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2013.03.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Communications
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Nearly 1500 to Volunteer for UNO's Seven Days of Service

Omaha - What could you accomplish in seven days? Who could you help?

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), through it’s Seven Days of Service program, now in its 11th year, is giving students, faculty, staff and metro-area citizens the opportunity to take the time usuaully used for Spring Break to give the community a break instead.

Approximately 1,500 volunteers will be working at sites around Omaha beginning Saturday, March 16, and continuing Monday, March 18, through Saturday, March 23.

Volunteers will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and do a wide range of jobs, including painting, carpentry, and landscaping.

UNO will be assisting a number of area non-profits, including the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and the Union for Contemporary Art, among many others.

UNO is also partnering with area schools, including Omaha North High Magnet School, Lewis Central and Fontenelle Elementary.

“These students give up their Spring Break to build and strengthen the community, while laying the foundations for engaged citizenry,” Seven Days of Service Director Kathe Oleson Lyons said.

Seven Days of Service began in 2003 when seven students in Oleson Lyons’ class helped coordinate 70 others to give up their Spring Break to repair homes for low-income families.

During its 11-year history, Seven Days of Service has expanded beyond Omaha into Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley. Those involved in the program have helped contribute more than $1 million in volunteer time to their communities.

Those interested in helping volunteer can register at http://www.unomaha.edu/serve/7dos2013.php.

For more information on how to participate, contact UNO’s Student-Community Leadership and Service office at 402.554.4083, or email Julie Smith at juliesmith-sw@unomaha.edu.

For media inquiries, contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or by email at cdreed@unomaha.edu.

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