#CommunityPartners

As the famous Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” We are sure she believed this to apply to the collective work of social justice as she co-founded the ACLU to fight for the rights of people with disabilities, people of color, women, and other marginalized groups. Omaha Girls Rocks believes in the power of collaboration and partnerships too, which is what March has been all about!

It’s important to recognize that OGR’s accomplishments are often built off of the efforts of other amazing non-profits in the area. When our campers, students, and their families engage OGR, they are also tapping into dozens of skilled networks from around the Omaha area. For example, take our summer camps that serve a range of 4-16 year olds:

Who gives us the physical platforms to reach the public or host our camps?

-          Omaha Performing Arts offers The Holland Performing Arts Center for youth to grow, play, and learn at camp every summer; Omaha Zine Fest provides us the chance to recruit amazing volunteers and to show-case the phenomenal art of star campers; and The Slowdown gives our youth and teen campers a stage to showcase their talents every summer.

 

A vocalist going OFF for our Tina Turner fundraiser showcase in 2018!

A vocalist going OFF for our Tina Turner fundraiser showcase in 2018!

Who offers access to gear for our campers to use over the summer?

-          Dietze Music loans the gear for our Little Girls Rock camp and The Guitar Center donates a generous stipend to purchase new gear!

A camper rockin’ out with sponsored gear!

A camper rockin’ out with sponsored gear!

Who offers professional facilitation and guidance on how to make OGR as inclusive as possible?

-          Inclusive Communities helps our campers learn a respect for difference; and Ay Spivey ensures our volunteers are knowledgeable and inclusive about diverse identities.

Ay Spivey, a professional facilitator, being her awesome self!

Ay Spivey, a professional facilitator, being her awesome self!

Who coaches our campers on how to put music together with lyrics, followed by a #LouderThanaBomb performance? Nebraska Writer’s Collective!

 

And, this is all just in the summer. OGR has year-round afterschool programs and workshops in the Omaha area, and is supported in the following ways:

Who provides extended learning through 8-week intensive sessions of instrument and song-writing lessons to select youth? Girls Inc. of Omaha!

Who collaborates with us on workshops around town to provide under-served youth access to arts education?

-          WhyArts, The Union for Contemporary Art, and Omaha Public Library all do!

Young ones crafting and creating zines at an OPL workshop!

Young ones crafting and creating zines at an OPL workshop!

Who helps run our afterschool programs on school grounds?

-          Collective For Youth brings middle school students qualified teaching artists and informed curriculum; Kids Can is empowering the smallest of voices with ukulele instruction and performance; and Omaha Public Schools + Nelson Mandela Elementary lend us their school-grounds to do both!

Finally, we are proud to partner with Hello Holiday in Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood. Hello Holiday has helped donate over $30,000 to local organizations supporting immigrants and refugees, homeless women, reproductive justice, education for girls, and more.  Right now, they are selling OGR merchandise and 100% of sales go back to OGR!! They are truly an asset to our community. Get there NOW!

Over and over again, Omaha has shown up for us. We couldn’t be more thankful for the efforts of every organization listed above (and many others who may not be on this list), and hope you’ll check out the work they do independently of OGR. Do you have a favorite non-profit we listed, or a sweet experience with one of these collaborations? Let us know in the comments below!