Long-term partners are competitively selected and have access to UNO resources such as our nationally recognized Service Learning Academy, the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility, and student leadership programs. Partner organizations also receive access to non-profit capacity building, technical assistance, and the benefits of urban, metropolitan campus life.
The charter partner organizations represent great variety and will bring unique perspectives on community issues, expertise, and commitment to shared values.
A Time To Heal
A nonprofit organization dedicated to holistic wellness and recovery for cancer survivors and their caregivers.
The Black Police Officers Association of Omaha
An organization that focuses on fostering, through education and outreach, a stronger and more positive relationship between the police department and the north Omaha community; improve the quality of life and overall neighborhood safety within the north Omaha community; and empower the community and police department to take more proactive roles in working together.
Buffett Early Childhood Institute (BECI)
An institute combining teaching and research faculty from the University of Nebraska’s four campuses to work collaboratively to improve the lives of children from birth through age 8.
Opportunities abound for UNO students and others to become involved in action projects and programs which create positive social change in our community and beyond. Student-directed service and volunteer transformations are happening every day through The Collaborative.
Contact: Kathe Lyons
Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska
The largest girl-serving organization in the state and for over one hundred years has provided leadership experiences for girls through volunteer-led programs. Activities and projects that will be based in the Weitz CEC include: recruiting and placing adult Girl Scout volunteers; creating partnerships with the UNO campus, partner organizations, and businesses to provide Girl Scout programming; planning and implementing collaborative Girl Scout programs and girl meetings; and hosting learning sessions and networking events for Girl Scouts adult volunteers.
Hunger-Free Heartland (HFH)
The backbone organization for a collective impact initiative to reduce child food insecurity in the Omaha-Metro area by 10 percent over three years. Hunger Free Heartland brings to the Weitz CEC a strong commitment to collective impact and community-based work, as well as a strong focus on exploring new opportunities as they relate to HFH’s overall mission. Through these alignments, HFH and the Weitz CEC will be able to create a mutually beneficial partnership that allows for dynamic feedback and greater impact on the community as it pertains to childhood hunger.
A human relations organization confronting prejudice, bigotry and discrimination through education programs which raise awareness, foster leadership and encourage advocacy for a just and inclusive society.
A UNO student-run public relations firm devoted to serving clients by offering innovative and creative solutions to help them achieve their public relations goals.
Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless (MACCH)
A nonprofit organization committed to end homelessness in the Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa.
A nonprofit organization utilizing Shakespeare’s life-affirming works to broadening the cultural and educational environments of the community.
Nebraska Watershed Network
A UNO organization acting as a focal point for research, teaching and community outreach regarding surface water quality in eastern Nebraska and throughout the state and region. It will collaborate with the Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the UNMC College of Public Health, as well as the Omaha Public Schools, the local Natural Resource Districts, and other community organizations.
Nebraska Writers Collective
Promotes creative writing and performance poetry throughout the Midwest through a variety of literary outreach programs, but primarily through hands-on, interactive workshops focused on the creation and performance of original writing. The Collective has reached more than 2,500 Nebraskans in this last year through projects such as Writers On-Loan, Seven Doctors Project and Louder than a Bomb: Great Plains (LTAB), the largest youth poetry festival in the Midwest. The Weitz CEC will serve as the Collective’s home office as well as its locale for program development, learning sessions, and more.
Nebraskans for Civic Reform
Nebraskans for Civic Reform (NCR) is a group of dedicated and politically diverse young Nebraskan professionals who are committed to making our civic institutions more inclusive among youth and historically disadvantaged and disengaged populations.
Omaha by Design
An urban design and environmental nonprofit dedicated to enhancing Omaha's economic development potential by improving the quality of its physical environment.Website
Omaha Public Library
OPL strengthens our communities by connecting people with ideas, information, and innovative services, a mission that will be better achieved by working collaboratively with other organizations. In 2012 OPL was awarded a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) towards its project "Creating a Collaborative Culture through Community Engagement." Working with UNO and the CEC will help bring the project to a new level of success, ultimately better serving Omaha and Douglas County residents.
Partnership 4 Kids (P4K)
Provides students the continual support needed to achieve success from kindergarten to careers. Utilizing a foundation in goal setting proficiency, strengths-based leadership curriculum, and the consistent support of adult role models, P4K focuses on four core areas to prepare students for academic success and the 21st century workforce: goal setting, group mentoring, college access, and career exploration. Partnership 4 Kids plans to utilize the Weitz CEC facility to provide additional levels of student support to its college access students, provide students with weekly case management support, offer more mentoring and peer support events/outings on UNO’s campus throughout the year, and develop new partners within the UNO campus and strengthen current campus partnerships.
Queer Nebraska Youth Networks
A peer-led group of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender and queer) Nebraskan youth age 15-24, committed to combating isolation by building healthy, supportive, and intentional communities that promote intercommunion friendships and cultivate hope.
Service Learning Academy (SLA)
The UNO Service Learning Academy creates university-community partnerships by integrating academic scholarship and civic engagement. These partnerships enhance student learning, advance community development, and foster engaged citizenship.
The Social Media Lab for Research and EngagementThis UNO-based organization represents a collaboration between the College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media (CFAM); the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) School of Communication; the College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) and others across campus. The Social Media Lab will provide consultation services to scholars, students and community partners on projects across disciplines when they involve forms of socialized computer-mediated communication; events and educational courses and workshops to serve both UNO faculty, staff, students and extended community partners; and cutting edge research related to the use of social media and spans across issues and disciplines.
Spirituality, Public Health and Religious Studies (SPHRS)
SPHRS is a project of Religious Studies that supports, or helps to coordinate, a variety of partnerships, initiatives and activities related to the areas of Spirituality, Public Health and Religious Studies at UNO, UNMC and in local and global communities.
Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPS)
A UNO organization aimed to provide participatory, utilization-focused program evaluation to programs organizations serving children, youth, and families in poverty.
A group of UNO organizations promoting and integrating sustainability by engaging in dialogue, identifying sustainability opportunities and developing recommended action plans.
The Transitions Program
A joint program between UNO and the Autism Action Partnership, serves to develop the social skills of young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The target population of the program is individuals with high-functioning ASD between 18-26 years old. The program seeks to assist young adults with ASD to develop their social skills through instruction and practice in classroom and natural settings. While developing the social skills of young adults with ASD is the primary purpose, Transitions is also dedicated to increasing the understanding and awareness of ASD at UNO and in the greater Omaha community, while adding to the scant research as it pertains to young adults with ASD.
Tribal Emergency Management Partnership (TEMP)
A collaborative and innovative organization consisting of UNO’s Emergency Management Services (EMS) and Native American Studies (NAS) programs, Nebraska Tribal Community Colleges (Little Priest Community College and Nebraska Indian Community College); Nebraska Tribal Governments and the Tribal Emergency Management Association (iTEMA). The Tribal Emergency Management Partnership is currently engaged in a bold initiative to collaborate with its partners to construct a standardized but scalable emergency management educational research and outreach program. This collaborative and transdisciplinary partnership will work to increase the capacity of Tribal governments to plan for, respond to, and recover from man-made and natural disaster emergency situations.
The UNO Center for Urban Sustainability
Advances urban sustainability education, research, and partnerships across the community, the region and planet. In addition to fostering collaboration at UNO and within the NU system and in the community, the Center also fosters partnerships with other educational partners and peers in Nebraska and across the nation. It is also playing a critical role in finalizing and/or implementing a variety of strategic initiatives aimed at stronger sustainability‐related curriculum as well as educational and practical opportunities for students to connect their education to community causes. The visibility and presence of the Center within the Weitz CEC will benefit partnerships within the campus, faculty and student interaction, and community collaboration.
The Urban League of Nebraska
The Urban League of Nebraska has been serving the Omaha community since 1927, and is one of 15 out of 98 affiliates to receive a perfect assessment score. A signature program of the National Urban League, Project Ready is a set of evidence based standards plus practical tools specifically designed for and unique to the Urban League movement, for the purpose of getting African American and other urban youth ready for college, work and life. The program helps 8th-12th grade students make academic progress, learn from cultural enrichment opportunities and develop important skills, attitudes and aptitudes that will aid in their transition from high school and position them for post-secondary success. Participants receive academic, social, and cultural supports and opportunities designed to develop “readiness” have the information and perspective necessary for success without needing remediation in college or career. Service Learning, Cultural and Historical Literacy are key components of the Project Ready program.
Volunteer Program Assessment – University of Nebraska at Omaha
A UNO organization devoted to providing quantitative and qualitative data and feedback to non-profit organizations from the perspective of their volunteers with the goal of improving volunteer and organizational outcomes.
Together with a group of business leaders, William M. Kizer began the Wellness Council of the Midlands in 1982 as a non-profit organization focused on workplace wellness. More than 30 years later, WELLCOM continues its mission of elevating workplace wellness and serves hundreds of employers throughout the Midwest. Our Mission at WELLCOM partners with employers to deliver wellness programs that impacts employee wellbeing and wellness, strengthens the culture and drives business results.
William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies
A UNO institute dedicated to fostering creative and critical thinking among labor leaders, potential leaders, and interested members by providing relevant information and training in the skills needed in today’s changing economy and workplace.
A community organization that partners with professional artists and area organizations serving at-risk youth, people with physical, mental or developmental disabilities and seniors to create interactive arts experiences.