By Miguel Chavez
Looking for something to keep you busy on your staycation this Spring Break? UNO is hosting the 12th annual 7 Days of Service event beginning March 22, 24-29 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Each volunteer will be provided with a lunch as well as transportation to and from work sites during their service. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. This service event is also not only open to students, but faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to better the Omaha community as well by donating a portion of their time over break. Volunteers are welcome to register for any or all of the service dates through a simple information sheet provided on the following website: www.unomaha.edu/serve.
The SDOS program allows citizens, students and staff members to sign up as late as the morning they would like to volunteer. Registration and sign-in time will be from 8 a.m.-8:45 a.m. the morning of the day you wish to volunteer on the first floor of the Milo Bail Student Center.
Julie Smith, event coordinator for the SDOS, also offers leadership opportunities for students through each service site. Students who are interested in a leadership position will be requested to simply maintain a head-count of all the UNO student volunteers on site, make sure the lunch coolers make it on the bus as well as a few other simple tasks as given by the event director. Smith said that students have been hesitant in the past in signing up for leadership positions- taking part in a leadership position teaches students skills and develop a well-rounded individual. Smith’s looking for up to 50 students to take on a leadership position during these events. The same attendance rules apply for leaders as they will for regular volunteers. Leaders may sign up for as many or as little days to serve as they wish.
Some service tasks available this year include: painting UNO’s Child Care Center, demolition and construction projects with Habitat for Humanity Omaha and Council Bluffs, helping the University of Nebraska Foundation fundraiser with their phonathon, another fundraiser volunteers will help with is Girl Scouts Artventure- Volunteers will be helping set up a silent auction, the Open Door Mission will be using our volunteers to help with the Super Diaper Giveaway and so many more.
“I think volunteering for the Seven Days is a really unique way to spend your spring break,” said UNO sophomore Shafer Fox. “Not only does it look great on a resume, but you get the added bonus of volunteering for the community.”