Coronavirus community resource guide

Organizations and groups offering aid in our community
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Posted at 11:43 AM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 19:07:54-04

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.


TWO MEN AND A TRUCK at 4512 S. 68th Street in Omaha
Offering 30 days of free storage to help students that are expected to depart campus housing as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to disrupt. Visit [] or call (402) 819-0327 to reserve free storage as space is limited. Franchisees Curtis Newman and Brian Beadle are also available to discuss the brand's plans of goodwill for students and families of Douglas County.

University of Nebraska-Omaha
Campus Housing Refund Option
Today, we want to share that UNO will provide a 60% housing refund on remaining 9 or 12 month contract values with a prorated effective date of March 15. Refunds will first be applied to any outstanding balances a student may have on their account such as tuition and fees. To take advantage of this refund option, students must formally checkout prior to March 24th. Please note that students can cancel their contract after March 24th subject to existing contract cancellation terms.

Parking Refund Option
Prorating for student refunds may differ slightly depending on type of permit. Student permit holders will receive a prorated refund from March 15 through the end of the current semester.



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:

• Childcare
• Medical Costs
• Rent or Housing Costs
• Utilities
• Other emergencies as necessary

The form for assistance is available at 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: [] to fill out the online application.

To make a gift to the LPS: COVID-19 Crisis Response fund visit: [] 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


Omaha Public Schools adds meal distribution sites, bringing weekly total to 40; announces schedule change for Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day, Omaha Public Schools will not be serving meals on Monday, May 25. The normally scheduled Monday meal sites will serve on Tuesday alongside the scheduled Tuesday meal sites.

Tuesday May 26, Starting at 10 a.m.

  • Bancroft Elementary
  • Belle Ryan Elementary
  • Benson West Elementary
  • Fontenelle Elementary
  • Liberty Elementary
  • Mount View Elementary
  • Oak Valley Elementary
  • Sherman Elementary
  • Sunny Slope Elementary

Tuesday May 26, Starting at 11 a.m.

  • Benson High
  • Beveridge Middle
  • Bryan Middle
  • Gateway Elementary
  • Gifford Park Elementary
  • King Science & Technology Magnet Center
  • R.M. Marrs Magnet Center
  • Nathan Hale Magnet Middle
  • Norris Middle Skinner Magnet Center
  • Omaha South High

The above schools will return to their Monday schedule the following week on Monday, June 1.

Wednesday May 27, Starting at 10 a.m.

  • Adams Elementary
  • Ashland Park-Robbins Elementary
  • Belvedere Elementary
  • Central Park Elementary
  • Chandler View Elementary
  • Florence Elementary
  • Joslyn Elementary
  • Indian Hill Elementary
  • Jackson Elementary

Thursday May 28, Starting at 10 a.m

  • Beals Elementary
  • Boyd Elementary
  • Conestoga Magnet Elementary
  • Dodge Elementary
  • Edison Elementary
  • Gomez Heritage Elementary
  • King Elementary
  • Masters Elementary
  • Minne Lusa Elementary
  • Walnut Hill Elementary
  • Western Hills Magnet Center


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.

Hotline: 1-800-985-5990

Messaging: text TalkWithUs to 66746. More information:

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: More information:

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:


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.

Sunlight Senior Care

Offering free grocery pick-up or free cleaning/disinfecting of homes for seniors and persons with disabilities. Must be over 65 and/or medically disabled and must be home-bound or unable to leave their home/apartment. Offer good until April 15. Contact at 402-200-5555.

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.

Jobs/Job Fairs

Due to the health alerts and the changes in our day-to-day living right now and the restrictions the city of Omaha has placed on how many people can gather at one time we have changed the May 6 JOB FAIR to be a drive-thru job fair instead of a face-to-face hiring event.
We will be having a DRIVE-THRU job fair from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Comfort Inn & Suites at 7007 Grover Street in Omaha.Simply drive-thru the designated area in the parking lot at the Comfort Inn & Suites at 70th & Grover and you will receive a bag full of job opportunities.
The employers will provide their flyers, applications, brochures, etc. and all the information will be in the bags. You can then go home and go through all of the material and apply with the instructions each employer has provided.