OMAHA - Volunteers will be promoting voter registration, constructing owl houses and helping senior citizens move into new housing on Oct. 18, 20 and 21 as part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s (UNO) annual Three Days of Service.
For the past decade, UNO students, faculty, staff and other community volunteers have given up their Fall Break to help with nonprofit organizations through Three Days of Service. This year, volunteers will participate in projects in both Omaha and Lincoln.
Projects will include working the 2014 Special Olympics Flag Football Festival in Lincoln, Neb. on Saturday, Oct. 18, and spending Monday, Oct. 20, and Tuesday, Oct. 21, registering voters at Creighton University and Metropolitan Community College's Fort Omaha campus; helping move items from the Intercultural Senior Center to the South Omaha YMCA; stocking the food pantry at Together, Inc.; and much more.
Volunteers will check in each day at the Weitz Community Engagement Center on UNO’s north campus at 8 a.m. Buses will transport volunteers to the nonprofit organizations where they will work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Three Days of Service is just part of UNO’s effort to dedicate entire days to community service and civic engagement. Over the past 12 years, volunteers have contributed more than $1 million in labor hours through UNO service days.
As one of UNO’s key academic priorities, community engagement is central to the mission of Omaha’s university. With the opening of the Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center earlier this year, efforts like Three Days of Service have become synonymous with the UNO mission.
For more information, including volunteer registration, visit www.unomaha.edu/serve. Additional questions, including a list of volunteer sites, may be directed to Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at email@example.com or 402.554.2129.
About the University of Nebraska at Omaha
Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.