OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Many people in the Metro are scrambling amid the spread of the coronavirus. To make things easier, many local organization are stepping up to give aid. We'll keep track of resources available to people in the area here.
FOUNDATION FOR LPS ACCEPTING COVID-19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE REQUESTS
The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools is now accepting requests for emergency assistance from LPS students and their families affected by COVID-19.
Families of LPS students in need may request funds to help with:
• Medical Costs
• Rent or Housing Costs
• Other emergencies as necessary
The form for assistance is available at FoundationforLPS.org. After the online application is submitted, the request will be reviewed. If approved, payments will be made directly to the payee (i.e. the childcare provider, landlord, utility company, etc.) within 3-5 days of approval.
“We work hand-in-hand with the LPS staff at each school, who know these students and their families, to review every single request that comes through our office. These personal relationships make response rapid, efficient and achievable. The infrastructure already exists for us to review and process requests in days, all while maintaining social distancing critical to our community’s health and well-being,” Wendy Van DeLaCastro, president of the Foundation shared.
LPS Superintendent Steve Joel thanks The Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools for their efforts to assist students and families. “COVID-19 has the potential to significantly compromise the stability, safety and health of thousands of LPS students and their families,” said Joel. “We appreciate the community coming together during this time of need to support one another.
“We have set up the LPS: COVID-19 Crisis Response Fund to meet this need,” Van DeLaCastro. In partnership with LPS and other social services organizations in our community, the Foundation for LPS will collect and distribute these emergency funds.”
To request emergency assistance, LPS families affected by COVID-19 should go to: foundationforlps.org/covid-19/emergency-assistance.html [foundationforlps.org] to fill out the online application.
To make a gift to the LPS: COVID-19 Crisis Response fund visit: bit.ly/lpscovid19crisis [bit.ly] or drop off a donation at any Union Bank & Trust branch location in Lincoln.
Omaha Children's Museum - While Omaha Children's Museum is closed to the public, the staff at the museum are busy creating online videos based on familiar programs and characters to keep young children engaged. Videos are shared daily each morning on the museum's Facebook page and include Playful Moments, Playful Projects, and Tinker Challenges.
Staff members from the Education Department and Guest Services Department are creating videos based on popular science experiments, Kitchen ABCs recipes, and Tinker Lab activities, as well as creating new programs like Princess Storytime and games that can be played at home. The videos are short, often between 2 to 6 minutes, in order to best engage their young audience.
In addition to the Facebook videos, the museum has created printable activity sheets for young children. They are available for free downloading at ocm.org.
The Latino Center of the Midlands to hold Drive-Thru Supply Distribution
On Wednesday, July 15th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Omaha South Gym Parking Lot the Latino Center of the Midlands will hold a second drive-thru event to distribute essential supplies to the community. Last week the organization held a similar event distributing face masks and personal hygiene kits. Over 700 cars passed through, allowing the group to distribute more than 6,000 masks to the community. Due to the success of last week’s event, the Latino Center has decided to hold another event on July 15th.
At the event, the non-profit will give away 200 hygiene kits, 3,000 face masks, 200 boxes of produce, 100 bags of nonperishable food, and 50 sports balls. The organization encourages people to arrive early, as the event will only last until supplies run out. This event is made possible through partnerships with the American Heart Association, the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Verizon Media, the YMCA, and Northstar. The Latino Center of the Midlands is also reopening its doors to the public on Monday, July 13th, which will allow them to continue serving Omaha’s Latino community during this time of great need.
El Latino Center of the Midlands Realizará Distribución de Suministros por Carro
El miércoles 15 de julio de 10:00 am a 1:00 pm en el estacionamiento del gimnasio de la preparatoria South, el Latino Center of the Midlands organizará un evento para distribuir diferentes suministros a la comunidad. La semana pasada, la organización realizó un evento similar distribuyendo mascarillas y kits de higiene personal. Más de 700 autos pasaron por allí, permitiendo al grupo distribuir más de 6.000 máscaras a la comunidad. Debido al éxito del evento, el Latino Center ha decidido realizar otro evento el 15 de julio.
En el evento, la organización regalará 200 kits de higiene, 3.000 mascarillas, 200 cajas de vegetales y frutas, 100 bolsas de alimentos no perecibles y 50 balones deportivos de la American Heart Association. La organización anima a la gente a llegar temprano, ya que el evento sólo durará hasta que se acaben los suministros. Este evento es posible gracias a las asociaciones con The American Heart Association, The Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Verizon Media, The YMCA, and Northstar. El Latino Center of the Midlands también reabre sus puertas al público el lunes 13 de julio, lo que les permitirá seguir sirviendo a la comunidad latina de Omaha en este momento de gran necesidad.
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Behavioral health resources available for Douglas County residents during COVID-19 pandemic
There’s no doubt about it, the COVID-19 pandemic has a lot of people on edge. It’s an uncertain time, causing stress, anxiety and fear. People are worried about contracting the virus, protecting vulnerable populations, financial setbacks, schoolwork at home for students and many more. Fortunately, there are organizations ready to assist Douglas County residents and ease some of those concerns.
“There are resources out there for you, so please do not hesitate to use them,” said Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson. “We do not want people to panic. We want people to take this seriously and take care of their whole selves."
Here are free behavioral health resources available for the public:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress
Talk with a counselor, a doctor, or a clergy member anytime of the day or week. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Interpreters are available as well.
Messaging: text TalkWithUs to 66746. More information: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Boys Town National Hotline
The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. This is a great resource for parents/caregivers and families.
Hotline: 1-800-448-3000. Email for speech- and hearing-impaired: email@example.com. More information: https://www.boystown.org/hotline/Pages/default.aspx
The Nebraska Family Helpline
A great resource for families concerned about a youth experiencing mental or behavioral health issues. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Helpline: 1-888-866-8660 More information: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Nebraska-Family-Helpline.aspx
Sarpy County Sheriff's Office offers help with grocery pickup:
Starting today, people who are sick, elderly, or caretakers of this demographic in Sarpy County may call the Sarpy County Sheriff Helpline at 402-593-1593 for needs such as picking up prescriptions, groceries, or other necessities. A uniformed Sarpy County Sheriff’s Deputy will pick up and deliver medications, food, or other necessities in a marked police cruiser. This helpline may also be utilized by the general public to make a non-emergency police report via telephone.
Medical Care Networks in the region offering answers to your questions:
Methodist Health System - The Methodist Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline is staffed every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Operators can address questions about the disease, connect you to your county health department or discuss concerns about exposure.
Methodist Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline at (402) 815-7425 (SICK).
List of Sarpy County service options for Take-Out Tuesday.
List of announcements regarding changes to Sarpy County services and hours.
Sarpy County resource page.
Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem due to the pandemic, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, experiencing employment issues, or being a victim of identity theft, can call 1-800-332-0419.
DED Reopens Small Businesses Stabilization Grant Program with Expanded Eligibility
July 13, 2020 (LINCOLN, NEB.) – Starting now, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development is accepting new applicants under the Small Business Stabilization (SBS) grant program.
Due to receiving fewer applications than projected during the first round, DED estimates it can award up to 14,000 more grants of $12,000 apiece. The grants — which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are expended — are available to businesses that have not previously applied under the SBS program. Businesses that have already applied are expected to be notified of their award status this week; the expanded criteria announced today will apply to all previously submitted applications.
Under this new application round, the types of businesses that are eligible to apply has expanded.
“Previously, small businesses were required to have between five and 49 employees to be eligible for Small Business Stabilization grants,” said DED Director Anthony L. Goins. “Now, businesses with 1-75 employees are eligible, so long as the business withholds income taxes for at least one employee and has suffered employment or revenue losses as a result of COVID-19.”
The new eligibility requirements mean that 1099 contractors and the self-employed who withhold state income taxes for their employees on a Nebraska Form 941N are now eligible for funds.
“The express goal of this program is to help our small businesses make it through this difficult period so they can eventually return to profitability,” Goins said. “We are glad to be able to expand the program to a wider pool of applicants.”
Applications will be accepted as of the current announcement. The new deadline to apply is July 17, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. CDT.
Funding for the SBS program is made possible by a $392 million allocation of Coronavirus Relief funding from the Federal Government — part of the more than $1 billion Nebraska has received thus far. Of this amount, $330 million has been set aside for small businesses and livestock producers; $16 million will be used to retrain displaced workers in partnership with the community college system; $40 million will help expand the state’s broadband access to enable work-from-home and telehealth/education opportunities; and $1 million will finance Gallup-based leadership training for Nebraska business leaders.
Because applications to the SBS program for livestock producers exceeded projections, that program will not be reopened, DED reports. All applicants to the Livestock Producer program that met qualifications will receive a grant award.
Potential SBS grant applicants must certify their eligibility by visiting https://getnebraskagrowing.nebraska.gov/nebraska-small-business-stabilization-grant/. If deemed eligible, applicants will be notified via email and sent a confirmation number and link to complete a full application. All interested businesses are strongly encouraged to view https://getnebraskagrowing.nebraska.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-Business-Stabilization-Application-Guide.pdf and this step-by-step instructional video [gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] for pertinent information.