As part of our mission to “Smile. Be Kind. Do Good,” we love to share Omaha volunteer opportunities for families throughout the year. Yes, giving back may look a little different in 2020 but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways we can all try to make our community a better place while spreading some holiday cheer. With giving season in full swing, the team at Hawley Orthodontics has put together another annual installment of the best ways to give back in the Omaha area this holiday season.
Siena Francis House – Siena Francis House is the largest shelter in Nebraska and they provide emergency overnight shelter to people experiencing homelessness. They also offer case management outreach services, food and clothing. There are a number of Siena Francis House Omaha volunteer openings, including a need for people to help meal service, laundry service and transportation service, as well as openings for dock and pantry volunteers. Take a look at all of the Siena Francis House volunteer opportunities and sign-up here.
Tri-City Food Pantry – If you follow our Papillion orthodontics office on social media, you may have seen our recent food drive to benefit Tri-City Food Pantry and Open Door Mission where, after reaching our goal, Dr. Hawley got pied! The food pantry is one of our favorite Papillion charities and they’ve been busier than usual due to the pandemic. If you didn’t participate in our food drive or you’d like to do even more, host your own food drive or donate much-needed items to help out.
Give Blood – Giving blood may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you’re thinking about Omaha volunteer opportunities for the holidays. However, there is a critical need for blood, platelets and plasma, as there have been shortages nationwide. If you’re feeling healthy, schedule a time to donate at the Nebraska Community Blood Bank or through the American Red Cross. Both organizations are taking all of the necessary COVID-19 safety measures to keep donors safe. If you’ve had COVID-19 and have recovered, the organizations are also in need of convalescent plasma, which could help patients.
Open Door Mission – Open Door Mission’s goal is to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. The organization provides shelter beds to people experiencing homelessness, as well as preventative resources. The Omaha charity also serves meals to those in need. There are a variety of Open Door Mission Omaha volunteer opportunities for the holidays. Here are a few:
- Purchase a gift for the Project Santa program from the organization’s Amazon wishlist. The holiday gifts will be distributed to boys and girls in need so they have something to open on Christmas morning. Or, take part in the Christmas Bells program by buying a holiday gift for an adult in need from Amazon.
- For Omaha volunteer opportunities that you can do while social distancing, consider one of the organization’s Volunteer in Place opportunities. Volunteers are needed to make inspiration cards, make meals and sack lunches, put together hygiene comfort kits and more.
- Open Door Mission has in-person volunteer opportunities too. They need volunteers to organize, bag and load gifts for their Project Santa Drive-Thru event and to sort, organize and stock shelves with donations. If you’d rather be an Omaha soup kitchen volunteer, there’s also a need for helpers to serve holiday meals. You can see all of the volunteer openings and sign up here.
The Salvation Army of Omaha – The Salvation Army has a range of holiday volunteer opportunities in the Omaha area, though there will be safety protocols in place. You can be a bell ringer and collect donations, deliver meals, bag and sort gifts for the Angel Tree and Toyland programs, and more. Or, to volunteer from home, you can make masks or create notes of encouragement. See the full list and details here.
Heartland Hope Mission – Heartland Hope Mission is another of the Omaha charities that need resources to meet growing demand. The faith-based nonprofit offers basic necessities and services to help the working poor get back on their feet. You can help by donating funds, food or other necessities. Heartland Hope Mission also has Omaha volunteer opportunities for people 12 and up in their food pantries and warehouse. Volunteers are needed for the organization’s Christmas in South O event too where Christmas meals and presents are provided to over 1,200 children in need.
These are just some of the ways for giving back to the community during the holidays in Omaha and the surrounding area. Whether you take part in one of these suggestions or find a way to give back on your own, we’d love to see you in action! Snap a picture and share it on social with the tag #SmileBeKindDoGood. Let’s make the 2020 holiday season the best one yet. And, as always, if in between giving back and eating all of the holiday goodies, achieving outstanding braces or Invisalign results is also on your holiday to-do list, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Hawley.
Happy holidays from the Hawley Orthodontics family to yours!