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COVID-19 Response Fund

A collaborative, community response to deploy resources to local nonprofit organizations

We launched the COVID-19 Response Fund on March 13, 2020, two days after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Over 6,5000 community members gave a total of $1.5 million to the fund, helping 51 local nonprofits address urgent needs.

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>>> To help address the emerging, long-term needs of our community as it recovers and rebuilds, we have created the Community Resilience Fund.

Funding Priorities

For the COVID-19 Response Fund, we worked with several local partners across sectors to understand how organizations were providing important safety nets to those most vulnerable in the metro area.

Together, we identified five focus areas, and the following nonprofits received grants:


  • Generation Diamond
  • New Visions Homeless Services


  • 100 Black Men
  • Benson Area Refugee Taskforce
  • Bethlehem House
  • Black and Pink
  • Centro Latino of Iowa
  • Ethiopian Community Association
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heartland Family Service
  • Holy Name Housing
  • I Be Black Girl
  • International Council for Refugees & Immigrants
  • Lending Link
  • Nebraska AIDS Project
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Nebraska Kidney Association
  • New Life Family Alliance
  • Refugee Empowerment Center
  • Restoring Dignity
  • YouTurn

SENIORS – $85,000

  • Intercultural Senior Center
  • Midwest Geriatric
  • Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition

FOOD SECURITY – $244,200

  • Black Men United
  • Compassion in Action
  • Food Bank of the Heartland
  • Heart Ministry Center
  • Heartland United for Puerto Rico
  • Life House
  • Mission Church
  • No More Empty Pots
  • North Omaha Neighborhood Association Simple Foundation
  • Together, Inc

HEALTHCARE – $264,000

  • All Care Health Center
  • Center for Holistic Development
  • Charles Drew Health Center
  • Completely Kids
  • Families in Action
  • Grief’s Journey
  • Heartland Workers Center
  • Lutheran Family Services
  • Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
  • North Omaha Area Health
  • One World Community Health Centers Project Harmony
  • Visiting Nurses Association

Need Assistance?

Our partners at the United Way of the Midlands are working diligently to connect people in need with help. If you are looking for immediate assistance in finding a food pantry, paying a utility bill, accessing safe housing or shelter, receiving counseling services and more, 211 is available 24/7 by phone or text. Additional information can be found on the 211 website.

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