new garbage collection day potentially coming

On Thursday, Mayor Stothert is going to hold a Press Conference announcing a major change to the way in which Deffenbaugh runs its routes. Starting January 5th, all routes are being resectored.  In other words, about 75% of Deffenbaugh customers pick up day for garbage, recycling, and yard waste will change.

The plan to go to these new pick up days was made in cooperation with the City in 2012, and has nothing to do with the fact that Deffenbaugh is being purchased by Waste Management.

All customers will receive a post card in late December letting them know their new pick up day.  There will also be issues of the Wasteline publication which tells them about the change. Finally, there will be a web site available that will allow the customer to enter there address then find out their new pick up day.

The webpage to look up the current and new day of collection is:

November Agenda and Attachments

Please join us Thursday November 6 at 7pm for our regular meeting at the Kroc Center (2825 Y St, Omaha, NE 68107). We have a full agenda of that includes the election of new officers for the 2016 year and our general business.

Attached are the pre-meeting reading materials that will help make the meeting productive with the result being a strengthened South Omaha.

We look forward to seeing you. All are welcome.

2015 SONA Board & Officers
SONA Agenda November 2014

juvenile justice collective impact community conversations

Juvenile Justice Collective Impact Committee announces they will be holding two additional community conversations at the end of the month. They will host these conversations on Monday, October 27th at Omaha North High School from 6:30-8:30PM and on Tuesday, October 28th at Omaha South High School from 6:30-8:30PM. These community conversations are designed to get your input on our juvenile justice collective impact effort. Please note that these conversations will cover the same content as the first community conversation on October 8th at UNO but community members are welcome to join as many conversations as you’d like.

Over the past three months collective impact process has gained momentum. The facilitation partner, FSG, has spoken to more than 125 individuals to gather input for our “common agenda”, which will serve as the foundation to transform our juvenile justice system. The agenda encompasses the context for change, an ambitious goal to guide the effort, and initial areas where we will take action.

The common agenda was informed by stakeholder interviews, co-created by steering committee members, and vetted with many of your peers and colleagues, and many of you receiving this invitation. The next important step is to further integrate the community’s voice into how we will realize our common agenda. Community conversations on October 27th and 28th offer an opportunity for community members to come together and discuss how this transformation will happen.

Please RSVP for the event by Friday, October 17th by filling out one of these short forms:

Please be sure to enter all names if you are registering for more than one person so we can have an accurate head count.

This event is open to all community members, so please forward this invitation to others in your organization and broader networks. If you have any questions about this event, please don’t hesitate to contact Melissa Oomer at FSG (

Mayor Stothert Town Hall Meetings

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has a series of town hall meetings beginning Monday.

This is the second year of the Mayor’s town hall meetings. They’re an opportunity to discuss city issues with the public in venues throughout the city.  A city councilperson will be at each event along with various members of Mayor’s staff and department directors.

The first town hall is Monday at the Benson Library. The rest of the schedule is as follows:

  • September 22nd, Charles Washington Library
    Ben Gray will attend
  • October 8, Willa Cather Library
    Chris Jerram will attend
  • October 20, Millard North High School (tentative location)
    Rich Pahls will attend
  • October 22, Kroc Center
    Garry Gernandt will attend
  • October 27, Saddlebrook Library
    Aimee Melton will attend
  • October 30, Swanson Library
    Franklin Thompson will attend

All meetings begin at 7 pm.

South Omaha Neighborhood Mini Grants are Live and Ready for You to Apply

Hey Neighbors,

South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance wants to remind you that we have funds available for neighborhood based projects in South Omaha. We created this mini grants program for ease of access year round that your group can tap into to meet new neighbors, strengthen the brand of your neighborhood, and put your ideas into action.

If you have an idea for a Mini-Grant project, email or call us at (402) 884.6892. We’ll send along an application/info form and answer any questions you might have. Or you can download and print it in the link below.

SONA Neighborhood Mini Grants Pilot

Applications are reviewed quarterly by the SONA Mini-Grant Council, comprised of local citizens and activists of the South Omaha Community. Funds are limited and are on first come first serve basis, so apply soon!

Thanks for All You do for South Omaha!

Come Talk a Walking Tour of Historic Vinton Business District

Historic Vinton Street Business District

Saturday, October 4    2PM and 4PM  (part of the Vinton Creativity Festival)

Friday, October 10   5PM   ( part of the 2 Friday Vinton event)

any questions please contact:

Vince Furlong – Education Director


Registration Now Open for IN the Neighborhood Conference

Save the date!  Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 the Metro area is set to host its first ever Neighborhoods Conference.  The two-day Iowa/Nebraska (IN) the Neighborhood Conference will be held at Metro Community College’s South Omaha Campus.  Friday will feature neighborhood tours in both Omaha and Council Bluffs.  Saturday will start off with opening remarks from Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert and Council Bluffs Mayor Matt Walsh.  The Luncheon Keynote Speaker is Gus Newport, a nationally renowned community activist who encourages neighborhood planning from the “bottom up, not top-down.”  Additional workshop speakers include neighborhood advocate and Creighton University Law Professor Kate Mahern, and Empowerment Network President Willie Barney.   Morning and afternoon breakout sessions will cover a range of topics from Neighborhood Identity & Connectivity in a Regional Context to Raising Poultry in the City.   

To register for the IN the Neighborhood Conference, visit  Early bird registration ends on September 21. 

Liz Birkel-Leddy
402-444-5150 ext. 2034

Proposed 2015 City Budget Includes Funding for Neighborhood Support

(Note: the following update was prepared by the United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha.)

The City of Omaha’s proposed 2015 budget includes a $50,000 line item for neighborhood support.

Since the closing of the Neighborhood Center’s Omaha office in February 2013, representatives from the city’s six neighborhood alliances have been meeting to discuss how to best address the needs of Omaha’s neighborhoods.

This volunteer task force, known as the United Neighborhood Alliances of Omaha, includes representatives from the Benson-Ames Alliance, Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, Northwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance and Southwest Omaha Neighborhood Alliance.

Early on in the process, the task force commissioned the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Consortium for Organizational Research and Evaluation (CORE) to conduct an assessment of neighborhood need in the city. The assessment included four components:

  • Focus groups with neighborhood alliance leaders
  • A survey of neighborhood alliance and neighborhood association leaders
  • Six community forums (one in each alliance area)
  • Case studies of neighborhood programs in cities similar to Omaha (Louisville, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, Kansas City, St. Louis and Minneapolis)

Prior to collecting the case study data, the research team identified four possible organizational approaches to neighborhood assistance programs or centers:

  • A separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit entity is created with a permanent staff and budget, and a board of directors provides direction to its programs and activities.
  • Services to neighborhood associations are provided by the coordinating efforts of a strong, grassroots group of alliances. The alliances independently provide the locus of neighborhood development and advocacy.
  • Neighborhood alliance leaders serve as the majority of members on a board of directors of a permanently staffed center that provides assistance and programming to neighborhood associations.
  • City employees in the planning or community development office, the mayor’s office or a separate agency provide assistance with neighborhood development and function as advocates for neighborhood associations and groups.

Based on its findings, CORE developed six recommendations to consider when deciding on next steps:

  • The loss of the Neighborhood Center created a void that needs to be filled.
  • Neighborhood associations need support to maintain their viability and sustainability (this support could be funding, organizational development and/or administrative support).
  • Omaha’s neighborhood alliances should play a more active role in the operation, development and mentoring of neighborhood associations. They should be advocates for Omaha’s neighborhood associations.
  • There needs to be a more structured relationship with the City of Omaha with a stable base of funding.
  • In addition to neighborhood associations, neighborhood alliances and the City of Omaha, other stakeholders who have interests in neighborhoods must be identified.
  • Neighborhood Scan can be an effective tool to help understand neighborhood conditions, but before it is implemented, the neighborhood has to be adequately informed of its purpose, and the neighborhood association cannot be viewed as a code enforcement agency.

As the next step in this strategic process, the task force has proposed the Omaha Neighborhood Engagement (ONE) initiative, whose mission will be to actively facilitate the development of neighborhoods in the City of Omaha with a professional staff focused on advocacy, development and education for Omaha’s neighborhood alliances and associations.

Pending approval of the city’s proposed $50,000 in neighborhood support for 2015, an additional $100,000 in private support must be secured to launch the ONE initiative. An update on the ONE initiative will be provided following the Omaha City Council’s Aug. 25 vote on the 2015 budget.


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