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OTOC Action Teams have active Winter & Spring

May 25th, 2015

OTOC’s Action Teams have had a busy few months. Please share this report with people who might be interested in their ongoing efforts to make Omaha and Nebraska a community that works for all families.

Final May 2015 Report about work of Action Teams

OTOC leaders prepare to meet with Governor Ricketts on Mar 31

Immigration Action Team: OTOC leaders were greatly cheered that the Nebraska Unicameral was able to clear last minute efforts to filibuster LB 623 which grants Dreamers who have been granted a temporary federal status the opportunity to apply for a Driver’s license in Nebraska.  According to Kathleen Grant, OTOC Immigration Action Team Chair, “It is high time that the State of Nebraska afford these young people the opportunity to legally drive to their work, school and home. They are part of the bright future of our state and by not allowing them to drive in our state, we are driving them away from our state.”

Grant, Gaspar Gaspar and other leaders of the OTOC Action Team  asked 9 candidates for the Unicameral to support this change in law at an OTOC  Acountability Session attended by 300 people back on October, 6, 2014.  OTOC leaders testified in support of the bill in February and then met with Governor Ricketts  on March 31 to ask that he support this change in state law. To learn more about ongoing work of the Immigration Action Team, contact Jeanne Schuler at jschuler@creighton.eduRead More . . .

OTOC Mental Health Action Team meets with Kim Foundation and Community Alliance

May 15th, 2015

Click on the link below for a copy of the Executive Summary of the Region 6 Mental Health Assessment:

Executive Summary of Region 6 Assesment Report

Leaders working on the OTOC Mental Health Action team had a full afternoon of meetings on May 14. In the early afternoon five leaders from OTOC and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) met with the executive director and program director of the Kim Foundation. The conversation helped the OTOC and NAMI leaders understand better the role that the Kim Foundation plays in fostering collaboration between agencies dedicated to providing mental health care to those who are in need. OTOC and NAMI agreed they would look for ways to participate in Kim Foundation sponsored community events in the future.

Later in the afternoon, 10 leaders from OTOC, NAMI and the League of Women Voters had a meeting with Carol Boye, Executive Director of Community Alliance, and Aileen Brady, the Chief Operating Officer. The leaders engaged in an informative and wide ranging discussion about the gaps which exist in the services provided to  people with mental illness and their families. Through this research action, the group identified a several strategies to improve access to mental health care and supportive services that they will continue to research over the next several months.

If you want to be part of improving mental health care in this region, contact the Mental Health Action Team chair, Sarita Penka  at  saritapenka2@gmail.com or come to the next action team meeting.

Over 180 Give to Institute for Public Leadership to support training for OTOC and community leaders

May 15th, 2015

Over 182 people contributed to IPL during the day, and over 110 people gave during the last 8 hours, helping IPL win one of only 15 participation awards given to  mid-sized organizations with the most donors!!!

Together we raised over $23,000 so that IPL can continue our work providing leadership training to emerging leaders from refugee and immigrant communities, school parents and leaders of OTOC member institutions. ThanksOG-Logo-with-Date

Here is how your contributions to IPL came in

$16,893 from 182 on line donors

$   3,600 from IPL Board and friends in Extra Bonus $$ to boost  the impact of your gift

$      690 Cash and checks contributed at the After Work Gathering

$   1,500 Participation Award from Mutual of Omaha

$ 22,683

$500    Expected  matching dollars from Omaha Community Foundation

Total Number of Donors

182 different individual donors contributed to IPL online  which ranked 12th  of 175 or top 7% of  midsized organizations (budgets of $100,000 to $500, 000).  Compared to all 715 organizations, ranked IPL 48 of 715, also in the top 7% of all organizations for number of donors.

During the last 8 hours of the day, 110 people contributed to IPL and the total of 182 was an increase over 50 over the number of donors in 2014.

Total funds received

IPL received a total of $16,893 in online contributions during OmahaGives which ranked 21st of 175 midsized organization or among the top 12%. Among all 715 participating organizations, IPL ranked 102nd or the top 15% of all organizations.

Thanks for your great support to Institute for Public Leadership which provides leadership development to refugee and immigrant leaders, school parents and leaders from Omaha Together One Community

OTOC leaders rejoice at Unicameral vote to grant drivers licenses to Dreamers

May 15th, 2015

OTOC leaders inside Governor Reception RoomOTOC leaders were greatly cheered that the Nebraska Unicameral was able to clear last minute efforts to filibuster LB 623 which grants Dreamers who have been granted a temporary federal status the opportunity to apply for a Driver’s license in Nebraska.  According to Kathleen Grant, OTOC Immigration Action Team Chair, “It is high time that the State of Nebraska afford these young people the opportunity to legally drive to their work, school and home. They are part of the bright future of our state and by not allowing them to drive in our state, we are driving them away from our state.

Grant, Gaspar Gaspar and other leaders of the OTOC Action Team  asked 9 candidates for the Unicameral to support this change in law at an OTOC Acountability Session attended by 300 people back on October, 6, 2014.  OTOC leaders also  met with Governor Ricketts  on March 31 to ask that he support this change in state law.Read More . . .

Take Action on Monday May 4 on two bills that will affect the future of our Environment!!

May 3rd, 2015

Support LB 423 to increase community based energy projects

 LB 423 would provide a production tax credit for Community Based Energy Development (C-BED) projects. Passage of LB 423 has the potential to lead to the development of many community renewable energy projects in Nebraska. There are several community and wind and solar projects that are waiting to see if this incentive will be put in place before deciding whether to proceed with development. LB 423 represents a positive use of tax policy to incentivize activities that are beneficial to Nebraska and its people.

 C-BED projects have the following requirements:

1. At least 25 % investment in Nebraska materials or resources; and

2. Approval of the local county board.

The investment threshold means that more money will stay in Nebraska, creating more jobs and beneficial economic impact.

County board approval means that there is an opportunity to address siting issues and other local concerns.Read More . . .

Thank You!!Celebration of Community a Great Success

April 28th, 2015

Over 400 OTOC leaders and their guests came to the Hot Shops on Saturday April 25th to enjoy OTOC’s Celebration of Community 2015. The event was lots of fun with great food, E-Creamery Gelato, wonderful jazz music, a superb 300 item silent auction and lots of great people with whom to share the evening.

Thanks for your great support!!!

Suzanne Doupnik and Rebecca Morales were the over all chairs. They had great support from Carol Beaty as chair of Silent Auction and Sponsorships; Margaret Gilmore, Al Howick, Brianne Kemp, Rosie Volkmer and others helped with planning and lots of logistics in transforming the Hot Shops into a great party Hall and Silent Auction venue.

Thanks to our great sponsors who helped defray the cost of the evening so that your contributions through silent auction and purchasing tickets helped raise an essential part of OTOC’s annual budget so that you can continue to organize to make Omaha a community that works for all families.

Mark your calendar for next year:  Saturday, April 16, 2016   6 to 9:30 p.m.

 

Join 400+ OTOC leaders and friends on Sat. April 25 for OTOC Celebration of Community

April 2nd, 2015

Crowd scene smaller pixelsEnjoy an evening of music, art, delicious appetizers, E-Creamery gelato, cash bar and great conversation with friends on Saturday, April 25 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Hot Shops Art Center (13th & Nicholas). You can buy your advanced purchase ticket for $20 from OTOC leaders or reserve your ticket through the OTOC office at 402-344-4401 or otocfornebraska@gmail.com. You can also purchase your ticket at the door for $25.

Enjoy the silent auction, bidding on art, food and fun experiences

Come to bid on over 300 items including restaurant gift certificates, art work, interesting learning experiences, jewelry, gift baskets and many more items. You will come home from this fun and lively silent auction with some new treasures or experiences to share with friends or family.

Read More . . .

OTOC leaders meet with Governor Ricketts on March 31

April 2nd, 2015

OTOC leaders inside Governor Reception RoomOn Tuesday, March 31, eight OTOC leaders met with Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to discuss issues of concern to OTOC. These leaders articulated why OTOC  is concerned about several issues including, Medicaid Redesign (LB 472), Driver’s License’s for DACA qualified immigrant youth (LB 623) and efforts to improve behavioral health, prison reform  and address climate change in Nebraska.

Rev. Marshall Johnson framed the meeting by acknowledging that Governor Ricketts opposes two pieces of legislation that OTOC supports (Medicaid Redesign & Driver’s Licenses) but that there are other issues where OTOC would like to work with the Governor and help his new staff learn about community needs including behavioral health, increasing funding for Federally Qualified Health Clinics and climate change.Read More . . .

OTOC Leaders meet with 11 Senators asking for Medicaid Redesign

March 20th, 2015

Mary and Sen StinnerOn Thursday, March 19, nine  OTOC leaders joined leaders from other organizations for a Medicaid Redesign Lobby Day to ask Senators to support LB 472.  OTOC leaders had meaningful conversations with 11 members of the Unicameral:

Sue Crawford – Dt. 45—Bellevue

Ernie Chambers –Dt. 11—North Omaha

Tanya Cook –Dt.13—North Omaha

Jonie Craighead – Dt. 6—West Omaha

Curt Friesen – Dt. 34– Henderson

Burke Harr – Dt. 8–Dundee

Sara Howard – Dt. 9—South Central Omaha

Bob Hilkemann–Dt 4—Northwest Omaha

John McCollister – Dt. 20—Southwest Omaha

Merv Riepe- Dt. 12–Ralston

John Stinner –Dt. 48–GeringRead More . . .

OTOC presents names of 175 Faith Leaders who are supporting LB 472 to the Unicameral

March 18th, 2015

March 17 OTOC leaders at capitolOTOC Faith Leaders joined with Nebraska Appleseed to hold a press conference on March 17, 2015 at the Rotunda of the Capitol to present the names of 175 clergy, women religious and faith leaders who are asking the Unicameral to pass LB 472—Medicaid Redesign.

The Faith Leaders then took the letter to the offices of all 49 Senators and spoke with each Senator or their staff.

What you can do

Will you ask pastors, women religious and faith leaders from across Nebraska to consider signing the letter if they have not yet done so? Click on the link below to see the 175 who have already signed on:Read More . . .



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