Omaha is a tight-knit community filled with wonderful people who love to come together for a greater cause. That’s why there are so many organizations around Omaha that are dedicated to helping those in need, providing food, housing, a much-needed shoulder to lean on, and more.
We rounded up some Omaha area charities and organizations you can help all year round! Whether you’re looking to donate your money, volunteer your time, or want to give away some of your houseware, check out our list of organizations you can love and support in the new year. Thanks for making our communities even better!
Click on a category to jump ahead and find out how you can help:
Community & Housing | Arts & Culture | Food & Shelter | Health | Animals | The Environment | Youth | Veterans
Community & Housing
Photo courtesy of Habitat for Humanity of Omaha
1701 North 24th Street
Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has been committed to ending poverty housing worldwide. Using volunteers and donations, they help provide homes and build communities for those in need. Habitat for Humanity of Omaha, which has been growing strong since 1984, has helped over 1,500 families in our community, providing opportunities for homeownership, home repairs and neighborhood revitalization.
You can help by volunteering or donating, or visiting the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and purchasing some second-hand items for your home!
2316 South 24th Street
Project Houseworks serves low-income, elderly homeowners in Omaha and the surrounding areas by providing free home repairs and modifications that allow seniors to age in a safe and healthy home. Modifications like tub-to-shower conversions, grab bars, ramps and flooring repairs give disabled homeowners the ability to stay in their home longer. Find information on how to get involved here.
2401 Lake Street, Suite 201
Established in 1968, Family Housing Advisory Services’ mission is to improve the quality of life and eliminate poverty by helping people achieve housing stability and financial security. They provide education on home buying, foreclosure prevention, fair housing, finances and taxes to help improve the quality of life in our community. You can donate to this organization here.
Arts & Culture
500 South 20th Street
Omaha’s Children Museum is a place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works and learn through play. They provide a variety of hands-on exhibits, workshops, programs, presentations and special events such as field trips, summer camps and overnight presentations to put children in touch with their ever-changing world.
You can help by volunteering or interning at the museum or by donating!
2315 1st Street
This nonprofit makes the arts available and affordable for all. They offer public classes for just $10 an hour, enrichment classes for local schools, and workshops for the public and community organizations. Find information on how you can help here.
Food & Shelter
Photo courtesy of Stephen Center featuring Physicians Mutual
2723 Q Street
Stephen Center is a safe haven, providing emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, transitional living, addiction recovery for adults and juveniles, and life skills education to help those struggling with addiction or homelessness. Find out how you can help here.
2828 North 23rd Street
For over 63 years, Open Door Mission has been welcoming people with open arms and meeting the needs of individuals and families, while inspiring hope for lasting change. Every day of the year, they provide safe shelter, meals, clothing, recover and life-changing programs, and services to the hungry and homeless of Omaha and Southwest Iowa.
You can help by giving financially, volunteering, hosting a drive or donating items in need!
10525 J Street
One in five children under the age of 18 is at-risk for hunger and Food Bank for the Heartland wants to change that. They provide emergency and supplemental food to the people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa with a goal to eliminate hunger in our community.
You can help by donating food, giving financially or volunteering!
212 South 74th Street, Suite 205
For more than four decades, Community Health Charities of Nebraska (CHC-NE), formerly and soon to be known again as CHAD, has been raising funds for innovative research that improves lives, critical client services, and education and prevention programs that support our community. Since 1972, they’ve raised over 54 million dollars for health charities such as the ALS Association, the Nebraska Community Blood Bank, and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Giving to CHC-NE means giving to over 22 Nebraska charities, which you can do here.
620 South 38th Avenue
The Ronald McDonald House Charities provide support and resources to help keep families together in the event of illness or an accident. They also help provide easier access to healthcare when children need it most all while allowing caregivers to rally alongside other families fighting the same fight.
You can learn how to support this organization here!
5006 Underwood Avenue
This organization excels at helping families make connections between health and housing issues. They improve children’s lives by assessing homes, educating families and connecting them to home repair services to reduce health and safety risks all while focusing on policy issues and advocacy around the community.
You can help the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance by donating or volunteering.
Photo courtesy of the Nebraska Humane Society
8929 Fort Street
The Nebraska Humane Society is the fifth oldest humane society in the nation and one of the largest. They offer shelter to animals who have no place to call home and provide vital services to them. Every year, over 30,000 animals, including wildlife, find their way to the humane society. By donating, you can help provide sanctuary to animals and pet ownership education to Nebraska residents.
No Physical Location
This no-kill organization was founded in 2015 by a small group of animals lovers. They work with dogs of any breed, physical condition or age, and is completely volunteer-based. They also provide unique supportive services like education and training to owners considering putting their dog up for adoption and offer education and placement assistance to those trying to rehome their pet on social media.
Get information on how to get involved here!
No Physical Location
Heartland Cats takes in older cats that might otherwise be running out of options due to age, medical problems and/or loss of home. While they don’t have cats available for adoption, older cats that are in good health are placed in the Senior Companion Program, where they can help lower blood pressure, fight depression and help seniors stick to a regular routine.
Learn how to donate or sponsor here!
1819 Farnam Street, Suite 306
Keep Omaha Beautiful offers a wide range of programs, events and educational services that promote litter reduction, community beautification and environmental knowledge. From community park cleanups to recycling projects with area schools — their efforts focus on promoting environmental stewardship and fostering a thriving and beautiful city.
You can learn more about how to volunteer or donate here!
No Physical Location
For over 10 years, The Green Omaha Coalition has been promoting a greener Omaha through collaboration, education and advocacy. They host several events every month that promote environmental health and enrich our community. You or your business can become a member and become a new voice in the coalition.
2679 Farnam Street, Suite 205
Hundreds of youth in the Omaha metro area are homeless, have been abused, or are suffering from health, mental health or substance abuse issues. The Youth Emergency Services of Omaha is here to help them turn their lives around. They provide local youth with food, shelter, clothing and safety before creating a support system to help them flourish.
You can get involved with YES here!
7811 Farnam Drive
Grief’s Journey is a place to find help, understanding and comfort after suffering a loss. They serve youth from ages 3-18 who are grieving a death or serious illness/injury. They also offer a variety of training programs and workshops to further educate grief facilitators, community professionals and other caring adults on the aspects of grief support.
There are a lot of opportunities to help Grief’s Journey, find out more about them here.
No Physical Location
While there are many amazing charities that provide clothing, meals and toys for families in need, there aren’t many that provide physical beds or bedding to children. Sleep in Heavenly Peace builds and delivers beds to children that don’t currently have the luxury of sleeping on a bed every night.
Find out how you can help here.
731 North Frontier Road
Moving Veterans Forward helps homeless veterans in Iowa and Nebraska find homes and gives them the boost they need to readjust back into civilian life. They collect furniture, clothing and other household items for veterans to help them set up a home and become more self-sufficient. You can donate anything from a bed to paper towels, learn how here.
7612 Maple Street
This non-profit organization has dedicated over 47 years to helping veterans with spinal cord injuries, as well as other individuals living with disabilities across Nebraska, Western Iowa and Kansas. They are dedicated to advocating for effective healthcare, providing education, promoting equal opportunities, encouraging independence, and enhancing lifetime health and fitness.
You can learn how to help here!
Tell us about your organization!
Do you run a nonprofit or support one that we missed? Let us know in the comments! To learn more about the organizations NP Dodge supports, check out our charitable organization, Dodge Cares.