Changing Lives One Wednesday at a Time

Here at ULN, people in the community come to us to participate in our employment programs. One service we offer is Working Wednesdays, where Working Wednesdays hiring events connect job seekers and employers.  These events feature anywhere from one to ten employers from a wide variety industries, or they may be focused on a certain industry.

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Oct. 27th-Oct. 29th

This weekend was…. eventful.

I finally moved to my real apartment and it has been the best to me already. People keep on asking me if the apartment is too small. Compared to the townhouse I was living in, I much prefer the apartment. I know I have a lot of stuff, but smaller space, the better.

Moving just across the street was a hassle just due to the fact of the windy-ness of Omaha (was NOT expecting that!) So all I did on Friday was adjust to my new home and ordered pizza (no time to make food!)


On Saturday, I asked my friend (also a fellow Weitz Fellow) to take me to the Nebraska Humane Society. I was ready for a cat. 3 months in planning, and years of wanting another pet, I finally was able to adopt a pet (remember, #AdoptDontShop). I had my eyes on Waffles, an overweight fluffly cat. I was telling everyone Waffles is the one, Waffles is the one. However: Waffles was not the one. I was able to have some time with her and I enjoyed her so much! The person who was helping me find the right cat did inform me that Waffles will be a lot to handle. She had pre-diabetes, her former family was not taking care of her at all, and she would need to go to the vet routinely.

This did not sound like the emotional support animal I needed. I wanted to care for a cat, but I also wanted in turn a cat that would make sure my anxiety was stable. I was crying to that volunteer, because I was worried that Waffles would never get adopted due to her pre-existing conditions. She comforted me saying Waffles will definitely be adopted. So she ask if there was another cat I had in mind. I told her that this black cat named Midnight was interested in me. So she left with Waffles and came back with that skinny black cat.


There he was. Already adjusted to me. He just looked at me and was like, “Oh, hey you!”

He came to me and just snuggled with me. He even let me pick him up! Then he got really comfortable on my chest. I was at peace with all of this, even when people were passing by and saying, “oh looks like he is gonna get adopted!”

They were right.

October 28th, 2017, I adopted Midnight (now known as Hallows Eve). He is a wonderful cat. I sometimes forget he is a cat because he sometimes acts like a very calm dog. I don’t wanna say it is love, but I love him already.

Even if he wakes me up at 4:48 am meowing for food.

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World-Herald Recognizes Striving for Success as a Victory for Young Black Men

Tuesday, September 19th, Urban League of Nebraska, The Empowerment Network, 100 Black Men of Omaha hosted Striving for Success at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Striving for Success is a day long event that inspires African-American male students entering the 9th grade to excel in their education. Continue reading

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Day of Caring: August 25th, 2017

OMAHA, NE – United Way of the Midlands Day of Caring was a day of appreciation and support. Day of Caring is the largest United Way volunteer even in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. Hundreds of volunteers on this day help put many non-profit organizations across the community.

The Urban League of a Nebraska was fortunate enough to have volunteers from MAPA, Safehaven, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Farmer’s National come and make our Urban League campus feel like home. From outdoor work of planting perennials to indoor work of making our event boards look brand new, we at the Urban League are very grateful for the help from these volunteers and their organizations.

If you want to know more about Day of Caring, and set you calendar for 2018’s event, click here.

If you would like to know more about the United Way of the Midlands, click here.



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WOWT: Urban League of Nebraska staff member pays is forward

Norman Grayson is on of Youth Attendance Navigators, helping students stay in school at Monroe Middle School.

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OMAHA, NE – R&B trio Guy featuring brothers Aaron and Damion Hall and legendary producer Teddy Riley are bringing the new jack swing sound to the Holland Performing Arts Center for an evening celebrating 90 years of the Urban League Movement in Nebraska Friday, August 4, 2017. The celebration is being held in conjunction with the biennial Native Omaha Days.

The Urban League of Nebraska will also recognize two community leaders. The Charles B. Washington Award named after the local civil rights activist, journalist and mentor will honor a leader who has brought awareness to issues affecting communities of color and is facilitating change in North Omaha.

For information on ticketing and other event details, read the full press release.

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