South Omaha Library looking for a library specialist

I’d love it if you help us get the word out about a great job opportunity here at the South Omaha Library.  I am attaching a complete job description.

We’re looking to hire a “Library Specialist”, which is a paraprofessional position that will focus on serving serving teens and tweens through a variety of activities here at the South Omaha Library.   We’re adding an additional staff person to our Youth Services department because we’ve identified that we need to offer more consistent positive engagement and mentorship for our South Omaha youth, especially at-risk teens and tweens.

The opening is a part-time, 20 hrs per week position, paying $18.12 per hour and is a busy, fun & dynamic place to work. 

To get started, go to and click on the  “Employment” button on the right hand side.  You’ll then want to click on “Current Openings” and go from there.   Please feel free to call me with any questions about the position.  

Library Specialist position

Step-Up Omaha Job Position Available.

The role of the Step Up! Omaha Job Coach is to facilitate a two week orientation for summer employment participants, be a liaison between program participants, work site supervisors, and program administrators once youth are matched with employers, provide coaching and guidance for participants throughout employment experience, and complete all necessary paperwork and documentation of activities.

Learn more and apply today!

Job Coach Position Overview

Free Books By the Busloads!

On Saturday, April 11th from 10:00am – 4:00pm, Books by the Busload is bringing free books to Omaha families! For this event, Metropolitan Community College, AIT Worldwide Logistics, Cargo Zone, Metro transit, AmeriCorps, Lutheran Family Services, and the Omaha Public Library are driving forward literacy by giving away 20,000 free, new books at three Omaha locations.

This year the buses will be at Planet Fitness in North Omaha, the Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Omaha, and Westroads Mall in West Omaha. The public is invited to browse the books in a library-like setting on the Metro buses and take home titles for free. Fiction and nonfiction books are available for all ages and reading levels. Attached is a flyer of the event that can be printed and shared as you wish. If you would like hard copies of the flyers I would be more than willing to bring some to your specific location. Just let me know and I’ll be there!

Also, they have created a book request form that organizations can fill out if they are interested in sending a representative to pick up more than 5 books for their organization/cause. Here is the link: Please share this form with whoever you feel would be appropriate. We want to get these books into the hands of those that need them and definitely don’t want any books left at the end of the day!

Download the flyer:

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South Omaha Community Garden Survey

Our community survey is live! Please participate and help to get the word out.

  1. Share directly from the Facebook page with your friends and other networks. You can also just add directly from your page using the standard text below and uploading the jpeg file of the flyer:

How do you feel about community gardens and having one in South Omaha? Share your opinions on a brief survey at

  1. Attached is a flyer that you can post and share at work, school, or other places that you are engaged
  2. Email your friends, family, and supporters to participate. Here’s the text to use in your email and attach a copy of the flyer:

We are part of an initiative to create a community garden in South Omaha. We would love to hear your opinions about community gardening. Complete a short 5-minute survey online at:

The only requirement to participate is that you live in the Omaha metro area and are at least 13 years of age (since we will be collecting names, phone numbers, and emails of those interested in learning more). It’s very short and easy. It should take you less than 5 minutes to complete. The link to the survey is:


ONE Omaha to Help Build Stronger Neighborhoods

OMAHA – If you’re an Omaha neighborhood in need of assistance, help is now available through ONE Omaha, a new citizen-driven initiative supported by the City of Omaha and the local philanthropic community.

The mission of ONE Omaha is to actively facilitate the development of neighborhoods in the City of Omaha through communication, education and advocacy, said Julie Smith, ONE Omaha program manager. She began her duties Feb. 16.

The initiative’s launch is the result of two years of effort by a volunteer task force comprised of the city’s six neighborhood alliance leaders and others to fill the gap in services left by the closing of the Neighborhood Center in February 2013. The task force, known as the United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha (UNAO), included Omaha City Councilman Chris Jerram, representatives from the Benson-Ames Alliance, Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Northwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Southwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance and Omaha by Design as well as various city staff.

“Our goal was never to replicate the Neighborhood Center but to build upon its decade of service to the community and explore new models for meeting neighborhood need,” said Mike Battershell, chair of the task force.

ONE Omaha is that new model. Instead of creating a new stand-alone nonprofit, the initiative is housed with Nebraskans for Civic Reform (NCR) in the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Founded in 2008, NCR is a group of dedicated and politically diverse Nebraska professionals committed to making civic institutions more inclusive among youth and historically disadvantaged and disengaged populations. It will act as ONE Omaha’s fiscal agent and oversee its daily operations.

“This will allow ONE Omaha to focus our efforts on programming and relationship building in all corners of the community while keeping administrative overhead to a minimum,” Smith said. A UNO graduate, Smith most recently served as a service program coordinator and volunteer consultant at her alma mater. She expects to earn her master’s degree in urban studies from UNO this May.

Mayor Jean Stothert included $50,000 in the 2015 city budget to support the initiative.  “ONE Omaha will help neighborhoods and neighborhood alliances understand how to use public and private resources to improve the quality of life in Omaha,” Mayor Stothert said. “It will result in stronger, safer, healthier neighborhoods.”
The task force and the City of Omaha have established a series of first-year ONE Omaha projects, each of which has a set of objectives and performance indicators so the initiative’s progress can be measured:

  • Quantify the capacity and contribution of Omaha’s existing neighborhood associations
  • Create a proactive neighborhood advocacy program
  • Identify geographic areas of the city in need of leadership development
  • Improve the way neighbors communicate with each other and with the City of Omaha
  • Recognize the important contributions of neighborhoods to the City of Omaha to help sustain their volunteer effort
  • Help Omaha’s neighborhoods understand and access available city services
  • Secure the future financial stability of ONE Omaha

“The neighborhood dynamic is changing, and ONE Omaha fully intends to use emerging technology and best practices to establish a baseline through its first-year projects that will help hone the focus of the initiative in subsequent years,” Battershell said. “Together, ONE Omaha and Nebraskans for Civic Reform can change the way neighbors interact with and serve the place they call home.”

With the establishment of the initiative, the UNAO Task Force will dissolve, and representatives from the city’s six neighborhood alliances will become members of the ONE Omaha Advisory Committee, which will also contain representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the city’s planning department and NCR.

Funding for the ONE Omaha initiative is provided by the City of Omaha, the Peter Kiewit Foundation, an anonymous donor, a 2015 South Omaha Historical Grant and contributions from individuals, organizations and businesses.

For more information about ONE Omaha, contact Smith at 402.547.7473 or


FOR RELEASE ON:  December 22, 2014

Contact:     Public Works Department

Environmental Quality Division




The Public Works Department, Environmental Quality Division, announces that there will be NO GARBAGE, RECYCLABLE or YARD WASTE MATERIALS COLLECTED neither on Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014 nor on New Years Day, Thursday, January 1, 2015.  As a result, solid waste collection will be delayed by one day for the remainder of the week following each of these holidays.  The collection schedule will change as a result of the holidays according to the schedule below:


Day/Date                                        Collection Area Served

Monday, December 22                 Monday area collections                Set out by 6:00 AM

Tuesday, December 23                Tuesday area collections               Set out by 6:00 AM

Wednesday, December 24          Wednesday area collections         Set out by 6:00 AM Thursday December 25                     Christmas Day Holiday                   No Collections

Friday, December 26                    Thursday area collections              Set out by 6:00 AM

Saturday, December 27               Friday area collections                    Set out by 6:00 AM


Monday, December 29                 Monday area collections                Set out by 6:00 AM

Tuesday, December 30                Tuesday area collections               Set out by 6:00 AM

Wednesday, December 31          Wednesday area collections         Set out by 6:00 AM Thursday, January 1               New Year’s Day Holiday                No Collections

Friday, January 2                          Thursday area collections              Set out by 6:00 AM

Saturday, January 3                     Friday area collections                    Set out by 6:00 AM


Collections will return to a regular schedule the week of January 5th through January 9th.  Omaha citizens may direct questions to the Environmental Quality Division Solid Waste Hot-Line at 402-444‑5238.  An answering service, through the same number, can assist during evenings, weekends and holidays.  Citizens may sign up for e-mail notification of impending solid waste collection holidays or service delays related to weather by going to


Citizens are also reminded that Christmas Trees will not be collected curbside.  Tree recycling locations may be found at the web site –





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The media may sign up for e-mail notification of solid waste collection schedule changes or disruptions.


While the city will continue to notify you via faxed news releases regarding citywide changes in the collection schedules, the e-mail notification will serve as a supplemental notification.  The e-mail service will include:


  • more frequent and quicker updates as weather conditions warrant
  • notification of changes that affect smaller areas of the city
  • notification to multiple people within the same media outlet


To subscribe to the e-mail list, go to


If you have questions about this subscription service or have difficulty in subscribing, contact Paul Dunn at 444-3915 ext. 226.

South Omaha Walking Tour named “Best of Omaha”

Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha editors selected Restoration Exchange Omaha’s South 24th Tour as the Best Walking Tour in Omaha. “The Walking Tour will put you face to face with historic architecture and the stories that built Omaha’s stockyards, once the largest in the world.” Call REO Education Chair Vince Furlong at 402-709-2596 or e-mail us at to book your tour.


ONE Omaha Program Manager

Job duties: The ONE Omaha program manager is responsible for quantifying the capacity and contribution of Omaha’s existing neighborhood associations and alliances; identifying specific geographic areas within the city in need of neighborhood leadership development; creating a proactive advocacy program for Omaha’s neighborhoods; improving the way neighbors communicate with each other and with the City of Omaha; helping Omaha’s neighborhood associations understand and access available city services; and recognizing the important contributions of neighborhood associations to the City of Omaha.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (public administration, public health, communications, social work)
  • Prefer one year of experience working with nonprofit organizations and volunteers
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated, self-starter
  • Ability to multi-task and establish priorities
  • Ability to manage volunteers
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, graphic design applications and web authoring software preferred

Direct Report: ONE Omaha Advisory Board (day-to-day supervision by Nebraskans for Civic Reform)
Supervise: Volunteers and student workers
Essential Functions: Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Act as ONE Omaha liaison with the city’s existing neighborhood structure and with the City of Omaha
  • Collect data from the city’s existing neighborhood associations (elections, boundaries, capacity, city directory information)
  • Generate Omaha Neighborhoods Report based on collected data
  • Coordinate joint neighborhood alliance activities
  • Manage ONE Omaha programming once established
  • Manage vendors associated with ONE Omaha programming
  • Assist ONE Omaha Advisory Board with securing the financial stability of the ONE Omaha initiative
  • Assist neighborhoods with inquiries and problem identification, resolution and follow up; monitor neighborhood/homeowner association activities
  • Research policy issues on specific neighborhood concerns
  • Work to address/resolve neighborhood issues and concerns; make recommendations outlining potential solutions

Submit cover letter with resume by Monday January 5, 2015 at 5pm to:
Attention: Mike Battershell

Neighborhood Program Manager Job Description


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