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2010.10.01 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Three Days of Service Volunteer Projects Return to Omaha

Omaha - Hundreds of students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), local high schools, middle schools and community volunteers will complete projects including renovating homes and non-profits, landscaping and neighborhood clean up throughout the city during UNO’s fall break Oct. 16, 18 and 19.

Three Days of Service pairs UNO students and alumni with students from Omaha North High School, Lewis Central High School and Nathan Hill middle school and community volunteers to work on a variety of metro area projects. More than 600 people participated in last year’s events and this year that number is expected to grow with the addition of UNO alumni, community volunteers and other schools participating.

Two highlighted projects include an outdoor learning center at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs and projects through Habitat for Humanity.

Other renovation projects will involve Salvation Army, Girls, Inc., Christ Child Center and City Sprouts. This will be the 6th annual Three Days of Service.

The fall break service days were created as a spin-off of the successful Seven Days of Service during spring break.

Dr. Kathe Oleson Lyons, assistant director of UNO's Service Learning Academy, said that “growth has been generated by the students” and that “over 75 percent of incoming students indicate that they want to be involved in the community while at UNO.”

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at the UNO Milo Bail Student Center and shuttles will deliver everyone to their sites. Shuttles will return everyone back to the UNO campus at 3 p.m.. Each person who signs up will be given a T-shirt and lunch will be provided.

Online registration is recommended before arriving to help facilitate the sign-in process: www.unomaha.edu/serve.

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