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It’s a core aspect of our “We Don’t Coast”-mindset –

a foundational belief that being others-focused is more than an occasional way to live, it’s a wall-to-wall way of life.

That kind of thinking inspired Mosah Fernandez Goodman, one of 2015’s Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, to launch 24-Hours of Impact with six other co-founders as part of his Leadership Omaha small group project. The concept is simple: local companies and organizations choose exactly one hour to do as much good as they can. The type of good is totally up to them.

Over the last four years – including 24-Hours 2018 on July 27 – projects have run the gamut. The SecretPenguin team spent an hour delivering food and water to the homeless – by skateboard. Gavilon organized a Karaoke Hour, and ACCESSbank put sponge and soap to work during a fundraising carwash.

24 Hours of Impact
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It’s incredibly important to be a strong corporate citizen,” Mosah says. “It makes sense to do good. It’s easy to do good in this way.”

All in this together – with examples of compassion and generosity all around us. Big-hearted donors fortify our medical centers and cultural institutions. Our private sector routinely backs ambitious community improvement projects. An array of charitable foundations channel our giving into a widespread community impact.

Just last May, Omaha Community Foundation spearheaded its latest Omaha Gives!, a 24-hour fundraising challenge that taps into our spirit of giving. The online effort raised more than $7.4 million to benefit 970 non-profit organizations, including the Nebraska Humane Society, the Siena/Francis House, Habitat for Humanity Omaha, and Food Bank for the Heartland. Since its start in 2013, Omaha Gives! has brought in more than $42 million.

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Portions of that generosity have benefitted both Lutheran Family Services and Methodist Health System, two organizations that expanded their outreach to the underserved last fall. In partnership with Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, they dedicated Kountze Commons, a facility that houses four services – a food pantry, a behavioral health clinic and two medical clinics – in the heart of the city.

“We knew that collectively we would serve a greater purpose,” says Josie Abboud, Methodist’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Siena-Francis House
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Colin Nabity, CEO and founder of LeverageRx, is committed to caring for the caregivers. His booming startup – an online marketplace – makes it easy for doctors to compare and shop for loans and insurance.

Sue Miller-Harsin, a licensed therapist for 35 years, is impacting lives in her own way in Washington County. Certified in equine-assisted psychotherapy, Sue runs Unbridled Acres and uses her stable of horses to help clients build confidence, overcome anxiety, strengthen communication skills and develop leadership skills.

“What we’re trying to do is help people overcome fear and dig inside themselves to solve a problem,” she says.

In other words, embrace yet another aspect of our “We Don’t Coast”-mindset.

Unbridled Acres
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Excerpt from Omaha: We Don’t Coast, 2018 edition  – a Greater Omaha Chamber publication celebrating the 30+ communities that make Omaha – Greater Omaha. Created and produced by the Omaha World-Herald.

Generosity & Compassion are in our DNA