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2011.01.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

MLK Jr. Legacy Recognized with Jan. 17 Day of Service

Omaha - The life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. has been celebrated at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) for several years. Again this year, the UNO Service-Learning Academy will sponsor a day of service with the metro community on Monday, Jan. 17, in honor of King’s birthday.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the day wrapping up around 1 p.m. Other local nonprofit organizations will be represented on the 17th for the annual day of service.

Visit www.unomaha.edu/serve/mlk11.php to register and www.unomaha.edu/serve to learn more.

UNO students, faculty, staff and members of the community will gather at UNO’s Thompson Alumni Center, 6705 Dodge St., to create quilts for Project Harmony, and to create educational materials for students in Madagascar through Conservation Fusion.

Following the service projects, volunteers will participate in a lunch and learn program reflecting on the messages of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

Project Harmony is a non-profit child advocacy center in Omaha whose mission is to protect and support children, collaborate with professionals and engage the community to end child abuse and neglect. Visit www.projectharmony.com to learn more.

Conservative Fusion is an Omaha-based non-profit organization that engages communities in education on local and global conservation challenges, and worldwide sustainability.

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. The King Day of Service brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided individuals in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships. Visit www.mlkday.gov for more information.

The UNO Service-Learning Academy will host other volunteer events this spring, including:

• March 7 – Good Deeds Volunteer Fair, where nonprofit organizations staff booths at UNO to educate students, faculty and staff about volunteer opportunities
• March 19, 21-16 – Seven Days of Service, where more than 1,400 students, faculty, staff and community members volunteer each spring for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army
• April 16 – Global Youth Service Day, where students, faculty, staff and community members improve public parks and, this year, will participate in the Hike for Refugees initiative, walking from UNO to Stinson Park at Aksarben Village

For more information on these and other volunteer events, call the UNO Service-Learning Academy at (402) 554-4083 or visit www.unomaha.edu/serve.

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