2012.03.07 > For Immediate Release
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UNO's 10th Annual 7 Days of Service Starts March 17
Omaha - While many students will be lathering on suntan lotion in tropical weather during Spring Break, more than 1,500 students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and local public schools will be strapping on old boots and putting on work gloves.
Those students will be helping with various building and renovation projects throughout the Omaha and Council Bluffs area as part of UNO’s annual 7 Days of Service, March 17 and 19 to 24. This year marks the event's 10th anniversay.
Students will be working on 12 projects and in cooperation with 14 nonprofit organizations. Those nonprofits include Habitat for Humanity, Lauritzen Gardens, the Stephen Center and The Salvation Army.
“These project allows students to apply what they are learning in the classroom,” said Kathe Oleson Lyons, director of UNO's Office of Community Leadership and Service “Just as importantly, students learn about their community and its issues.”
Seven Days of Service began in 2003 when seven UNO students decided to spend their spring break repairing homes for low-income families. Oleson Lyons estimates that thousands have volunteered for 7 Days of Service since then. Each day volunteers will check in begins at 8:30 a.m. in UNO’s Milo Bail Student Center. Volunteers will be shuttled to the work sites and returned to campus at 3 p.m.
“Seven Days of Service is a great way to expand your skills while helping out your community,” said Oleson Lyons. “Volunteers help nonprofit organizations, while learning more about their city.”
For more information contact UNO’s Office of Community Leadership and Service at (402) 554.3880 or visit www.unomaha.edu/humanics/.
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