Iowa/Nebraska IN the Neighborhood Conference Call for Proposals

The Conference is set for October 10th -11th 2014

The mission of the conference is encouraging and celebrating strong empowered neighborhoods. The goal of the conference will be to highlight local and regional achievements, offer workshops that focus on best practices in addressing community concerns and to encourage networking and information sharing that could lead the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government, non-profits and the private sector.  The keynote speaker at the conference is nationally renowned community activist, Gus Newport, former Mayor of Berkeley, California from 1979 to 1986.  Gus Newport is currently a program consultant to the Vanguard Public Foundation and the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation.  He is also an MLK Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Gus’ areas of focus have included neighborhood planning and development and economic development.  He has worked with many communities across the country to ensure local, grass-root involvement from the residents. He encourages neighborhood planning and development from the “bottom up, not top-down”.

A Call for proposals:

We are looking for neighborhood organizations, non-profits, religious, business or privately run groups or organizations that have programs, events or missions geared to promoting or advocating for stronger neighborhoods, finding solutions to common community problems or addressing specific local or regional needs to submit proposals for workshops to be presented at a local conference on October 11th.  Presentations should be no more than 45 minutes long including time for questions from audience.  We are also looking for neighborhoods or other groups to submit tour proposals that will feature neighborhoods, programs, or collaborations that help create or feature strong empowered neighborhoods.  Tours will be Friday afternoon, October 10th and should be no more than 2 ½ hours long and include ideas for dinner options.

Proposals are due June 9th to Margie Magnuson at  Questions? Call 402-554-0775.

Notification of acceptance will be sent July 14th.



Bark in the Park event

Do you love your dog? Do you love the Hanscom Bark park or Hefflinger?  Please help keep these public spaces amazing!

Save The date the 10th Annual Spring Bark in the Park

Saturday, April 26th 2014, hours  10am to 3pm

Over 50 Booths, including games for the dogs and owners to play, raffles, pet friendly businesses and area rescues too.
NEW this year… Compete in the Lick off Challenge !

Cost $10 Per dog, goodie bag included with paid admission- Sponsored by Sergeants Pet Care
Register and Pay on Line and save time at registration


The Omaha Dog Park Advocates are having their annual fundraiser, Spring Bark in the Park on Saturday, April 26th at the Hefflinger Dog Park, 111th & Maple, and are in need of volunteers between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You CANNOT BRING YOUR DOG and you CANNOT leave your dog unattended either in your vehicle or on the All Dog side of the park while you volunteer.

Time slots available are 8-4 (all day) or  8 to 11, 11 – 2 and 1 – 4.

To sign up, to Volunteers go to:

Volunteer duties include –
Help vendors haul and set up/tear down their booths.
Hold leashes while people register
Registration Tables
Hand out gift bags
Sell raffle tickets
Run the games
Run the raffle table
Man the ODPA table
Rescue Round Up

Or Contact

Lynne Newlin, Volunteer Chairperson or 402.502.5796

Bridget Jansen, Spring Bark in the Park Chairperson, Past President or 402-660-6000

We are a registered 501 C3 non-profit and will gladly authorize service hours.


New Grant available for members of Omaha area Alliances!

United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha, Deffenbaugh Industries Announce 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Initiative

OMAHA – The United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha (UNAO) and Deffenbaugh Industries are pleased to announce the 2014 Neighborhood Improvement Grant Initiative. The goal is to support projects that encourage collaboration and create healthy, vibrant neighborhoods.

UNAO is made up of six neighborhood alliances: Benson-Ames Alliance, Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Northwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance and Southwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance. Deffenbaugh Industries has provided each neighborhood alliance with $1,500.

The neighborhood alliances, in turn, will award the $1,500 in grant funding to a neighborhood association or associations within their respective alliance boundaries to fund a neighborhood project or projects. Each neighborhood alliance is responsible for soliciting project proposals from the neighborhood associations within its respective alliance areas.

“The continued commitment from corporate partners to Omaha neighborhoods is amazing and appreciated,” said Mike Battershell, chairman of the United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha. “This funding allows neighbors to identify their greatest need, develop a plan and implement a solution. This is the strength of community and of neighborhood associations.”

To be eligible for funding, projects must:

  • Take place within the specified boundaries of each neighborhood alliance (outlined below)
  • Encourage collaboration between the applicant and its respective alliance
  • Help create a healthy, vibrant neighborhood

In the event that an applicant represents an area where an active neighborhood association no longer exists, the applicant must show how this project could help revive a neighborhood association to serve the area.

The deadline to submit an application to the geographically appropriate alliance is Monday, June 2. The winning applications will be announced Monday, June 23. All projects must be completed by Monday, Oct. 6. A final project report must be submitted to the geographically appropriate alliance by no later than Monday, Nov. 10. The winning projects also will be asked to share their experiences in a panel discussion at the local IN the Neighborhoods conference Oct. 11.

Below are the eligible project boundaries and contact information for each neighborhood alliance.

Benson-Ames Alliance
Western Avenue on the south, Sorensen Parkway on the north, Saddle Creek Road/Fontenelle Boulevard on the east and 72nd Street on the west
Liz Moldenhauer, 402.880.4664 or

Midtown Neighborhood Alliance
24th to 72nd streets, I-80 to Cuming Street
Diana Failla, 402.651.5779 or

North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
Neighborhood associations in the 68104, 68110, 68111, 68112 and 68131 zip codes
Carl Christian,

Northwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
West of 72nd Street and north of Dodge Street
Dennis Brown, or 402.630.8544

South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
The river on the east, 72nd on the west, Dodge on the north and Harrison on the south
Oscar Duran,, 402.250.1648

Southwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance
West of 72nd Street and south of Dodge Street
Mike Hohnstein,

South Omaha Spring Cleanup Sites – Secret Intearctive Map

Hey Hey, In the spirit of getting our neighborhoods all gussied up, below is a “Secret” interactive map of all the South Omaha Spring Cleanup Sites. SHHHH!!!

Please look at the dates because not all neighborhoods host on the same days.

Oh yeah, if you neighborhood site is not on the map, it is because I do not know your location/date. Just shoot me an email with the needed info and I will add you ASAP!

Now, if you are new to Spring Cleanup, only one site per weekend takes tires and a separate one takes appliances. Again, these are only sites located in South O neighborhoods, there may be other sites on these two South O dates. The red tire looking things are the Tire Sites and The blue A shaped icons are the Alliance sites.

Viva South Omaha!

Want to be removed from the Food Express weekly drop on your lawn?

The growing dislike for the weekly ads called “Food Express”, delivered to your lawn by the Omaha World Herald, is growing. Neighbors have asked how to stop receiving the paper.  Here is the latest information we have.  Also we know Councilman Jerram is working a group of concerned citizens and the OWH to resolve the issue long term.

My name is Dennis Cronin and I’m the Circulation Director for the Omaha World-Herald.  One of my responsibilities is ensuring accurate, consistent delivery of our Food Express, a weekly publication that contains food related news and advertising inserts from numerous local businesses.  Food Express is delivered every Tuesday/Wednesday to residents in Douglas and Sarpy counties.

Due to some customer feedback, we recently conducted a thorough analysis of our Food Express delivery.  The results of that study indicated that our Food Express isa popular publication.  Overall, our distribution was meeting the high standards we’ve established for the publication.  However, the study also alerted us to some isolated areas where our delivery was not up to these standards, specifically with unwanted deliveries at some addresses.  One of the purposes of my email to you today is to let you know we are committed to doing whatever we need to do to fix these isolated instances.  Over just the last few weeks we have added staff and contracted with additional delivery personnel and assigned them to the areas we found the delivery issues.  We will continue to monitor our progress and implement additional measures as needed.

The other purpose for my email is to ask for your help in getting this message to your neighbors.  If they experience any delivery related issue with the Food Express, we want to know about it.  If they have attempted to get a Food Express delivery issue addressed in the past and they were not satisfied with the results, we definitely want to hear from them.  

If you or any of your neighbors have any delivery issues- and that goes for our Food Express or the World-Herald- please ask them to call Kevin O’Neil, our home delivery manager, at 402-444-1491, or email Kevin.O’  or myself at 402-444-1482 or email

A representative of the World-Herald will check in periodically to see how we’re doing in your neighborhood.  In the meantime, if you or your neighbors have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me at any time.

Thanks in advance for your help-

Dennis Cronin
Director of Circulation
402-444-1482 – Office
402-444-1305 – Fax


Graffiti Symposium May 13 & 14 in Omaha

The City of Omaha has taken an aggressive approach towards fighting graffiti and has gone through many growing pains. We have become effective because of our strategic implementation plan, dedicated staff, and collaborating with our community partners. We want to share what we have learned and invite you and anyone in you association to attend the Heartland Anti-Graffiti Symposium.

This symposium offers an opportunity to learn more about operating an effective anti-graffiti program. Our partner for this event is the Graffiti Consultants’ own Rick Stanton, a graffiti abatement expert and consultant with 17 years of experience fighting graffiti. Over the two day symposium Rick will cover the “Ten Steps to a Graffiti Free City,” including topics like how to conduct a citywide assessment, recruit volunteers, establish effective ordinances, and much more. City of Omaha Staff and our Community Partners will also share real-life experiences and implementation strategies during this interactive experience.

The symposium will be held on May 13 and 14, 2014 at the Scott Conference Center in Omaha, Nebraska.  The cost for the symposium is $99 for pre-registration and $149 after April 28, 2014. The City of Omaha would like to offer the opportunity to participate in this event with the members of your organization and would kindly ask that you share this information to your members and also place it on your organization’s calendar. The enclosed flier provides the detailed information of the symposium agenda, registration and hotel information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Graffiti Abatement Coordinator,  Kayleen Young at 402-444-5245 or or The Graffiti Consultant, Rick Stanton at 408-206-4259 or


2014 City of Omaha Neighborhood Grant Announced

Mayor Stothert’s 2014 Neighborhood Grants

 Program Overview

The Program

Mayor Stothert’s 2014 Neighborhood Grants Program has been developed to support Omaha neighborhood organizations with projects that are intended to creatively improve: the neighborhood’s quality of life, safety, appearance, environmental impact, and livability.  All neighborhood organizations registered and listed in the City of Omaha’s Neighborhood Association Directory are eligible to apply for these funds.  Grant requests are limited to $5,000 and all projects funded must be completed by December 31, 2014.


  • Neighborhood organizations must be registered and listed in the City of Omaha’s Neighborhood Association Directory:
  • An incomplete application may result in disqualification.
  • Grants can only be made for public purposes and cannot result in any benefit or improvement to individual citizens or privately owned property.
  • Prior grant award final reports must have been submitted to the Mayor’s Office.
  • Projects must have prior approval from the Neighborhood Association Board of Directors.
  • Priority funding will be given to applicants that have participated in a Place Game Workshop through Omaha By Design.
  • If a proposed project requires a permit or department approval, contact should be made with the relevant department prior to the submission of a Neighborhood Grant application. 
  • Matching funds are required.  This can be in the form of volunteer labor.  The match amount does not need to be the same as the requested grant amount. 


  • Grant applications must be submitted no later than March 24th, 2014. 

Late applications will not be considered.

  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome no later than April 25th, 2014.
  • All funded projects must submit a final evaluation by January 30th, 2015.

How to Apply

To apply for a 2014 Mayor’s Neighborhood Grant, submit one (1) complete application electronically to  All applicants who submit electronically will receive a receipt of submission.  Applications can also be mailed, or delivered to Neighborhood Grants Program, 1819 Farnam Street, Suite 300, Omaha, NE 68183.  If you have questions, please call the Neighborhood Grants Program at 402-444-5546, or email for assistance.

Grant Awards Selection

The City of Omaha and community representatives will review all applications and submit their final recommendations to Mayor Jean Stothert.

Tentative Timeline

Monday, February 24, 2014                           Release Applications
Thursday, March 6th 2014 at 5:30 p.m.          Workshop in the Legislative Chamber
Monday, March 24th, 2014                             Grant applications due
Friday, April 25th, 2014                                  Email Notification of Grant Outcome Distributed
Wednesday May 7th 2014 at 10:30 a.m.        Mayor’s Press Conference


Mayor Stothert’s 2014 Neighborhood Grants Program will be available on Mayor Stothert’s website (, and the City of Omaha website (

Grant Application Questions

  1. A brief description of the Neighborhood organization
  2. Membership size and geographic boundaries of the organization
  3. Brief description of the project (need and objective)
  4. How the project will impact the community
  5. How the organization will measure the success of the project
  6. How the proposed project will be accomplished, including timeline for completion
  7. Itemized budget of all expected project costs
  8. How the project will be maintained and built upon

OCCP Chili Fundraiser Sunday March 2


2014 Fund Raising Event
Chili Feed
When: March 2nd, 2014
Location: Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2503, 89th Street & Old Military Road
(8904 Military Road, Omaha, NE 68134, 402-571-8397)
Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ticket Cost: $6.00 each (12 & Over); $3.00 (11 & Under)

Chili (All you can eat)
Hot Dogs
Beverage (Lemonade & Water)
Dessert: Sheet Cake


LPOA Easter Egg Hunt


The LPOA’s 14th Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Sunday, April 13, 2014. The rain date is Saturday April 19, 2014 – both at 1 p.m. The LPOA has been working hard to build community/police relations in Omaha.  Our plan is to fill 20,000 plastic eggs with over 80,000 pieces of candy.  Other prizes will include bikes, footballs, stuffed bunnies and other prizes for children.

The Omaha Police Department and the Omaha Fire Department has been a partner by sending the horse patrol, helicopter and a fire truck for display.  Both have been popular with families and children who attend the event. This event will be advertised on the radio and we expect another large crowd.

LPOA members, family and friends volunteer their time and the organization absorbs the majority of the cost associated with the event from our dues and fundraising efforts.

Generous donations have made our annual event a success in the past and we appreciate donations or products again this year.  The LPOA is again calling on your business or organizations to take part in this momentous event of the year! One Easter Egg Hunt that will surely be remembered for a lifetime.

The LPOA is a 501(c) (3) organization so your gift is tax deductible.  We are asking you to please donate new toys, money, candy or products for another successful Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.  Your business or organization can also take part by volunteering or sponsoring a business booth at the event. Contact Nick Yanez below for additional details. Checks may be made payable to the LPOA at the above address.  For Prize or Product Pick-up please notify, Patty Steffen at (402) 321-3660.

If you have questions, please call Nick Yanez, Sgt at Arms, (402) 670-6993  or Patty Steffen, LPOA 2014 Easter Egg Hunt Committee (402) 321-3660,

Please visit our website at for additional information about our organization.   Thank you again, in advance for your support.




Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.