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It takes everyone
That's why Civic Nebraska reinvigorates community, mutual responsibility, faith in democratic institutions, and citizen power across the state.
May 23, 2022
Aggressive tactics at the height of petition season
Paid, out-of-state voter ID petitioners are hustling for your signature. Decline to sign. 
May 23, 2022
Kicking off Community Heart & Soul
The resident-driven process engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it.
May 19, 2022
Meet Chueqa Yang, voting rights field organizer
The Omaha native and Lincoln resident helps coordinate Civic Nebraska’s policy initiatives and organizes campaigns for policy-related issues as part of our Voting Rights Initiatives team.
May 16, 2022
Civic Nebraska honors 5 with Strengthening Democracy Awards
Join us June 9 in Lincoln to honor these civic catalysts, educators, voting rights advocates, community builders, and young leaders.
May 16, 2022
What? So What? Now What?: The Nebraska gubernatorial primary
By 2 pm Friday, the number of votes tallied in the 2022 Nebraska Primary Election reached 409,231, officials said. That's the most all-time for a statewide gubernatorial primary and second only to 2020's record-smashing primary.
May 13, 2022
Nebraska Primary was safe, secure, efficient
Despite virus concerns being relatively low this year, many Nebraskans still chose to vote early – a clear sign that vote-by-mail has become the standard for a significant portion of Nebraska voters.
May 11, 2022
Nebraska primary at mid-day: Steady in-person voting; few major issues
Civic Nebraska has deployed nonpartisan poll observers around the state and is assisting voters with concerns via our Election Protection Line.
May 10, 2022
Music to Vote By: Our 2022 Primary Playlist
The Nebraska Primary is here. Our 2022 playlist celebrates the most powerful way to participate in our democracy – voting.
May 9, 2022
Collective Impact Lincoln awards neighborhood improvement mini-grants
The funds, reserved for projects in the Clinton, Belmont, Everett, Near South, Hartley, and University Place neighborhoods, will bring benefit and value to the neighborhood and community. 
May 5, 2022
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to our flag
Origins, evolutions, myths, and misundertandings regarding our nation's most iconic symbol.
May 5, 2022
Building Young Leaders: Ophelia Collins
A mainstay at Lewis & Clark Middle School, Ms. Collins shares a few drops of knowledge about her time working with Omaha youth.
May 3, 2022
ELL students to lead installation of ‘Seedfolks’ gardens
The Rocket CLC is joining students, teachers, and community partners to install and plant several new garden beds for a community garden project that cropped up during a reading among English Language Learners. 
May 3, 2022
Two great ways to support democracy in May
Nebraska's two largest cities sponsor "giving days" this month. Be among the first 50 to donate $25 or more to Civic Nebraska and receive some summer civic swag.
May 2, 2022
Rolling out the Equitable Development Scorecard
Community members, city staff, and developers can use the new tool to uniformly evaluate whether a housing development will ultimately benefit the community and address affordable housing needs.
April 29, 2022
It’s time to share your summer reading picks!
Each year, we ask Nebraskans to nominate book titles for the Summer of Democracy Reading List. What should be included in 2022?
April 26, 2022
‘We The People’ means our youngest Americans, too
We introduce students to civic engagement early on, which allows them to better develop critical thinking, civic leadership, and civil discourse skills.
April 20, 2022
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Bye-Bye Biennium
Director of Public Policy Westin Miller reviews the 2022 session of the Nebraska Legislature.
April 19, 2022
Sign up. Get trained. Defend democracy.
Join the ranks of our nonpartisan volunteer Election Protectors. After brief training, you're set to observe the May 10 and Nov. 8 elections.
April 12, 2022
2022 Strengthening Democracy Awards: Nominations open!
Through May 6, Civic Nebraska is seeking nominations of everyday citizens whose daily acts fortify our democracy. Winners will be honored on June 9.
April 11, 2022
7 things to remember when voting by mail
Voting by mail is a safe, secure, and convenient way to cast your ballot. Here are some best practices to ensure it goes smoothly.
April 10, 2022
What? So What? Now What?: Nebraska Unify Challenge
In March, Civic Nebraska and Unify America hosted the nation's first statewide Unify Challenge.
April 5, 2022
In us, we must trust.
When we expect the worst from our leaders or casually assume “they” are all just in it for themselves, we are actually telling on *ourselves.*
April 4, 2022
International Fact-Checking Day: 6 ways to break fakes
A quick guide to reading with skepticism and sharing a whole lot less – every day.
April 2, 2022
It’s official: CD-1 special election will be June 28
The ballots for the special election will have only two names on them – one Democratic candidate and one Republican candidate.
April 1, 2022
The head and the heart
Images and stories of the literal defense of democracy in Europe should inspire us to act on its behalf at home.
March 31, 2022
‘Cap Days’ are back
Civic Nebraska's Capitol Experience Days give students the opportunity to meet state officials, think critically on an issue, and then practice the nuances of civil discourse in the building where the state’s laws are debated and made.
March 28, 2022
Begin Again: a civic sermon
At the turning of another season – a time of rebirth and renewal – let's set out to begin America again.
March 26, 2022
Defend democracy. Be an election observer in ’22.
Election Protectors gather information and chronicle data regarding how elections are run from county to county in our state.
March 23, 2022
What? So what? Now what?: Lancaster County dropboxes
A primer on Lancaster County's decision to eliminate a number of ballot dropboxes for the May primary.
March 22, 2022
Help us draw a picture of civic health – literally.
Share your images that describe 'civic health' to you – that show a feeling of belonging, inclusion, safety, collaboration, and fun in our communities. #civichealthpics
March 15, 2022
Collective Impact Lincoln offers $300 mini-grants
From now until June 1, residents can apply for funding to bring their improvement ideas to life.
March 15, 2022
Election integrity? We’ve got it.
When you cast your ballot in Nebraska, your vote is safe, secure, and certified.
March 9, 2022
Democracy is a verb
Ordinary people participating out loud in democracy builds broad civic strength. Find organizations and movements that provide opportunities for us to do things together that we could not do alone. 
March 7, 2022
7 things to remember when requesting your mail-in ballot
Here's how to make your vote-by-mail experience the best it can be.
March 1, 2022
On Ukraine
Free countries are redoubling their defense of democracy following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Americans have a special responsibility in this effort.
February 28, 2022
The Complete Patriot’s Guide to ‘This Land’
The origins and evolution of Wood Guthrie's iconic folk anthem.
February 24, 2022
Gather with a common purpose: Civic Saturday is March 26
Join us at 11 am CDT Saturday, March 26, on Zoom for Civic Saturday: BEGIN AGAIN.
February 24, 2022
Take the Unify Challenge and discover the power of two
Starting March 1, Nebraskans will pair up to have positive online conversations about the issues that face our state. You can, too – sign up for the Unify Challenge!
February 21, 2022
The (Civic) Buddy System
A partnership among our after-school programs connects middle-school and elementary students with literacy and citizenship.
February 21, 2022
The Complete Patriot’s Guide To Presidents Day
Unpacking one of our national calendar's most confusing holidays.
February 17, 2022
Let’s talk about voter ID
We'll discuss a voter ID initiative in Nebraska on Feb. 21. Later that week, we'll help train Nebraskans to talk about the proposal's costs, complications and consequences.
February 16, 2022
We believe.
Community. Learning. Innovation. Power. Optimism. Civic Nebraska stands for these values in our streets, schools, and institutions.
February 15, 2022
All you need is love (and our 2022 valentines)
Share the civic love this Valentine's Day weekend with our homemade valentines.
February 11, 2022
Building Young Leaders: Kim Luis
The Nebraska U. senior from Lincoln provides autonomy and freedom to explore for her Campbell CLC students.
February 10, 2022
Disinfecting the 2020 discourse
We applaud the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office for holding baseless insinuations of voter fraud to the light.
February 8, 2022
We can’t leave $120M of rental relief on the table
Our failure to apply for federal emergency rental assistance will directly affect communities across Nebraska, and organizations providing financial assistance to struggling Nebraskans will lose a critical line of funding. Here's what you can do to help prevent that from happening.
February 3, 2022
Let’s show the nation how we solve problems, Nebraska
On March 1, 3, and 5, Nebraskans will set aside political fighting and focus on solving problems. The Unify Challenge is a live, one-to-one, online video conversation connecting pairs of Nebraskans across political, ideological, and geographic divides.
January 31, 2022
Re-enfranchising returning citizens takes a step forward
Now let's focus on continuing the momentum for LB158 all the way to the governor’s desk.
January 27, 2022
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: testimony on voting rights bills
Westin Miller, our director of public policy, testified before the Nebraska Legislature's Government, Military, and Veterans Affairs Committee on a pair of voting rights bills – one that would clean up Nebraska election law, the other that would unnecessarily shorten early voting.
January 26, 2022
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Bills, bills, all types of…
There are more than 20 bills and a few resolutions about elections and voting rights. From great bills that would protect voting rights for first responders to terrible bills that would restrict early voting, there’s a lot to cover. 
January 24, 2022
‘Wishing Well,’ a civic sermon
Hope isn't just tossing a penny in the wishing well and expecting magic.
January 22, 2022
Introducing Alyssa Hogue, people & culture coordinator
The Wisconsin native and Husker alumna ensures a positive and successful work environment for all staff, with a special emphasis on Civic Nebraska's part-time CLC employees.
January 19, 2022
Each one, teach one: ‘Civic Buddies’ cultivates literacy, citizenship
Made possible by funding from Dollar General, the new Civic Buddies program will pair middle-school students with elementary schoolers for read-alongs of books focusing on citizenship, followed by discussion and more.
January 18, 2022
Collective Impact Lincoln mini-grants strengthen civic health
In 2021, Collective Impact Lincoln awarded $10,000 to neighbors and community groups to support 12 projects to improve the quality of life in the city's core neighborhoods. Let's catch up on their progress.
January 13, 2022
Elections of, by, and for the majority
Wide majorities of Americans know that expanding voting access will steady our democracy and ensure our basic democratic rights.
January 12, 2022
Allie Christianson joins Civic Nebraska
The veteran of the South of Downtown Community Development Organization will continue her community organizing work on behalf of our Collective Impact Lincoln initiative.
January 11, 2022
Bridging the gap
More than 90 percent of Americans say they want to volunteer, yet only one out of four actually do. It's time to tackle that disparity, Tammy Day writes.
January 7, 2022
Partisans for democracy
The line has never been brighter.
January 6, 2022
Civic Nebraska @ the Statehouse: Day 1 of 2022
Jan. 5 marks the first day of the second session of the 107th Nebraska Legislature. Director of Public Policy Westin Miller sets the table for what he expects to be a tense and turbulent 60-day session.
January 5, 2022
Strong interest in Nebraska’s first-in-the-nation Unify Challenge
Nearly 100 Nebraskans already have indicated they will participate in The Unify Challenge for Nebraska on March 1, 3, or 5.
January 4, 2022
Civic Saturday returns! Join us Jan. 22 for ‘Wishing Well’
Our eighth Civic Saturday will center on finding clarity to act amid a landscape increasingly shaped by fear.
January 3, 2022
Happy New Year! Here’s what we’re up to in ’22
From educating and mobilizing voters to creating the building blocks of democratic citizenship in our youngest citizens, Civic Nebraska has a big 2022 in the works.
December 31, 2021
Starting 2022 strong at Civic Nebraska
We're gearing up for a pivotal 2022 at Civic Nebraska. Join us to protect voting rights, build young civic leaders, and connect Nebraskans to tackle shared challenges.
December 28, 2021
Support, connection, growth: Civic Nebraska’s 2021 in review
The year at Civic Nebraska was filled with activity, advocacy, enrichment, and education.
December 27, 2021
The Constitution on Film: our winter viewing project
Our compilation of 18 motion pictures with stories that directly or indirectly feature the rights, responsibilities, limits, and possibilities in our nation’s founding document.
December 22, 2021
Building Young Leaders: Daphne Philmon
Daphne Philmon embodies the word “community” at Civic Nebraska’s Lothrop Magnet Elementary Community Learning Center.
December 20, 2021
Devastating, dangerous, untested: NO to Article V convention
In 2022, state senators will consider adding Nebraska to states calling for a first-ever Article V constitutional convention. This would shatter our state’s budget and unleash unpredictable effects on our basic right to vote.
December 16, 2021
Nebraska needs YOU for The Unify Challenge
Tired of the division? Want to show the rest of the country how to replace political fighting with problem-solving? Join us in 2022 for Nebraska's Unify Challenge.
December 13, 2021
Wishing for relief among languishing and grief
Two years into a world-changing pandemic, joylessness and aimlessness can lead to emptiness and stagnation all too easily, Liz Codina writes.
December 13, 2021
Step away from the screen and into the world
Even in a world saturated with screens telling us how lousy things are and why we should hate one another, there are ways to take stock and stay united, Ronda Graff writes.
December 3, 2021
Practicing ‘radical hope’
More than a personal mood or private feeling, 'radical hope' is the basis of collective social and political action. It is the 'we' as in 'we shall overcome,' in 'we the people,' and in 'we are in this together,' Laurien Alexandre writes.
December 1, 2021
What does ‘we’ mean to you?
Join Civic Nebraska in celebrating community this holiday season. Give to our Civic Celebrations Fund and then share what 'we' means to you.
November 29, 2021
A call for democratic renewal – at home and abroad
Democracy is exceptional, and it requires all of us to work constantly, urgently, and boldly. International IDEA touches on this necessity in its report, calling for “global democratic renewal” via three broad strokes for governments and citizens alike.
November 22, 2021
Hope persists
Hope is not ignorant of current events, nor phased by pandemic. Hope understands the social climate of anger and distrust that citizens have against the government and many levels of political leadership. And it carries on.
November 19, 2021
We love it: Officials, voters work together on ‘Election Centers’
In 18 states, voters can cast a ballot at a number of vote centers within their county. The centers have been shown to increase turnout, make voting more convenient, and provide long-term cost savings. 
November 18, 2021
Lessons in calling out authority – and keeping faith in…
Skepticism of our leaders is quintessentially American, Jordan Martin writes. And so is our trust in our processes, institutions, and one another.
November 12, 2021
Why risk it? Because we’re Americans, that’s why.
If we focus on how our freedoms can be used to benefit not just ourselves but also our neighbors and our community, we will take the calculated risk to set aside our fear and desire for complete control.
November 5, 2021
Our way-too-early 2022 Election Central hub
Or, maybe it's right on time.
November 4, 2021
Our 2021-22 annual report: RECLAIMING ‘WE’
The road back to 'we' is paved with a reinvigoration of community, mutual responsibility, faith in our democratic institutions, and limitless civic power. Join us in RECLAIMING WE.
November 2, 2021
Civic Nebraska taps Erin Outson to lead Campbell CLC
As the leader of the Campbell CLC, the Lincoln native advocates for youth, families, and the neighborhood in and around the north-central Lincoln school.
October 30, 2021
Time to plant some ‘trees’
Today's community-building can result in an enduring quality of life – but that requires us to fight our tendency to expect everything immediately, Tammy Day writes.
October 29, 2021
Building Young Leaders: Bousaina Ibrahim
A Lincoln Northeast alumna and a junior journalism major at Nebraska U., Bousaina Ibrahim says that relating with youngsters at our Randolph Elementary School CLC is a powerful way to become a stronger communicator.
October 27, 2021
‘Making Good’: a Civic Sermon
"How you do anything is how you do everything." Civic Nebraska's Steve Smith on the democratic importance of fulfilling our promises.
October 23, 2021
What you need to know about election ‘canvassers’
Typically traveling in pairs or groups, canvassers are knocking on Nebraskans' doors seeking ballot information from last year's election. Here's what you need to know.
October 21, 2021
Revitalizing downtown, beyond the facade
For small towns and big cities, the benefits of strong civic health range from achieving success on community priorities to increased wellness to greater economic prosperity.
October 19, 2021
Saturday in the park: Join us Oct. 23 for Civic…
Join us at Lincoln's Antelope Park for some civic renewal.
October 18, 2021
Back to School: Lewis & Clark Trailblazers Afterschool Academy
During our Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening before and after school at the Trailblazers Afterschool Academy at Lewis & Clark Middle School in Omaha.
October 13, 2021
Meet our finance team: Bridgette Foerster and Emily Priefert
Bridgette Foerster and Emily Priefert keep Civic Nebraska fiscally sound and moving forward.
October 12, 2021
We can all play a part in this homecoming story
Hundreds of Afghan evacuees will be calling Nebraska home, and we can be an engaged, positive part of their new reality.
October 8, 2021
Back to School: Lincoln Northeast High CLC
During our Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening before and after school at the Lincoln Northeast High CLC.
October 6, 2021
Building Young Leaders: Hannah Hrbek
Hannah, in her third year at our Sherman Elementary CLC in Omaha, knows that being flexible, building relationships, and mastering a wide skill set pays dividends when it comes to building young civic leaders.
October 5, 2021
Back to School: Sherman Elementary CLC
During our Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening before and after school at the Sherman Elementary CLC in Omaha.
October 4, 2021
Back to School: Raymond Central Before- and After-School
During our Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening before and after school at Raymond Central Elementary in Ceresco.
September 28, 2021
Get registered, Nebraska: National Voter Registration Day is Sept. 28
Then, join our Voting Rights Initiatives team at 6 pm CDT Sept. 28 on Facebook Live to discuss Nebraska’s specific voting processes, how voters can motivate others to register, and resources that can ensure registrations are current and up to date.
September 27, 2021
Back to School: Lothrop Magnet CLC
During our monthlong Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening at Lothrop Magnet Elementary in Omaha.
September 27, 2021
Game disbanded, mind expanded: a trip to see the Hagens
A work of short fiction by Astrid Munn.
September 24, 2021
Back to School: Randolph Elementary CLC
During our monthlong Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening at Randolph Elementary in Lincoln.
September 23, 2021
Back To School: Lincoln High CLC
During our monthlong Back To School Giving Campaign, we're highlighting our outside-of-school programs. Here's what's happening at Lincoln High.
September 21, 2021

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    5618 N 14th Ave.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Lewis and Clark Middle School

    6901 Burt St.
    Omaha, NE 68132

  • Lothrop Magnet Elementary

    3300 N. 22nd St.
    Omaha, NE 68110

  • Campbell Elementary School

    2200 Dodge St.
    Lincoln, NE 68521

  • Lincoln High School

    2229 J St.
    Lincoln, NE 68510

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    Lincoln, NE 68507