New Students Join NWU Employees, Alumni in Lend-A-Hand Community Service Tradition

For the 17th consecutive year, more than 400 first year students joined faculty and staff and hit the streets of Lincoln on Saturday, August 20 to help 20 service agencies with their projects.

The faculty, staff and students helped non-profit agencies and organizations with a variety of projects including painting, manual labor, clean up, sorting clothes, boxing food and more.

Organizers say the event demonstrates to new students the importance of service work and the difference they will make to the community.

Students volunteered at Villa Marie, UPCO, Mourning Hope, St. Monica’s, Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Community Crops, Lux Center for the Arts, Community Action Partnership, Friendship Home, Keya House, Lighthouse, Child Advocacy Center, Clinic With A Heart, First United Methodist Church, Cedars Youth Services, Malone Center, Northeast Family Center, and the People’s City Mission.

While students and employees volunteered in Lincoln, NWU alumni and friends did the same in Omaha for the third annual “Lend-A-Hand To Omaha” event.

This year Omaha area alumni partnered with Brush Up Nebraska Paint-A-Thon, a community-based volunteer program that paints homes of qualified low-income elderly and low-income disabled homeowners in the Omaha area.

Lend a Hand to Lincoln

This is such a great event! I enjoy getting to meet and welcome new students to campus, work with other faculty and staff, and help our community partners.

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New students help spruce up a playground at the 2010 Lend-A-Hand to Lincoln event.
New students paint rails at First United Methodist Church.
The Lux Center for the Arts gets a fresh coat of paint during the 2011 Lend-A-Hand to Lincoln.
Back on campus Provost Judy Muyskens leads a discussion group on the 2011 Lend-A-Hand experience.