Airbnb free temporary housing

Airbnb’s free temporary housing program has been expanded and will be available through April 17 for those affected by flooding.

The Open Homes Program can be used by displaced residents and relief workers deployed to impacted regions in Nebraska. The program was activated March 14 and recruits hosts who are willing to provide free housing. 

Regions covered include all of Nebraska, with the exception of counties in Central Nebraska that are currently suffering from the most extreme flooding, and Iowa.

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Worthington Presbyterian Church in Ohio

Worthington Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Ohio, is shipping 60 disaster clean-up buckets this week to Faithful Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Omaha.

The 5-gallon buckets are filled with cleaning supplies for flood recovery and were assembled in February for Worthington Presbyterian Church’s “Mission Palooza Sunday.” Church members bought and donated the supplies.

The orange buckets are scheduled to be delivered on Friday. The Omaha church is the staging area for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance recovery efforts.

Kiwanis Club sack lunches

The Kiwanis Club in Atlantic, Iowa, announced that Kiwanis International is giving out $5,000 to assist in flood cleanup efforts in Hamburg, Iowa.

With the assistance of the Red Oak and Clarinda chapters, the Atlantic Kiwanis Club is providing 2,000 sack lunches on Saturday  to residents and cleanup crews in Hamburg. Two tons of bottled water will be shipped to the town. In addition, every small child will receive a teddy bear.

The lunches will be assembled Friday at the First Church of Christ in Atlantic, beginning at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the caravan of food will arrive in Hamburg by 10 a.m. Volunteers will dispense the lunches throughout town. 

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation

The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation is donating $35,000 for flood relief efforts to help manage the immediate needs of Missouri River flood victims.

The donation includes $20,000 to the Red Cross and $15,000 to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Disaster Fund.

The Iowa group also is coordinating information for those in Iowa who may not know what assistance exists. Go to for a centralized hub of information.

Food truck rally in Bellevue

The Omaha Food Truck Association is hosting a food truck rally for flood relief at Bellevue University from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Food will be available for a monetary donation at seven metro area food trucks. Proceeds will go to the Bellevue Christian Center, which has established a flood relief distribution center at 1400 Harvell Drive in Bellevue in coordination with the City of Bellevue, Sarpy County and several area churches.

The food trucks, all members of the Omaha Food Truck Association, will be in Lot A near the Durham Administration Building, 1036 Bruin Blvd., on the south end of the Bellevue University campus.

Participating food trucks are: Well Seasoned, Dire Lion, Taste of New Orleans, Orange Leaf, Chaima’s African Cuisine and Johnny Rico’s Brooklyn Pizza.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Co. announced Wednesday a donation of $325,000 to aid in flood-relief efforts.

The Wells Fargo Foundation will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross for immediate needs, and an additional $75,000 will be distributed to local nonprofits to aid with the recovery in affected communities.

Customers who are experiencing hardship due to the flooding can contact Wells Fargo customer support at the number on their credit cards, debit cards or statements to discuss options. Affected customers can also contact their banker by visiting their nearest Wells Fargo branch.

Wells Fargo customers who wish to support the American Red Cross relief efforts for Midwest tornadoes and floods may donate through Wells Fargo ATMs located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin through April 3.

Council Bluffs Police

The Council Bluffs Police Department has temporarily stopped taking clothing donations at the dropoff center in its lobby at 1 Ezra Jackson Way in Council Bluffs. 

However, the department will continue to accept donations of non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, water and personal hygiene items. 

"It will take months for these families to recover from this tragedy. We are completely humbled by the level of generosity of Council Bluffs and surrounding areas. It has been an awesome sight to see our lobby literally filled to capacity with donations," the police department said in a press release. 

The department has already taken several loads to Mills County, and it will take several more loads to clear out the lobby. Once the storerooms are full in the Mills and Fremont County relief centers, the department will once again suspend donations until more items are needed. 

John Deere

The John Deere agricultural dealers in Nebraska have teamed-up to contribute $60,000 for disaster relief. The donations are being distributed to a variety of programs aiding farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

In addition, the dealers are providing supplies and equipment.

John Deere dealerships helping in the relief effort include Landmark Implement, AgriVision Equipment Group, Green Line, Platte Valley Equipment, Stutheit Implement Co., Plains Equipment Group, Grossenburg Implement, and 21st Century Equipment LLC.

Papillion American Legion

Papillion American Legion Post 32 will be accepting and handing out supplies for flood victims all week at its 230 W. Lincoln St. location. Flood victims in need of supplies, such as clothing and cleaning supplies, can pick them up at the Legion between 8 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. throughout the week.

UNMC, Nebraska Medicine, UNO flood relief center

The University of Nebraska Medical Center, Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska at Omaha plan to open a Flood Relief Donation Management Center.

Donations will be accepted from the public beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Anyone impacted by the floods may come to the center for aid beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The following donations are requested:

• Respirators/N-95 masks; work gloves; goggles; foot covers; Tyvek suits; hand sanitizer and other protective items

• Bleach; cleaning supplies/SOS pads; dish soap; disinfectant wipes; disposable gloves; 5-gallon buckets; mops; wet/dry vacuums; detergent; paper towels; toilet paper; trash bags; masks; heavy-duty garbage bags; shovels

• Shampoo; soap; towels; toothpaste; toothbrushes; deodorant; feminine hygiene products

Donations may be by dropped off at UNMC General Supply (Annex 22), 601 S. Saddle Creek Road, beginning Tuesday and weekdays thereafter from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donors will receive a receipt for their tax-deductible donations.

Community members may come to the center during open hours to request needed supplies and access an array of community resources and safety information.

The center also will collect monetary donations.

The center will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Thrivent, a not-for-profit membership organization, announced Monday that it will match $1 for every $2 made in personal donations on to featured organizations supporting victims affected by recent flooding and tornadoes.

Thrivent will match up to $250,000. In addition, the organization is encouraging its members to volunteer by forming Thrivent Action Teams.

The following organizations have been selected to receive the match dollars: Convoy of Hope; LCMS Disaster Response; Lutheran Disaster Response; Orphan Grain Train (flooding only); Samaritan’s Purse; WELS Christian Aid and Relief (flooding only).

To participate in the match, visit, click on “Learn How” and then follow instructions for personal donations.


Verizon is giving its customers the chance to donate to American Red Cross flood relief. Text REDCROSS to 90999 and $10 will be added to your Verizon bill after confirmation with your ZIP code.

The company also is making a $10,000 donation to the Red Cross and is offering customers in flood-impacted areas of Nebraska and Iowa unlimited calling, texting and data through Monday.

U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is offering free Wi-Fi, wall and car chargers and portable power packs for flood victims at Mills County Electronics, 916 S. Locust St., in Glenwood, Iowa. The store is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The company also has removed speed caps and waived overage and late fees for customers in Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

Customers can donate to American Red Cross flood relief by texting REDCROSS to 90999 and replying “yes” to have the charge added to your bill. U.S. Cellular has donated $5,000 to the Red Cross.


CenturyLink customers who have been displaced by flooding are eligible for emergency call forwarding free of charge for 30 consecutive days.

The service allows residential and business customers in Bellevue, Fremont, Norfolk, Omaha, Pender, Schuyler, St. Libory, St. Paul and Valley to receive their phone calls at a landline or cellphone of their choice so they can stay in touch with family, friends and business associates.

To activate the service, call 800-573-1311 if you’re a residential user or 800-954-1211 if you’re a small-business user. CenturyLink also has waived late fees for impacted customers for 30 days from their March billing date.

Planet Fitness

Anyone impacted by flooding is welcome to use showers, locker rooms and health and fitness facilities for free at Planet Fitness locations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. No membership is required.

The offer is available through March 31. Hours vary by location.

Volunteers available to Sarpy flood victims

Team Rubicon, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to disaster relief, is on hand and ready to provide assistance to those who need help cleaning homes and properties, according to Sarpy County officials To request assistance, call 833-556-2476.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, a network of state-based volunteer teams, has volunteers available to help clean or offer emotional support. To request assistance, call 501-954-0495.

Nebraska Humane Society

The Nebraska Humane Society is collecting donations for flood victims with pets.

Werner Trucking has donated the use of a semitrailer truck to accept drop-offs. The truck is located outside the Humane Society’s east building, 8801 Fort St., and will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. There is also a bin available for after-hours drop-offs.

Items needed include collars, leashes, bowls, pet food, treats, litter pans and scoops, litter, beds, toys, towels and blankets.

Those affected by flooding also can stop by any time during business hours to pick up supplies.

Bellevue Cook’s Day Off

Cook’s Day Off, a fundraiser involving Bellevue restaurants, raised between $13,000 and $15,000, according to a Facebook post from Taste of Bellevue.

Participating Bellevue restaurants agreed to donate a percentage of their Wednesday sales to Bellevue-area flood victims.

The money will go to the Bellevue Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. Bellevue First and Taste of Bellevue co-sponsored the event with the foundation.

Mills County Emergency Management

A flood fund has been established solely for flood victims in Mills County, Iowa.

Mills County Emergency Management created the Mills County Flood Fund, and Mills County Public Health will facilitate distribution of the funds directly to individuals who need help. None of the money will go toward community infrastructure.

Go to and select Southwest Iowa Funds and Mills County Flood Funds, or mail a check to Mills County Community Foundation, 3555 Farnam St. Suite 222, Omaha, NE 68131. The Mills County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Omaha Community Foundation.

Salvation Army

The Western Division of the Salvation Army has served more than 4,500 meals, 5,600 drinks and 6,500 snacks. Within a six-day time span, volunteers put in more than 1,300 hours of work.

A donation center at the old Canfield’s store in Omaha, near 84th Street and West Center Road, was renamed a Disaster Resource Center, according to a press release from the Salvation Army. It will now serve primarily as a distribution center for flood-relief items. The center is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

The Salvation Army is providing assistance in Omaha, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Norfolk, Fremont and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

People may donate money online with a special tab at

American Red Cross

The Red Cross, which has been operating shelters in Nebraska and southwest Iowa since the flooding, will accept monetary donations at People should select “I want to Support Disaster Relief,” or text REDCROSS to 90999. Donations also can be mailed to American Red Cross, 2912 S. 80th Ave., Omaha, NE 68124.

United Way

United Way of the Midlands has established the Nebraska & Iowa Flood Relief Fund to help people who lost homes or suffered other setbacks during the recent flooding.

One hundred percent of every donation will be given to nonprofit programs that provide shelter, food and other services in the Omaha area. Donors also can direct gifts to another flood-impacted community.

Go to or text FLOODRELIEF to 41444. United Way also is helping flood victims in Nebraska and southwest Iowa through its 211 Helpline.

Nebraska Farm Bureau

The Nebraska Farm Bureau has established a disaster relief fund and launched the Agriculture Disaster Exchange portal to connect farmers, ranchers and agricultural communities with help. To donate, apply for aid from the Disaster Relief Fund or use the Agriculture Disaster Exchange portal at

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Participating McDonald’s restaurants in Nebraska and western Iowa donated 10 percent of March 22 sales to disaster relief efforts as part of #NebraskaStrong and #IowaStrong days in Nebraska and Iowa.


Baker’s Supermarkets will deliver a semitrailer truck full of food and cleaning supplies to the Food Bank for the Heartland warehouse on Monday.

The Food Bank will redistribute the items to the American Red Cross to use in its flood-relief efforts.


Because some water systems have been impacted by flooding, Hy-Vee has donated more than 100,000 bottles of water to the American Red Cross to be distributed to those in need.

Hy-Vee also has pledged to match $50,000 in customer contributions.

Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund

First National Bank of Omaha and the Nebraska Community Foundation have partnered to establish the Rebuild the Heartland Community Fund.

All contributions will be used to support recovery efforts in flooding-impacted communities in Nebraska, western Iowa and southeastern South Dakota.

First National Bank of Omaha established the fund with an initial $100,000 donation. It has pledged up to $150,000 in matching contributions. For more information, go to

PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch donate water

Both PepsiCo and Anheuser-Busch are delivering water to Nebraska communities devastated by flooding.

More than 100,000 cans of water are being delivered in two truckloads from Anheuser-Busch’s Fort Collins, Colorado, brewery, which paused brewing to can the water.

Larry the Cable Guy donating concert proceeds

Larry the Cable Guy is helping out those affected by the recent floods.

All of his proceeds from his concert Wednesday at Pinnacle Bank Arena will be donated to the Red Cross for disaster relief in Nebraska, he said on Twitter.

Dan Whitney, the comedian behind Larry, is originally from Pawnee City, Nebraska, and now resides near Lincoln.

World-Herald staff writers Julie Anderson, Kevin Coffey and Kelsey Stewart contributed to this report.

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