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UNO Saturday of Service

Posted: 7:21 PM, Feb 04, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-04 20:21:11-05

Tomorrow is Super Bowl Sunday, but today UNO students kicked off volunteer efforts with Super Service Saturday. 

The day before the big game is a day to give back for these UNO students.
 
"It creates such an amazing feeling within you that, you know, you never want to stop giving back once you start," said Christopher Schmidt. 
 
At this house, volunteers are doing demolition for a remodeling project that will become a Habitat for Humanity women's build later this year.
 
Once a month, the student employees of the Office of Civic and Social Responsibility organize a volunteer day like this one.
 
"Our whole program is about being collaborative with other non-profits in the community. And we just love serving the community and trying to make it a better place," said Natalie Butz.
 
Natalie Butz and Ali Alghaithi lead volunteers in cheering on a basketball tournament for the kids in the Abide Omaha program. 
 
Afterwards, they help to take down Christmas lights on the Abide Omaha Campus.  Many of the workers are international students or simply volunteers from the community.
 
"We have students from Omaha, from Japan. One of our volunteers is from Syria," said Ali. 
 
Omar Kaddo arrived in Omaha two weeks ago, and plans to go to UNO eventually.  For now, he's glad to help out.
 
"He said that there are so many people who help him and now he's giving back and helping again," said Kaddo. 

"I do have so much homework and exams next week, but it means a lot for me."