OMAHA – To celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday, Jan. 19, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will be giving back to the community through service and education.
As part of UNO’s community engagement efforts, two projects led by the UNO Service Learning Academy and UNO Office of Civic and Social Responsibility will bring together volunteer and partner organizations to call attention to issues of homelessness, hunger, illness and illiteracy.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Susan T. Buffett scholarship recipients from UNO’s Thompson Learning Community, as well as middle school students from the Partnership 4 Kids program will combat hunger throughout Omaha.
Partnering with the Hunger Collaborative, which is made up of Together Inc., Heartland Hope Mission and Heart Ministry, the students will visit five sites to participate and encourage donations from five separate events.
Monday’s sites include:
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
The Pancake Feed & Dairy Drive at Together, Inc. (812 S. 24th St.)
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
The HyVee Food Drive at HyVee grocery stores (7910 Cass St. and 5150 Center St.)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Food from the Heart Drive at Heart Ministry (2222 Binney St.)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The Necessities Drive at Heart Ministry (2222 Binney St.)
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Hashtag Campaign on Milk at Heartland Hope Mission (5210 S. 21st St.)
- UNO students and their teachers
- Preschool-through-high school students and their teachers
- Community organizations and their members
Through these service-learning partnerships, P-16 brings the classroom into the community through application of education to find solutions to real-life problems.
Also occurring on Monday, Jan. 19, is the UNO Office and Civic and Social Responsibility’s annual Martin Luther King Day of Service.
From 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., volunteers from UNO, Metropolitan Community College, metro K-12 schools and the rest of the metro area will come together to give back to the community through projects that address key needs.
Volunteer sites for the day include Children’s Hospital, Children’s Respite Care Center, Conservative Fusion, Fontenelle Forest, Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska, Open Door Mission, Urban League of Nebraska, Youth Emergency Services and more.
Projects will include wrapping gifts, making fleece blankets, sorting through donations, boxing books and painting rooms.
UNO is also partnering with Crete Elementary and the City of Lexington to make fleece blankets and collect food donations.
The UNO students who participate in this year’s MLK Day of Service will also receive free tickets for a showing of the film “Selma” at Aksarben Cinema on Monday evening.
Media are encouraged to attend any of the upcoming MLK Day events. For any requests or questions, please contact Charley Reed, UNO media relations coordinator, at 402.554.2129 or email@example.com.
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.