2005.10.17> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
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UNO Students to Spend Fall Break on Volunteer Renovation Project at City Sprouts
OMAHA - More than 100 students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha will spend their fall break, starting Saturday, Oct. 15, renovating a house at 4022 Seward Street to create a headquarters for City Sprouts and community meeting space.
City Sprouts, established in 1995, is a nonprofit organization in which Omaha residents, students and gardeners work together to turn neglected inner city lots into gardens. Neighborhood residents are allowed to use the gardens to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers and to learn organic gardening methods.
“These gardens are open for all to use,” said Barbara Hewins-Maroney, a board member of City Sprouts. “They provide opportunities for families to grow their own food and to learn gardening techniques that can help sustain them for years to come.”
The two-story house, which is south and adjacent to City Sprouts’ main garden, was donated to City Sprouts.
Students will work on the house and garden Oct. 15, 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They will patch walls, paint rooms, recondition wood and install shelving, among other activities. They will also prepare the garden for the next growing season by moving dirt and building raised growing beds.
“Students are giving their free time not only to improve the neighborhood but also to address a need in the city,” said Paul Sather, director of the Service Learning Academy at UNO.
The house will serve as the City Sprouts office and will provide meeting and conference rooms for community and neighborhood organizations.
Several local businesses and agencies are providing donations for the effort. Those organizations include Bruegger’s Bagels, CiCi’s Pizza, the City of Omaha, Famous Dave’s Barbecue, No Frills Supermarkets and Sgt Peffer’s Authentic Gourmet Italian Café.
For more information, call (402) 554-3502.
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