Nebraska & iowa tornado relief fund

Join United Way of the Midlands in assisting our neighbors in omaha, council bluffs, elkhorn, minden and blair following the tornadoes that devastated Nebraska and Iowa on April 26.

Thousands of people in Nebraska and Iowa are in need of assistance as recent tornadoes have displaced families, destroyed homes and devastated communities. In response, United Way of the Midlands (UWM) has created the Nebraska & Iowa Tornado Relief Fund (NITRF).

How to give to help those who need it most:

Donations will be used to provide essential support for individuals impacted by the tornadoes, supporting needs not covered by insurance or FEMA assistance. This includes services like temporary housing, legal support, mental health supports, resource navigation and more. Recognizing affected families will experience a range of diverse needs, UWM has activated our partnerships with Goodfellows and Lyft through 211, and other local programs to be responsive and adaptive as needs emerge. 

Individuals can contribute to the fund to help our neighbors impacted by this disaster by donating on this web page, texting TORNADO24 to 41444 or calling 402-522-7962

Donors can also direct their gift to victims affected by tornadoes in Waverly, NE, and UWM will  distribute those funds to the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County who serves that area.

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With your support and trust, we can distribute funds where and how they're most needed — and we’ll report back to keep you informed of how your contributions are making a difference.
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Every single gift makes a difference in the lives of our neighbors affected by the recent tornadoes.

Together, we can help those impacted as they start to recover and rebuild.

Additional ways to Give

TORNADO RELIEF BENEFIT CONCERT BY DOWNTOWN COLLECTIVE
FRIDAY, MAY 31

On April 26, 2024, 9 confirmed tornadoes touched down between Lincoln and Omaha, NE, devastating many homes in the Bennington, Elkhorn, and other surrounding areas.

On Friday, May 31, the Downtown Collective and Omaha Street Percussion will be performing live at the Granary to help support those affected by the tornadoes.

TORNADO RELIEF T-SHIRT FUNDRAISER

Thanks to the generosity of Union Omaha and the Omaha Stormchasers, 100% of proceeds from Nebraska Strong t-shirt sales will benefit the Nebraska & Iowa Tornado Relief Fund.

NEBRASKA STRONG MAGNETS

Thank you to Magnetizing Moments for supporting the Nebraska and Iowa Tornado Relief Fund. Support the United Way of the Midlands, as all proceeds go directly to their Nebraska and Iowa Tornado Relief Fund. Comes in quantities of 5.

past fundraising events

THE FESTERTONES CONCERT 
FRIDAY, MAY 3 | 8 PM

$1,400 Raised!

The Festertones Friday night, May 3 at 8 p.m. at the Brokedown Palace. All door proceeds go to the Nebraska and Iowa Tornado Relief Fund. Hope to see you on Friday night at 8805 Maple St. to help support those recovering from the devastating tornadoes.

RAFFLE AT METAL CRUSHES TOUR 2024
FRIDAY, MAY 3 | 6:30 PM

$1,200 Raised!

Stop by the raffle table at the Metal Crushes All Tour 2024 this Friday! Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Nebraska & Iowa Tornado Relief Fund to benefit those impacted by the devastating tornados as we rebuild and recover. Get your tickets for the event below: 

JUNKSTOCK
MAY 3 – 5

$450 Raised!

We will be at the Junkstock festival all weekend! Stop by our booth to learn more about 211, the Nebraska and Iowa Tornado Relief Fund and how you can help!

CULVER’S TORNADO RELIEF FUNDRAISER
MONDAY, MAY 6

More that $66,000 raised!

Make sure to stop by Culver’s on Monday, May 6 as 100% of sales, up to $10,000,  will be donated to the  Nebraska and Iowa Tornado Relief Fund to help aid the relief efforts of those affected by the recent tornados.

CREIGHTON & UNO VOLLEYBALL CLINIC 
SUNDAY, MAY 5

more than $30,000 Raised!

Join us this Sunday, May 5th, in supporting our communities impacted by last week’s tornadoes by participating in and supporting the Nebraska Strong Volleyball Clinic for Disaster Relief Fundraiser!

DARMODY FAMILY MCDONALD’S FUNDRAISER
MONDAY, MAY 6

more than $11,000 Raised!

On Monday, May 6th, Darmody Family McDonald’s locations across the community will donate a percentage of digital sales to United Way of the Midlands’ Nebraska & Iowa Tornado Relief Fund. You can order table service, pick-up, drive-thru, curbside, or even delivery by using the McDonald’s app and help support!

MIDWEST STRONG BENEFIT BY THE MAX
FRIDAY, MAY 10

$3,100 Raised!

100% of funds will be donated to United Way of the Midlands’ Nebraska & Iowa Tornado Relief Fund. Come out for some fantastic entertainment, raffles and to help the local community.

Give by check

Make your check out to United Way of the Midlands. Please put Nebraska and Iowa Tornado Relief Fund or NITRF in the subject line.

You can mail a check to our office at1229 Millwork Avenue, Suite 402, Omaha, NE, 68102. Please call 402-342-8232 or email support@uwmidlands.org if you have questions.

Additional ways to help

With the 211 helpline UWM is also taking sign-ups for volunteers who would like to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts in  affected areas. While volunteers are not being deployed at this time due to safety concerns, UWM is coordinating with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and will share information on available opportunities at a later time. Individuals interested in volunteering are asked to register on UWM’s volunteer  platform below:

thank you to nebraska & iowa tornado relief fund contributors:

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If you need assistance:

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People in need of post-storm assistance can connect with the Helpline by calling 2-1-1, texting their ZIP code to  898211 or visiting ne211.org. Community Referral Specialists will be available to assist callers 24/7. All calls are free and confidential, but standard message and data rates may apply when texting. Assistance is available in more than 200 languages using the tele-interpreter service and bilingual staff.