Get Involved


There are lots opportunities to meet and support refugees!  Especially in Omaha, a city that receives hundreds of refugees each year.

Please click the Volunteer Guide link for the best ways to get started.


Local Opportunities

Omaha Refugee Day

World Refugee Day (WRD) is the largest refugee event in Omaha each year.  Globally WRD is celebrated June 20th.  Locally, Omaha celebrates on the closest Saturday to June 20th.  This event is a chance to learn about refugees in Omaha and hear their amazing stories at Joslyn Art Museum (sponsored by the Omaha Refugee Task Force).

Restoring Dignity Omaha

Volunteer your time and/or resources to help Omaha refugee families facing particular hardships find comfort and solace in their new homes.  Wonderful one-day volunteer opportunity – but you’ll want to come back again!

New American Arts Festival

This festival includes workshops, performances, art displays, fashion, artist vendors, food vendors, music, interaction, and more.  Mentors from the local art scene are always appreciated.

Yates ECP

Yates Educational Community Partnership (ECP) is a program of Omaha Public Schools (OPS) for refugees and immigrant parents to better understand and navigate American culture. Programs include ESL, Sewing, Cultural Orientation, and Citizenship classes. Community garden, interpreters, social worker, and donation center on site.  Guest speakers from area organizations weekly.  Yates is always looking for volunteers to help with these programs and support our new Omaha friends.  They follow the OPS elementary school calendar.

Refugee Empowerment Center

Resettling and empowering refugees to become self-sufficient through direct services and educational programs.

Lutheran Family Services

Service provider for refugees in Nebraska that builds and strengthens family, individual, and community life.

Nebraska Mosaic

A project of the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications that seeks to give voice to Nebraska’s growing refugee communities.

Benson Area Refugee Task Force

A collaboration of individuals, organizations, and houses of faith in the Benson neighborhood founded to make a difference in the lives of refugee neighbors.

Refugee Community Gardens

Big Garden

Omaha Landbank

Yates, Refugee Empowerment Center, and the Intercultural Senior Center all have community gardens that welcome volunteers.

New Americans Task Force

A network of public and private organizations and community members dedicated to supporting New Americans in the Lincoln, Nebraska community.