Why I Give

My first exposure to Together was through my position as a former Board member of the Nebraska Food Co-operative (NFC). A colleague and I worked with Together to establish a donation partnership. A shopping category was set up on the NFC website to receive donations from Co-op members and shoppers to be used toward fresh food baskets distributed to families and clients served by Together. People in Omaha are hungry, or worse, they are full of nutritionally deficient food.

 

Beyond the pantry, I also support the Together Store. I adhere to a shopping rule: for every one thing purchased, two things must be given away. When items in good condition need to be given away, I donate them to Together. People can select from a variety of clothes and household items at no charge to them. Giving away more “stuff” than you buy will result in a manageable amount of “stuff” in your home, so please consider donating items to Together – they even will come pick it up!

 

If donating items or funds isn’t an option for you, consider donating your time. Volunteering is easy and allows you to meet the people who need the services that Together provides. “Need” is different than “needy” and we all experience need at some point in our lives. Meeting people in need reminds me that “the needy” are not a demographic or a statistic, they are just people – my neighbors, maybe friends, or the person seated next to me on the bus. If the tables were turned, I believe that those same people would also be giving their time and funds to Together, Inc.

 

– Trilety Wade

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Together’s Greatest Need
People often think of donating food and material goods such as furniture, coats and household goods to Together. In order for our organization to best serve the people in our community with the most need, your financial contributions are also needed.

 

Financial Support

Your support allows Together to provide over 45,000 services to over 15,000 people with the most need. These numbers don’t include the multitude of people assisted by the other 47 agencies we support at no charge in the Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie counties. You can take pride knowing your contribution to Together is an investment to our community. When you provide funding, you become a vital partner to our mission. When you invest, you become a part of the solution.

 

Charitable Bequest and Planned Giving
Bequests by wills, irrevocable trusts and revocable trusts are an important way in which Together builds its capacity and plan for the future. Bequests can be for a specific amount, a percentage of your estate or a stated percentage of the residual amount of your estate.

Together urges you to seek the advice of your attorney, accountant, banker, broker or other financial advisor, and we suggest you and your financial counsel consult our staff before reaching a final gift decision.

Click here for Together’s Estate Planning Form.

 

Memorials and Honorariums

You can memorialize a loved one or honor someone special in your life while helping people in need. Memorial and Honorarium donations go to support the mission of Together and will be used to help families receiving assistance.

Memorial and Honorarium donations can made online, by mail, or over the phone. Please include the full name and address of the person you are honoring so we can acknowledge your gift.

Corporate Partnerships

We value our community and business partners and work to find creative and effective marketing opportunities to help meet your specific goals. Together partners with many corporations and organizations that generously support our mission through initiatives, special events and seasonal programs.  

To learn about partnership opportunities, please contact Krissy Madej at 402-345-8047 ext 206 or kmadej@togetheromaha.org

 

Ideas for children

Involving children in a family’s giving or philanthropic activity can do wonders toward greater family connectivity and communication. Plus, it’ll teach children about appreciation, values, and communal support. A few ways children can serve as philanthropists include:

Donating gently used toys, books and clothes to other children who may benefit.

Redirecting birthday and holiday gifts to other children or organizations.

Special occasions (such as birthdays, first communions, bar/bat mitzvahs, graduations) which are promoted with invitations and recognized with gifts, can encourage giving contributions to local charities in lieu of gifts.

Volunteering with family members.

Family volunteering engages children in philanthropy and creates a unique way of spending time together. Ideas and opportunities are limitless and family fun is just one benefit. Subject matter during family meals and on family trips could be around service and community giving.

 

Material Donations – The Basic Needs

In-Kind donations are non-financial gifts—food, furniture, coats, kitchenware, office supplies, bedding, towels, and hygiene (such as toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toothbrush etc). These items are redistributed to individuals and agencies, free of charge!

 

You can give the people a feeling of security, comfort, and home. Your donation can help formerly homeless people who are transitioning to housing, abused women who leave their situation and seek new shelter, families who have lost possessions or their homes to fire or other disasters, and people who have lost their jobs.

 

Pick up donation of $25

This donation may be made by credit or debit card when we contact you to schedule the pick-up. No cash please. Thank you for helping us off-set the cost of our pick-up services.

 

Food

Looking for a meaningful way to take action and a great opportunity to get involved? Food drives and fund drives raise awareness of hunger in the community. Collect food for people in need and play an essential role in the fight against hunger. 

 

Food drives play an important role in Together’s mission to alleviate hunger in the Metro area. Schools, businesses, youth groups, service organizations, theater and arts groups, places of worship, neighborhood groups, and groups of friends and families have all conducted successful food drives to benefit people at risk of hunger, and so can you!

Basic Furniture, Household, Kitchenware and More

Even your sofa donation can mean a child does not have to sleep on the floor; a kitchen table and chairs may mean a family can eat together; a desk gives a child a place to do homework; a blender means an elderly person can better prepare meals and an iron means a person can wear appropriate clothes to a job interview. Your furniture donation is not only good for people; donated furniture also stays out of our overflowing landfills.

Click here to see what we need most today.

  

Coats

Through the cold winter months people come to us looking for heavy winter coats, gloves and scarves to stay warm. If you have an old coat you’re no longer using that’s still in good condition, or find you have extra, consider donating it to Together! There will be someone coming to us looking for a decent coat that fits well. Through your contribution someone in the Omaha community will be able to comfortably get around in the cold without being at risk to the harshness of our winters.

 

Sorry, we cannot accept

Together does not accept major appliances, electronics or TV’s, lawn/outdoor appliances, exercise equipment, hideaway couches/beds, large entertainment centers, and clothing (with the exception of heavy coats).

 

Donation Hours

We accept donations during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm and Friday by special appointment. We can also arrange for a driver to pick up your donation from your home for a tax deductible $25 pickup fee (you do not need to be present). Receipts are provided for all donations. If you would like more information or to schedule a pick-up, please call (402) 345-8047 Ext. 207

 

Tax Deductible

If you itemize deductions on your federal tax return (using the long form), you are entitled to claim a charitable deduction for your donation to Together. We recommend you contact your accountant to determine the appropriate amount of the deduction.

 

Donation Policy

When you donate items to Together, the majority are redistributed to families in need, free of charge. Together does reserve the right to retain any donations for administrative purposes to help reduce overhead. Examples of this include office equipment and supplies.

 

In addition, Together often receives fun and unusual donations. This includes costumes, antiques, collectibles, vintage clothing, and luxury items such as jewelry and furs that may not be appropriate for the people we help. These items are set aside for repurposing. They may be used as items for auction at a future fundraising event for Together or on our E-bay or Craigslist sites. Proceeds go directly to our direct service funds.

 

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