Volunteer and Donation Needs

Check back for information on how you can help residents impacted by flooding get back on their feet.

LAST UPDATED MONDAY, APRIL 29TH AT 11:30AM

Volunteering

United Way of the Midlands is working with several groups to coordinate hundreds of opportunities. Click here to view, sign up and make someone’s day brighter! Call 2-1-1 for questions (press option 6).

 

Fremont Volunteer Reception Center – Volunteer opportunities available online at http://signup.com/go/xynaaxZ. Volunteer Center is at Fremont Area United Way, 445 East 1st Street, Suite 1, Fremont.  Open Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, fremontnebraskavrc@gmail.com.

 

Columbus – 2-1-1 is taking names of locals who wish to volunteer in Platte County.  This information will be provided to the Columbus Area United Way and Platte County Emergency Management.

Donations of Items

Salvation Army Disaster Resource Centers

Council Bluffs  Corps – 715 North 16th St. accepting donations Mon and Thu 9 am-7 pm, Tue, Wed, Fri 9 am-4 pm, Sat 9 am-12 noon.

Sarpy/Cass – Southroads Mall, 1001 Fort Crook Road, Suite 250, Bellevue (former JC Penney store, at the south end of the mall) assists individuals Mon-Sat 12 noon-6 pm

 

Most needed items include: N-95 dust masks, Scoop shovels, Floor squeegees, Long rubber gloves, Wader boots, Spray bottles, Laundry soap, Personal hygiene items, Box fans, Bleach, Disinfectant, Paper towels, 5-gallon buckets, Work gloves,        Scrub brushes, Cleaning rags, Large, heavy-duty garbage bags, First-aid kits, School supplies, New unwrapped bedding, New towels and washcloths, New baby supplies, Snack items, Paper plates, and forks/knives/spoons/cups/napkins.

 

Fremont – Donated supplies are being accepted at Fremont City Auditorium, 925 N Broad St. The donation center is open Mon 10 am-2 pm, Wed 4 pm-7 pm, Sat 10 am-2 pm.    Not Accepting: Used Clothes, Water, Frozen or Homemade food

Questions Regarding donations can be emailed to fremontnebraskadonations@gmail.com.  For large donations or out of state donations, call (435) 374-9712.

 

UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, and UNO Flood Relief Donation Management Center – UNMC General Supply (Annex 22), 601 South Saddle Creek Road, Omaha – Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm.  Items being accepted are listed online (https://www.unmc.edu/flood/donate/donation-center.html) and include personal protective equipment (goggles, work gloves, hand sanitizer, etc.), cleaning supplies (bleach, dish soap, SOS pads, disposable gloves, mops, detergent, paper towels, trash bags, etc.), and personal hygiene items.  (402) 836-9379

 

 

University of Nebraska Eastern Nebraska Research and Extension Center (ENREC) near Mead and Haskell Ag Lab at Concord are serving as collection locations for hay (large bales only) donations and fencing materials for livestock owners/managers who were impacted by the recent adverse weather events in Nebraska. Arrangements need to be made prior to delivery. Details at: https://enrec.unl.edu/haydonations/, or call (970) 759-8626 or (402) 624-8000.

Other Groups to Connect With

Omaha Rapid Response

Contact:  Facebook page |  Website: http://omaharapidresponse.org/ |  Email: info@omaharapidresponse.org

About: Omaha Rapid Response is a non-profit organization founded by members of the churches of Omaha in early 2000 in response to the increasing number of natural and man-made disasters around the world. Comprised of all volunteers, each team member is responsible for financing their portion of trip expenses. Many of our volunteers work full time and use their vacation time to travel. Our staff members are also responsible for raising their own personal support and travel expenses.

 

Team Rubicon

Contact:  Facebook page |  Website: https://teamrubiconusa.org/ |  Message: https://teamrubiconusa.org/contact/

About: Team Rubicon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon has deployed across the United States and around the world to provide immediate relief to those impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises.

 

Habitat for Humanity

Contact:  Facebook page |  Website: https://habitatomaha.org/ |  Message: habitat@habitatomaha.org

Being prepared to volunteer:
  • Make sure you’re up to date on your tetanus shot (strongly encouraged)
  • Have work boots or rain boots ready (required, hard-toed preferred)
  • Plan to dress for the work – durable pants and long-sleeved shirts (required)
  • Expect/plan for travel (work could be in Fremont or another area outside the Omaha metro)

They may also need volunteers to help with the Crisis Cleanup hotline, answering calls and connecting flood victims with reputable relief organizations. They will provide training for this essential response work. If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, contact Jenny at jschroeder@habitatomaha.org.

About: In 2019, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha will build or renovate more than 50 homes. Houses are built with donor contributions, volunteer labor and donated materials. Families who partner with Habitat Omaha are required to attend homeownership workshops and complete up to 350 hours of sweat equity by helping on the build site or at Omaha’s Habitat ReStore. Their monthly mortgage payments are then used to build more homes.

 

Midwest Flooding Alert

Contact:  Facebook page

About: This group exists to provide timely, relevant information during and after a disaster hits the states of NE, SD, IA and to coordinate civilian aid requests as needed. Their civilian team 1) screens rescue and relief requests to provide the most accurate information for first responders 2) dispatches to vetted Search and Rescue Teams, including animal rescue 3)coordinates long term supply distribution sites and suppliers in the poorest, hardest hit areas 4) distributes information via social media and Zello to general public and rescue teams in regards to civil emergency messages, weather warnings, road conditions, needs, etc. and 5) networks with individuals and private organizations to provide help to humans and animals devastated by natural and manmade disasters.

 

NeedHub Nebraska

Contact:  Facebook page

About: Where you come to get what you need. And donate what you have to give. This page is for people and organizations to post their current needs. Please use it to determine where to take donations and connect directly with those in need near you.

 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Contact:  Facebook page

About: Everyone is wondering how they can help the flood victims. This group was put together so that we can organize fundraisers, delegate the funds, and put our heads together to come up with the best solutions.

 

SHARE Omaha

Contact:  Facebook page |  Website: https://shareomaha.org/ |  Email: https://shareomaha.org/contact-us

About: SHARE Omaha offers the giving public opportunities to connect with metro nonprofits through donations, volunteering and shopping wish lists. We make it easy to find local nonprofits and engage with them how you choose. Our open and inclusive platform amplifies the needs of the entire nonprofit community giving all organizations a chance to be seen and heard regardless of size, cause or budget. We believe this technology will engage a new audience and foster the donors who will sustain and advance the metro’s philanthropic future.

Blog post: Metro flooding: Who’s doing what and how can you help?

 

Helping Animals in Need – NE/IA Flood 2019

Contact:  Facebook page

About: This page was created by the Nebraska Humane Society to help pet and animal owners, affected by the March 2019 flooding, find resources. People with services or supplies can post their offerings, and people needing help can contact them directly. This is to hook up people who need help, with people who want to help. Page administrators are not responsible for researching the backgrounds of participants.

Know of opportunities that aren’t listed here? We would love if you sent a note to communitystrong@uwmidlands.org with details including which group or individual is coordinating volunteers or donations, times, types of items needed and how people can get in touch. Thank you!

 

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