Omaha – Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘ What are you doing for others?’”
Next week, hundreds of volunteers from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and around the Omaha-metro area will answer that question by volunteering their time on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20. Volunteers will join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country that will be giving back through service to their communities.
UNO’s Office of Civic and Social Responsibility has planned a day of service, running from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., that will leverage the strength of the UNO and Omaha communities to advance King’s dream of opportunity and social justice for all.
“This year we wanted to provide service opportunities not just to our UNO students, but to as many people in as wide an area as possible,” said Kathe Oleson Lyons, director of UNO’s Office of Civic and Social Responsibility. “We are teaming with a variety of partners, including other universities in the area, K-12 schools and nonprofits to make a real impact in the community.”
Projects planned for the 2014 MLK Day of Service include:
- Creating fleece blankets for children served by Project Harmony
- Assisting Habitat for Humanity at area build sites
- Making tie-dye shirts for children served by Project Kindle
- Using recycled t-shirts to make blankets and dog toys
- Designing a mural for Leavenworth St.
- Organizing and sorting books donated for libraries in Cameroon
- Assisting with food drives at local K-12 schools and at UNO
An additional project organized by UNO as part of the MLK Day of Service will take place in Crete, Neb.
On Friday, Jan. 17, volunteers from Doane College will be creating more than 100 fleece blankets alongside students from Crete Elementary to be used by the Crete community. An assembly honoring Crete Elementary students’ service efforts from the past year will precede the event.
Those interested in helping volunteer for UNO’s MLK Day of Service can visit www.unomaha.edu/serve to sign up. Questions should be directed to the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility at 402.554.4083 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Media questions should be directed to Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at email@example.com.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.
About Metropolitan Community College
Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable and quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 students annually.
About the United Way of the Midlands
Thanks to donors, volunteers and community partners, United Way of the Midlands is not only focused on addressing our community’s human needs today; it is focused on what can be, and what should be. It is building on today’s strong partnerships to create even more comprehensive human service efforts tomorrow, so our community can solve some of the root causes of poverty. United Way is community-based, community-focused. Thanks to those who share their strength, United Way is COMMUNITY STRONG. Please visit www.UnitedWayMidlands.org for more information.
About the Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service leads the annual MLK Day of Service, working with the King Center in Atlanta and thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools and businesses nationwide. For further information about other projects going on around the country for the 2014 MLK Day of Service, please visit www.mlkday.gov.
About Youth Service America
Youth Service America improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles. Founded in 1986, YSA supports a global culture of engaged youth committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership, and achievement. The impact of YSA's work through service and service-learning is measured in student achievement, workplace readiness, and healthy communities.