Below are the twelve community partners that we collaborate with for the Cortina service sites. Through the years, we have developed strong relationships and believe that serving the Omaha community is one way we can impact the world.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” -Gandhi
Ambassador Health facilitates hospitality for pediatric special care. With this, the children Cortina students interact with are recovering from an injury, illness, or any other complication in relation to premature birth transitions. So, when Cortina students arrive on Saturday mornings, they play, read books, and overall interact with the children present to brighten up their day.
Our mission is to sustain communities through gardening. We help Omaha neighborhoods, civic groups, schools, youth groups, and residents develop lasting, productive green spaces. We provide a comfortable setting where people of diverse ages and backgrounds can work outside together. Our larger vision is to work with Omahans to build local food systems, improve community health, empower neighborhoods, and strengthen economic viability and sustainability. Over the years, City Sprouts has helped establish community and family gardens at various Omaha neighborhoods, such as Gifford Park, Leavenworth, and at churches, community centers, and neighborhoods.
Community Bike Project Omaha
The Community Bike Project Omaha focuses on equity and access to bicycles for the people of Omaha. Our mission is to promote the bicycle as a viable, low-cost, and reliable form of transportation. We run a shop at 33rd & California where we fix up and distribute bicycles, and we also do a number of outreach activities in our community. Volunteers need not be expert in bike repair–there’s something for everyone.
Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful, and connected community. Cortina volunteers assist with an afterschool program at a local middle school.
Hope Center for Kids
The Hope Center for Kids strives to inspire hope in youth and children through education, employability, collaboration, and faith. Our vision is to eliminate racism and poverty through the love of Christ. From the first day a child enters our program, they are bombarded with hope: hope that they will be strong enough to combat peer pressure; hope that they will one day graduate from high school and attend college; and hope that their life has extraordinary meaning and purpose. The after school programming at Hope provides kids from kindergarten to high school with tools for academic success, character building, college and career readiness, and vocational discernment. Volunteers play a vital role in carrying out our mission of hope. Cortina volunteers will have opportunities to provide one-on-one tutoring, to lead enrichment activities, and to facilitate skills development.
Initially started nearly thirty years ago in response to increased requests from members in the North Omaha community seeking food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance, the Heart Ministry Center has always aimed to assist people needing life’s most basic necessities. Beginning in 2010, the Center entered into another period of rapid growth. The Center expanded healthcare services, developed a group mentoring program for at-risk youth, added free legal services, opened a dental clinic and introduced social work and case management services.
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska expresses God’s love for all people by providing quality human care services that build and strengthen individual, family and community life.
MICAH House is an emergency shelter focused on serving families and allowing them to live together in shelter. We provide a safe and nurturing environment with support services to those families and individuals who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness. Our focus is on personalized case management to help each individual reach the goal of permanent housing.
One of the services we provide to families is the BUDDY Program – designed to engage the homeless children in play and trauma informed methods of care to Build Upon Dreams and Develop our Youngsters! Play is a major component of the BUDDY Program because it can be a healing force that helps children cope and restore normalcy to their lives. It also helps children learn social skills, critical thinking skills, self-control and creativity. We seek individuals who would like to make a difference in the lives of homeless children.
Mosaic provides a life of possibilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. We help people define their own happiness. We support them and empower the pursuit of their goals. We celebrate their successes, even if that success is as simple as the pursuit itself.
The mission of Munroe-Meyer Institute, the Nebraska University Center on Disabilities, is to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities and their families. The Institute provides interdisciplinary family-centered services and supports for consumers and all individuals with disabilities. These services include the development of new and innovative ways to promote inclusion of the individual in the community.
The North Omaha Club opened its doors in 1961 on 20th Street and became the place for all boys to hang out and have fun. In 1997, the Flannigan building (2606 Hamilton) was purchased from Boys Town and opened up in 1998. BGCM then sold the Flannigan building to Omaha Public Schools and kept part of the land to build the new Club, which opened its doors in 2005. Over the years, the organization has grown to serve the needs of the North Omaha community and continues to build a family atmosphere where kids can come and be kids in a safe and nurturing place.
Siena/Francis House is Omaha’s and Nebraska’s largest homeless shelter, providing food, emergency shelter, and clothing to homeless men, women, and children. Cortina members who serve at the shelter will be engaged in serving breakfast cafeteria style to participants of our substance abuse treatment program, alumni, and staff members.
In addition, all students will attend the meeting that follows the meal service. This community meeting is designed to celebrate milestones and to keep us connected as a recovery community. We welcome students who aware of their own emotional intelligence, who have an open mind or desire to learn about poverty and addiction, as well as a desire to connect with others. Opportunities to build relationships and share at the community meeting will be available for students who serve at our site.