Flying Flags for Charity is a night to honor 8 local non-profits for their tremendous work in the Omaha community. Each charity demonstrates character in their mission, vision and advocacy for their specific sector in the Omaha society. Not only are they bringing awareness but also educating the public about illnesses, health, education, and opportunity for all.
To keep tradition alive, the Omaha Baseball Village at the Old Mattress Factory is privileged to have the original Rosenblatt flagpoles standing year-round on the south end of the property. Each non-profit gets to unveil a team flag and raise it on the Flagpole on Opening Night.
Unfortunately, our beloved Flying Flags for Charity event will not be able to take place this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Omaha Baseball Village will still be working with local nonprofit organizations with the antipication that they will be able to join us in-person for 2022. It is our privilege to highlight these incredible charities that are working to make a difference in the Omaha community.
Heart Ministry Center
The Heart Ministry Center originated nearly 40 years ago by the name of the Sacred Heart Human Needs Door Ministry. Beginning in 1982, under the leadership of Father Jim Scholz and Sr. Mary Ann Murphy, the door ministry provided food, clothing, and other basic needs for families enrolled at Sacred Heart School. In 1997, the center moved to 31st and Spaulding Street and found a new name as the Heart Ministry Center. Today, the center strives to empower the Omaha community through the implementation of its four core values: Compassion, community, excellence and accountability. The center currently serves the community in a multitude of ways. It operates a choice food pantry for financially insecure persons and families. On its campus, Omaha community members have access to a free healthcare clinic for basic checkups and dental work. Additionally, it offers a reduced price laundromat for community members as well as a job placement program for participants to learn job skills, effective workplace communication, accountability and customer service skills all while serving the community. The center welcomes members of the Omaha community to volunteer in its food pantry. We also accept financial and in-kind donations at https://givebutter.com/TVjl8X. For more information about the Heart Ministry Center, please visit our website at https://heartministrycenter.org/.
Josh The Otter
Our goal is to educate children with a fun and simple message:
TO STAY AWAY FROM WATER UNLESS ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT.
“Josh the Baby Otter” was created to help children comprehend and remember this important message. Ultimately, we want to create a water safety behavior for all children that will be passed on from generation to generation.
We have distributed over 500,000 copies of the book to daycares, preschools, and kindergarten classrooms across the country. With ongoing support, we will continue our efforts to incorporate this life saving message into every educational curriculum in the United States and beyond. We believe the book; “Josh the Baby Otter” has and will continue to save countless children’s lives.
Police Athletics for Community Engagement
Through the new foundation, Police Athletics for Community Engagement (P.A.C.E.), we hope to take the athletic program city-wide. This endeavor will provide athletics to kids in each section of Omaha that normally would not participate in organized sports. We hope to build partnerships with organizations throughout the city and help provide affordable athletics. We also want to emphasize the importance of education in athletics, as well as our anti-gang message. Our goal is to build stronger relationships between neighborhoods and the officers that patrol those communities and most importantly help make Omaha a better place to be - one kid at a time.
Women's Center for Advancement
The Women’s Center for Advancement’s (WCA) mission to assist victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking and their children to achieve safety and empowering them to lead self-determined lives. Our free, high-quality services address our clients’ immediate safety needs and help them to grow into independence over time.
In 2020 the WCA served over 35,000 people including receiving 8,338 calls to the 24-hour Hotline (402-345-7273). WCA services are always free and to anyone who needs them. If you or someone you know is in need of help please visit www.wcaomaha.org or call 402-345-6555.
No one should have to walk alone. The WCA needs your support so we can continue to assure that survivors have everything they need to create a safe and empowered life for themselves and their families. If you can give of you time, talent, or treasure please contact the WCA Development Team at 402-345-6555 x345 or visit https://wcaomaha.org/donate/.
The Hope Center for Kids
The Hope provides a safe after-school and summer program where children and youth can take part in academic support, youth development, faith-based learning opportunities, and receive a hot meal every night. It all started with a vision in the heart of the late Pastor Ty Schenzel who saw the need for hope in the lives of kids who could not see beyond their circumstances, and his vision became a reality in 1998.
More than 20 years later, The Hope is home to multiple learning spaces including an Employment & Learning Academy, a commercial kitchen and cafeteria, and the Hope Skate roller rink. In 2018, The Hope Center for Kids launched its first campus site in Holy Name School where it continues to impact lives today. In the spring of 2021, Hope Skate will officially become the Schenzel Community Center, honoring the late Ty and Teri Schenzel.
The Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center
The 122,000 square-foot Omaha Kroc Center redefines what a community center is all about. This unprecedented place of gathering and enrichment, houses an array of education, sports, faith, arts and supportive programs never before assembled in the Omaha metro. The programs, as well as the building itself, have been designed to stimulate the mind, body and spirit, to provide hope, and to transform the life of each and every member of the community. The Kroc Center is comprised of four major components: a center of worship, performance and special events venue, an aquatics center, fitness and recreation center, and an arts and education center.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Our Mission: The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with CF the opportunity to lead long, fulfilling lives by funding research and drug development, partnering with the CF community, and advancing high-quality, specialized care.
What We Do: Our approach to curing cystic fibrosis and caring for those affected by the disease is three-fold.
Research- We fund more innovative, groundbreaking CF research than any other organization in the world.
Care- We provide expert care for people with CF through our nationwide network of accredited care centers.
Support- We help people with cystic fibrosis and their families get the tools and support they need to lead healthy, productive lives, today.
Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska was founded in 1892 when the organization began serving orphans in Fremont and Omaha. Today, the needs of children and families are met through a wide variety of comprehensive programs – including complete adoption services for both birth and adoptive parents, family search services, foster care programs, support for young parents, and pregnancy and parenting counseling.
Community Services programs provide high-quality direct support services for refugees, immigrants, asylees, and victims of international human trafficking. LFS caseworkers are knowledgeable and skilled in case management, advocacy, cultural orientation, education, immigration legal services, employment, and job readiness training.
In addition to individual, family and group counseling, LFS offers speakers, seminars and workshops on behavioral health issues. we work hand-in-hand with law enforcement and the judicial system.