COVID 19

COVID 19 News, Updates and Community Resources

The Empowerment Network, Leaders, Advisors and North Omaha COVID 19 Task Force provide updates to the community each week. Hundreds of leaders and organizations are working together to implement solutions and provide needed resources.

The collaborative approach shows what is possible when all sectors of the community work together. Hundreds of organizations and thousands of residents including youth and adults have taken part in the community-based strategy over the years and now are working together to address issues regarding the COVID 19 Coronavirus.

The Network provides updates and links on a daily basis on the Empowerment Network facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/EmpowermentNetwork/

Here’s a link to the May 1 update for the Community. https://www.facebook.com/EmpowermentNetwork/videos/523550198323023/

Douglas County provides updates every day on the number of cases and tests.  Click on the image below for the most recent updates.

 

 

The Empowerment Network has provided an interactive tool to put the community resources at your fingertips. 

Click on the image below to access the
North Omaha Village Zone Map.

 

PURPOSE:

Working together to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and connecting the community to resources and opportunities.

 

STRATEGIES:

1. Collaboration
2. Food and Basic Supplies
3. Health 
4. Employment and Financial Support
5. Housing
6. Safety, Justice and Advocacy
7. Entrepreneurship/Business Stabilization
8. Support for the Village.
          Voting.  Census.  Business Support.


Resources:

The Village Connector is a service provided by The Empowerment Network
 
Sign-Up for the Village Connector by visiting www.empoweromaha.com
 
FOOD SITES & RESOURCES
 
 
DIGITAL VILLAGE ZONE RESOURCE MAP
Empowerment Network
 
Visit EmpowerOmaha to access resources for food, health, employment, business and more!
 
The Empowerment Network’s Village Zone Map is in partnership with Village Pastors and Faith Leaders, NONA, Food Bank, North Omaha Coronavirus Task Force & Technology Consulting Solutions.
 
 
 
OMAHA PUBLIC SCHOOL
Omaha Public Schools
 
Way To Go OPS!
The Board of Education approved the purchase of 54,400 iPad Air (current generation) tablets. The tablets will come with Wi-Fi and cellular data capabilities, as well as a case. The purchase also includes a three-year AppleCare warranty to help with future service and repairs.
 
This purchase ensures ALL students have access to devices to perform daily learning activities in the classroom and at home.
 
 
NO MORE EMPTY POTS
 
No More Empty Pots has initiated emergency response to urgent community needs for food relief. We’ve partnered with local producers, businesses, community organizations and volunteers to meet the demand with available resources.
 
Learn more about the Community Harvest CSA and Prepared Meals program. CSA is a great way to get access to affordable local, seasonal, fresh and healthy raw produce.
 
If you are in need of emergency food support
 
 
CLAIR MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Clair Cares Food Pantry
 
Every 3rd Saturday – 10 am – 2 pm
Clair United Methodist Church
5544 Ames Ave
 
Please bring boxes or bags to carry your food.
 
 
SALEM FOOD PANTRY
 
Saturday, May 16th – 10 am
Salem Food Pantry, Salem Baptist Church
3131 Lake Street
 
LEARN MORE
 
NONA
Food Give Away
 
Saturday, May 16th – 10 am until gone
Metoyer Event Center
2525 North 37th Street
 
 
FAIR DEAL VILLAGE MARKET PLACE
Buy in Bulk Locally #SupportTheVillage
 
Fair Deal Market is currently not open to the public, however you can purchase in BULK.
 
For more information contact Cynthia Hume at
402-504-1301
 
 
SUPPORT LOCAL DURING COVID-19
Buy from Local Growers
 
Clear Creek Co-Op is offering delivery of their fresh produce to your door. You do not need to be a Co-Op member to join. Visit their Facebook page to see what they’re offering and how to order!
 
 
FOOD BANK DISTRIBUTION SITES
 
The Food Bank has partnered with OPS to facilitate food distribution. Volunteers can register with the Food Bank on their website to receive additional direction on how to serve.
 
EMPLOYMENT & HOUSING RESOURCES
 
 
CURRENT LIST OF EMPLOYERS HIRING
 
Updated: 5/01/2020
Attached is the most updated list of employers who have open opportunities during COVID-19.
 
 
METRO IS HIRING!
Join Our Team
 
Looking for a career with a stable organization? The Transit Authority for the City of Omaha, dba METRO, is recruiting talented and dedicated people to join our team.
 
To view all of Metro’s current job postings, please click here.
 
 
OMAHA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Job Opportunities & Resources
 
New Resource Site!
The Omaha Chamber has launched a new website to connect local residents looking for work with job openings and other resources.
 
GENERAL VOICEMAIL 402-934-7921
 
FAMILY HOUSING ADVISORY SERVICES
Serving the Community since 1968
 
If you or someone you know is in need of rent, mortgage or utility assistance, FHAS staff is here to serve you and the community!
 
Fair Housing: 402-934-6675
Foreclosure Prevention: 402-934-1777
Tax Assistance: 402-250-9781
Mortgage Lending: 402-342-3773
Rent/Utility Assistance: 402-934-6763
 
 
UNITED WAY OF THE MIDLANDS
#CommunityStrong
 
If you need help with food, housing, utilities, healthcare and more, 211 is here for you 24/7!
 
211 Helpline has set up text alerts for COVID-19! Sign up today to receive updates and information and stay in the loop.
 
Interpreters available for over 100 languages
 
Text: NECOVID To: 898211
 
 
NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Unemployment FAQs
 
Click the button below for a list of helpful COVID-19 resources, including instructions for filing an unemployment claim and information on Short-Time Compensation.
 
 
URBAN LEAGUE OF NEBRASKA
 
Our office at 3040 Lake Street will maintain our normal business hours of 8 am -5 pm, Monday through Friday to continue to provide information and referrals to critical community services.
 
 
APARTMENT ASSOCIATION OF NEBRASKA
 
The NAA is working to provide continuous information during these uncharted times. Because this is a rapidly evolving situation, NAA will monitor developments and will continue efforts to secure guidance specific to the operation of rental housing from health officials.
 
HEALTH RESOURCES
 
 
CRUSH THE CURVE
#TestNebraskaChallenge
 
If we are going to kill the virus, crush the virus, slow the virus we must know more about where the virus is and who needs to be tested.
 
We are asking you and every member of your family to to Test Nebraska and complete the questionnaire.
 
 
GET THE LATEST UPDATES
Douglas County Health Department
 
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, how are we communicating the importance of abiding by social distancing regulations?
 
< Click on the map to follow the development of the virus through Douglas County.
 
 
CHARLES DREW HEALTH CENTER, INC.
 
While the restrictions around the coronavirus (COVID-19) are beginning loosen in Omaha, it is still crucial to practice preventative measures. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (the grocery store) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
 
 
NOAH
North Omaha Area Health
 
For the next couple of months we will not be taking “walk-in” appointments please call ahead of time for an appointment as we will want to talk to first before you come to the clinic. Screening and treatment is still FREE.
 
 
CHI
Catholic Health Initiatives
 
Our hospitals are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are in close contact with local health authorities. For more information for the public and health care providers on coronavirus, please visit the CDC website.
 
Some CHI Health events and activities have been cancelled or postponed out of an abundance of caution. Please double check the status before arriving at an event.
 
 
CENTER FOR HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT
Change your thinking, change your life!
 
Our goal is to help individuals relieve emotional and psychological pain, make behavioral changes that facilitate growth, increase self-awareness and self-knowledge, which lead to healthy living.
 
SMALL BUSINESS & NON-PROFIT RESOURCES
 
 
402 STRONG
FREE APP for Businesses!
 
Have you added your business to this free app? It’s Simple. Easy. Free.
 
Together, our community, businesses, and nonprofits will overcome COVID-19 and stay strong!
 
This is not a fancy app, and that’s okay. The goal is simply to put local information in your hands as soon as possible. The need is now. You can make a difference!
 
 
SBA
U.S. Small Business Administration
 
Small business owners in all U.S. States are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus
(COVID-19).
 
CLICK HERE for basic information.
 
 
GREATER OMAHA CHAMBER
We Accomplish More Together
 
 
NAM
Nonprofit Association of the Midlands
 
Plan, Don’t Panic
The coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted us all. NAM has put together a helpful information packet to consider.
 
 
CARES ACT | STIMULUS CHECKS
Check the Facts
 
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion economic relief plan designed to benefit individuals and businesses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is providing updated daily documents on the
CARES Act.
 
COMMUNITIES & NEIGHBORHOODS
(Individuals & Families)
 
 
UNITED STATES CENSUS 2020
Never Been Easier
 
 
CENTER FOR HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT
Virtual Memorial Rally & Walk
 
Brighter Days: A Holistic Approach to Suicide Prevention in the African-American Community Memorial Rally & Walk
 
(VIRTUAL EVENT)
 
Saturday, May 30th – 10 am – 1 pm
9 am – Really (via Zoom/Facebook Live)
 
Register Here. Swag bag & T-shirt for the first 150 registered by May 10th.
 
 
#VOTEBYMAIL
#STAYSAFEVOTEFRHOME
 
Watch for the Early Vote By Mail postcard from your Election Office (yellow or green from Douglas County; white/beige from Sarpy County)
 
 
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS
ACLU Nebraska
 
May 2020 Primary Edition
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Even if you are currently detained in a Nebraska jail, you may be eligible to vote.
 
Voting is both a fundamental right and a civic duty. Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and the fundamental right upon which all our civil liberties rest. The right to vote is constitutionally protected under the state and federal constitutions.
 
 
FREE COVID-19 LEGAL HELP HOTLINE
Legal Aid of Nebraska
 
Legal Aid of Nebraska has a free legal help hotline available for Nebraskans affected by COVID-19
 
  • Landlord trying to evict you?
  • Money been taken (garnished) from bank or wages?
  • Stimulus payment garnished?
  • Been denied Medicaid, SNAP, ADC?
 
Hotline; 1-844-268-5627
Monday – Thursday, 9 am – Noon
 
 
OMAHA 360
Collaborative Violence Prevention Initiative
 
Zoom invites for Omaha 360 will be coming to continue weekly meeting.
 
 
DOUGLAS COUNTY CORONA VIRUS ASSISTANCE & INFO
 
A Great resource page that can be shared.
  • Phone Service
  • Working from Home
  • Internet Connection
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse and more!
 
Please download and share the resources!
 
 
METRO
COVID-19 Update
 
Update on COVID-19 as of April 24, 2020
 
In a continuing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Metro is asking riders to only take essential bus trips.
 
To reduce crowding on buses, all riders are required to exit the bus at the end of its route and may not board the same vehicle for a return trip.
 
 
 
NONA
North Omaha Neighborhood Association
 
Follow and Like them on Facebook
 
 
SONA
South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
 
We decided to use our platform to connect our government leaders from School Board up to Congress, our community advocates and leaders and our nonprofit leaders across North and South Omaha to lay the foundation for positive and effective communication during this crisis and going forward as we heal afterwards.
 
 
OPD
Omaha Police Department
 
The Omaha Police Department is taking additional precautions to keep our citizens and officers safe as our community deals with the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Front Desk at Central Police Headquarters, 505 South 15th Street, will remain open daily but the hours and services available will change. The hours will be 8 am-4 pm. Fingerprinting services will not be available. If you need a file a report for a non-emergency incident please call
402-444-4877
 
 
CARES ACT
Get the Facts: Updated as of 4/22/2020
 
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a $2 trillion economic relief plan designed to benefit individuals and businesses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is providing updated daily documents on the CARES Act.
 
TRACK YOUR STIMULUS PAYMENT
 
STAY INFORMED WITH COMMUNITY MEDIA OUTLETS
 
 
THE OMAHA STAR
Nebraska’s Only Black Bi-Weekly Newspaper
 
The Omaha Star, in existence for more than 80 years, has been Nebraska’s largest African-American newspaper and the city’s most effective device to improve the lives of African Americans.
 
 
NOISE
North Omaha Information Support Everyone
 
Check out the story featured on Noise Facebook page about #PORCHtraiture “Connection in Quarantine” documenting North Omaha Residents in their homes during quarantine.
Story and pictures by Lasha Goodwin
 
 
The NOISE Team is comprised of contributors and content creators for North Omaha
 
 
REVIVE OMAHA MAGAZINE
Spirit, Mind & Body
 
Revive! Omaha Magazine is a Lifestyle and Community Empowerment Magazine serving African-Americans in the Greater Omaha Area
 
 
THE BOSS RADIO STATION
95.7 FM
 
Start your day with William & Martine
 
Monday through Friday | 7 am – 9 am
 
 
MIND & SOUL
101.3 FM
 
Join Michael & Michelle
Monday through Friday | 7 am – 9 am
 
 
GOSPEL MUSIC OMAHA
100.3 FM
 
Tune-In with Lady J
 
 
HEARTLAND FOCUS
Channel 6
 
Tune-In Every Sunday @ 6 am
with Tim Clark
 
COVID-19 UPDATES
 
 
GET THE LATEST UPDATES
 
As confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, how are we communicating the importance of abiding by social distancing regulations?
 
< Click on the map to follow the development of the virus through Douglas County.
 
 
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION
 
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available.
 
 
CITY OF OMAHA
Citizens of Omaha and Douglas County
 
The City of Omaha, Douglas County, our health care partners, and first responders are working diligently to protect public health and safety as the coronavirus spreads.  We are working together to lower the risk of transmission and infection and reduce the impact on our community.
 
 
DOUGLAS COUNTY HEALTH DEPT
Citizens of Omaha and Douglas County:
 
Information Line for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):
402-444-3400
 
Open Seven Days a Week, except Holidays
8:30 am to 4:00 pm
 
 
STATE OF NEBRASKA
Dept. of Health and Human Services
 
DHHS COVID-19 Information Line:
(402) 552-6645
 
8 am – 8 pm CST – 7 Days a Week
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