HOW TO HELP: Donate, volunteer to help flood victims across the region

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Organizations, churches, and agencies around the region are working to collect donations — items and funds — to help those in the area who have been affected by the recent floods.

Here's where you can go to donate time, money, or other resources:

American Red Cross of Nebraska & Southwest Iowa


DONATE | VOLUNTEER | GIVE BLOOD

UPDATES: Facebook | @neiaredcross

American Red Cross


GIVE: redcross.org | Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 | 1-800-RED-CROSS

Donations can also be mailed to:

    American Red Cross
    2912 S. 80th Ave.
    Omaha NE 68124

The Salvation Army – Omaha

DONATION DROP-OFF: The Salvation Army is collecting donations at the former Canfield's store, at 84th and Center, in the coming days for distribution in northeast Nebraska and Southwest Iowa.

The temporary donation center will be open from noon to 6 p.m. this week. Household items needed include: mops, buckets, work gloves, rakes, shovels, bleach, and other cleaning items; as well as sports drinks and snacks.

Items will be distributed from Omaha to those in Nebraska and Iowa who have been affected by the ongoing flooding, according to the Salvation Army release.

A second Nebraska donation center location opened on April 4 inside the former JC Penney store in Bellevue at the Southroads Mall. That facility operates the same but will focus on serving Sarpy County and Cass County.

It will be open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. starting April 18.

Those interested in making monetary donations can do so at salvationarmy.org

Other ways to give: VOLUNTEER | DONATE AIR MILES | DONATE GOODS | LEARN MORE

The Salvation Army – Council Bluffs

DONATION DROP-OFF: The Salvation Army is collecting donations at the Council Bluffs Corps located at 715 N. 16th St.

The donation center will be open on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The center will be closed on Sundays.

Items will be distributed to those in Iowa who have been affected to the ongoing flooding.

DONATE | VOLUNTEER | LEARN MORE

Other ways to give: VOLUNTEER | DONATE AIR MILES | DONATE GOODS | LEARN MORE

Food Banks


Food Bank for the Heartland

Food Bank of Iowa: Support disaster relief

Nebraska Farm Bureau


DONATE: 100% of donations will be distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by the disasters.
  • Give online: Contribute to the Disaster Relief Fund
  • By mail: If you would like to write a check, make it out to Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation and mail it to:
      Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation
      Attn: Disaster Relief Fund
      P.O. Box 80299
      Lincoln, NE 68501-0299

VOLUNTEER: Call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550.

AGRICULTURE DISASTER EXCHANGE: Like a “want ad” page, the ADE provides a place for Farm Bureau members to seek and offer help, as well as share information during tough times. [POST]

Lifegate Church


The church is encouraging sign-ups for people who want to help with cleanup efforts after flood waters recede. [SIGN UP]

Mills County Emergency Management


Donations can be made online via the Omaha Community Foundation website:
    1. Select "Southwest Iowa Funds" in the first drop-down menu.
    2. Select "Mills County Flood Fund" in the second drop-down menu.

Of mail a check payable to the "Mills County Flood Fund" to:
    Mills County Community Foundation
    3555 Farnam St., Suite 222
    Omaha NE 68131

VOLUNTEER: Register online to assist with the phone bank; or call 712-520-4000.

DONATE ITEMS: Call Julie Lynes at 712-527-0011 to coordinate.

Nebraska Humane Society


MAKE A DONATION | DROP OFF ITEMS | SHOP THE DHS AMAZON WISH LIST

Nebraska Farm Bureau

Nebraska Farm Bureau has set up a Disaster Relief Fund at its foundation to provide emergency aid to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by recent storms and flooding.

According to its website: "100% of the donations will be distributed to Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities affected by the disasters."

DONATE: Give online

AGRICULTURE DISASTER EXCHANGE: A place for Farm Bureau members to seek and offer help, as well as share information during tough times. [POST]

NEED HELP? Apply for aid: Details and application

Nebraska Cattlemen


The organization is collecting donations — monetary and agricultural support — to be distributed to Nebraska cattle producers affected by the recent floods and other natural disasters.

HOW TO GIVE

    1. Download a donation form.
    2. Write a check to "Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund," and mail it to:
      Nebraska Cattlemen Disaster Relief Fund
      4611 Cattle Drive
      Lincoln NE 68521

AGRICULTURAL SUPPORT
If you would like to donate hay, feed, fencing materials, or volunteer help or equipment; or if you are seeking assistance yourself, call the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at 1-800-831-0550.

Be prepared to share your name, contact information, type and number of livestock, location — including your county of resident — what assistance you are seeking and how urgent your need is.

MORE: Federal disaster assistance resources

Offutt Air Force Base


Help with flood relief efforts at Offutt AFB.

VOLUNTEER: To help with base clean-up, email the Offutt AFB Chapel at 55wg.hc.chapelresponseteam@us.af.mil.

DONATE: Give via the U.S. Air Force Chaplain Corps

Fundraisers & other events


Join our 6 On Your Side Facebook Group to find — or share posts — about community events you can participate in to help victims of the Heartland Floods.

Donor precautions


Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson reminds Nebraskans to donate with care and avoid charity scams in response to recent weather damage and flooding. [TIPS]


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