LISTENING AND LEARNING FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS
The 2020 Landscape Listening report highlights what we learned from engaging with over 1,700 residents during Fall 2019, to better understand their lived experiences in the Omaha-Council Bluffs region. Through both individual and small group conversations we heard from 733 residents as a result of partnership with six local nonprofit organizations: Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, The Intercultural Senior Center, Urban League of Nebraska, 100 Black Men of Omaha, The Micah House, and Heartland Family Services’ Ready in 5 Program. The Foundation also relaunched an online listening campaign, Voices of The Landscape, where we collected an additional 999 responses from local community members at www.thelandscapeomaha.org/yourvoice.
In the process of sharing their stories and views, key themes emerged that broadly tell a story of how our residents are experiencing life in our region, both areas where there are opportunities for improvement, as well as areas where we have existing strengths and assets that provide pathways for residents to thrive. While many individuals talked about the pride they feel within their neighborhoods, and support they receive from friends, neighbors, or family, there was a longing for more community-wide programs and services that can lead to a better quality of life and expand access to more opportunities for themselves or their children. Diversity, equity, and power also emerged as strong themes for community stakeholders to prioritize as we consider how to create a welcoming, equitable city that reflects, respects, and celebrates the differences of our residents.
Access the full report here.