantry serves as a solution provider for your company by accepting food donations that can lead to cost savings, tax benefits and media exposure. We urge you to join your peers in making food and non-food donations to the food pantry.
  • Donate Money: While the consequences of the current financial status are not yet fully knows, we are sure that the number of Omahans in need of assistance will rise and that the food pantry will be there to help them. Every dollar you donate will help provide meals and household items for people in our community.

Using the pantry: If you or someone you know is in need of assistance through the food pantry, please call our appointment hotline at (402) 957 2705 to schedule a confidential appointment with a food pantry volunteer.

Click here to learn more.


Open Door Mission

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 917 safe, shelter beds to people experiencing homelessness, serves over 4,747 nutritious meals to feed the hungry, and provides homeless preventive resources to more than 1,000 people living in poverty to empower them to remain in their own homes.

Now more than ever, your neighbors need help. Open Door Mission has a variety of ways you can make a difference today.

  • Personal Care Items: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Door Mission is sheltering in place and providing shelter and care to your neediest neighbors. There is an urgent need for personal care items.
  • Fill the Medicine Chest: The men, women, and children we serve are more vulnerable with weakened immune systems. We need critical resources for our medicine chest during this time.
  • Virtual Food Drive: Now you can shop and ship for Open Door Mission’s most urgent needs online! All orders will be shipped directly to Open Door Mission’s campus.
  • Needs for Kids: We are taking proactive measures at our facilities and sheltering in place. With kids home from school in this unique time, we have urgent needs for kids’ snacks, activities, and school supplies.
  • Critical Needs: As we serve vulnerable people with weakened immune systems, your continued support by providing critical resources is more important than ever. Currently, we are in need of several items.
  • Bottled Water: As we at Open Door Mission are sheltering in place during this pandemic, your continued support by providing critical resources is more important than ever. We have an urgent need for bottled water.

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United Way of the Midlands

United Way works to foster an integrated and coordinated circle of support to help individuals and families attain their full potential. We support more than 60 local programs that provide basic needs including housing, shelter, food, healthcare and more. During this unprecedented time, your donation to United Way will provide Covid-19 relief to families. 100% of donations will be invested in local nonprofit programs that are serving those impacted by COVID-19.

  • Food Assistance: Help families who are struggling to put food on the table by giving to programs that are adapting to their needs.
  • Healthcare Assistance: Support healthcare centers that are on the front lines of this crisis as they serve vulnerable populations.
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance: Provide rent or mortgage assistance to families who have experienced a decrease in income due to COVID-19.
  • Utility/Energy Assistance: Help keep the lights on for neighbors who have fallen behind on their utility bill due to COVID-19.
  • Where It’s Most Needed: Our team will continue to work with local nonprofits and community partners to ensure your donation goes where it is needed most across the four areas listed above.

If you need help with food, housing, utilities, healthcare and more, 211 is here for you – 24/7! Just call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898211.

Click here to learn more.