Join us for our monthly meeting tomorrow night!

Tomorrow (Thursday) night is our monthly SONA Meeting at 7PM at the Kroc Center. We’ll be voting in our officers for next year, discussing our new grant program, and sharing information on how some successful South Omaha Projects came to be. This will be a great opportunity to talk to other neighborhood leaders and learn from their experiences. See you tomorrow night!


SONA Neighborhood Grant Announcement

We are excited to announce our 2017 Neighborhood Grants program. SONA member organizations can apply for up to $6,000 towards a project that focuses on public safety, community engagement, active living/alternative transportation, environmental health, community health, or beautification. The deadline to apply is December 31st, and awards will be announced on January 15th. The link to apply is below. If you would like assistance on project development, please contact ONE Omaha.

Click Here To Apply



Omaha Soup – October 17th @ Hot Shops Art Center

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The first Omaha Soup is happening October 17th at Hot Shops Art Center at 6pm. This may be an opportunity for you to raise funds for a neighborhood project. Below is a description of what Soup is. If you would like to submit a project to pitch at the event, please email Mike McGuire at Note: only four projects will be selected to pitch at the event. Stay up to date with Omaha Soup at

Omaha SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative community projects in Omaha. For a minimum donation of $5, attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress. Our first city-wide event is October 17th with the goal to host bi-annually. We’re also hoping to teach this model to neighborhood leaders and other community organizations in hopes to replicate the model on a smaller effort throughout the year.

A neighborhood/city/community-based crowdfunding dinner.
• 6 pre-selected projects have four minutes to share their idea and answer 6 questions from the diners.
• The projects can be about ANYTHING! No restrictions.

1 Presenters can’t use technology to present their ideas.
2 The idea has be to be about within Omaha.

Potluck-style (for our friends that don’t use that word, that means everyone is encouraged to bring
food for all to share). To attract diners, we give food-makers 60 seconds after the presentations to share
anything they are working on in the community (events, questions, projects, businesses, etc).

$5 suggested donation.
Why? SOUP wishes to eliminate barriers to participants, so some throw in $20 while others $0.20

• Empower residents
• Help create jobs
• Allow people to establish new relationships and networks
• Promote action and change
• Foster critical dialogue
• Instill neighborhood pride
• Provide a deeper understanding of democracy

The winner goes home with the money raised at the door. Attendees have engaged and participated
alongside other people who share in the desire for a better Omaha. Diners have shared resources
and ideas with all presenters. Connections have been made. Conversations have been had. People have
felt empowered.

SOUP is a place for people to gather and to feel safe. Omaha SOUP is not the granter of the funds.
Our job is to plan a dinner that creates an environment where participants can vote on what project
wins the money from door. Each individual who walks through the door is agreeing to grant the money
to the project they think is most deserving through democracy and critical conversation. We then ask
past winners to come back in a few months to share with the community what they did with the money.
That’s it.

Celebrating Domestic Violence Survivors Event, October 30



Community based domestic violence awareness advocates, fellow TOYOS, and friends, Roger Garcia & Shonna Dorsey cordially invite you to a night of celebrating victim survival and taking a stand against domestic violence in partnership with House of Loom and salsa dance instructors, Blandon and Svetlana. All event proceeds will go to Women’s Center for Advancement to support the important services provided by this organization. Additionally, House of Loom will be donating a portion of bar sales to the organization. Dance lessons and Salsa Night are included free of charge by Blandon and Svetlana to Celebrating Survivor event attendees who RSVP for the event.

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  • Day: Sunday, October 30th, 2016
  • Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
  • Location: House of Loom, 1012 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68108


Your RSVP is required, but this event is free for registered attendees (includes: Appetizers, nonalcoholic drinks, Salsa dance lessons and Salsa Night).

We ask that you consider making a tax deductible donation which will go to support the efforts of the Women’s Center for Advancement. Click the button below to reserve your spot and make a donation to this important organization serving women and families in our community.

Schedule of Events

  • 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Casual reception with appetizers, beverages, & music
  • 8pm to 9pm: Salsa lessons with Blandon and Svetlana
  • 9pm to 12pm: Salsa night at House of Loom

Tax deductible event donations will managed by Eventbrite and distributed to the WCA via Omaha Community Foundation.

Eventbrite - Celebrating Survivors: Awareness, Appetizers, and Dance at House of Loom

Job Opportunity to work with Career Readiness



Metro Community College and Heartland Workforce Solutions are looking for a bilingual (English/Spanish) WorkKeys Testing Administrator for their satellite location at Latino Center of the Midlands.

Posting Details
Recruitment Number: 262016
Position Title: WorkKeys Testing Administrators-PT Temporary
Union or Non-Union:
Position Type: Part Time Temporary
Location: Fort Omaha
Job Summary/Basic Function: Coordinates, tracks, and administers Nation Career Readiness Certifications (NCRC) tests to help students achieve education and workplace success. Works with community organizations and American Jobs Center Partners to provide services to include, but not limited to, test administration, development of career plans, and implementation of KeyTrain modules, placement support, linkages with MCC and community resources, and tracking student progress and outcomes. Also works with PROTO faculty and staff to identify employment opportunities and educational pathways. All duties are performed in accordance with applicable college policies and guidelines.
Qualifications: Associate’s degree in Business Administration or related field plus two years related work experience required. Equivalent combination of education and/or work experience including part time considered. Must complete required certifications to administer all specialized assessments with 90 days from hire. Excellent organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. Hiring process includes a background check. Hours are part time temporary, 15-20 hours per week and will included some evening and/or weekend hours. For more information, call 531-622-2688.
A complete application is required. Preferred attachments: cover letter, resume, and copies of academic transcripts. Position is open until filled.
Posting Date: 06-29-2016
Closing Date:

For guaranteed consideration, please submit all application materials by review date.

Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants: Complete an application online at or completed online at the Human Resources Office at the Fort Omaha Campus located at North 30th & Fort Streets, Building #32, Omaha, Nebraska 68111. Office hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Applications can also be completed online at the Fort Omaha Campus Library (402-457-2306), Elkhorn Valley Campus Library (402-289-1206), and the South Omaha Campus Career Center (402-738-4555). Please contact them to verify the hours of operation.
Pay Rate: $20.00

South 24th Street Named a “Great Place in America”


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Today, to kick off National Community Planning Month, SONA had the pleasure of participating in  the American Planning Association’s award recognition ceremony. South 24th Street was named one of 15 “Great Places in America”. This award recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States that demonstrate exceptional character, quality, and planning.

South 24th Street was recognized for putting pedestrians first, a mosaic installation, and for its unique attributes and amenities. SONA is so pleased to be have been part of the process in creating spaces in our community that are healthy, inclusive, creative economic drivers that open doors of opportunity for all.

“Today’s award represents the vision, but also the history of this area – a history of welcomeness to newcomers, of walkable, safe, public spaces, and of using place to create and foster a sense community and well-being. Clearly, place-based approaches such as the redevelopment of South 24th Street, represent the activation of a core asset of our community, ” said Athena Ramos, President of SONA.

Thanks once again to the American Planning Association for this wonderful recognition! apa-great-places-award-10-03-16

Pictured above: Madeline Moyer, President of South Omaha Business Association; Yesenia Peck, President of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Hon. Guadalupe Sanchez Salazar, Consul of Mexico; Mayor Jean Stothert; Carol Rhea, President of the American Planning Association; Councilman Garry Gernandt; and Athena Ramos, President of SONA