Last year, Goodfellows assisted more than 6,000 families, providing more than $550,000 in emergency aid and 1,500 grocery vouchers for needy families.
Because of you, Goodfellows is able to provide holiday meals, clothing and emergency assistance to those less fortunate, year round.
To contact Goodfellows, call (402) 444-1388.
To read Goodfellows stories, click here.
To apply for assistance, please call:
Catholic Charities (South Omaha residents), (402) 731-5413
Heartland Family Service (Sarpy County), (402) 291-6065
Heartland Family Service (Douglas County), (402) 457-7792
ENCAP (Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership - Douglas County):
(402) 453-5656 x200 ENCAP (South Omaha) (402) 595-1122 ENCAP (Sarpy Co.) (402) 292-2961
Together, Inc. 402-345-8047
United Way, 2-1-1 or (402) 444-6666
In 1910, The World-Herald renamed its charity Goodfellows. The program began as an effort to match 750 needy children with families who promised to provide them with a decent Christmas. In 1945, World-Herald Goodfellows Charities, Inc. was chartered as a nonprofit charitable corporation.
Today, the charity provides assistance to thousands of families each year. Goodfellows has raised and distributed nearly $10 million since 1945. With The World-Herald paying all administrative costs, every dollar donated to Goodfellows goes directly to disadvantaged families.
Goodfellows assistance is diverse. First, year-round emergency funds are available to families with one-time urgent needs that cannot be met by any other public or private assistance. This is done in partnership with the United Way of the Midlands, Heartland Family Services, Catholic Charities, ENCAP and and Together, Inc. Second, holiday meals are provided to nearly 5,000 families and their children referred by area social service agencies. Lastly, in partnership with Holy Family Door Ministry and Omaha Public Schools' Project Help program, Goodfellows provides funds for clothing shoes and coats for thousands of underprivileged children.