Spring Breakers Skip The Beach, Volunteer Instead

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

It’s spring break for many students in Omaha. While some may be headed out of town for a getaway, others decided to stay right here in order to volunteer.

“It’s really great to get out and be a part of helping to improve our city and helping those who need the help is always a great time,” said Jamie Stenson, a UNO alum and substitute teacher for OPS. Stenson was one of the 1,500 people who volunteered to be part of UNO’s 7 Days of Service.

On Saturday, volunteers worked on demolition inside a house on North 52nd street. Habitat for Humanity will then renovate the house for a needy family.

"It's a great experience and you are also learning a lot of things," said Shannon Roth. "I've never had a ton of exposure with the demolition of houses so you are learning things as you go along, but you are also contributing to the community that will be beneficial to individuals."

It’s one of the many projects that will be going on for the next week that will benefit the community. It’s all because these spring breakers are willing to pick up a crowbar or hammer instead of laying by the pool or beach.

“Just the feeling you get when you’re done and knowing you haven't wasted your days off and you are actually contributing to someone else's life is really nice,” said Caitlin Osborn.

UNO is also partnering with several high schools so those students can participate.

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