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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: only four projects will be selected to pitch at the event. Stay up to date with Omaha Soup at facebook.com/omahasoup.
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.
THE ONLY TWO RULES OF SOUP
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
WHAT WE WANT TO DO
• 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
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.
Hey South Omaha…the “In the Neighborhood” Conference is coming up on October 1, 2016 at Metro’s South Campus! This is your chance to gain lots of information and connections, share your vision for the future of your neighborhood, and be eligible to apply for a mini-grant to make that vision a reality. Check it out: www.intheneighborhood.org
Registration is online: http://www.intheneighborhood.org/register/
Below is more information about what you can expect at the conference! You don’t want to miss it.
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 www.cityofomaha.org 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.
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!
Thanks to all your neighborhood leaders we have a comprehensive list of all South Omaha clean up locations and dates for our neighborhoods.
Let’s get ready to cleanup.
Click here to download or print list – South O Cleanup Dates and Locations