How to help, get help during coronavirus outbreak

Article published by Omaha World-Herald
Written by Betsie Freeman

Here is a list of ways you can help and ways you can find help and resources during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We’re also highlighting good deeds throughout our readership area. Send your information to

Catholic Charities is providing a number of services:
• Food pantries remain open, but now will provide pre-packaged food boxes at the door. Deliveries to homebound people will continue and can take on additional clients, if necessary.
• The Domestic Violence Shelter is still taking residents. Screening and protocols are in place to identify coronavirus risks.
• Staffers are checking in with seniors by phone. The onsite senior program has been suspended.
• Immigration legal services and the microbusiness program are being provided by phone, Skype and Zoom whenever possible.
• A list of mental health tips for coping with social distancing, fear about the disease and other issues is posted on the agency’s website.
•  The agency also is taking monetary donations. Visit or call 402-554-0520 for assistance or to donate.

United Way of the Midlands established a Housing Stability Fund in partnership with the Omaha Community Foundation and its partners. If your work status has been directly affected by coronavirus, you can call the 211 helpline for mortgage or rent assistance. To donate, go to On its website, United Way also has a list of coronavirus questions with links to various state and national health organizations.

SHARE Omaha has put together a list of the needs of nonprofits during the pandemic. Visit

Do Space is offering free digital services while it is closed to public gatherings. Webinars, blogs and videos for all ages are posted on the web. Visit or Do Space Omaha on Facebook.

The Omaha Community Foundation has created a COVID-19 Response Fund with other local foundations. The first phase of the effort will be a rapid response to immediate needs. The foundation will adapt its approach as it learns more about local needs and the changing nature of the pandemic. Donate at

Omaha-based Salvation Army Western Division has establishment a relief fund dedicated to the divisions response to the corona- virus pandemic. Donations may be made at or via check, payable to the Salvation Army Western Division, COVID-19 Relief Fund, 10755 Burt St., Omaha NE 68114.