Omaha-area churches join campaign to show community work

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OMAHA Thirty-five Omaha-area churches have teamed up for a faith-based campaign aimed at helping the public understand their community service efforts.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the "Everybody Wins" campaign starts this week. It'll include billboards and other advertising, along with social media promotion.

One of the campaign leaders, the Rev. Mark Ashton, says he thinks local churches need to do a better job spreading the work about their community efforts, including organizing after-school programs, running food pantries and volunteering with the homeless or refugee populations.

He says the campaign's churches hope to change the minds of some people who see organized religion as extreme, irrelevant or judgmental.

The coalition is composed of a variety of Christian denominations, including Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian and nondenominational.