DodgeCares, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) exempt charitable organization that was started by NP Dodge sales associates in 2002. The organization’s ultimate goal is to support the people and nonprofit agencies that work to make Omaha and the surrounding areas an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
They do this by collecting tax-deductible contributions from NP Dodge sales associates, employees and the general public. NP Dodge Real Estate then matches those contributions up to a designated dollar amount per person and distributes the funds each year to a handful of local nonprofit organizations. These organizations provide food, shelter and comfort for the homeless, displaced and abused in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
In early March 2021, DodgeCares presented $70,669.00 to 15 local nonprofit organizations, despite the challenges faced in 2020 due to COVID-19.
If you’re interested in getting to know all of the nonprofit organizations supported by DodgeCares this year, we listed them below, along with information about their missions and many programs. We encourage you to click on the links above each paragraph to learn more about how you can help during these trying times. And if you’d like to learn more about DodgeCares and all they do to support the Omaha and Council Bluffs communities each year, click here.
A branch of the nationwide nonprofit, Fremont Area Habitat for Humanity is a housing organization operated on Christian principles helping to provide homes, community and hope to the Fremont area. They are dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.
Founded in 1984, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha is a grassroots organization that builds and renovates houses; forges community partnerships; and breaks down barriers. They help to grow and maintain the affordable housing stock in Burt County, Omaha, Sarpy County, Washington County and Waterloo while also increasing access to homeownership opportunities in the area. Since their founding, Habitat for Humanity Omaha has partnered with more than 1,800 families and individuals. This year, they will impact the lives of more than 200 families in the Omaha metro area.
Habitat for Humanity has been helping to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter in Sarpy County since 1994. By partnering with first-time homeowners, members of the faith community, local businesses, and neighbors—HFH Sarpy County is able to expand access to homeownership throughout the communities of Papillion, Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Springfield and Chalco. In July 2020, Habitat for Humanity Sarpy County merged with Habitat Omaha, creating “Habitat for Humanity of Omaha” to build opportunity by further expanding access to homeownership, home improvement resources and financial readiness programs throughout the entire Omaha metro area.
The Heart Ministry Center originated nearly 40 years ago in 1982 as the Sacred Heart Human Needs Door Ministry. Under the leadership of Father Jim Scholz and Sr. Mary Ann Murphy, the door ministry provided food, clothing and other basic needs for neighbors and families of children enrolled at Sacred Heart School. In 1997, the ministry moved to a building at 31st and Spaulding Street and became known as the Heart Ministry Center, eventually becoming one of Omaha’s first “choice” food pantries, allowing clients to select their own foods. Today, The Center provides everything from a food pantry to a self-sufficiency program for single mothers, a mentoring program for at-risk youth, a free dental clinic, a laundromat, social work and case management services, and so much more.
A part of Omaha’s Open Door Mission, Lydia House is a woman and family center, providing immediate assistance to those fleeing domestic abuse, violence and homelessness through other means. They do this by providing food, shelter, clothing and other basic needs. They also offer life-changing programs to address the causes of homelessness such as abuse, addiction, or the inability to obtain and maintain steady employment.
Founded in 1954, Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 917 safe shelter beds to people experiencing homelessness, serves over 4,747 nutritious meals to feed the hungry, and provides homeless preventive resources to more than 1,000 people living in poverty to empower them to remain in their own homes. They have a variety of programs that help support the Omaha community from taking care of urgent needs like hunger and homelessness to offering educational opportunities that will help create lasting change in an individual’s life.
Pottawattamie County Housing Trust Fund, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose primary funding comes in the form of grants from the Iowa Finance Authority with matching funds from local sources, including the Iowa West Foundation, local banks, individuals and local organizations like DodgeCares. Funds are allocated annually to organizations or individuals that serve the housing needs of low–to–moderate income residents within Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Since their first year in 2011, PottCoHTF has funded more than $1.5 million in grants, with projects including rehabilitation and expansion of housing in the area.
Project HouseWorks began in 1995 as “Christmas in April Omaha” with a budget of $5,000 and a dream. They helped just five families in need of home repairs that year, but it laid the groundwork for an incredible nonprofit today. In 2021, Project HouseWorks is an organization that offers low-income senior homeowners year-round home repairs and home modifications. Their free programs allow senior homeowners unnecessary institutionalization and keep them safe, comfortable and healthy in their own homes.
Founded in 1975, the Siena Francis House is a nonprofit with a goal: to end homelessness by helping their clients achieve permanent, stable housing in the community. In support of this effort, they provide shelter, food, clothing and other emergency services to individuals experiencing homelessness—24/7, 365 days a year. They also provide on-site, Permanent Supportive Housing for formerly homeless, disabled persons as well as residential addiction rehabilitation services.
Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a national nonprofit working to provide beds to kids all across the country, hoping to end child bedlessness. Their Omaha chapter helps build beds for children sleeping on the floor, utilizing the help from many local volunteers and donations from community members.
Stephen Center is a safe haven, having provided emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, transitional living, addiction recovery for adults and juveniles since 1984. They also help provide life skills education to help those struggling with addiction or homelessness. From humble beginnings in a rundown former pool hall and bar, Stephen Center has grown to include a multi-facility campus designed to support vulnerable men, women and children as they seek to overcome homelessness, addiction and poverty.
Together, a cooperative formed by a group of organizations to help the Omaha community after the devastating tornado of 1975, works in the area to help those in need find and keep their housing, get access to food and build income stability. They partner and collaborate with other nonprofit organizations, government, businesses and caring individuals to prevent homelessness throughout Omaha with the eventual goal to end homelessness altogether.
The Washington County Food Pantry is located at Joseph’s Coat in Blair, providing both meals and fresh ingredients to people in need throughout the area. In 2020 alone, they served more than 88,000 meals and distributed more than 200,000 pounds of food. This year, they are celebrating 20 years in service, continuing to support our community and prevent hunger in Omaha.
Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. They offer a number of programs including caregiver respite, free family retreats, welding training, long–term care and much, much more.
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 on their own. They also offer a variety of programs to help local youth become self-sufficient, from mentoring to transitional living programs and rapid rehousing.
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