The “Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon” is this Sunday, October 3rd.  It benefits safe and stable housing for the vulnerable in our community.  100% of the funds raised by the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon will go to assist families and youth, in and around Omaha, find stable and secure housing.  Specifically, the funds will be equally divided between Heartland Family Service, Open Door Mission- Lydia House and Youth Emergency Services (Y.E.S.)

Becky Nichol is with the Matthew 25 Hand Up for Housing Walk A Thon and she describes the mission on KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local.”

More information can be found at


Warren Buffett resigned Wednesday as trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which says it will announce plans in July to answer questions raised about its leadership structure. The announcement from Buffett comes weeks after Bill and Melinda Gates announced that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage but would continue to jointly run the foundation. It's one of the largest charitable foundations in the world. Buffett also said Wednesday that he is halfway to reaching his goal of giving away the entirety of his shares in Berkshire Hathaway, his company.

Urban League Nebraska is building a resilient North Omaha through strategic partnerships, generous giving, and community engagement that helps clients navigate their challenges and negotiate solutions.

Their vision is to lead Nebraska in helping people achieve social equality, economic independence and personal growth. 

President and CEO, Thomas Warren, spent some time chatting with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” about the Tech Boot Camp, an accelerated program that provides AIM Code School’s accredited Foundations of Web Development curriculum paired with the Urban League’s professional bootcamp and career-readiness skills training. 

For more information, or to sign up for an opportunity to become “career ready” go to

This month, SHARE Omaha turns two years old!  They have spent the past 730+ days connecting metro supporters throughout eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa to local causes. 

Executive Director Marjorie Maas spent a little time with KIOS-FM’s “Live & Local” host to talk about what everyone has been doing to help make this area a great place to live. 

She also discusses how as we enter 2021 with renewed energy, SHARE Omaha will continue to serve this eight-county metro region in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.  Continually expanding upon their mission of helping local nonprofits to fulfill their missions, year-round, by connecting everyday philanthropists – (that’s YOU!) -  to easy ways to do good.

For more information, go to the website

Hunger exists in every county in Nebraska and Iowa, and one in four Heartland children is food insecure. You can make this year a little brighter for those in need this holiday season!

Now in its 14th year, the campaign is a rallying call to support essential hunger relief efforts and provide meals for those in need – and this year, the need is even greater.  More families than ever are experiencing financial hardship and food insecurity due to the impact of the Pandemic.

Sandra Hulm, Vice President of Procurement at ConAgra Brands took the time to chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the severity of the food insecurity problem right here in Nebraska and Western Iowa. 

It’s “Giving Tuesday!!” 

Marjorie Maas, Executive Director of SHARE Omaha joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to kick off the “Giving Tuesday” area-wide fundraising event.  You can donate, volunteer, and make someone’s day by getting involved today.

You can give directly to KIOS by going through this link:

To find all the participating charitable organizations, one can go here:

Financial Beginnings is the pathway to a financially literate nation.  In a financially literate nation, individuals cease to see finances as a barrier and instead view them as a tool to realize their dreams.  In a financially literate nation, individuals are vested in and contribute to a healthy economic system nationally, regionally, and in their own neighborhoods.

Founder and CEO Melody Bell, Chief Advancement Officer James Chen, and Nebraska Program Manager Karrissa Jyles joined Mike Hogan "Live & Local to discuss who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved!  They also chat about how they empower individuals to take control of their financial futures!

More information can be found at or


Initially started nearly thirty years ago in response to increased requests from members in the North Omaha community seeking food, clothing, shelter and financial assistance, the Heart Ministry Center has always aimed to assist people needing life’s most basic necessities.

CEO Eric Crawford joined Mike Hogan “Live and Local” to discuss how the organization has grown and uses many tools to help people get their lives in order and become self-sufficient.

More information can be found at

Photo taken in the doorway of a small, sunny closet full of clothes on hangers.
Grady Schmitt and Maddelyn Bal

Trans Stitchin’ is a new, free community closet created to providing Omaha’s transgender community with an essential service: gender-affirming clothing. Patrons can either come during normal business hours or schedule an appointment to browse a closet bursting at the seams with donated items. It’s the passion project of friends Grady Schmitt and Maddelyn Bal. The founders joined Omaha Public Radio’s Courtney Bierman to talk about Trans Stitchin’s origins and mission.

Photo taken in the doorway of a small, sunny closet full of clothes on hangers.
Grady Schmitt and Maddelyn Bal

Trans Stitchin’ is a new, free community closet created to provide Omaha’s transgender community with an essential service: gender-affirming clothing. Patrons can either come during normal business hours or schedule an appointment to browse a closet bursting at the seams with donated items. It’s the passion project of friends Grady Schmitt and Maddelyn Bal. The founders joined Omaha Public Radio’s Courtney Bierman to talk about Trans Stitchin’s origins and mission.

SHARE Omaha is presenting "Banking on Supplies," a drive for local school supplies now through July 31. Needed items may be dropped off at participating bank branch locations during business hours or ordered online.  Drop off locations and details at

Giving Tuesday is a metro-wide, do good takeover  powered by SHARE Omaha.  Each of us, contributing a single act of real-life good throughout the Omaha metro, into our world will make a difference. Volunteer, donate, surprise someone with kindness — just put positivity out there.  And watch it take over.

You can donate directly to Omaha Public Radio, KIOS-FM through the SHARE Omaha site at this link:

Winter weather is on the way, so Omaha Public Schools is working to ensure every child has the hats, gloves and scarves they may need to come to school on time every day.  They’re calling it “10,000 Villagers” to honor the many community members who support our students.

A $20 donation can purchase hats, gloves and scarves for four students who many need them.

Donations will be accepted through October 31st, when staff will order the winter gear to distribute in November.  Checks may be mailed to the OPSF offices with a note for “10,000 Villagers” in the memo.  That address as well as a web URL accepting donations is below.  Thank you for helping keep students warm this winter!

Mail to:  Omaha Public Schools Foundation, 3861 Farnam St., Omaha, NE 68131 Attention: 10,000 Villagers Campaign

Or you can donate on the web at

(Altoona, IA)  --  Carson King's viral fundraiser is over, but he's using his newfound fame to urge people to continue donating to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.  Almost three-million-dollars was raised in the last two weeks and it started when King went to ESPN's College GameDay broadcast in Ames and held up a sign asking for beer money to be sent to his Venmo account.  The fundraising effort ended late Monday night, but King tweeted yesterday that people can still donate.  They can visit Give To Iowa dot org.

ATKINSON, Neb. (AP) — A boy with brain cancer who scored a touchdown at a Nebraska practice game is playing football for real.

Thirteen-year-old Jack Hoffman took the field Monday to play center for his junior high team in Atkinson, located 179 miles (288 kilometers) northwest of Omaha.

Hoffman underwent chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in 2011. In 2013, he drew national attention when he ran for a player-assisted, 69-yard touchdown in the Huskers' spring game.

The Play-It-Forward Expo is helping to raise funds for Omaha area law enforcement agencies and bicycle organizations by providing them with educational materials.  Last year's event raised money to provide bicycle helmets for community bike rodeos.   A limited amount of free bike helmets for kids and adults will be available to help promote pedestrian safety at the event this Saturday, August 10th! 

Jackie Kolakowski, Chair of People Aspiring to Cycle & Exercise, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the event, the mission of the organization, and the fun that can be had at this gaming event!

More information can be found at

It is estimated that well over 300,000 Nebraskans have received brain injuries of some type.  The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska is committed to creating a better future for all Nebraskans with brain injuries.

Serving the brain injury population means working to secure and develop community-based services, providing support groups and access to pertinent information and medical resources and service referrals. It also means educating professionals who work with children and adults with brain injury.

Sharon Royers, Board Member, volunteer and brain injury survivor chats with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about her traumatic brain injury, her recovery, and the fundraiser on Sunday June 9, 2019 -  "Blazing Trails for Brain Injury."

This event is coordinated by TBI survivors, caregivers, and the Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate in this family friendly, inclusive event.  

Location: Zorinsky Lake Park, 3808 S 154th St, (156th & F Streets) Omaha, NE 68144

More information can be found at

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An anonymous bidder has offered more than $4.5 million to have a private lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, shattering the previous record of nearly $3.5 million set in 2012 and 2016.

An online auction that raises money for the Glide Foundation's work to help the homeless in San Francisco ended Friday night on eBay with a winning bid of $4,567,888.

SHARE Omaha launched in January to offer the giving public opportunities to connect with metro nonprofits through donations, volunteering and shopping wish lists.  They make it easy to find local nonprofits and engage with them how you choose.  The open and inclusive platform amplifies the needs of the entire nonprofit community giving all organizations a chance to be seen and heard regardless of size, cause or budget.

Executive Director Marjorie Maas joins Mike Hogan, "Live & Local," to discuss the mission of Share Omaha, "Our mission is to help nonprofits fulfill theirs.  Together, we can change the giving culture of the metro area."

More information can be found at

(Lincoln, NE)  --  A popular comedian is promising to donate all of the proceeds from his upcoming show in Lincoln to the American Red Cross to help flood victims.  Larry the Cable Guy is scheduled to perform at Pinnacle Bank Arena with rock band STYX on March 27th and he posted his announcement about the donation on Twitter this morning.  The Tweet concluded with a message saying, "Let's Git R Done for Nebraska."

Last night marked the first night of the Salvation Army's Night Watch, where homeless and near-homeless members of the community can warm up and get a hot meal.  Three trucks and 12 volunteers took to the streets to make sure no one was left out in the cold.  The trucks make two stops each in north, south and central Omaha.  One of the drop off sites is at 26th and Leavenworth where several people went to get their hot meal as well as some hats and gloves. It's an opportunity many appreciate.  Night Watch will run Monday through Friday until March 1. 

Youth Care and Beyond supports children, individuals and families in the Omaha community, providing specialized services to  individuals who have suffered trauma, have learning or intellectual disabilities or developmental disabilities. 

This Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. at The Omar, a fundraiser is being held.  Chief Executive Officer, Tracey Lynn Pearson, chats with Mike Hogan about the organization, the mission, and the joy of working with the kids.

More information can be found at

When your mission is to "End generational poverty, one young person at a time, by enabling kids to discover their passion and build their talent" you need to have creative ideas on raising funds for those goals.  Rabble Mill COO, Andrew Norman chats with Mike Hogan about the cause, the mission, and the coolest fundraiser on record!  More information is available at  

August 3rd is the "Dance for a Chance" fundraising event for Youth Emergency Services (YES).  YES is a local nonprofit that serves homeless youth in our community.  Executive Director Mary Fraser Meints chats with Mike Hogan about the mission, the event, and how the program works.  More information is available at

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett has given another $3.4 billion of his Berkshire Hathaway stock to five foundations as part of his plan to gradually give away his fortune.

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, Inc. serves the community in a variety of ways.  CEO Stacy Martin took time out of her busy day to chat with Mike Hogan about the mission and their impact on immigration and the community.  More information can be found at

Jim Meier, Director of Honor and Remember-Nebraska Chapter, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat about the organization and the 5 month, 6,000 mile run to honor our fallen soldiers.  More information is available at

The Omaha Community Foundation is hosting the sixth annual "Omaha Gives!" celebration.  Kali Baker, Vice President of Community Investment, stops by the KIOS-FM studios to chat with Mike Hogan about today's drive and what it means to the community.  If you would like to contribute, the website is

Saturday, April 21st at Mahoney State Park the ninth annual Nebraska Lymphoma Walk takes place. 

Nizar Mamdani, Executive Director of First Sight is speaking tomorrow night at the "Great Minds" series at Kaneko.