Many University of Nebraska faculty, staff and students are eager to help. There are several opportunities for employees to assist colleagues and Nebraskans in need, as described below.
If You Want to Help
Time: Civil Leave for Voluntary Flood Efforts
We have created a new five-day Civil Leave allowance under which employees can receive up to 40 hours of civil leave to volunteer in flood recovery efforts. The leave allowance will be available until further notice from the NU President’s Office.
To request Civil Leave, please fill out the Civil Leave Request Form—including the anticipated time period of absence—and turn in to your supervisor for evaluation.
Dollars: Donate to the NU Emergency Assistance Fund
The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund enables the university to help currently enrolled students and current university employees who face financial hardship resulting from emergency or crisis situations such as natural disasters, home displacement and food insecurity. These circumstances include the 2019 flooding that has significantly affected people and the state.
The University of Nebraska Emergency Assistance Fund relies on contributions from individuals, companies and organizations who wish to help with this assistance program. Every gift helps, and when combined with the donations of others, will provide the help a student or employee needs when facing the unexpected.
Resources: Donate Leave
Employees have the opportunity to donate to a catastrophic leave “bank” that can be an additional lifeline for colleagues in crisis. To donate accumulated leave time to the Major Disaster Leave Pool, please fill out the Major Disaster Leave Donation Form—including the anticipated time period of absence—and turn it in to your supervisor to sign and pass on to Human Resources.
If you have additional questions on this opportunity, please contact your campus Human Resources office.
Flood Recovery Serviceships
Building off a successful model with the Rural Futures Institute, we are funding 50 Flood Recovery Serviceships for University of Nebraska students this summer. This program will place 50 students in impacted communities across Nebraska, with a focus on:
- Engaging local leaders active in flood recovery efforts and contributing in ways that add value.
- Identifying service projects (immediate or longer-term) that could be addressed by teams of students, staff or faculty, and facilitating projects to be conducted this summer.
- Representing the University of Nebraska and connecting our resources with local needs.
Flood Recovery Serviceships are currently open for application. Interested students can apply here.
Community Hosts Wanted for Flood Serviceship Projects
The University of Nebraska invites community leaders to apply to serve as hosts for the new NU Flood Serviceship program that will send students across the state this summer to assist in recovery efforts. Local leaders representing government, business, education, and the nonprofit world—or other sectors who have ideas for service projects suited to students—are invited to apply here. For more information, please see our news release.
Governor Ricketts has unveiled a new "Nebraska Strong" website to connect Nebraskans with opportunities to request and provide relief. The State of Nebraska is working with individuals, public/private partnerships, volunteer organizations, faith-based organizations and non-government organizations to help affected Nebraskans meet their needs.
To see a list of current needs, or if you would like to donate resources or money, please visit the site.