It’s the beginning of spring break for many college students and while some may have plans to head somewhere warm, others are staying right here in the metro. The reason: to help the community.
You could hear the sound of hammering and sawing near 37th and Curtis Avenue Saturday morning. It’s not the sound of waves hitting the beach, but for these UNO students and staff, it’s even better. It’s the sound of them working hard on a house which will go to a family in need.
UNO Staff Member Kara Kammerer said, “I think it’s good for the community, because people get to give back and understand the good feeling of giving back and then the people that get the house get a nice place to live."
It’s one of the many projects that are going on throughout the week. It’s all part of UNO’s 12th Annual Seven Days of Service and it all kicked off Saturday. Students aren’t the only ones participating, but people throughout the community.
“It's just a great time to be with my co-workers and volunteer my time,” said Elena Zehnder. She works with First National Bank and is spending her time along with others painting classrooms at UNO’s Child Care Center. The director says it's something that is greatly needed.
"We're thrilled. It's been a long time since the facility has been painted so we are actually very excited, the staff and the children are going to have a fresh coat of paint to come into on Monday,” said Dawn Hove-Casart.
More than 1500 people have signed up so far to participate, a big number and volunteers hope they will have a big impact. Many saying they don’t mind giving up a little vacation time in order to make a difference.