Life is rapidly changing and new information is coming in by the minute. As we take in our new realities, please know that our work for women and girls continues as we shift to working from home for the foreseeable future. In leading with our values, we are taking the following steps to respond to COVID-19 in a proactive, compassionate and conscious effort.
- Partner support. We are committed in providing financial support to various organizations in our community that serve women and girls, even as these needs shift by the hour. Low-income women who don’t have access to paid family leave, health insurance, childcare and other resources are more likely to be impacted during a public health crisis. We encourage you to consider making a donation to the organizations that serve all women and girls.
- Community resources. During uncertain times, low-income women may experience increased food instability, domestic violence, behavioral health issues and more. Please review this list of community resources and share with anyone who is looking for help or who needs help. You are not alone.
- Upcoming events. All community gatherings, meetings or events hosted by the Women’s Fund through June 1 will be rescheduled, if possible. Please check with event hosts if you need more information. We will continually assess the situation and make additional changes as directed by public health officials.
- Work from home. As our team shifts to working from home and caring for family members, please expect delays in responses. We are fortunate to have this flexibility and will continue to advocate for effective public policies that afford every woman and family in our state this same opportunity. Speaking of…
- Using your voice. The Nebraska Legislature has paused with intention to resume but that doesn’t mean we wait or remain silent. It has to be acknowledged that women will be impacted disproportionately by COVID-19, from those who can’t take time away from work to those who already receive inadequate health care to those who are working through unexpected childcare and eldercare challenges.
Right now, please contact your local government officials and ask that they enact an eviction moratorium. If the government is asking people to remain in their homes for the safety of their communities, it is important that they have a home. Contact the Mayor of Omaha, Omaha City Council and Douglas County Commissioners.
Our work continues. We hope you’ll stick with us and continue to use your voices and your privilege to advocate for women and girls. If you have questions or concerns, please email info@OmahaWomensFund.org.