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Helping our students through the pandemic

Our work to reduce campus risk and support student learning continues, but it’s important to keep taking precautions to prevent COVID-19. MCC is also offering ongoing support to help our students facing obstacles impacting their ability to stay enrolled and continue learning, including:

Reach an MCC Counselor

Beyond the classroom, enrolled students can find support and a range of services to keep healthy and on track. Whether it’s feeling overwhelmed, unsure, or simply burned out, our team is here to listen. Enrolled students can reach an MCC Counselor and a receive support within 48 hours.

MCC laptop and hotspot loan program

Student residents of our four-county service area (Sarpy, Douglas, Dodge, Washington) are eligible to request a loaner laptop and/or mobile hot spot for each quarter they enroll in classes.

MCC COVID-19 emergency funding assistance

Actively enrolled students in financial need due to COVID-19 are eligible for support to cover educational costs and basic needs, including, but not limited to rent, utilities, groceries, housing, healthcare, childcare, or costs due to a positive diagnosis or self-quarantine.

MCC ePantry

MCC is proud to partner with Food Bank for the Heartland to provide a supplemental food source for MCC students. Through this partnership, pre-packaged boxes of non-perishable food items are available at no-cost to enrolled students.

Help with mental health concerns

Enrolled students can reach an MCC Counselor and a receive support within 48 hours, or to their Disability Support Services counselor if accommodations are needed.

If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or texting "START" to 741-741 to reach their Crisis Text Line.

Additional community resources include:

  • Nebraska Family Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 - available 24/7 for individuals and families, offers live, confidential multilingual crisis counseling as a service of the Nebraska Strong Recovery Project.
  • BoysTown Hotline: 1-800-448-3000 or text “VOICE” to 20121 – is a free resource and counseling service.
  • Women’s Center for Advancement Hotline: 402-346-7273 – offers 24/7 support and services for individuals facing domestic or dating violence, and victims of sexual assault, stalking or human trafficking.

Help with housing concerns or homelessness

The City of Omaha's civil rights law specifically prohibits discrimination in housing based on race, nation of origin, religion, disability, familial status, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. If you are facing a discriminatory housing situation, you can contact the City of Omaha's Human Rights and Relations Department:

Additional community resources include:

Together Inc.

This homeless prevention organization works to keep families in their homes and provides navigation services for rapid rehouse, as well as financial, educational and employment assistance. If you’re in crisis and aren't sure where you will live tomorrow or next month, Together Inc. is available to assist you at 402-345-8047.

Metro Area Continuum of Care for the Homeless

The Omaha metro area’s only collective impact homeless services organization.

Help with food insecurity

MCC is proud to partner with Food Bank for the Heartland to provide a supplemental food source for MCC students. The MCC ePantry helps enrolled students receive pre-packaged boxes of non-perishable food items are available at no-cost.

Additional community resources include:

Heartland Food Bank

Heartland Food Bank is a non-profit organization that distributes food to 600 food pantries, schools and emergency shelters across Nebraska and Iowa.

SNAP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps eligible students across Nebraska and Iowa apply for valuable nutrition assistance. SNAP gross income guidelines do not apply to anyone that is a senior. It is possible you may qualify regardless of your income level if you are currently enrolled as a student. To find out if you’re eligible, contact a SNAP coordinator at 1-855-444-5556 or visit the SNAP website. For tips on healthy eating on a budget, visit the USDA website.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

This special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children offers support services to pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five. Applicants must meet income guidelines and live in the State of Nebraska. Individuals who receive aid to dependent children, SNAP benefits and/or Medicaid are automatically eligible to receive WIC. Contact the Douglas/Sarpy County WIC office at 402-444-1770 or visit the WIC website for more information.

Additional community resources available to you

  • Kim Foundation - provides education and resources related to mental illness and suicide prevention.
  • Education Quest - provides free college planning services, scholarship program and complete FAFSA applications.
  • Planned Parenthood - provides affordable healthcare and healthy sex education.
  • Heartland Family Services - therapeutic services for mental health and substance abuse issues.
  • Urban League - provides services for empowering youth, career support and finding affordable health services.
  • Friendship Program - offers adult day rehabilitation and community support services.
  • Center for Holistic Development - employment support services for adults with autism in the Omaha area.

Want to support food insecure students attending MCC?

It’s hard to focus on school when you’re hungry. Supporting food insecure students is possible through donations made to the Student Food Insecurity Fund at the Metropolitan Community College Foundation donation page.


Note: MCC COVID-19 supports are not a guarantee of financial aid or tuition adjustments, but MCC will make every effort to assist students within institutional policies and federal guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education.