A Community UnitedUnited Way of the Midlands' Year In Review
Each and every one of you is truly a community hero.
Our community faced many challenges in 2020, but you have been there for our neighbors every step of the way. Because of you, we’ve been able to adapt to changing needs and help thousands of our neighbors get back on their feet during this unprecedented year. Below, please view our year in review to see how YOU made a difference in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro.
Thank you for supporting United Way of the Midlands!
2020 Campaign Video
United Way has been here for our community since 1923 – through good times and disasters, recessions and the current COVID-19 pandemic that is currently impacting thousands of families in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro.
We are proud to bring together companies, nonprofits, foundations and community organizations so we can be there for those who need us more than ever. Thank you for making our community strong by supporting United Way of the Midlands! United, we will get through this and build a better future for all.
Citizens of the Year:
Mary and Rodrigo Lopez
Rodrigo Lopez currently serves as the Chairman of AmeriSphere Companies and is involved in commercial real estate investments. From July 2019 to September 2020, he also served as Interim President and CEO of Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Prior to this, he served as President and CEO of AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance, a provider of capital solutions for the multifamily rental housing industry, which he founded in 1997. He served as Executive Chairman of NorthMarq Capital Finance when AmeriSphere Multifamily Finance was acquired by NorthMarq Capital in 2015. Earlier in his career, Mr. Lopez was Chief Lending Officer for a life insurance company, responsible for investments in commercial mortgage loans and real estate assets.
Mary Lopez retired from the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s School of Public Administration in 2011, where she served as Career Services Director. Prior to this position, Ms. Lopez managed the Safe Futures Consortium, an outreach program for UNO focused on youth violence prevention. She and Rodrigo started a real estate development company in 2016. As president of the company, Ms. Lopez oversees the ongoing operations and expansion of their first development, Capitol Place, a commercial and residential property in downtown Omaha.
Together, Ms. and Mr. Lopez have a long history of community service. Ms. Lopez was the founding chair of the Women’s Leadership Council, a philanthropy education and development initiative focused on women’s leadership giving for UWM, and Mr. and Ms. Lopez co-chaired the 2014 UWM campaign. They have each served on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations within the human services, healthcare, housing, government, education and arts and humanities fields.
They share a commitment to passing on their passion for community service to the next generation, love to travel and explore cultures around the world and are deeply devoted to their family and friends. They have two children: Ana Lopez Shalla, married to Hassan Shalla, and David Lopez, married to Sarah Grossman Lopez. They also have three grandchildren, who are a continual source of joy and amazement.
Special thank you to our donors and partners!YOU helped make our a community brighter place by supporting families in need.
2019-2020 Top 100 Campaigns
It is truly humbling to see the many ways in which our 600 corporate partners champion the work of United Way of the Midlands. We’d like to extend a special thanks to the companies who went above and beyond this past fiscal year.
2020-2021 Funded Agencies
We are so honored to partner with these amazing organizations who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank them for their heroic commitment to this community and our neighbors.