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What is OTOC?

Omaha Together One Community (OTOC) teaches people to become effective leaders, explore their legitimate interests, do solid research, engage in sometimes tough, but always respectful public discourse, hold elected officials accountable and create positive change through collective action. Through the practice of these skills, people build relationships of trust and, by acting collaboratively, become part of solving their own problems rather than expecting someone else to take care of them. See the current issues page for a list of our current action teams and their objectives.

Our Philosophy

We believe in relationships

The issues we work on come out of small-group gatherings called “house meetings”, where people share their stories about issues they’d like to see changed and have energy to work on. We are driven by the testimony of concrete experience, not pre-conceived ideology.

We believe in citizen leadership

We identify, bring together and develop leaders across our communities, so that we can accomplish more together than we could apart.

We believe in ownership

We accept no money from government sources. The organization is funded by dues from its member institutions, in addition to some foundation and business support. This allows the organization to belong to, and be accountable to, the institutions that make it up.

We believe in practical solutions

We work on concrete issues that we can do something about. Once potential issues are identified, community leaders do research to develop practical, achievable solutions.

Community organizing demands time, talent, discipline and commitment. Those willing to do the work experience personal growth and transformation. These leaders have witnessed the impact OTOC has made on their congregations and the city.

Membership

Institutions that are regular members of OTOC commit to paying annual dues of at least 0.5% of their institution’s operating budget and to have leaders from their institutions participate in guiding the work of OTOC.

Leaders of member institutions are invited to participate in monthly OTOC Leadership Team and Steering Committee meetings and in all research and action teams, local and national training sessions and all OTOC public actions.

Solidarity Membership

Solidarity membership in OTOC is offered to institutions that share OTOC’s interest in the common good of our community but are not in a position to become regular members.

Solidarity members are expected to make an annual contribution to OTOC according to their ability. Persons affiliated with solidarity members are invited to participate in all OTOC action teams and events including regular training sessions offered by OTOC leaders and staff. Solidarity members have ongoing input into OTOC strategies but are not voting members.

Current Regular Members

  • Augustana Lutheran Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • First Unitarian Church
  • Grace Lutheran
  • Holy Family Catholic
  • Holy Name Catholic
  • Metropolitan Community Church
  • Omaha Friends Meeting
  • Resurrection Episcopal
  • Sacred Heart Catholic
  • St. Benedict the Moor Catholic
  • St. Bernard Catholic
  • St. John (Creighton) Catholic
  • St. Leo Catholic
  • St. Paul United Methodist
  • St. Pius X Catholic
  • St. Vincent de Paul Catholic
  • Second Unitarian Church

Current Solidarity Members

  • Columban Fathers
  • Creighton Center for Service & Justice
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Justice for Our Neighbors-Nebraska
  • Notre Dame Sisters
  • Sisters of Mercy
  • St. Charles Borromeo Catholic
  • Servants of Mary Social Justice Committee
  • South Sudan Community Association
  • Urban Abbey

OTOC In The News

Date Publication Title
12/11/2015 Omaha KMTV News Hundreds show up at meeting discussing electric rate hike
02/17/2014 Lincoln Journal Star Local View: Immigration reform good for Nebraska business
02/8/2014 Omaha World Herald Fasting keeps immigration reform in spotlight, Los Angeles activist says in Omaha
11/7/2013 Omaha KMTV News Fix immigration so everyone has a place around the table for thanksgiving
8/12/2013 Omaha KETV News Group seeks long-term solutions for Omaha’s vacant homes
5/1/2013 Omaha KETV News Group asks Candidates to pledge funds for House Demolitions
4/4/2013 Lincoln Journal-Star Capitol crowd urges support for immigration reform
8/15/2012 Omaha World Herald OTOC Celebrates $500,000 more for demolition of condemned buildings!!!
4/16/2012 Omaha World Herald House hopefuls talk jobs, health care
3/14/2012 Omaha World Herald Midlands Voices: Prenatal care is moral imperative
2/08/2012 Lincoln Journal Star Interchurch Ministries to host vigil regarding prenatal care coverage
12/6/2011 Omaha World Herald Senators talk immigration policy
10/26/2011 Omaha World Herald Council OKs fee increases
10/05/2011 El Perico Un llamado para una reforma importante
09/27/2011 Omaha World Herald OTOC keeps focus on immigration
06/14/2011 Omaha World Herald Immigration, housing top concerns
11/03/2010 Fox 42 News Group of 500 Helps Empower Local Citizens
10/31/2010 & 11/1/2010 Various Media Omaha Together, As One Community (Condensed version of the article)
09/17/2009 Fox 42 News Community Group Misses Police Auditor Funding
09/14/2009 Omaha World Herald Rally backs Suttle budget
08/16/2009 Fox 42 News City Council Prepares for Heated Budget Meeting
05/11/2009 Omaha World Herald Grass-roots group turns out to encourage voters
05/09/2009 WOWT Channel 6 Last push to the polls
05/09/2009 KETV Channel 7 Group urges high voter turnout Tuesday
04/11/2009 Omaha World Herald Vokal to drop auditor proposal
04/03/2009 Fox 42 News Omaha Together One Community Holds Forum to Discuss City Issues
03/30/2009 Omaha World Herald Suttle in agreeable mood for forum
03/29/2009 Omaha World Herald Mayoral forum scheduled for today
03/08/2009 Fox 42 News City Council Votes to Delay Police Auditor Decision
10/27/2008 Omaha World Herald Rally aims to mobilize foes of ban on affirmative action
10/26/2008 Omaha World Herald OTOC leaders to rally opposition to Initiative 424
08/21/2008 Omaha World Herald Midlands Voices – It’s smarter to invest more in Sun Dawgs
08/13/2008 Omaha World Herald Some on Council question more money for Sun Dawgs
07/19/2008 Omaha World Herald Summertime success – Sun Dawgs
01/11/2008 Omaha World Herald Service called a start to combat violence

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