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2011.03.10 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Seven Days of Service Returns During Spring Break

Omaha - One of Omaha’s largest volunteer forces will be working at 12 project sites for 20 local nonprofits, including renovating homes and landscaping, during the ninth annual Seven Days of Service, March 19 and March 21 to 26.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Service-Learning Academy is coordinating the university-wide Seven Days of Service volunteer project, when approximately 1,600 students, faculty, staff and volunteers will work with Omaha and Council Bluffs nonprofits.

The volunteers will work on a number of projects, including renovating, repairing, painting, building and planting. Volunteers are assigned work sites upon check-in. Volunteers serve approximately six hours each day.

“This event has grown each year in service with our community,” said Kathe Oleson-Lyons, Service-Learning Academy. “We have more projects and partners than in any pervious year. This allows all those serving to learn about community and the important work done by the nonprofit organizations throughout Omaha.”

The Seven Days of Service project began in 2003 when a group of seven students from Oleson-Lyons' service-learning class had the idea to volunteer for seven days during spring break. That year the project had 70 volunteers working on two houses. In 2010, there were more than 1,500 volunteers working on 15 project sites.

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