Local Mission

King Lake Work Days - Saturdays in June

Join us Saturday, June 13, 20, and 27 as Bethany partners with Omaha Rapid Response to help King Lake residents who were devastated by last spring’s flooding. You can serve from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm or 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.

Handy volunteers will work on houses and unskilled volunteers will work on outdoor clean up. Volunteers must be 13 years old or older and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Safety protocols of social distancing will be observed.

Give Help / Need Help

Food 4 Families

Helping local families impacted by COVID-19


Help Bethany take care of children in our community by donating family friendly food items and/or funds to purchase food. Many families rely on school breakfast and lunch and now these families along with many more who have been impacted by COVID-19 are in need. Here are ways you can help:

Donate food
  • Bring family friendly food items to Bethany (4200 N 204th St) Monday-Satureday 11 am – 1 pm , or Sunday 11 am – noon.
  • Items requested: toilet paper, boxes of cereal, spaghetti noodles, peanut butter, jelly, bread, chips, canned tuna, macaroni & cheese, fruit cups, canned vegetables, granola bars
  • Please pull around to the back of the church (north side) where a volunteer who is taking all necessary sanitary precautions will receive your donations.
Donate funds
  • To donate funds to purchase food, please click HERE
  • Average cost per family food pack is $25
Food pick up Wednesdays 5-7 pm
  • Elkhorn Public School families only
  • Drive up to Bethany’s center entrance
  • Take home one food pack/week/family
Need help?

If you or someone you know who has a student in Elkhorn Public Schools needs assistance, please contact Devanee at [email protected] or call 402.991.4391

Food 4 Kids

Bethany’s Food 4 Kids Ministry is the backpack food program for Elkhorn Public Schools. We provide non-perishable food for kids in need to take home for the weekends, In addition, we provide snacks bags  for teachers and/or counselors to distribute to children who are hungry throughout the day.

We are in need of the following food donations: mac ‘n cheese cups, microwave pasta cups, pop-top soup, ramen noodles, fruit cups, applesauce cups, pudding cups, individual cereal, single serve oatmeal, Pop tarts, granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, and individually packaged snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, goldfish, etc. All donations may be brought o Bethany and placed in collection bins in the center lobby Mission Hub. 

Meals on Wheels

Food is one of the most basic of human needs. Yet it is something many of us take for granted. Some people are homebound, have no family members nearby, and have few options for getting groceries into their homes. Others may be physically or mentally unable to prepare meals. For those individuals, the ability to receive basic, reliable nutrition may mean the difference between independence and institutionalization. 

Bethany’s Meals on Wheels volunteers team up with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Home Delivered Meals program to fulfill the nutritional needs of homebound senior citizens in the Elkhorn area.  Nutritionally balanced, hot, noontime meals are personally delivered Monday through Friday to senior citizens in need. 

For information about Meals on Wheels, visit Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging,

Men of Bethany in America

Men of Bethany in America or MOBIA is a non-profit charitable organization providing mentoring programs for boys and men currently in the greater Nebraska and Iowa area and looking forward to expanding Nationwide.  They form partnerships in the community through churches, shelters, missions, jail ministries and schools as well as the juvenile court system.

Serving Opportunities through Men of Bethany in America include:

  • Omaha Street School – serving at-risk youth who are receiving personalized education and life-skills training in a Christ-centered environment
  • Open Door Mission – serving and facilitating a Bible study weekly for men living in and participating in the Open Door Mission residential programs
  • Prison Ministry  – serving and facilitating a weekly Bible study at the Douglas County Jail through the Good News Jail Ministry
  • Sandler Training Center – serving and facilitating a weekly Bible study for individuals who have recently graduated from the Open Door Mission residential program

Learn more about Men of Bethany in America

Open Door Mission

Sign up to serve

Open Door Mission is a Gospel Rescue Mission committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves more than 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty. Bethany sends volunteers to serve at Open Door Mission on the first Saturday of every month from 11am-1pm. Volunteers serve in a variety of ways including serving food, food prep, stocking shelves, cleaning or even helping at the distribution center. We encourage families to serve together. Children 8 years and older are welcome to volunteer. Bethany volunteers also lead a weekly Bible Study for men that live in their residential program.

TeamMates - Elkhorn School Mentoring

Bethany partners with Elkhorn Public Schools and the TeamMates mentoring program to provide mentors to students in the Elkhorn Public School District. TeamMates’ goal is for mentees to develop safe, positive relationships with their mentors and for those matches to last through high school graduation and ensure students are surrounded by the web of support they need to reach their full potential. 

COPE (Christian Outreach Program Elkhorn)

Located in Elkhorn and also serving the communities of Waterloo, Valley, and Gretna, COPE (Christian Outreach Program Elkhorn) offers support to anyone regardless of religious, cultural, or ethnic background.

In addition to being a member of COPE, Bethany is host to the COPE Garden which grows fresh produce for local families in need. 

Habitat for Humanity

2019 Habitat Build | 2215 Logan Drive, Waterloo

May 31 – October 5 | Sign up

Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Its mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat views its work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources.

The Elkhorn Coalition’s focus is to accomplish the mission and goals of Habitat in Western Douglas County. Our newest home build is in Waterloo.

For information about Habitat for Humanity visit Habitat Omaha.

RAMP Ministry

Building Freedom for the Homebound

Have you ever changed a person’s life in a single day? Bethany volunteers do it several times a year! We build wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people who can’t afford to buy one. In a few hours on a Saturday morning, we give these folks the freedom to leave their home again, the home where they want to remain but whose steps have imprisoned them. No skills necessary to participate.

Want to get involved? Have questions? Contact Devanee.

8 + 2 =