The Salvation Army of Omaha Announces COVID-19 Relief Fund

Mar 20, 2020

The Omaha-based Salvation Army Western Division is working hard to support the metro community amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Division has already stepped up local food pantry operations, entered into a collaboration with community partners on mobile food distribution to serve food-insecure children, and enhanced its material-services assistance efforts. These efforts are all above and beyond the usual scope and pace of the Division’s year-round human-services operations. The number of people now needing assistance is growing beyond that which we traditionally serve.

The Salvation Army Western Division is grateful to its many donors in Omaha who make possible the work that it does every day. Now, the Division is renewing the call for donor support as it continues to expand its daily operations—and anticipates the need for even more expansion in order to serve new community needs as they arise.

“We have been thoughtfully and prayerfully determining how we can best serve the Omaha - Council Bluffs metro community,” said Maj. Greg Thompson, divisional commander. “As the community-wide pandemic response unfolds, our focus will be on serving the long-term basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors in the metro. We anticipate that the number of people seeking our services will increase even more in the near term, especially among area residents experiencing job layoffs and financial uncertainties.”

Maj. Thompson announced the creation of a new relief fund dedicated specifically to supporting The Salvation Army’s efforts to assist the metro community as it deals with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Contributions to this fund can be made either online here or via check; checks may be written out to:

The Salvation Army Western Division
COVID-19 Relief Fund
10755 Burt Street
Omaha, NE 68114

Donations to this fund will be designated specifically to cover basic needs expenses—helping those in need with everything from food to utility-bill assistance to rent payments and more.

“The Omaha-Council Bluffs metro is an amazingly generous community, especially when it comes to supporting the human needs of the neighbors we serve,” said Maj. Thompson. “We assure donors and all our stakeholders that we will continue to strive to serve every person in need, unconditionally, in the weeks and months ahead.”

Questions concerning donations to the COVID-19 Relief Fund can be directed to Executive Director of Development Jeff Beckman (jeff.beckman@usc.salvationarmy.org).


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