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2005.03.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Students Preparing for Seven Days of Service

Omaha - More than 200 University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) students will be trading their spring break vacations for an opportunity to help refurbish two homes for low-income families.

The students will be conducting "extreme makeovers" March 12-19 on two homes, located at 4106 N. 17th St. and 4717 N. 40th St., and helping with other neighborhood clean-up projects as part of  "Seven Days of Service."  Work will beging on Saturday, March 12.  No work will be done on Sunday, March 13.  Work will start again on Monday, March 14 and go through March 19.

The Family Housing Advisory Service (FHAS) and UNO are sponsoring the project, which is supported by $50,000 in grants from Wells Fargo Foundation and other community donors.

"Seven Days of Service began as a dream with a small group of committed students in 2003 wanting to make a difference.  Today, in 2005, we see the strength and growing potential of students collaborating with non-profits and businesses to learn, strengthen and enhance our community," said Teresa Hunter, executive director of FHAS.  "A growing number of college students see the power in collaboration and, through that, the ability to effectively change the community."

Omaha 100, a consortium of area lending institutions, owns the homes that will be renovated.  Once completed, the homes will be sold to low-income families who meet eligibility requirements.

The project hours will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and student volunteers will spend their lunch hours listening to speakers on various community issues.

Volunteers are asked to pre-register via e-mail at 7days@huntel.net or on Saturday morning at 24th and Lake in the new community building.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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