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Omaha’s Together, Inc. Wins Omaha Chamber of Commerce “Non-Profit of the Year Award”

Michelle Moyes-Dill, Executive Director of Omaha’s Non-profit Together, Inc. announced that Together Inc of Metropolitan Omaha, along with The Children’s Museum has won the “Non-Profit of the Year Award.”  

 


 

“We are honored to have received the award which recognizes the wonderful work that our team, financial supporters and our board during the past challenging year.  Our donations are up to support a growing client base as well as preparing for educational programs to help those affected by the economy and other influences to return to mainstream life” 

A community wide observance of the 35th anniversary of the Omaha tornado of 1975 and the organization’s founding on Thursday, May 6, 2010, starting at 4 p.m. at Together, Inc.’s headquarters, 1616 Cass Street in Omaha. A moment of silence will be observed at 4:14 p.m., the hour that the National Weather Service issued the tornado warning for Omaha in 1975.  In response, a group of religious leaders from several denominations organized a cooperative effort to provide for ongoing human needs, primarily the basic necessities of life: food, clothing and shelter. This marked the founding of Together, Inc. of Metropolitan Omaha.

35 Years after the tornado, Together, Inc. continuing to help Omaha weather troubling times.

Michelle added, “As we begin our 35th year this May, our staff and volunteers are dedicated to always being positioned to meet the increased demand for our services. In the last 12 months, we served 18,044 unique people in our pantry alone which is a 28% increase from the previous year. We have changed our approach with clients and now meet individually with them to assess their needs and refer them to other agencies if their needs go beyond our scope.

Together, Inc.’s Assessment, Referral and Assistance program is continuing to respond to a recognized community need and does not duplicate the efforts of others. In fact it connects people to other services. We provide a service to fill a gap to prevent homelessness and we are working with existing provider networks to accomplish this. For example, we now assist families with the Online Access Nebraska application for Food Stamps. Since August we’ve assisted growing number of households with this service.” 

Ralph Kellogg, Chairman of the Board of Directors added “The past two years have been an enormous challenge for us to keep pace with the increased demand on our services due to the recession.  We have developed partnerships to educate our clients on how to get back on their feet and reenter the employment market and generate self sustaining income for themselves and their families.  We believe our ARA as a proactive undertaking is as important as our relief services and with the continued strong support of our current supporters and the cultivation of many new ones who want to be a part of this new model for Omaha- Together, we will achieve it.”

Erin Stoll, Development Director added “All of Omaha can get involved and be part of our new vision- Together Inc. will be the leader in providing Service to those in need, Education to inspire change and Collaboration to sustain that change. There has never been a better time to be associated with a forward looking non-profit organization.”
 

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