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RESOURCES & SUPPORT
(Food, Employment, Rental/Mortgage, Utility Assistance and More)
VILLAGE ZONE DIGITAL MAP
The Empowerment Network
Visit EmpowerOmaha to connect to resources for food, health, employment, business and more!

The Empowerment Network's Village Zone Map is in partnership with Village Pastors and Faith Leaders, NONA, Food Bank, North Omaha Coronavirus Task Force & Technology Consulting Solutions.
MCC CARES SCHOLARSHIP
Metropolitan Community College
Are you looking for a career change that leads to increased earning potential? If so, the MCC Cares Scholarship might be right for you!

What is the MCC Cares Scholarship?
The MCC Cares Scholarship is a one-time
scholarship for up to $1,100 that can be used towards short term training programs or an Associate Degree. Upon completion there is an expectation that you will be gainfully employed full-time.
FAIRDEAL FARMERS MARKET
OEDCOmaha
Every Thursday, NOW until September 24 @ 5 pm
OEDC Parking Lot
2221 North 24th Street

Pay What-You-Can Produce
Local Growers & Vendors
Food, Music & Community

Social distancing and COVID-19 safety will be practiced.

Contact: Cyndi Hume 402-504-1842
BEHAVIORAL & SPIRITUAL HEALTH SERIES
August 6 thru August 27
Online Event: Zoom

About This Event: Our goal for this weekly series is to offer information, education, support and hope through a four-week series in discussing the importance of having behavioral and spiritual wellness, especially in light of the Covid--19 pandemic and other traumatic events of 2020.
GRIEF DISCUSSION PART 1
Manifested Purpose LLC
Friday, August 7 @ 6 pm
Virtual Meeting via Zoom


About This Event: Manifested Purpose LLC Family Life Education & Coaching invites you to join our Zoom panel discussion on the process of grieving. We will hold open and honest dialogue with professionals in the mental, behavioral and spiritual health fields, who have encountered grief themselves yet have, or are currently, adopting coping mechanism that directly impact their own well-being.
BLACK BUSINESS ON THE BLACKTOP
Minorities About Business
Saturday, August 8 @ 2 pm - 6 pm
Bryant Center Basketball Court
2417 Grant Street

About This Event: Join us for a networking opportunity with local minority owned businesses showcasing their stellar products ! We will have free giveaways and fun for the entire family to wind down this difficult summer.

Want to be a vendor? Apply Here
MAGIS PEDIATRIC VACCINATION CLINIC
Free Back-to-School Physicals, Vaccines & School Supplies
Saturday, August 8 @ 8:30 am - 1 pm
Creighton University Medical Center
2412 Cuming Street, Suite 200

About This Event: The Magis Clinic, in partnership with the Creighton Family Medicine Residency Clinic, is pleased to offer free back-to-school physicals, vaccinations, and school supplies for children with or without health insurance.

Call: 402-717-0380 to set up an appointment. Appointments are required. Please bring each child's completed school physical form and current immunization record to your appointment.
ENTREPRENEURSHIP INVITATIONAL
NMEP & Wells Fargo
The Entrepreneurship invitational is an opportunity to pursue a dream.

About This Event: No More Empty Pots and Wells Fargo are partnering to help food-focused entrepreneurs develop a successful business plan and compete to earn seed money for their business. Participants will be selected by their food-related business plans

Applications are now open.
ο»ΏMust submit by August 9th at 5 pm
THE "LAUGH IT OFF" DRIVE-IN COMEDY EVENT
Joshua El'Stupo, Brandon Miller & Nate Deck
Saturday, August 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9 pm
Falcon Park & Hullabaloo Music/ Sokol Park
905 Allied Rd, Bellevue, Ne

About This Event: When the Drive-In Theatre & a night of Comedy are combined! Enjoy a hilarious night of comedy with some of the nations funniest comedians, while practicing social distancing from the comfort of your own vehicle πŸš— πŸš™ while laughing and honking away!
S.A.C. (Speak. Act. Change)
Joshua El'Stupo, Brandon Miller & Nate Deck
Wednesday, August 24 @ 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Online Event: Zoom

Meeting ID: 846 4455 7246
Passcode: 959884

About This Event: If you have supported a young person involved in the Juvenile Justice System...

Please accept this invitation to join us in creating a juvenile justice family council that will help identify areas of reform change as well as solutions
YBI BLACK INFLUENCERS VIRTUAL BOARD TRAINING
Young Black & Influential Omaha
Saturday, September 5 @ 10:30 am - 1 pm
Online Event

About This Event: The virtual workshop will take you through a custom Board Masters program developed in partnership with Nonprofit Association of the Midlands. After this session, attendees will have tools needed to join or accept formal board or leadership positions within organizations or the community. If you have any questions, please email connect@ybiomaha.com
OMAHA FARMERS MARKET
Omaha Farmers Market
Every Sunday, Now - Mid October @ 9 am - 1 pm
Baxter Arena - Lot 26
2425 S. 67th Street

The Omaha Farmers Market is only allowing locally grown produce and pre-packaged food to be sold. This includes produce, herbs, vegetable starter plants, meat, dairy and eggs, bread, and a variety of artisanal prepared foods including but not limited to honey, salsa, and jams
REAL TALK WITH THE 100
100 Black Men of Omaha, Inc.
Facebook Live Edition!

Every 2nd & 4th Saturday
@ 11:30 am

Real Talk with the 100 is our bi-weekly talk series targeted towards our mentees, mentors and members. It gives everyone a chance to discuss important & fun topics by engaging in great discussion!
FAIR DEAL VILLAGE MARKET PLACE
Buy in Bulk Locally #SupportTheVillage
Fair Deal Market is NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
BULK purchases are still available

Days: Tuesday - Saturday
Hours: 10 am - 4:00 om

For more information contact Cynthia Hume
at 402-504-1301
OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOL
Updates & More
NO MORE EMPTY POTS
No More Empty Pots has initiated emergency response to urgent community needs for food relief. We’ve partnered with local producers, businesses, community organizations and volunteers to meet the demand with available resources.

Learn more about the Community Harvest CSA and Prepared Meals program. CSA is a great way to get access to affordable local, seasonal, fresh and healthy raw produce.

If you are in need of emergency food support
OMAHA 360
Collaborative Violence Prevention Initiative
Virtual Weekly Meetings

G: To make Omaha the safest city on the planet

M: Omaha 360's purpose is to work together to end gun and gang violence; bring peace and prosperity to every zip code in Omaha!

V: That Omaha continue to be recognized for being a great, safe city, in every zip code.

NONA
North Omaha Neighborhood Association
Wednesday, August 12 @ 6 pm

Meeting ID: 853 7882 3575
Passcode: 081220

Guests: City Councilman Ben Gray and Douglas County Commissioner Chris Rodgers

NONA (North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance) is to improve the quality of life in our community by: Connecting, Communicating, Coordinating, Collaborating and Celebrating.This is where we bring North Omaha neighborhood associations together and transform North Omaha block-by-block.
SONA
South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
We decided to use our platform to connect our government leaders from School Board up to Congress, our community advocates and leaders and our nonprofit leaders across North and South Omaha to lay the foundation for positive and effective communication during this crisis and going forward as we heal afterwards.
OPD
Omaha Police Department
The Omaha Police Department is taking additional precautions to keep our citizens and officers safe as our community deals with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Front Desk at Central Police Headquarters, 505 South 15th Street, will remain open daily but the hours and services available will change. The hours will be 8 am-4 pm. Fingerprinting services will not be available. If you need a file a report for a non-emergency incident please call
ο»Ώ402-444-4877
CURRENT LIST OF EMPLOYERS HIRING
Heartland Workforce Solutions
Updated: 8/6/2020
Attached is the most updated list of employers who have open opportunities during COVID-19.
PEPSI IS HIRING
Warehouse Workers
Job Lead: Pepsi is hiring for Warehouse Workers. Starting pay is $20.15 hourly and these are full-time positions. Individuals will be responsible for loading transport and route trucks. Will work from order sheets to build loads using Forklift and/or Pallet Jack. This is a physical intense position that involves lifting a very high volume of cases of product per day repeatedly. Must be at least 18 years of age. No experience necessary. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD IS HIRING
Work-From-Home: Customer Service Rep
Job Lead: Starting pay is $16.00 hourly and these are full-time positions. (Day Shift) They have multiple openings! Individuals will be responsible for handling incoming phone calls and being the primary customer interface for inquiries. Will inform and educate as well as serve as member advocate. Will communicate with customers via telephone, fax, web, and/or electronic mail. Must have high school diploma or equivalent and at least 2 years in a customer service setting πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
STATE OF NEBRASKA IS HIRING
Motor Vehicle Driver Licensing Service Examiner
Job Lead: Starting pay is $15.33 hourly and these are Full-time positions. Individuals will authorize issuance of licenses, permits, and identification cards. Will conduct safe and comprehensive road tests for all class of licenses in all kinds of weather. Will ride on road tests with new and inexperienced drivers and verify identity. Must have valid drivers license and great driving record and successfully complete all training upon being hired. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
COCA-COLA (Chesterman) IS HIRING
General Labor/Warehouse Positions
Job Lead: Starting pay is competitive. Individuals will build orders according to load tickets, manually lift and move product, and repack product according to date code and proper rotation. Must have high school diploma or equivalent and prefer some related production experience. Must be able to physically perform the duties and operate a pallet jack or forklift. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Adult Education Associate-Programming
Job Lead: Starting pay is minimum of $19.78 and this is a full-time position. Individual will provide departmental support with a variety of administrative assistant responsibilities to include coordinating time card and payment processes, assisting with student enrollment and intake, oversee GED Graduation Ceremony, etc. (read full description). πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
MUD IS HIRING
Administrative Clerk III
Job Lead: Starting pay entry wage is $22.52 hourly with step increases to $28.15 and this is a full-time position from Mon-Fri, 1st Shift. Individual will perform secretarial, clerical and timekeeping duties for various divisions. Duties include but are not limited to typing, filing, timekeeping, distributing mail and answering phones. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
LOZIER IS HIRING!
Full-Time & Temporary Positions
Job Lead: Starting pay is between $15.16-$15.92 hourly and these are full-time positions (1st & 2nd Shift). Individuals will be responsible for hanging and taking parts off paint lines, operating a punch or brake press, assembly and packing, etc. Requires the ability to work at a fast pace independently and lifting up to 70 lbs may be required. . πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ Very background friendly.
STATE OF NEBRASKA IS HIRING!
Records Clerk
Job Lead: Criminal Traffic Division is hiring for Records Clerk. Starting pay is $14.93 hourly and this is a full-time position. Individual will perform a variety of general office duties responding to routine inquiries, typing and computer functions, etc. Will complete data. Must have high school diploma or equivalent and at least 2 years experience in an office setting. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA OMAHA
Life Coach, Exploratory Studies
Job Lead: University of Nebraska Omaha is hiring for a Life Coach, Exploratory Studies. Starting pay is between $44,500 annually and this is a full-time position. Individual will promote the success of UNO Students enrolled in Exploratory Studies. Will serve as an academic and personal resource to students and meet with students on academic probation to help them create a plan to be successful. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
OMAHA HOUSING AUTHORITY
Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator
Job Lead: The Omaha Housing Authority is hiring for a Family Self Sufficiency Coordinator. Starting pay is between $36,461-$49,233 annually and this is a full-time position. Individual will implement and maintain complete records for the FSS Program. Will provide supportive services and counseling to meet the special needs of participants.  πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
DR. PEPPER KEURIG IS HIRING
Warehouse Pickers/Order Selector
Job Lead: Dr. Pepper Keurig is hiring for Warehouse Pickers/Order selectors. Starting pay is 19.03 hourly and paid weekly and these are full-time positions. Individuals will be responsible for accurately picking, by hand, beverage product orders using a voice automated headset and electric pallet jack. Will operate a pallet jack and Forklift to move product in and out of three warehouse.  πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘ŒπŸΎβ€οΈ
OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Job Opportunities & Resources
The Omaha Chamber has launched a new website to connect local residents looking for work with job openings and other resources.
FAMILY HOUSING ADVISORY SERVICES
Serving the Community since 1968
If you or someone you know is in need of rent, mortgage or utility assistance, the FHAS staff is here to serve you and the community!

Fair Housing: 402-934-6675
Foreclosure Prevention: 402-934-1777
Tax Assistance: 402-250-9781
Mortgage Lending: 402-342-3773
Rent/Utility Assistance: 402-934-6763
UNITED WAY OF THE MIDLANDS
#CommunityStrong
If you need help with food, housing, utilities, healthcare and more, 211 is here for you 24/7!

211 Helpline has set up text alerts for COVID-19! Sign up today to receive updates and information and stay in the loop.

Interpreters available for over 100 languages

Text: NECOVID To: 898211
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Unemployment FAQs
Click the button below for a list of helpful COVID-19 resources, including instructions for filing an unemployment claim and information on Short-Time Compensation.
URBAN LEAGUE OF NEBRASKA
Our office at 3040 Lake Street will maintain our normal business hours of 8 am -5 pm, Monday through Friday to continue to provide information and referrals to critical community services.
POSTCARDS FOR EARLY VOTING ARE OUT!
#YourVoteMatters
If you live in Douglas County, return your early voting ballot to the Douglas County Election Commission office, by USPS mail, or use Drop Boxes at specific locations.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
Home Is Where The Vote Is
To register to vote or request a vote by mail ballot go to: VoteDouglasCounty.com
UNITED STATES CENSUS 2020
Shape Your Future > Start Here
Respond today at 2020census.gov or call
844-330-2020

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
ACLU Nebraska
July 2020 Primary Edition

IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if you are currently detained in a Nebraska jail, you may be eligible to vote.

Voting is both a fundamental right and a civic duty. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. The right to vote is constitutionally protected under the state and federal constitutions.
METRO
COVID-19 Update
Service Increases, Route Changes beginning July 26th!

Beginning Sunday, July 26th, Metro will increase bus service and make select route changes in an effort to improve efficiency, serve new areas, and allow for more social distancing on board. πŸš¨

HEALTH RESOURCES
(Food, Employment, Rental/Mortgage, Utility Assistance and More)
NEW! BECOME A COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATE
Creighton University
Weekly Classes
Every Saturday, Begins: September 26
8:30 am - 12 pm

You can make a difference by joining Creighton University's Community Health Advocate Program, an online, 8-week training course for individuals who want to become advocates within their communities.

The group will meet weekly and explore topics such as:

Covid-19 prevention and spread
Health disparities
Chronic diseases
Health literacy
Privacy and confidentiality and more!
WHERE CAN I GET TESTED?
Complete List of Testing Sites
COVID-19 TESTING AVAILABILITY

Free COVID-19 testing is also available at:
  • DCHD/UNMC/OneWorld 50th & G
  • Charles Drew Health Center
  • OneWorld Community Health Center

Pharmacies are also providing testing:
  • Kohll's @ 12741 Q St
  • CVS Minute Clinics
  • And more....
CHARLES DREW HEALTH CENTER, INC.
Get Tested from a Trusted Healthcare Provider
Curbside and On-Campus testing is available at the following locations:

  • 2915 Grant Street
  • 5319 North 30th Street

Call 402-451-3553 and get scheduled to get tested today!
OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Health Updates
To Our Omaha Public Schools Community:

When early August arrives, more than five months will have passed since we last learned with students in-person. We miss our students. We have actively planned for a responsible reopening of our schools throughout the spring and summer. This outline offers more detail about the safety measures and new routines we anticipate in August and beyond...CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
CHARLES DREW HEALTH CENTER, INC.
While the restrictions around the coronavirus (COVID-19) are beginning loosen in Omaha, it is still crucial to practice preventative measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (the grocery store) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
UNMC
Munroe-Meyer Institute
The MMI Department at UNMC is offering up to 2 free behavioral telehealth consultations. The service is available for families regardless of insurance coverage.
NOAH
North Omaha Area Health
For the next couple of months we will not be taking "walk-in" appointments please call ahead of time for an appointment as we will want to talk to first before you come to the clinic. Screening and treatment is still FREE.
CHI
Catholic Health Initiatives
Our hospitals are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are in close contact with local health authorities. For more information for the public and health care providers on coronavirus, please visit the CDC website.
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Some CHI Health events and activities have been cancelled or postponed out of an abundance of caution. Please double check the status before arriving at an event.
CENTER FOR HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT
Change your thinking, change your life!
Our goal is to help individuals relieve emotional and psychological pain, make behavioral changes that facilitate growth, increase self-awareness and self-knowledge, which lead to healthy living.
CRUSH THE CURVE
#TestNebraskaChallenge
If we are going to kill the virus, crush the virus, slow the virus we must know more about where the virus is and who needs to be tested.

We are asking you and every member of your family to to Test Nebraska and complete the questionnaire.
BUSINESS RESOURCES
(Small Businesses, Non-Profit)
NEBRASKA ENTERPRISE FUND
NEF offers loans direct to business and can help fill financing gaps in participation with other lenders or programs.

In addition to the programs NEF offer, they can connect your business to both local and statewide program partners with expertise in micro and small business development.
SBA
U.S. Small Business Administration
Small business owners in all U.S. States are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus
ο»Ώ(COVID-19).

CLICK HERE for basic information.
GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER
We Accomplish More Together
NAM
Nonprofit Association of the Midlands
Plan, Don't Panic
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted us all. NAM has put together a helpful information packet to consider.
MEDIA OUTLETS
(Black Media Collaborative)
THE OMAHA STAR
Nebraska's Only Black Bi-Weekly Newspaper
The Omaha Star and its work for equal rights for all Americans is legendary. Throughout its renowned history, the Omaha Star was on the forefront, leading the charge to open public accommodations to African Americans, including hotels, restaurants, theaters and taverns...READ MORE
NOISE
North Omaha Information Support Everyone
NOISE is a new community-led news organization committed to strengthening information creation and sharing throughout North Omaha.
Text NOISE to 33222 to get text alerts.
REVIVE OMAHA MAGAZINE
Spirit, Mind & Body
Revive! Omaha Magazine is a Lifestyle and Community Empowerment Magazine serving African-Americans in the Greater Omaha Area

Access the 2020 Revive Black Business Directory HERE
THE BOSS RADIO STATION
95.7 FM
Start your day with William & Martine

Monday through Friday | 7 am - 9 am
MIND & SOUL
101.3 FM
Join Michael & Michelle
Monday through Friday | 7 am - 9 am
GOSPEL MUSIC OMAHA
100.3 FM
FINALLY! Nebraska's FIRST and ONLY 24/7 live on-air urban gospel radio station 100.3FM in Omaha Nebraska. http://www.GospelMusicOmaha.com for more details.

Tune-In with Lady J
HEARTLAND FOCUS
Channel 6
Tune-In Every Sunday @ 6 am
with Tim Clark
GET THE LATEST UPDATES
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, how are we communicating the importance of abiding by social distancing regulations?

< Click on the map to follow the development of the virus through Douglas County.
DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPT
Citizens of Omaha and Douglas County:
Information Line for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):
402-444-3400

Open Seven Days a Week, except Holidays
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.
CITY OF OMAHA
Citizens of Omaha and Douglas County
The City of Omaha, Douglas County, our health care partners, and first responders are working diligently to protect public health and safety as the coronavirus spreads.  We are working together to lower the risk of transmission and infection and reduce the impact on our community.
STATE OF NEBRASKA
Dept. of Health and Human Services
DHHS COVID-19 Information Line:
(402) 552-6645

8 am - 8 pm CST - 7 Days a Week
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