Flooding in the Spring of 2019 has resulted in record-breaking levels of devastation across the state. Members of our congregation have been asking, “How Can I Help”? This page provides some information and links to other resources to reach out and provide assistance in various ways to our neighbors across the state.
Remember to pray for those who have been affected by the flooding.
Blessed are you, Creator of the Universe,
May your strengths and comfort be with those impacted by the storms and the floods. And may you grant courage and wisdom to government officials, as well as voluntary agency workers and volunteers, as they assist survivors to rebuild their lives. May all of us see hope and life from you in the midst of chaos.
Nebraksa Synod of ELCA
Nebraska Floods & Disaster Response resources
Identifies opportunities for giving, volunteer resources, and resources for people in need
Listing of relief opportunities: https://www.omaha.com/news/goodnews/want-to-aid-those-impacted-by-flooding-there-are-dozens/article_9e1ddebb-cb82-51f7-9503-30f6d91aff0b.html
Thrivent, a not-for-profit membership organization, announced Monday that it will match $1 for every $2 made in personal donations on Thrivent.com to featured organizations supporting victims affected by recent flooding and tornadoes. Thrivent will match up to $250,000. In addition, the organization is encouraging its members to volunteer by forming Thrivent Action Teams. The following organizations have been selected to receive the match dollars: Convoy of Hope; LCMS Disaster Response; Lutheran Disaster Response; Orphan Grain Train (flooding only); Samaritan’s Purse; WELS Christian Aid and Relief (flooding only).
To participate in the match, visit Thrivent.com, click on “Learn How” and then follow instructions for personal donations.
Local / Day Volunteers:
If you are local to the area we welcome you to serve for the day.
Host location: Fremont Alliance Church, 1615 N. Lincoln Ave., Fremont, NE
Please arrive at host location at 7:30AM or 12:30PM for orientation.
Volunteers will work Mondays – Saturdays.
If you have questions about serving as a day volunteer please contact 402-936-0389.
Please bring a bagged lunch and water with you.
Tools will be provided, but volunteers may bring their own tool belts and small hand tools. Volunteers should dress in long pants and bring work gloves, safety glasses, and sturdy boots. Volunteers should bring rubber boots for working in flooded areas.
Minimum Age: Volunteers must be at least 14 years or older. Youth, ages 14-15, must be accompanied by their parent/legal guardian and youth, ages 16-17, must be accompanied by an adult chaperone unless the team is registered as a youth group. Youth groups may serve with Samaritan’s Purse and are required to complete a Youth Leader Covenant. Please read more information about our Youth Policy in the FAQ section.
Habitat for Humanity
See their Omaha flood relief page for volunteer opportunities.
The Red Cross
The Red Cross is currently accepting full-day volunteers at various shelters.
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up for shifts online.
If you do plan to volunteer, here are some important items to keep in mind:
- Sign-up at least 24 hours prior to your desired day volunteering to be able to complete these steps.
- Volunteers should be prepared to serve from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
- Upon completion of your Volunteer Connection profile you will be asked to upload your state ID and go through a background check (this will take about 30 seconds).
- Once completed and submitted you will be notified by the Red Cross with further details concerning your volunteering assignment.
Flood volunteer opportunities via Omaha Rapid Response.
The Salvation Army
Seeking volunteers from across the U.S. to fundraise for flood relief.
You can register online or by calling 402-898-6050.
The Wood River Fire Station is in need of volunteers to help clean. People should come with boots, gloves, hand tools, rakes and buckets. If you’re interested call 308-583-2541.
Village of Dannebrog
Dannebrog is also in need of volunteers to help clean up downtown and around the town. If you’re interested you can contact them on their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dannebrogne/.