Omaha Code School

6 Ways You Can Help Jan 9, 2014 — By Sumeet Jain

From the support our friends in the community have provided to the encouragement we have already seen for our students, the momentum for this program is amping up and we're grateful for your help.

We've had offers from individuals and families to help our efforts from all sides of the spectrum and even outside the context of a business.

If you're looking for ways to get involved with the Omaha Code School family and get to know more about what we're doing with the program - here's how you can help:

  1. Put up an out-of-town student for a few weeks.
  2. Donate your old Mac (or sell it for cheap) to an incoming student.
  3. Bring the students some yums.
  4. Contribute to a student's tuition fund.
  5. Send some love
  6. Spread the word.

(If you're a potential employer or business looking to support Omaha Code School, please read our previous article about how you can help).

1. Put up an out-of-town student for a few weeks.

We're proud to have attracted national (and international!) attention for Omaha Code School. We have students coming from out-of-state (and from neighboring cities) who will need lodging during the 12-week course.

Omaha Room

If you have a spare room in your home, these students would be very grateful to stay with you - whether you donate or rent the room. Our students will also be ideal tenants, since they will be in class working most of the time anyways. And when they're home, we bet they'll make for great conversationalists.

If you're interested in this, contact us at We'll coordinate with the students.

Our students are required to use Mac computers in class. (Streamlining the development environments of the students helps us spend less time on computer issues and more time learning.) But not all of our students will own Macs upon their admission.You can help by donating your old Mac - or selling it to our students for cheap.

The only requirement is that the computer have 4GB of memory and is capable of running Mac OS 10.7 or higher.

If you're interested in this, contact us at We'll coordinate with the students.

3. Bring the students some yums.

Pick up a few treats from a local shop (We love Aromas Coffeehouse and Bliss Bakery!) or make something at home, and bring it to class some time. We would love to have your help showing our students some Midwestern love, and our students will be eager to share their exciting work with you as thanks.

Aromas Coffeehouse and Bliss Bakery

IndieGoGo Campaign

4. Contribute to a student's tuition fund.

You can always send us funds to use for scholarships to students; but if helping a particular student is more your style, then you might like to contribute directly to an individual's fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo. Funds go straight to the student, and you get a chance to learn about the student before making your contribution.

One of our students has already set up a campaign to fundraise for his tuition. He's a kind soul and eager to learn web development. If you have a few moments, we're sure he'd be grateful for your support:

We keep a list of active campaigns for students' tuition. (We'll update it as soon as other students begin their campaigns.)

5. Send some love.

This is likely the most intensive education our students will ever encounter. They will be working 16-hour days for twelve weeks. (Maybe a few 10-hour days here and there. You know - as a break.) Even if you don't know them personally, sending a note (or a tweet!) telling them to keep up the hard work will mean the world to them.

(We're still finalizing our school's location, but we'll update this website when it's set.)

6. Spread the word.

Tell your friends! Whether the above ideas for supporting Omaha Code School work for you or not, sending an email to your colleagues or posting on Twitter or Facebook about us is still helpful. We're grateful for support of any kind in any form.

Some of our favorite tweets, to inspire you:

And of course, if you have any other ideas please drop us a line. We're eager to unite this excellent community and grow talent together.