University of Nebraska, Nebraska Medicine benefit from $38,000 in gifts during 2020 Omaha Gives

Contributors to the annual Omaha Gives event gave more than $38,000 in gifts to support causes at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.
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Contributors to the annual Omaha Gives event gave more than $38,000 in gifts to support causes at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine.

Omaha Gives, the community’s only annual 24-hour charitable challenge, was held on May 20 and is organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to raise support for nonprofits.

The University of Nebraska and Nebraska Medicine partnered with the University of Nebraska Foundation to promote giving day support for causes tied to helping people who may be adversely affected by COVID-19.

University of Nebraska at Omaha

The UNO Maverick Food Pantry received more than $3,700 in support for its mission to help food-insecure students on campus and to provide other personal necessities to students that they may not be able to afford. The pantry provides its services to students who attend UNO or UNMC. Like most university food pantries, the Mav Pantry has seen an increase in the need for its services during the pandemic.

Six other UNO organizations also participated independently in Omaha Gives, including UNO Students Against Hunger, Glacier Creek Preserve and KVNO 90.7 FM. Together, the six organizations received $24,800 in gifts.

University of Nebraska Medical Center

UNMC and its Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE) received gifts of nearly $6,300. SIM-NE is a mobile training system that provides statewide training for the providers of rural emergency medical services and health professionals in hospitals — normally using four, 44-foot-long, customized trucks. Since the coronavirus outbreak, it has shifted its training to online and video sessions to protect its instructors and trainees while still providing education and training. Since the pandemic, it has trained more than 1,600 health care providers on topics related to COVID-19.

Nebraska Medicine

Nebraska Medicine received more than $3,300 for support of its Employee Emergency Assistance Fund. Established in 2018 at the University of Nebraska Foundation, the fund is used to support employees and their families who may be affected in some way by a critical or urgent situation. With the adverse challenges caused by COVID-19, the fund is of special importance now.


Omaha Gives May 20 comes at important time for our Omaha organizations

May 10, 2020

Omaha Gives, the community’s only annual 24-hour charitable challenge, is set for May 20, 2020. The giving begins at midnight, and hourly drawings and prizes make donations go further.

Causes at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine stand to benefit from support during this Omaha event.

Omaha Gives comes at an especially critical time now as our university and health care network support those adversely affected by COVID-19 and provide important information and resources across the state about the disease.

Support the Maverick Food Pantry

As our university community continues to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19, the UNO Maverick Food remains steadfast in its commitment to support the dietary and personal hygiene needs of students, faculty and staff at both UNO and UNMC.

Unprecedented demand for food and hygiene resources in our community requires an unprecedented response. If you are able, please consider a gift to support food-insecure members of the UNO and UNMC community during this uncertain time.

Every gift made during Omaha Gives increases the chances that the Maverick Food Pantry will also receive matching dollars made available by the event’s sponsors and benefactors. Gifts may be made on May 20 or scheduled online now.

Contribute at omahagives.org/uno.

UNO also shares other opportunities to help campus programs here.

Support Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE)

Simulation in Motion-Nebraska (SIM-NE) is a mobile training system that provides free statewide training for providers of rural emergency medical services and health professionals in hospitals — normally using its four, 44-foot-long customized trucks.

Since the coronavirus outbreak, it has shifted its training to online and video sessions to protect its instructors and trainees while still providing critical educational training across the state. SIM-NE recently held three virtual training events attended by more than 1,600 health care providers. It held COVID-19 training related to patient surge preparation, leadership and the rapidly changing rural health care environment.

Since the program’s launch in 2017, SIM-NE mobile units have provided more than 20,000 hours of simulation training for nearly 7,300 emergency medical providers in most Nebraska counties.

Every gift made during Omaha Gives increases the chances that SIM-NE will also receive matching dollars made available by the event’s sponsors and benefactors. Gifts may be made on May 20 or scheduled online now.

Contribute at omahagives.org/unmc.

Support the Nebraska Medicine Employee Emergency Assistance Fund

During Omaha Gives, contributions to help the Nebraska Medicine Employee Emergency Assistance Fund are also needed.

The Nebraska Medicine Employee Emergency Assistance Fund is used to supplement housing when a front-line worker needs to shelter away from family at high risk for COVID-19. It also provides meals, emergency childcare and other personal care to ease the current stress on our medical caregivers.

Every gift made during Omaha Gives increases the chances that the assistance fund will also receive matching dollars made available by the event’s sponsors and benefactors. Gifts may be made on May 20 or scheduled online now.

Contribute at omahagives.org/nebraskamedicine.

University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund

Another top priority for the University of Nebraska is support for the University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund. This fund enables the university to help students and employees on each campus who are facing sudden financial hardship due to crisis situations, personal hardships, and now adversities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Omaha Gives

Omaha Gives! is a 24-hour online fundraising event organized by the Omaha Community Foundation to raise support for nonprofits in Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties.

It is a community-wide event to showcase the area’s spirit of giving, raise awareness about local nonprofits and celebrate the collective effort it takes to make this community great.

Since 2013, this community give-together has raised $49 million for more than 1,000 nonprofits. The event is based online at omahagives.org.

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