May 15, 2015
For 24 hours this week, Nebraskans will have a unique opportunity to support the philanthropic cause of their choice in Omaha – including programs based at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Omaha Gives! is May 20 from midnight to midnight. The round-the-clock, online community giving event allows donors to support the important work of organizations throughout the Omaha area and in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. The numerous opportunities to give include two University of Nebraska programs:
Maverick Food Pantry
UNO created the Maverick Food Pantry in 2013 to provide nutritionally balanced food packages to members of the UNO community in need. To date, the pantry has received more than 600 requests and distributed more than 7,800 pounds of food.
The mission of the Maverick Food Pantry is to contribute to UNO’s culture of caring by providing food to those in immediate need on campus and connecting them with resources in the greater Omaha area for long-term assistance. The pantry, located on campus, runs entirely on gifts of money and non-perishable food items.
The SHARING clinics enhance the well-being of the Omaha community by providing high-quality, low-cost health care and human services to those in need. UNMC SHARING oversees four student-managed clinics in Omaha. The clinics are dedicated to primary health care, HIV and STD testing, primary care for Type 2 diabetes, and vision care.
Since 1997, SHARING clinics have provided medical care to more than 1,400 patients annually. The clinics provide care in multidisciplinary education settings that empower patients and instill the values of service and compassion in UNMC students. Every $1 donated to SHARING results in roughly $8 of medical services to underprivileged populations in Omaha.
To donate to these or other Omaha-area causes, visit http://omahagives24.org/ on May 20. Omaha Gives! is organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to grow philanthropy in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. The minimum donation for the event is $10 and there is no maximum.