Students at the University of Nebraska – Omaha are on spring break this week but many are not heading to the beach. Jacqueline Wilber is the program coordinator for UNO’s Office of Civic and Social Responsibility and says many are sticking around for their 13th annual Seven Days of Service.
Wilber says, “We are doing a variety of projects from helping people get ready for their 5K fun runs, spring cleaning, repainting a variety of things. A lot of our work is with houses but it also helps those non-profit organizations with spring cleaning efforts and their spring programming as well.”
Wilber says about 1,500 students, UNO staff and even some high school students are taking part. Several of the organizations taking part include Habitat for Humanity, the Open Door Mission, Desoto Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Benson Plant Rescue, Youth Emergency Services and Special Olympics.
Over the past 13 years, students and other volunteers have contributed more than $1 million to the metro area through their work efforts. Work started over the weekend and will continue through Saturday, March 28th.