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2010.04.15 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Park Improvement is Focus of April 24 Volunteer Day

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is preparing to participate in the largest youth service day project in the world on Saturday, April 24.

UNO will be the primary sponsor of Omaha’s participation in Global Youth Service Day, a global event that will attract approximately 500 volunteers from several Omaha community organizations, as well as high school and college students from the metro area.

The Omaha celebration of Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) happens from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at a number of public parks, including Elmwood Park and Memorial Park, both near the UNO campus.

Volunteers will clean up the parks before returning to UNO at noon for a free lunch recognizing the day’s event.

GYSD will also feature a collection drive for the Omaha-based Hike to Help Refugees program. Donations of used cell phones, smart phones, iPods, video game and video game consoles, digital cameras, laptops, DVDs and printer cartridges can be made between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday, April 24 at two outdoor drop boxes on the UNO campus: near the Milo Bail Student Center and near the Criss Library. These items will be recycled, with the cash donated to the Hike to Help Refugees program.

The Hike to Help Refugees program supports the refugee cause and life-saving work of the United Nations Refugee Agency by raising funds for refugees from some of the most war-torn regions in the world.

The 22nd annual Global Youth Service Day will include millions of youth from more than 100 countries around the world, all with the goal of serving their local communities.

Lindsey Scott of UNO’s Service Learning Academy said the local goal of GYSD is to encourage youth on a lifelong path of service and engagement, while improving the community through the engagement of youth as leaders and problem-solvers.

For more information, contact Alison Babe at (402) 709-7417, Courtney Gibson at (402) 981-3758, Liz Reynolds at (308) 289-2923 or Drew Swartz at (402) 620-5127.

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