Become a Do Gooder
Each of us, contributing a single act of real-life good — throughout the Omaha metro, into our world. Just put positivity out there. And watch it take over.
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Buy much needed items by shopping Project Harmony’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items include playpens, car seats, formula and diapers. Items purchased will ship directly to Project Harmony.
Support Kids Can programs with school age children by buying office and learning supplies through Kids Can’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items ship directly to Kids Can.
Buy household items for former foster youth by shopping P4Hope’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here.
New mattresses, laptops and gently used household items may also be delivered to Youth Mart at 4343 N. 52nd Street in Omaha.
Buy fitness and wellness equipment for First Responders who want to workout at home by shopping Free Weights and Freedom’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here.
Gently used donations of dumbbells, treadmills and yoga mats can be dropped off at 2130 Creek Side Drive, Papillion, Nebraska 68046 from 9AM-9PM.
Buy items for rescues by shopping The Good Life Bulldog Rescue’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here.
Gently used comforters, blankets and harnesses (medium or large) can be dropped off at 2605 S 33 St, Omaha. Items can be left on the front porch at any hour.
Buy canned goods, pastas, frozen meat and pantry items for lunch for students in the vocational training and work experience program.
Cross Training Center is also looking for gently used electronics large or small – anything with a cord, battery or motor. Donations can be dropped off at 5030 N 72nd St, Omaha NE 68134.
Buy games and art supplies by shopping Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands’ s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands.
Buy items for group homes by shopping Youth Care & Beyond’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Cookware, dishes, silverware, sheets, towels, bedding, school supplies and board games all needed for youth in various programs.
Buy bike helmets by shopping Heartland Bike Share’s wish list on SHARE Omaha, linked here. Heartland B-Cycle is piloting a Pedal to Health program with federally qualified health centers where patients can receive a free B-cycle membership, bike safety training course and a helmet. Items purchased will ship directly to Heartland B-Cycle.
Buy candy, index cards, toothpaste and office supplies by shopping The Set Me Free Project’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. All goods are used in activities in the schools. Donations for use in both Omaha and Council Bluffs can be dropped off at 11620 M Circle, Omaha, NE 68137 from 9am-4:30pm Monday – Friday.
Buy items for cancer patients by shopping Kamie K Preston Hereditary Cancer Foundation‘s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items needed include mastectomy pillows, blankets, fuzzy socks, magazines, books, chapstick, candy, drain belts, pillow fabric and pillow stuffing. Items purchased will ship directly to Kamie K Preston Hereditary Cancer Foundation.
Buy sleeping bags, backpacks, friendship bracelet string, and camp supplies at Midwest YouCan Foundation’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Supplies will be used for Camp YouCan. Items purchased will ship directly to Midwest YouCan Foundation.
Educate yourself about how to assist a wild animal that needs help, linked here. Anyone can be an ambassador for wildlife!
Commit to being a Wish Granter, linked here, for a terminally ill child. Meet with a Make a Wish child and discover, plan and fulfill a wish.
Come in and cook dinner! Provide a warm, home cooked meal and interact with children and families staying at the RMH. Apply here.
Buy exercise equipment and weights by shopping MSForward’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Exercise equipment will be used for expanding the in-gym exercise inventory and provide clients with equipment to workout at home. Items purchased will ship directly to MSforward.
Buy items that will increase girls’ interest in sports, STEM, and literacy by shopping Girls Inc. of Omaha’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Purchases promote engaging, fun, and high quality programming. Items purchased will ship directly to Girls Inc. of Omaha.
Buy new items by shopping Stephen Center’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to Stephen Center.
The Stephen Center also needs gently used blankets, towels , twin-size bedding, washcloths, coats, hats, gloves, sweatshirts and sweat pants. Items can be dropped off 2723 Q Street, Omaha, NE 68107, daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Buy office supplies for mailings about SIOD by shopping Little Giants Foundation‘s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to Little Giants Foundation.
Buy office supplies, furniture, and electronics to support programming by shopping Latino Center of the Midlands ‘s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to Latino Center of the Midlands.
Have an active imagination and like to play? There are many opportunities to get involved. Play Professionals help run educational activities, drive the train, create in the Tinkerlab, or run the carousel. Master Tinkers help with exhibit set-up/clean up or decorate for all the holidays! Explore here.
Buy items for the elderly residents by shopping Florence Home’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will be used to enrich the residents’ lives. Items purchased will ship directly to Florence Home.
Florence Home is also accepting gently used clothing, outerwear, and CD players and CDs. These donations can be dropped off 7915 N 30th Street, Omaha, 8 am-5 pm, Monday – Friday.
Buy items for programming by shopping The Big Garden’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. The dream “wish list” item is a large capacity air fryer to be taken to partner sites where they don’t have facilities for cooking for the students. Items purchased will ship directly to The Big Garden.
Manage a Book Drive for the A BOOK OF MY OWN SPARK program! Description linked here.
Buy hygiene items from Siena Francis House’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. These items will be distributed to the 450 homeless individuals staying in the shelter.
Siena Francis House is also accepting gently used winter items. Donations can be dropped off at 1111 North 17th Street, Omaha, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Become a vital part of a growing grassroots movement of advocates speaking out for suicide prevention and mental health education and support. Linked here.
Buy household furnishings, kitchenware, cleaning supplies, diapers, bedding, and toiletries for families in need by shopping Restoring Dignity’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here.
To support families living at the house, purchase Ziploc bags (quart size), breakfast bars, cereal, paper plates, liquid laundry soap, and foil casserole pans (9″ x 13″) by shopping Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here.
Buy toys or share used items for this Christmas’ program, Christmas in South O. Gently used items such as clothing (all ages and genders), household items (no electronics, books or furniture items, please), and nonperishable food items will be distributed to families in need or facing crisis situations. Deliver donations to South Omaha Pantry Donation, 2021 U Street Omaha, NE 68107. Please use the green donation door on the south side of the building and ring the doorbell. Please do not leave items outside of the building.
Buy items by shopping Youth Emergency Services’ wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items like bed sheets, blankets, men’s and women’s t-shirts and hygiene items will be distributed to youth who are homeless or in crisis. Items purchased will ship directly to Youth Emergency Services.
Buy nonperishable food items, personal care items, and household cleaning items to be distributed to clients by shopping Project Hope’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to Project Hope.
Buy items used by students year-round, including games, toiletries, and school supplies, by shopping The Hope Center for Kids’ wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to The Hope Center for Kids.
Learn about the no food waste movement, linked here, and ask local food purveyors what they do with their excess fresh perishables.
Buy items by shopping Benson First Friday’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will help create a better functioning, more professional office space for the organization. Items purchased will ship directly to Benson First Friday.
Teach life skills to youth through Scatter Joy Acres’ on-going service work helping homeless animals and teaching environmental appreciation.
Buy basketballs, footballs, volleyballs, soccer balls and nets by shopping Omaha Parks Foundation’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. These items will be used for youth and adult programming at community centers. Items purchased will ship directly to Omaha Parks Foundation.
The Rose will host a volunteer information table from 10 am – 4 pm in the lobby of the theater on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Stop by 2001 Farnam Street in Omaha throughout the day to learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available for teens, adults and seniors.
Buy personal hygiene items and safety equipment by shopping Easterseals Nebraska’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here.
Easterseals Nebraska also requests gently used books, dress-up clothes/costumes, party decorations, sports/outdoor equipment, craft supplies, and sensory toys. Donations can be dropped off at 12565 West Center Road, in Omaha, Monday – Friday, 8 am-5 pm.
As a Youth Advisory Board member, high school students help create and implement memories for children who have a parent with Stage IV cancer. Apply here for this meaningful opportunity.
Enrich the lives of the 1100 species that call Omaha’s Zoo home by purchasing items from Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.
Wildlife Rescue Team needs gently used towels, blankets, cages or kennels/carriers, and old fur coats to raise and rehabilitate orphaned and injured wildlife. Items can be dropped off on the front porch or driveway of 8089 Gold Street, Omaha between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Buy food and toys for dogs and cats by shopping HBITH’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to HBITH.
Join MPSF for a fun evening of shopping with sips, sweets, and jewels from 5-7 p.m. on December 3. Kendra Scott at Omaha Village Pointe will donate 20% of proceeds from this event to MPSF. More information about this fashionable event is linked here!
Support victims of trafficking by volunteering as a mentor, licensed or non-licensed group leader, shift helper, or life skills coach, linked here.
Host a membership drive! With Christmas at Union Station and a fantastic lineup of events around the corner, Giving Tuesday is a great time to become a member of The Durham. Link here to get started.
Great Plains Textile Center
Great Plains Textile Center is looking for looms, loom supplies, spinning materials, yarn, knitting needles – and a space to host educational workshops.
Gently used items such as knitting and crochet needles, looms, spinning wheels, and supplies be delivered at 4212 N 149th Street, Omaha, NE 68116 in the evening and on weekends.
Buy items for Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition’s elder and youth programs by shopping their wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. They need hygiene kits, warm clothing, boots, mittens, hats and gloves.
Also needed are gently used items such as warm clothing, boots, mittens, hats, and gloves. These items can be dropped of at 2240 Landon Court, Omaha, NE 68102 on M-F 8am to 5pm.
Buy a small refrigerator for Urban Acres Horse Rescue. The refrigerator will store vaccines for animals, water and popsicles for volunteers. Drop off at 5005 N 55th Street Omaha, NE 68104
Buy medical supplies and equipment useable in West African and/or Sub-Saharan context, items such as hospital beds, labor and delivery tables, incubators, newborn bassinets, scales, and ultra-sound machines. Contact Global Partners in Hope between the hours of 8:30AM and 5:00PM Monday-Friday.
Purchase a ticket to attend an upcoming Nebraska Wind Symphony concert. See available concerts at their SHARE Omaha profile, linked here.
Ring a bell, linked here, during the upcoming kettle season! Volunteer bell ringers are crucial partners in funding the good we do all year long.
Buy incentives for the students and families attending programs that address absenteeism by shopping GOALS Center’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to GOALS Center.
Help clients with their food shopping and help keep the food pantry shelves stocked, linked here.
Purchase a ticket, linked here, to attend Free Weights & Freedom First Annual Night of Honor and support free gym memberships for First Responders, veterans, and emergency workers.
Buy journals, markers, pens, paint supplies and canvases by shopping Women’s Center for Advancement’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Supplies purchased will stocking groups and classes such as Survivor Art Studio, Mindfulness Meditation, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. Items purchased will ship directly to Women’s Center for Advancement.
Buy pantry items by shopping New Visions Homeless Services’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to New Visions Homeless Services.
New Visions Homeless Services needs gently used cold weather gear for men, women and children of all ages and sizes. Donations are accepted at New Visions Homeless Services, 1435 N. 15th St. Council Bluffs, IA 51501 at all hours and at New Visions Omaha Veteran’s Campus 1425 N, 18th St. Omaha, NE 68102, M-F 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Buy items by shopping Smart GEN Society’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. All donated items will be used for our school-based educational curriculum and programming which teaches digital safety to kids and their parents. Items purchased will ship directly to Smart GEN Society .
Buy canned food and dry goods by shopping Catholic Charities’ wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Donations will keep the shelves stocked during the holidays. Items purchased will ship directly to Catholic Charities.
Flood help still needed! Help those affected by the devastating 2019 floods in NE and Iowa. Assist with logistics, clean-up, rebuilding or donations, linked here.
Enjoy board games? Help teach board games to the public at the library space or at other community events. Linked here.
Goodwill accepts items in good condition that can be resold. To see a complete list of items accepted for donation and how to donate, access link here.
Support American Midwest Ballet by purchasing a ticket to one of the Nutcracker performances, linked here. This annual tradition is a highlight of the holiday season!
Buy educational materials used by the museum’s education staff and volunteers to engage student groups and families during their visit by shopping The Durham Museum’s wish list at SHARE Omaha, linked here. Items purchased will ship directly to The Durham Museum.
Provide companionship and emotional support to hospice residents by being a Hospice House volunteer, linked here.
Adopt-A-Spot! Adopt an Omaha park, trial segment, stream, neighborhood, or corridor. Groups or individuals have many times and locations to choose from. More information linked here.
Volunteer with one of the region’s premier botanical centers. Numerous, varied opportunities for involvement. Find your fit with a “growing” organization here.
Help during pledge drives! Volunteers answer phones and take pledges from supporters. Link here for more information.
Calling all first responders in the greater Omaha area! Apply here to participate in the 2020 Guns & Hoses Spectacular. 100% of proceeds go towards helping fellow first responders in need and other community programs. Application closes January 15, 2020.