High school and college students from Council Bluffs and Omaha are joining forces to tackle a host of civic projects during Spring Break this week. Amanda Goodrich, a student at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, says it’s part of the 9th annual effort known as Seven Days of Service.

“We’re expecting over 1,500 volunteers so students usually come and we ship them out to the non-profit sites,” she says. “There’s expected to be 20 non-profits participating.” Goodrich says students, faculty, staff and other community volunteers are working on service projects, like painting and renovating homes and landscaping.

She says they’re “cleaning up outside, trying to beautify places that need it.” Goodrich says this event is one many students look forward to and UNO is appreciative of the students’ dedication. “UNO receives national attention,” she says. “It receives awards for its engagement with communities around the area, around the globe and around the nation.”

Among the work sites throughout the metro area, some projects will be working with: the Open Door Mission, Keep Omaha Beautiful, Habitat Omaha and Habitat Council Bluffs. Volunteer projects are underway through Saturday. To sign up, visit: “www.unomaha.edu/serve/7dos2011.php