2566 Farnam Street, Suite 301
Omaha, NE 68131
Youth Emergency Services assists youth experiencing homelessness and near homelessness by providing
critically-needed resources which support them in
their desire to be self-sufficient.
Many Ways and Days to Help YES During SHARE Omaha's Do Good Days May 17-19!

For the second year, SHARE Omaha is dedicating days in the spring to meeting a wider variety of needs in our community -- and that includes
Youth Emergency Services!

From May 17-19, there are several ways you can SHOW YOUR
SUPPORT during Do Good Days -- including DONATING, VOLUNTEERING and GIVING!

Please watch YES Facebook and Twitter over the next
month for more details about HOW YOU CAN HELP!

May 17: Give on Tuesday
Make donations to YES to help us help youth who are experiencing homelessness and near-homelessness. Your gift makes it possible for
YES to provide shelter, education, job readiness and other services!

May 18: Wish List Wednesday
We update our Amazon Wish List regularly with a variety of items
needed for our youth: pantry items for Street Outreach; mattresses and
bed frames for our shelter and young people when they settle into their
own apartments; sheets, towels -- even shampoo and deodorant. There
are lots of ways to help!

May 19: Volun-Thursday
Give your time to help YES with a variety of volunteer projects.
More details coming soon!
UNO Students Learn about YES, Community Service

More than six weeks ago, the University of Nebraska at Omaha Service-Learning Academy picked YES as their semester project.

YES Interim Executive Director Kalisha Reed spoke to the class about YES programs and services. Students then asked how they could help.

From there, they put out boxes in each of the colleges and admin buildings on campus to collect much-needed items such as toiletries, food and clothing.

Each Friday for six weeks, students packed all the items and brought them to our admin location to give to our youth.

April 27, Kalisha was invited to participate in their end-of-year celebration. They shared pizza, soda and reflections about the project.

At the end, they took a group photo (above) with the blankets they made for YES youth throughout the semester.
Volunteer Profile
Tracy Wells

When it comes to nonprofits and volunteering in the Omaha community, Tracy Wells is one of the first names that comes to mind.

She's been giving back to the community since her high school days, and started volunteering in the late 1990s at Tip Top Thrift Shop in Benson. She also served on the Tip Top board starting in 2000 and became board president in 2010.

Tip Top is a regular supporter of YES -- contributing all proceeds from sales to help youth experiencing homelessness in the community.

Tracy is and always will be a great friend to YES. Read below to learn more about her and her great dedication to the community.

What drew you to volunteer there?

I worked for Uta Halee Girls Village. Tip Top benefited Uta Halee before they closed. I felt this was an important way to get to know and get involved with this group that had given so much to Uta Halee Girls Village.

Were you aware of YES before volunteering at Tip Top?

I knew about YES previously. One of my first obligations as board president was to find a new charitable cause for Tip Top after the closure of Uta Halee. We interviewed 3-5 nonprofits and chose YES to be the nonprofit to receive the shop's proceeds.

Tip Top is unique in that the board owns the building and has for a long time. We selected YES as our charity, but Tip Top Thrift Shop is not owned by YES. I think that dynamic really makes for a unique relationship and a valued partnership.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

I have always felt it is important to do what you can when you can. Volunteering has been very important to me. I have been fortunate to have some really neat opportunities to serve.

Volunteering really helped expand my leadership skills. I certainly didn’t go into it with that idea, but I have learned and grown a great deal.

Some leadership roles I have enjoyed are: Uta Halee Girls Village Guild President; Harrison Elementary PTA Co-President; Central High School PTO Co-President; Teens Finding Hope Board of Directors; Why Arts Board of Directors; and Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue Board of Directors.

What does it mean to you to know that the work you do helps YES and homeless youth in our community?

It’s all about what you can do to help someone else! I love that YES encourages these young people to move forward in their lives in their own direction and supports them in their journey. YES meets them where they are and helps them set goals for their future and gets them on the right path to reach them.

Where else do you volunteer? Do you have specific causes you like to support?

I currently serve as a volunteer within Saving Grace’s Community Engagement Committee. I read to kids as a Book Buddy through Partnership 4 Kids, serve as a Do Space volunteer through their Cyber Senior program and of course volunteer weekly at Tip Top Thrift Shop -- that amazing little ‘boutique’ in Benson!

Tip Top is completely volunteer-run. What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering and supporting Tip Top?

We are a very unique shop -- all of our proceeds except for what it costs to run the shop (lights, water, heat, insurance, etc.) go to YES. There are no paid staff at Tip Top. It is totally powered by volunteers.

Volunteers donate, sort and hang clothes, price and put items out for sale and of course, shop at Tip Top. We are an independent charitable business that benefits YES. Each month, Tip Top donates $2,500 to YES and two times a year the Board reviews our excess funds and determines what we can additionally donate.

Tip Top not only donates sales proceeds to YES but also allows YES youth to shop there free of charge. Does this play into your continued volunteer work there?

Absolutely! I love the fact that we can help on multiple levels! Youth can come in for clothes. This year they weren’t able to do their usual holiday shopping at YES due to the pandemic and safety issues. We hosted a holiday shopping event and a soup supper so they could find gifts for family and friends.

One day when I happened to be at the shop, a YES youth came in wanting to start out in his own apartment. We pulled together some great starter things -- dishes, pots and pans and some fun decorative things that made his new space feel homey. I love that we can assist in a wide variety of ways!

Anything I didn't ask that you'd like to include/mention?

I am one of many at Tip Top. I volunteer with a tremendous team of folks that really have done amazing things to keep the shop humming. We all follow in some pretty amazing footsteps. We have volunteers that are still active and vibrant volunteering into their 90’s.

I believe that volunteering helps keep us young and fun. During the pandemic when we reopened in June 2020, several shoppers mentioned that this is a place they come to relax and have fun. They said it was therapeutic for them to come into Tip Top, and when we were closed, they really missed it!

There is little we can control in the world, but the one thing we can do is create a warm and inviting experiences at Tip Top the day we volunteer. We work to greet our shoppers, volunteers and donors warmly and make sure they know how valued they are!
YES Steps Up for 2022 Dance for a Chance

After canceling in 2020, last year's event proved a GREAT SUCCESS -- and we're expecting 2022 to be EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER!

YES is nearly finished assembling its impressive list of dancers and instructors for this year’s event. Based on recent years, YES anticipates more than 500 people in attendance -- both in-person as well as virtually! The 2022 DFAC theme is Disco Nights!

Once again in order to reach a larger audience and allow those who aren't comfortable being in large groups to watch and participate remotely -- YES will STREAM Dance for a Chance LIVE. It's Dancing with the Stars Omaha-Style!

Thank you to Lindsay Corporation for returning as this year's Presenting Sponsor, and also to Medical Solutions for coming back as our Champion Sponsor! Fiserv is back as one of our Partner Sponsors!

Please visit yesomaha.org and YES social media to learn more as the event comes together. Tickets will be available for purchase later this summer.

Sponsorships are currently available at all levels (except Presenting). Please contact Barb if you or your business is interested in supporting YES!

'How Can I Help?'
There are Numerous Ways!

People often ask us "How Can I Help?" Here are some of the best ways you can help our youth!

Learn more about all of these and MORE at www.yesomaha.org!

As always, thank you for your continued support! We can't do what we do without you! 

*Your donations are tax deductible.
Site-1 Brewing 'On Tap' for YES in May

Be sure to visit Site-1 Brewing during the month of May and order from the Giving Tap to help YES!

All month, the brewery in the Farnam Hill neighborhood at 25th and Farnam Streets will donate $1 from each Giving Tap sale.

The Giving Tap flavor for May is Steamship Enterprise - a 5% hybrid between a traditional steam beer and a classic American ale.

So be sure to bring your friends, co-workers -- everyone you know -- to Site-1 Brewing THIS MONTH and help homeless youth in our community!

Thank You!
We have some exciting EVENTS coming up. We would LOVE your support!

May 1-31, 2022 -- Giving Tap for YES at Site-1 Brewing
May 17-19 -- SHARE Omaha Do Good Days
August 29 -- YES Golf Outing Presented by Union Pacific
October 13 -- Dance for a Chance 2022
November 29 -- Giving Tuesday

For more information, please contact Barb.
YES is Here, There and Everywhere!

We love telling you about the great things we do everyday to change the lives of homeless and near-homeless youth -- and here's proof!

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Look for the June 2022 issue of YES News in your mailbox Wednesday, June 1!

Thank you for helping us spread the word about the great things happening at YES!