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21st Annual Spirit of Service Day set for April 19

Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018

OMAHA, NEB. – On Thursday, April 19th, more than 450 students, faculty and staff members from College of Saint Mary will leave behind their daily routine to volunteer together throughout the Omaha Community for the 21st Annual Spirit of Service Day.

“On this day of service, our students learn outside the classroom,” explains Carla Gerriets, director of campus ministry. “To serve others and make a difference throughout our community is a life experience we want all of our students to have.”

CSM volunteers will complete projects throughout the Omaha Metro area at 26 local non-profit/service agencies. In line with the college’s mission, this day embodies one of the six pillars of the university: commitment to compassionate service.

“I signed up for Spirit of Service Day because I feel it is a good thing to do.  CSM emphasizes service, so I look forward to having a school day off to volunteer,” says Anne Wilson, who will participate for the first time.  Elisabeth White, who has volunteered in previous years, explains, “I enjoy Spirit of Service Day because you get to help people who have a hard time helping themselves.  You get to give back to the community, see the impact you had, and witness how grateful people are for your help.”

Volunteers will gather at the College of Saint Mary Lied Fitness Center for a 7:45 a.m. kickoff breakfast the morning of April 19th. They will then travel to locations across Omaha for either a half day or full day of service.

Volunteer Sites this year

Amanda’s Alligators

(Crafting alligator shaped heating/comfort pads for OT patients in honor of former student)
College of Saint Mary, OT Lab, Walsh Hall, 7000 Mercy Road, Omaha

Castellar Elementary School

2316 S. 18th Street, Omaha

Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus

1415 Avenue J, Council Bluffs

College of Saint Mary Community Garden

College of Saint Mary, east of Spellman Child Development Center, 7000 Mercy Road, Omaha

Food Bank for the Heartland

10525 “J” Street, Omaha

Friendship Program

7315 Maple St, Omaha

Girls Inc.

2811 North 45th Street, Omaha

Grief’s Journey (formerly Ted E Bear Hollow)

7811 Farnam Drive, Omaha

Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County

1001 N. Fort Crook Road #207, Bellevue

Heartland Family Service Donations Center

1503 Avenue J, Council Bluffs

Holy Family Lunch

1715 Izard Street, Omaha

Humble Lily (Bethlehem House’s store)

2580 S 90th St, Omaha

Keep Omaha Beautiful

3111 Florence Boulevard, Omaha

Kids Can Community Center

4860 Q Street, Omaha

Mercy Villa

1845 South 72nd Street, Omaha

Micah House

1415 Avenue J, Council Bluffs

Open Door Mission (3 locations)

  • 2107 East Locust Street, Omaha
  • 1620 N. 203rd St., Omaha
  • 1612 Avenue D, Council Bluffs

Project Harmony

7111 F St., Omaha

Ronald McDonald House

620 South 38th Avenue, Omaha

Salvation Army (3 locations)

  • 2525 Dodge Street, Omaha
  • 6101 Northwest Radial Highway, Omaha
  • 915 Allied Road, Bellevue

SEAN Prom Dress Drive

Omaha South High School, 4519 S. 24th St., Omaha

St. Vincent DePaul Store (4 locations)

  • 5037 South 24th St Omaha NE
  • 5920 Maple St Omaha NE
  • 2101 Leavenworth Omaha NE
  • 2101 Leavenworth Omaha NE (food pantry)

Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA)

(Posters for Make-A-Wish participants)
College of Saint Mary, 7000 Mercy Road, Omaha

Table Grace Ministries

812 S. 24th St., Omaha

Together Inc. (formerly Together Omaha)

812 S. 24th Street, Omaha

Youth Emergency Services

2602 Harney St., Omaha