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COVID-19 Response Fund

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

The Omaha Community Foundation has launched the COVID-19 Response Fund to provide flexible resources to organizations in the metro area working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of this outbreak. Any individual can donate to the fund online.

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Supporting Nonprofits That Serve the Most Vulnerable

While our healthcare systems, public health practitioners, and local universities are doing everything in their power to slow the spread of coronavirus, our local nonprofits are assisting those most vulnerable during this unprecedented time.

The COVID-19 Response Fund makes grants to organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with residents without health insurance and/or access to sick days, people with limited English language proficiency, healthcare, and low-wage workers, and communities of color, among others.

To date, the Response Fund has raised more than $1.1million from community members and distributed $748,000 to support local nonprofits addressing urgent needs.

Our Timeline

RAPID RESPONSE – The first phase of the COVID-19 Response Fund was focused on a two-week rapid response to critical, time-sensitive needs:

  • Proactively reached out to 25 nonprofits working on the frontlines
  • Deployed $230,000 within the first two weeks to eight nonprofits

ONGOING SUPPORT – The second phase began on April 3, 2020 and is focused on the following:

  • Deployed an additional $517,910 to 25 nonprofits
  • Continuing to receive updates on unfolding need from our initial partners
  • Broadening our outreach to learn from other nonprofits
  • Adapting and responding to an unprecedented need

RECOVERY – Once our community navigates this initial outbreak and response, we will eventually turn to recovery. While we can’t predict exactly when that will be, we are focusing on building stability for vulnerable residents and the nonprofits that serve them beyond this crisis situation.

Funding Priorities

The following areas of need are the focus of this fund. We are working with several local partners across sectors to understand how organizations are providing these important safety nets to those most vulnerable in the metro area.

Food Support: With school closings, many school age community members are missing out on essential meals for the day. Additionally, low wage and/or hourly workers may further struggle to access to food.

Healthcare: Healthcare organizations will be handling cases of the virus, while also caring for those in our most vulnerable populations.

Emergency Housing: These service providers need to stay open and take extra measures to ensure their client’s safety during this unprecedented time.

Emergency Financial Assistance: Families and individuals may struggle with rent, mortgage, or utilities due to job loss or loss of wages.

Seniors: Seniors are among the most affected by the virus, but will also have less access to needed medication and food as a result of community-wide social distancing strategies.

Distributed Funds

To date the Response Fund has given grants to the following nonprofits:

• 100 Black Men of Omaha
• All Care Health Center
• Bethlehem House
• Black & Pink
• Center for Holistic Development
• Centro Latino
• Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership (ENCAP)
• Families in Action
• Food Bank for the Heartland
• Generation Diamond
• Heart Ministry Center
• Heartland Family Service
• Heartland United for Puerto Rico
• Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
• Holy Name Housing
• Intercultural Senior Center
• International Council for Refugees & Immigrants
• Lending Link
• Lutheran Family Services
• Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MAACH)
• Midwest Geriatric
• Mission Church
• Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
• Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition
• New Visions Homeless Services
• No More Empty Pots
• North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
• Project Harmony
• Together, Inc
• Visiting Nurse Association (VNA)
• YouTurn

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.

You can keep up with the latest COVID-19 Response Fund news on our blog.

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