Here are some of our favorite charities located in Omaha, NE. We have made sure each of them are eligible for tax deductions when you help your local community by donating your car. Your values and choice can make a difference.
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To provide food, clothing, and shelter to the needy
Heartland Hope Mission (formerly Mission For All Nations) provides food and clothing and promote self sufficiency for people in need. We focus on serving the working poor and low income families while creating an environment where lives are being changed instead of fostering dependency. We provide a weeks' supply of groceries, along with hygiene products, clothing items, and household goods to the working poor. In addition we assist clients with various needs by providing eligibility screenings and referrals.
Hope. Help. Heroes
Stephen Center partners with the community, families and individuals to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty. The HERO Program is a substance abuse treatment center that is extremely affordable, making access to treatment available to a wide variety of men and women. Our Emergency Shelter is open on an emergency basis from a few nights to two weeks or longer depending upon the situation. The Emergency Shelter provides a gateway to a variety of supportive services including the opportunity to enroll in the Stephen Center HERO Substance Abuse Treatment Program or Transitional Living opportunities. Our Stephen Center Thrift Shop provides jobs and training for our clients.
Supporting and Strengthening Youth, Young Adults, and Families
Founded in 1920, The Omaha Home for Boys is a privately funded youth care provider dedicated to supporting and strengthening youth and families with the majority of residents receiving care at no cost. The Home's Residential Care program provides a safe, structured living environment in a cottage setting with caring House Parents, balanced meals and educational support for boys ages 10 - 18 years. Each year more than 100 boys are taught basic behavioral, disciplinary and living skills. All youth attend public school. Additionally, over 50 young men and women who have aged-out of group home programs can continue to receive help as they are taught how to live independently and transition into adulthood through the Home's Independent Living program.
The Y: For Youth Development, Healthy Living and Youth Development
At the YMCA of Greater Omaha, strengthening community is our cause. We make life-changing impact to the children, adults and families we serve through programs that focus on three key areas: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.The Y provides a variety of programs that support educational achievement, alternatives to teen violence, health/wellness, chronic disease intervention, child care, summer day camp, water safety, refugee assimilation, homework help, special needs integration and family programs.The Y is open to all people regardless of their ability to pay for programs and services, and as a result we provided over $1.7 million in financial assistance in 2016. By investing in our kids, our health and our neighbors, the YMCA of Greater Omaha ensures that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to thrive-thereby strengthening our community.
Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum
As Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn's collection features work from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art; Joslyn is also renowned for its collection of art of the American West. In addition to the art galleries, Joslyn features a 1,000 seat concert hall, fountain court, education technology gallery, lecture hall, library, café, and gift shop. Several special exhibitions are presented each year, complementing the permanent collection and offering a broad range of art to everyone. Year-round musical performances, educational lectures by national and international scholars, and art classes for all ages further enhance the Joslyn experience.
Enriching the community through great theatre
Omaha Community Playhouse works to enrich its community through great theatre. The Omaha Community Playhouse provides services to a variety of the public through three primary components: Howard and Rhonda Hawks Mainstage Theatre and Howard Drew Theatre productions; education and outreach; and the Nebraska Theatre Caravan. The Playhouse offers opportunities in performing, technical work, and support categories to more than 2,000 community volunteers.
Breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty
Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission's campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty
Great futures start here
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands (BGCM) is one of the largest youth service agencies in the Omaha metro area. With six Club locations in North and South Omaha, Mount View Elementary, Westbrook Elementary (Westside), and Carter Lake and Council Bluffs, IA, and two middle school sites at Morton Middle School and King Science & Technology in Omaha, BGCM helps over 6,216 kids receive the direction and educational support that is vital to their success.
Education, conservation, research and recreation
Established in 1894 by the City of Omaha as Riverview Park, The Henry Doorly Zoo sits on 112 acres and houses over 12,800 animal specimens. The newest major exhibit, the Bernice Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion, opened in May 2008. During 2008, more than 71,500 family memberships were sold and 1,388,014 people visited the zoo. The Henry Doorly Zoo Center for Conservation and Research engages in extensive conservation oriented scientific investigation in the areas of veterinary medicine, reproductive physiology, molecular genetics, nutrition, and rare plant propagation. More than 3,675 educational programs were conducted in 2008. This programming, which included day camps, classes, distance learning classes, and campouts, reached more than 150,000 students.
Enriching the lives of children and their families
The Rose Theater is committed to enriching the lives of children and families through live theater and arts education. The Rose Theater is home to the Omaha Theater Company is the only resident, touring, professional theater company in Omaha and one of the largest in the country! The Rose is accessible to all children. No child is ever turned away for economic reasons. The Rose Theater produces nine main stage productions each season with audiences that exceed 50,000 children and adults. The shows appeal to a wide range of ages starting with children as young as four years old
Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
Girls Inc. of Omaha serves girls ages 5 through 18 years of age. Founded in 1975, today we have two centers in North Omaha and South Omaha, with art rooms, computer labs, a library, a woodshop, a sports field, and a playground. We serve hundreds of girls every day and 1,000+ girls each year. We've added pick up transportation, counseling services, healthy meals and snacks, and computer access to our daily services. Over the years, we have adapted our programs to meet the ever changing needs of our members, but it was and always will be all about the girls.
Serving homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient.
Youth Emergency Services (YES) was founded in 1977 to serve homeless and at-risk youth by providing critically-needed resources which empower them to become self-sufficient. Basically, we help youth in crisis get back on their feet in whatever ways we can. After meeting their immediate needs for food, shelter, clothing and safety, we create a support system which helps them flourish. We envision a community which understands and embraces its youth, creating an environment where youth homelessness no longer exists.
Collaborating to End Homelessness
Together is a local, independent non-profit that was initially conceived in response to the tornado disaster in 1975 that struck the metropolitan area in 1975 and left hundreds of families homeless, hungry and in great need. The leaders of Countryside Community Church, Dundee Presbyterian, Temple Israel, Kountze Memorial Lutheran, Trinity Cathedral, First United Methodist, St. Cecilia's Cathedral, and many others organized the “Together” cooperative effort to meet the immediate needs of the hundreds of families that were struggling with the basic necessities of life: food, clothing, and shelter. However, our founders soon realized that thousands of families in Omaha need relief every day and opened the FREE services of Together to the community year round. This effort provided for ongoing human needs, primarily, the basic necessities of life: food and shelter.
Nebraska's largest shelter serving homeless men, women, and children for over 30 years
Serving the Omaha and Council Bluffs metropolitan area since 1975, Siena/Francis House creates an environment in which people can find the motivation needed to precipitate adult behavioral change, moving in small, manageable steps. The first step is to get our guests off the streets. Next we encourage sobriety in our recovery program, a traditional 12 step recovery process. Then we move to training in social and job skills, education and self-esteem, and finally to independent living training in transitional housing. The primary goal of the Siena/Francis House is to work towards successfully ending the homeless cycle rather than providing only short-term, stop-gap treatments.
Supporting Exceptional Talent
The spirit and programs of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts are based on the conviction that exceptional talent deserves to be supported. Our practical commitment to this belief is achieved by providing well-equipped studio spaces, living accommodations and a monthly stipend to artists who are awarded residencies. These artists come from around the world to work within a supportive community of like-minded people. The atmosphere and environment offer an ideal situation for creative growth and experimentation and encourage artists to confront new challenges.
Omaha's Botanical Center
Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of unique four-season plant displays, maintained to the highest standards consistent with environmental stewardship. We provide memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all. The garden is an urban oasis of beauty and tranquility, a hidden sanctuary in the heart of the city. The Gardens is a 100-acre site featuring many outdoor garden areas that thrives near downtown Omaha. Since opening in 2001, new garden areas have been added each year. These include the Victorian garden, The Song of the Lark Meadow, and a four-acre arboretum and bird sanctuary. The visitor and education center includes a 5,000-square-foot floral display hall, café, gift shop, resource library, classrooms, banquet areas and community room.
BLUEBARN is dedicated to theatre's most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change.
The BLUEBARN Theatre exists to enhance the cultural life of Omaha, Nebraska by producing professionally executed, boundary breaking plays that ignite a passion for the art form. BLUEBARN is dedicated to theatre's most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change. The BLUEBARN Theatre has long established itself as Omaha's premier professional theatre. After producing over 100 plays since 1989, the BLUEBARN's reputation for high-quality entertainment and pursuit of stories that challenge both the theatre artists and patrons is solid. The BLUEBARN's primary goals are to bring in more professional actors and designers from around the country and to increase awareness of the BLUEBARN in Omaha and surrounding communities.
A sick child should never be alone
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Omaha helps families. The organization provides for families that bring their sick children to our community for medical care, provides dental care to kids who might otherwise go without and supports organizations that focus on improving children's lives. The Omaha Ronald McDonald House keeps families together during a most difficult time. We provide a temporary home for families that bring their sick children to our community for medical care in one of our hospitals or institutions. We have served more than 1,100 families from 43 states and six countries during the past 12 years. Approximately 40 percent of those families are from Nebraska, another 20 percent are from Iowa. The Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha is part of a global organization with chapters in 50 countries. Together, they form the official charities of McDonald's restaurants.
Faithfully inspiring hope in youth and children
Hope Center for Kids strives to faithfully inspire hope in North Omaha youth and children through education, employability, collaboration and faith. From the first day a child enters our program they are bombarded with hope. Hope that they will be strong enough to combat peer pressure. Hope that they will one day graduate from high school and attend college. Hope that their life has extraordinary meaning. We see strong, intelligent young men and women in North Omaha. Our goal is to allow them to see this as well. By inspiring hope into their lives, we have seen just how capable they are.
Omaha Performing Arts is a nonprofit dedicated to creating a vibrant future for the performing arts in Omaha and beyond. We are the largest arts institution in Nebraska with more than 3 million visitors to our venues in the last decade. To buy tickets, visit Ticket Omaha, the official retailer for the Orpheum Theater and Holland Center.The mission of Omaha Performing Arts is to enrich the community through: -The presentation of the highest quality arts and entertainment experiences-The stewardship of the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center-Education and community engagement programs
Creating professional opera and music theater
Opera Omaha's mission is to enrich the quality of life in our community by creating professional opera and music theater, which uniquely combine the visual and performing arts to express humanity's deepest emotions and highest aspirations. Opera Omaha began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association, and with tremendous community support became fully professional by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres, four American premieres of classical masterpieces, and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive education and outreach program that annually reaches as many as 15,000 people from elementary school through adulthood.
An essential Midwestern resource for excellent orchestral performances
Founded in 1921, the Omaha Symphony presents more than 200 live performances from September through June. In addition to MasterWorks, Pops, Chamber, Discovery, Light Classics and Family series concerts, the orchestra tours both Nebraska and Iowa providing education and community engagement concerts and special events. The Omaha Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Nebraska and is currently performing in its 86th season. Combined with radio broadcasts, the orchestra reaches an estimated annual audience of 300,000 annually. The Symphony is passionate about its pursuit of artistic, educational and institutional excellence, and strives to be an essential, integral and valued resource to the community it serves.