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The Douglas County Health Department and Omaha Community Foundation have partnered to launch a county-wide awareness campaign to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the Omaha community.  Do Right, Right Now is a practical call for a unified response to COVID-19.

As Nebraskans, we pride ourselves on doing the right thing, caring for one another, and working together to address problems and affect change.  We can get the good life back when we Do Right, Right Now.


The messages focus around the 3 W’s (Wear a mask, Wash your hands, Watch your distance) as well as the importance of getting flu shots.  The goal is for the message to be one of hope, positivity, and encouragement that will resonate with people who may be dealing with pandemic-fatigue.

Douglas County Health Director, Dr. Adi Pour joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the campaign and give some candid answers on the current state of the pandemic, politicians, and human nature in this time of crisis.


Both episodes of this two-part interview are below.  More information on how to stay healthy can be found at https://dorightrightnow.org/

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. 

While the pandemic has impacted all of our lives, we do our best to continue the holiday traditions that make this season memorable.

And it just isn’t Christmas without “A Christmas Carol!”  Director Kimberly Faith Hickman joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss how changes were made so everyone can safely experience Omaha’s favorite holiday tradition in a re-imagined small cast version with eight cast members, filmed, and ready for streaming directly into everyone’s home!  

In this two-part interview, Kimberly chats about the difficult decision to cancel the live performances and how the team at Omaha Community Playhouse came together to film this holiday classic and have it ready for all to enjoy in a safe, healthy, and comfortable atmosphere.

For information about how you can still enjoy Ebenezer Scrooge’s life-changing journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas is filled with stunning Victorian costumes, festive music and crisp, wintry sets, one can go to the website https://www.omahaplayhouse.com/tickets/view/acc/

"A Christmas Carol" is a beautiful reminder that love and generosity are the heart of the Christmas holiday.


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: https://shareomaha.org/nonprofit/friends-kios

To find all the participating charitable organizations, one can go here: https://shareomaha.org/


Foodbank for the Heartland has a mission: To provide emergency and supplemental food to the people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa.  In a pandemic induced climate of ever increasing food insecurity, Foodbank for the Heartland needs your help now more than ever…Through donations, volunteering your time to fill backpacks in a socially distanced environment, or to simply drive through on December 5th and drop of some non-perishable foods.

Communications Manager Angie Grote chatted with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the great work being done and the desperate needs still to be met.

More information can be found at https://foodbankheartland.org/

Omaha Children's Museum will be able to make several updates to air quality, disinfecting process of high-touch science center balls, and additional social distancing measures thanks to more than $3.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, funding. The planned updates are all anticipated to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kim Reiner, chatted with Mike Hogan about the massive changes which will protect the health and fun of the families that visit.  There are even safety measures in place so kids can chat with the big fella himself, Santa Claus!

Changes include more than 30 units of dual method air filters throughout the museum in areas used by the public as well as administrative offices. These filters will eliminate 99.9% of pathogens in the air with continuous use using HEPA filters and UVC light to kill, viruses, bacteria, and molds. 

The museum will install UVC lights in the tubes of the Super Gravitron. This lights are capable of killing viruses, bacteria, and molds. The museum was using this technology before in a stand-alone machine multiple times a day. The new installation will mean as children put balls into the inputs, they will be disinfected before they come out of the hopper and are used by another child. 

Additional updates to the bathrooms, including touchless doorhandles and faucets, as well as a touchless exit will help reduce potential contact with viruses on surfaces and much more!
More information can be found at https://www.ocm.org/

All previous safety measures, including required masks for ages 5 and older, still apply. See  for complete details.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mission is to fight hate and bigotry and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.  The ADL wanted to find away to bring our community together, to reflect on the struggles and triumphs that led us to this unique moment in history and to dream of what the future can hold.

That is where the idea of the Walk Against Hate started.  Associate Director Murphy Scott Wulfgar and Education Director Halley Taylor chat with Mike Hogan “Live & Local” about the “civil rights scavenger hunt” of sorts.

Walk Against Hate is an interactive, guided tour of multiple locations (accessible online or on the ground—socially distanced of course) across the Omaha Metropolitan Area that hold significance to the evolution or future of civil rights and civil liberties in our community.

More information can be found at http://www.adlplains.com/.


The way we think about the role transportation has in our lives has changed this year.  This has led to significant behavior changes, and it’s opened new avenues for us to explore.  What different transportation solutions will make our city a more vibrant, equitable and accessible for everyone?  We’re here to maximize this opportunity.

Stephen Osberg is the Director of Transportation Development for the Omaha Chamber of Commerce.  He took some time to explain to Mike Hogan what the ConnectGo initiative is, how it will change the face of transportation in the greater Omaha metro, and how your voice needs to be heard.

More information can be found at https://www.omahachamber.org/connectgo/.


Giving Tuesday on December 1st is a time to give, do, and share together. All acts of generosity move our metro toward a better future.  Share Omaha provides a one-stop resource center to give or find volunteer opportunities. 


Executive Director of Share Omaha, Marjorie Maas, joins Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss all the different facets provided by the Share Omaha website.  For example, one can give early to a cause you care about at SHAREomaha.org – Use donation code GIVING TUESDAY or even volunteer to serve virtually and share your professional skills.  The ShareOmaha.com website also collects items through shopping wish lists and then sending items directly to local causes.


You can join the fun, early or on December 1st, by going to https://shareomaha.org/givingtuesday.

Metro launched Omaha Rapid Bus Transit (ORBT) service on Nov. 18, 2020 — the most significant mass transit investment this region has seen in decades. 

Metro CEO Lauren Cencic joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss how ORBT unites smart technology and streamlined travel for faster, more frequent public transportation, serving an eight-mile route along Dodge and Douglas streets from downtown Omaha to Westroads Mall.  ORBT’s enhanced stations, spacious vehicles, and travel upgrades connect more people, more frequently.  And best of all, ORBT is fare free for the first four months so you can  get on board and enjoy your ride!

For more information, go to https://www.ometro.com/

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, which represents nonprofits across Nebraska and Southwest Iowa will host its annual Nonprofit Summit of the Midlands virtually this week on Nov.12-13, allowing more participants from across Nebraska and Iowa to attend.

Public Policy and Strategic Partnership Manager at The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands, Hannah Young, took time out of her busy schedule to chat with Mike Hogan at KIOS-FM about the summit and the program. 

Details about the summit can be found at https://www.nonprofitam.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1334162

Gloria Steinem, writer, political activist, and feminist organizer, will be the featured speaker at Girls Inc.’s 20th annual Lunch for the Girls.  The luncheon will be held in an all-virtual format on Monday, November 16 from Noon - 1:00pm.

Executive Director of Girls Inc. Omaha, Roberta Wilhelm, joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to talk about the event and the food partners, Big Mama’s Kitchen and Best Burger, who are working with Girls Inc. to provide lunches on November 16 as part of the Girls Inc.’s annual Lunch for the Girls event.

Girls Inc. will receive $5 of each lunch sold through this special promotion and both restaurants are locally owned by Black and brown women (one of whom is a Girls Inc. Omaha alumna!): 

  • Big Mama's Kitchen - 2112 North 30th Street, Accelerator Suite 201, Omaha, NE 68111. Pick-up only or delivery available for 10+ orders to same destination. 
  • Best Burger - 8319 N 30th St, Omaha, NE 68112. Pick-up only or delivery available for 10+ orders to same destination.

More information can be found at https://www.eventcombo.com/e/lunch-for-the-girls-2020-with-gloria-steinem-40775

Populus Fund is a new regranting initiative organized by The Union for Contemporary Art, through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in order to support innovative artist projects throughout Omaha–Lincoln metros.  Populus Fund was founded to provide essential support for projects that expand our understanding of how art exists in the world, address community needs, and exemplify new ways of working in, for, and with the public.

Communications Director for The Union for Contemporary Art, Patrick Mainelli, joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local” to discuss the program, how to apply, and when the lottery drawings happen.

You can find more information at https://www.u-ca.org/populusfund

A pilot study that Nebraska Children’s Home Society (NCHS) is testing in collaboration with Frontiers of Innovation (FOI), the R&D platform of the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University is currently underway at the Nebraska Children's Home Society.

CEO of NCHS, Lana Temple-Plotz, spent some time explaining the program to Mike Hogan "Live & Local" on KIOS-FM.  In the two-part interview below, Lana explains that the goal of FOI is to accelerate the development and adoption of science-based innovations that achieve breakthrough impact at scale for young children and families facing adversity.  Ultimately, the goal is to boost children’s and their caregivers’ executive functioning and self-regulation skills for greater success in school and life.

The TFP curriculum focuses on language to build executive functioning in both parents/caregivers and children.  The curriculum first establishes “Internal State Words” for thoughts, feelings, sensory perceptions, physical sensations and moral concepts.  As children learn, they can use these words to identify and express themselves and develop personal narratives about their experiences.  As parents’ skills related to executive function and self-regulation increase, they are able to model use of these language skills with their children. The parents also increase their ability to recognize and respond to their children and provide supportive relationships.

More information about Nebraska Children's Home Society can be found at https://nchs.org/

Through Thursday, Nov. 5, the public can donate much-needed items to fill backpacks for homeless military veterans who are staying temporarily at the Siena Francis House.  Items can be dropped off at Bellevue University’s Military Veteran Services Center at 2108 Harvell Drive, Bellevue, Nebraska. Donations can also be dropped off outside the building for those wishing to avoid contact due to the pandemic.

Heather Carroll, Manager of the Military Veteran Services Center, chatted with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the program and the needs yet to be filled.  Those needs include hand sanitizer (8 ounce or less bottles), masks, blankets, baby wipes, hand and body lotion, hand and feet warmers, individually packaged snacks such as cheese and cracker packs, candy, small bags of chips, men and women’s deodorant, lip balm, winter hats and gloves and women’s bars of soap.  Monetary and gift card donations are also being accepted. 

More infomration can be found at https://news.bellevue.edu/donations-needed-to-fill-96-backpacks-for-homeless-military-veterans/

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