SOCCC provides support for many events an programs throughout the South Omaha Community every year. Explore the stories below to learn more.

 

Health Committee

We have 77 members on the Health Committee – our main purpose is connect individuals and organizations who are working to improve the health of the South Omaha Community. We’ve supported numerous projects such as flu shot clinics, STD testing, health fairs (including the Binational Health Week) and health screening and education events. We also receive and facilitate grants. Find out more information here.

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Large Networking Meetings

Our bi-monthly large networking meetings serve as a means to fulfill our mission of fostering connections, communications, and collaboration among the public, private, and nonprofit organizations in the South Omaha community. Network meeting attendees are treated to lunch, community updates from stakeholders (i.e. City of Omaha Mayor’s office, Omaha Police Department, Non-Profit Association of the Midlands, and the Mexican Consulate), along with guest speakers. With an average of 80 community members in attendance, the meetings are also an excellent way to network and coordinate services. Find out more information here.

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Education Committee

This past year, SOCCC, with support of the OCF Fund for Omaha grant, sponsored the THRIVE leadership club through OPS. The THRIVE club is an after-school leadership program for migrant students in five high schools—Benson, Bryan, Central, Northwest, and South.  It consists of nearly 200 students.  Through acts of community service, team building activities, and weekly leadership lessons, students learn to become leaders.  The club is designed to help students become leaders who give back to the community through acts of volunteer service.

The goals of the project were to increase knowledge about the health and educational needs of the immigrant/refugee community and to promote positive civic engagement and leadership skills of high school students.  The project included a community survey regarding health and educational needs with follow-up community service project by the THRIVE Leadership Clubs in the Omaha Public Schools.

The THRIVE students completed the following community service projects:

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Benson THRIVE: Created a 15 minute documentary film about the refugee experience.  The film had its premier at the 2014 World Refugee Day on June 21, 2014 to an audience of 600.

 

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Northwest THRIVE:  Students developed a reading program for students at Hartman Elementary School.  The elementary students wrote their own biographical story and received books for their home library.  Sixty students participated in this project.

 

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Bryan THRIVE:  Students sponsored a refugee family by setting up their apartment, helping the family get enrolled in school and mentoring the family on a weekly basis.  Forty students participated in this program.

 

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Central and South THRIVE:  Students in the two clubs worked together to create a World Culture Day at South High School on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  Six hundred people attended this event.  The student performers also performed at the UNO Cultural Festival on April 6, 2014.

 

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The THRIVE students showcased their hard work at the May 2014 Large Networking Meeting