With your help, we can make Lincoln even better
Our core causes center on social support, adult education, hunger prevention and second chances at success. But did you know we also offer many other services? Resource and referral staff, quarterly resource books, interagency giving and emergency assistance are just a few of the many aspects of social support in which we engage.
The Center for People in Need tackles the root cause of poverty head-on. Educational opportunities are the best remedy to low-wage earning. CFPIN accomplishes this through two central programs; People Obtaining Prosperity (POP) and English as a Second Language courses (ESL). POP allows qualifying persons the opportunity to attend Southeast Community College tuition-free. Adult students can receive IT assistance, as well as program case management to better succeed and earn more income. ESL courses are one of the most popular programs at CFPIN. These tiered instructional courses allow students to learn English, and gain better job and social opportunities in Lincoln.$140.00 donated of $500,000.00 goal
Center for People in Need hosts events throughout the year geared towards alleviating poverty with important products and services. Many events are geared towards allowing families to take part in holidays they may otherwise not afford, such as Toyland for Kids and Giving Thanksgiving Food. Other events are specific to the needs of children, such as Teen Day (clothes and make-up for girls), or Tools for Education which provides school supplies in autumn. Our events distribute literally dozens of semi-trailers of goods every year, valued in the millions of dollars. These events allow families and individuals to focus their financial efforts on housing, transportation, childcare and other essentials.$0.00 donated of $300,000.00 goal
Center for People in Need recognizes the difficulty people face trying to do right, when it seems that past wrongs have crippled ones ability to rejoin society as invested and productive citizens. The label of ex-con, or a felony conviction can make it difficult to prosper. After all, people who work and prosper feel a sense of pride and accomplishment which greatly reduced repeat offenses. That's why we are committed to teaching recently released offenders the life and jobs skills that will bring them "back into the fold". Through a variety of vocational and office training our participants learn essential and marketable skills. Furthermore, we host job fair and outreach events that hope to pair participants with potential employers.$60.00 donated of $250,000.00 goal
Center for People in Need offers food assistance to the community both on-site as well as at locations across Lincoln. Thousands of people use CFPIN to ensure their families and loved ones do not face hunger. In fact, we distribute more food than some moderately sized grocery stores! With an expansive warehouse which includes docks, forklifts and climate control, we can make an even bigger impact with your help!$25.00 donated of $500,000.00 goal
Toyland for Kids 2016!
Last year, we just didn’t have enough new undamaged toys to meet the needs of all 3,000 kids served by this event. We really need toys this year! Imagine how disappointed a child will feel when a family is unable to afford gifts under the tree. Can you help us make this happen?Donate to cause
Some of the success stories
While not currently a program at CFPIN, in recent years we have helped hundreds of immigrants achieve citizenship. Here is just one story: I’m from Congo Kinshasa. I moved to the United States of America as a permanent resident in 2010. I graduated from high school in 2013. Now I’m a college student at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. After 5 years living as USA permanent resident I applied for the USA resident’s test at the Center for People in Need. There were 100 questions to memorize and I had to remember all the names and places in the book. Test day, I was nervous at first when asked all the questions, but when told that I passed my test, that I’m a USA citizen, I felt so happy and I wasn’t nervous anymore. My mom also passed her test the same day. We later did the ceremony and everything, and my mom and I are now officially USA citizens. I’m thankful and happy.
Crystal Mulske moved from Cozad Nebraska to Lincoln in 2012. With five kids and no job prospects, she found refuge at the People’s City Mission. Eventually Crystal got back on her feet. Even so, raising five children by herself is no easy task. Despite working full-time, she needed help. Christmas was a particularly trying time. So when Crystal registered for the Center’s 2015 Toyland for Kids event, she did so with a grateful heart. Toyland caters to in-need children under 18 years old in the Lincoln area. Crystal arrived to shop on Sunday, the rain pouring from dawn to dusk. Her five kids were among the 7,656 children served at this year’s event; the Mulskes one of 1,709 families. The outpouring of community support for this event- from vendors, donors, and volunteers- made the three day event a smooth and successful end to 2015. Crystal, like the other parents at Toyland, left with a cart full of toys to place under her tree at home.