Omaha, NE – The Financial Stability Partnership and H and R Block are planning to accept 250 families in the pilot program. Partnership spokeswoman Julie Kalkowski says families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit can call the United Way's 211 line to find free tax preparation sites. At those sites, they can set up a savings account when they have their taxes done. Kalkowski says the goal is to help families set up and build savings to help them become more financially stable. For more information about the program, call 561-7592.
Omaha, NE – With bitterly cold weather sticking around through this week, the Nebraska Humane Society wants pet owners to make sure their animals are safe and warm. Humane Society spokeswoman Pam Wiese says outdoor pets should be brought inside. If that isn't possible, Wiese says pet owners should make sure the pet's outdoor shelter is shielded from the cold. She says the pet's house shouldn't be much larger than the animal. It should be lined with hay and have a door. Also, Wiese says outdoor pets should have additional food and water.
Omaha, NE – The three individuals and two organizations were given awards for community service. The "Living the Dream" awards are part of the city's annual Martin Luther King Junior celebration. Alvin Goodwin, Paul Bryant and Pastor Leroy Adams Junior received awards, along with the Assistance League of Omaha and Omaha Table Talk. The celebration also featured musical performances from the Northwest High School Choir and the Morning Star Baptist Church Mass Choir.
Omaha, NE – UNO's anti-racism public dialogue is an outgrowth of a previous forum on race. Peggy Jones, chair of UNO's Black Studies Program, says the issue has significant local and national relevance, especially with a viable black Presidential candidate. Jones says she hopes the public learns from the dialogue to take a proactive approach to combat racism. The anti-racism public dialogue is from 7:30 AM to 4 PM Saturday at UNO's Milo Bail Student Center.