University Service Days
The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s university sponsored service days provide opportunities for service and learning about the greater community’s organizations and needs. Through the various service day partnerships volunteers are able to grow in their understanding of the challenges faced by those within the community. The different social concerns addressed through the service projects may include but are not limited to the following societal issues.
Beautification and Restoration
Projects which usually involve landscaping and updating of city parks, schools, prairies, or various nonprofit organizations, neighborhoods and other areas within the community. Volunteers have the chance to witness/experience the positive affect their efforts make on individuals, neighborhoods and the community.
Projects involving conservation and/or recycling. Volunteers have opportunities to see the impact of their efforts and learn how their work will contribute to the environment in the future.
Projects which generally involve arts and crafts projects, games, painting, cleaning and organizing. These projects involve both contributions locally and internationally.
UNO collaborates with various nonprofit organizations who focus on the issue of homelessness. Volunteers help these organizations/shelters by cleaning, organizing, painting, and doing a range of landscaping and beautification work.
Volunteers work on projects involving organizations addressing poverty issues including sorting and organizing clothing, cleaning, painting, food pantry stocking and boxing, organizing personal or food item drives, and building/renovation of low income homes.
This represents a wide variety of organizations serving unique populations with specific needs/challenges. Some of the organizational areas include: youth programs, senior/aging centers, health, or in the medical field.