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2013.01.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO to Celebrate MLK Day Through Service Projects

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and its Student-Community Leadership and Service (SCLS) office is celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with days of service in Omaha and, for the first time, Crete, Neb.

On Monday, Jan. 7, SCLS began a partnership, which runs through Friday, Jan. 18, with the Crete Elementary School to organize a food drive and the making of approximately 150 to 200 fleece blankets to be donated to families in need. Third graders from the Crete 21st Century Learning Community, an afterschool learning enhancement program, are helping coordinate the donations with the Blue Valley Community Action Center.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 21, SCLS will be working with volunteers from UNO and around the metro at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 6316 N. 30th St., Habitat for Humanity and Carver Bank, 2416 Lake St., which the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is renovating as a North Omaha cultural center.

Also, throughout that weekend, SCLS will be working with Omaha North High School, Omaha South High School and King Science Center to coordinate a special food drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Interested parties can volunteer before Monday’s events at http://www.unomaha.edu/serve/ or by emailing unoserve@unomaha.edu, or day of at Blessed Sacrament starting at 8 a.m.

SCLS will be running a shuttle from the Milo Bail Student Center on the UNO campus to Blessed Sacrament at 8:30 a.m. for those interested. Following the day’s service events, a luncheon program will be held at Blessed Sacrament until 1:30 p.m.

Each service event is sponsored, in part, by a grant from Youth Serve America, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number and diversity of young people, aged five to 25, in service to their communities.

For questions about any of UNO’s Martin Luther King Jr. service projects, contact Julie Smith in the SCLS office at 402.554.4083 or by email at juliesmith@unomaha.edu.

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