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2010.02.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Students Surrender Spring Break for Community Betterment

Omaha - Hundreds of University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and Omaha North High School students will give up their spring break to give volunteer hours to the community.

The eighth annual Seven Days of Service begins Saturday, March 13 and continues Monday, March 15 through Saturday, March 20. The project is a collaboration of the UNO Service Learning Academy and North High School.

UNO students will be working on houses at 33rd and Manderson streets throughout the week. The volunteers will be painting and cleaning up the houses.

North High students will be working at the Turning Point campus, 3223 N. 45th St., March 15-16. Volunteers will have the opportunity to paint a mural at Turning Point.

Other opportunities for volunteers include landscaping at Lauritzen Gardens; sorting, organizing and taking inventory for the Boys and Girls Club in Council Bluffs; as well as sorting donations and cleaning at the Salvation Army.

“Seven Days of Service is one of those projects that shows what UNO and its partners can do together,” said Ramey McNamara of the UNO Service Learning Academy. “This not only changes the community, but also the lives of the students who volunteer.”

Registration opens at 8:15 a.m. each day at Family Housing Advisory Services, 2401 Lake St.

Volunteers can register online at http://www.unomaha.edu/slareg/7dos10.php. Volunteers will be shuttled from Family Housing Advisory Services to various locations throughout Omaha and Council Bluffs.

“Mavericks with the Metro: Empowering, Engaging and Impacting” is the theme of this year’s Seven Days of Service. During the last seven years, more than 7,000 volunteers have participated and contributed more than $500,000 of volunteer time and effort partnering with local nonprofits.

Contact Cassandra West, (402) 689-2188, for work sites in Omaha and Catherine Enoviso, (402) 304-5295, for work sites in Council Bluffs.

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