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2008.10.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Students to Volunteer During Fall Break

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is celebrating its Centennial anniversary this year and has partnered with Social Settlement, also celebrating its 100th anniversary, for Three Days of Service. Three Days of Service is hosted through UNO’s Service Learning Academy and is an opportunity for students in the Omaha area to get involved with their community.

More than 300 UNO students, and students from Omaha North High School, will renovate Social Settlement, 4860 Q St., during UNO’s fall break on Oct. 18, 20 and 21, from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students will also volunteer at the Viking Ship community center, 2582 Redick Ave.

"This project allows students to understand their community and its issues," said Kathe Oleson, assistant director of the Service Learning Academy. "Research has shown that students learn more when they’re involved with a community project like this."

Social Settlement is a nonprofit organization that originated as a settlement house in Omaha for Eastern European immigrants. Now, 100 years later, Social Settlement works in the community with programs such as Kids Can and Seniors on the Go to strengthen families in the Omaha area. Kids Can is a youth program provided for 3 – 13 year olds. They offer services such as preschool, tutoring, before and after school programs, as well as full day programs. Seniors on the Go offers transportation services, tax assistance, computer classes and recreational activities.

Students working with Social Settlement will be planting a garden in their courtyard and painting a mural on the exterior south wall of the building. Inside, students will build a computer lab and paint the cafeteria. Students will also be painting and cleaning parts of the Viking Ship community center.

Volunteers will meet at UNO in the Milo Bail Student Center at the Fireside Lounge at 8:15 a.m. each of the three days. They will register and then be shuttled to their work sites at 8:30 a.m., and will return to UNO at 3 p.m. Camille’s will provide lunch to volunteers during the Three Days of Service.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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