Spring Break is often a time for relaxation and vacations away from home, but for more than 1,500 University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students and faculty, it is a time to give back during UNO’s 12th annual Seven Days of Service.
This year students and other volunteers will be helping with various projects throughout the Omaha area beginning Saturday, March 22 and continuing March 24 through 29. During these days, volunteers will work each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Joining UNO this year will be additional collegiate partners as well as partners from area high schools and middle schools, including Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs and Omaha North High School.
Over the past 12 years, students and other volunteers have contributed more than $1 million to Omaha and the rest of the metropolitan area. The week-long commitment to service is one of UNO’s biggest initiatives in its commitment to the Omaha community.
“Seven Days of Service volunteers help a diverse group of nonprofit organizations that address many different social issues, such as hunger, poverty, education, environmental stewardship, among other things,” said Julie Smith, coordinator for Seven Days of Service.
Just some of this year’s activities will include:
- Painting at the UNO Child Care Center
- Demolition and Construction at Habitat for Humanity Sites
- Silent Auction for Girl Scouts at Mammel Hall
- Manning Phones for a University of Nebraska Phone-a-Thon
Seven Days of Service began in 2003 when seven students gave up their Spring Break to repair homes for low-income families. Since then, UNO has added nearly a dozen service days that occur throughout the year.
As the only Nebraska institution with seven straight inclusions on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, UNO is the most decorated higher education institution for service and service learning in the state.
For more information contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 402.554.2129.
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.