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2008.02.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Seven Days of Service Projects Substantial Savings

Omaha - Approximately 500 students will donate more than $95,000 in labor renovating five north and south Omaha homes during spring break at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) next month.

The students donate their time as part of UNO’s Seven Days of Service project. This year’s project will also include work at the Salvation Army community center and a clean up at the Malcolm X Birth Site.

Students and campus volunteers will work Saturday, March 15, and Monday, March 17 through Saturday, March 22. (No work takes place Sunday, March 16.) To volunteer during Seven Days of Service, visit www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning/regform_7days.php to register.

“This project allows students to apply what they are learning in the classroom,” said Kathe Oleson, assistant director of Service Learning at UNO. “Just as importantly, students learn about their community and its issues.”

The collaborative efforts of UNO student volunteers, Wells Fargo Bank and Family Housing Advisory Services has resulted in various restorative projects for the past six years to improve the community. This year the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity will benefit, as well.

“Since the inception of Seven Days of Service in 2003, approximately 2,000 volunteers have renovated more than 20 homes in north and south Omaha,” Oleson said.

Students in UNO’s Construction Systems, Social Work, Journalism and Public Administration classes coordinate the program through their coursework and bring UNO students, staff and other metro area students and community members together to give back to the community during spring break.

The mission of Seven Days of Service is to facilitate the building and strengthening of the Omaha community by actively engaging with the community and responding to the urban need.

For more information contact UNO’s Service Learning Academy at (402) 554-6019 or visit www.unomaha.edu/servicelearning.

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