Instead of heading to the beach, 1,500 University of Nebraska – Omaha students are doing something different this spring break. It is called Seven Days of Service. Katie Peers is one of the student organizers of the event and says students started their seven day project on Saturday when they painted the UNO Child Care Center, worked at a Habitat for Humanity project in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Students also helped with a thrift sale at the South YMCA in Omaha and helped with a mural at 33rd and Cass Streets.
Peers says today volunteers will be doing landscaping and clean up at the Boys and Girls Club, trail cleanup at Fontenelle Forest and Neal Woods, organize and clean medical equipment at HELP Adult Services and sort and repack donations at Goodwill. She says there are other projects throughout the week but some may have to be altered because of the weather.
This is the 12th annual Seven Days of Service project. Over those years students and other volunteers have contributed more than $1 million to Omaha and the metropolitan area in labor hours. The Seven Days of Service began in 2003 when seven students gave up their Spring Break to repair homes for low income families. Since then, UNO has added nearly a dozen service days that occur throughout the year.