South Omaha Community Care Council invests in neighborhood welfare

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – An organization in South Omaha is working with other groups to ensure the community in the area can move forward.

Connecting resources: That is the goal of the South Omaha Community Care Council (SOCC).

“It is a collection of large corporations, organizations, nonprofits and individuals who are physically and financially invested in the health, success and well-being of the South Omaha community,” said Mike Kraus, Community Commitment Coordinator for Methodist Health System .

“People wanted to connect. People wanted to have resources and they wanted to be able to find those resources,” said Gina Ponce of Bellevue University.

“So we meet every other month. Before COVID, it was personal. We had between 35 and 90 people in a room at St. Luke’s downstairs on the 23rd and me. And it was a very informal networking event … find others and these common areas of interest, ”said Kraus.

It is a camp of collaboration with the intention of helping the residents of South Omaha move forward. The focus is on education, advocacy and health care.

“The connection between the Methodist health system and the OneWorld Health Community Centers. Almost a decade ago, the two organizations worked together and one of them asked if they could get help with flu vaccinations. And the Methodist representatives said, “Hey, I think I can help you with this. That has grown to an annual investment of over $ 30,000 in buying, selling and delivering free flu vaccinations from Methodist. Not just OneWorld now. We give them to Charles Drew Health Centers, we give them to health clinics in the North Omaha area, ”added Kraus.

Bellevue University’s Gina Ponce said she has been attending it for almost 25 years since it was launched. It helped her make a difference with the youth.

“When I go I talk about all the scholarships that we have available, I talk about the things that Bellevue University does that some of the other institutions may not offer, and then about the resources that are there and that Families say they serve, and so it is because of that connection that I have brought many Latino students to Bellevue University on scholarships, ”said Ponce

Visit SOCC on Facebook here or their website here.

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