Office of Civic & Social Responsibility (CSR)
The UNO Office of Civic & Social Responsibility (CSR) is dedicated to developing engaged, civic-minded citizens and leaders of our communities. UNO believes service and engagement are vital components for the educational development of all students and for a sustainable, healthy community. CSR is locally and nationally recognized for the service impact of our volunteers. As the campus service resource to the university and community, CSR provides ongoing information for the university community to learn how they can serve in specific areas of interest. The student-centered programs provided through CSR include:
The Collaborative aims to create programs that empower students to affect positive change within the community. The Collaborative is a program that connects UNO students with nonprofit organizations for an all-encompassing professional experience during the academic year. The Collaborative has several student worker positions available, and they receive on-going education about the nonprofit sector.
Maverick Food Pantry
UNO’s Maverick Food Pantry contributes to UNO’s culture of caring by providing food to those in immediate need and connecting them with resources in the greater Omaha area for long-term support. UNO students, faculty, and staff can anonymously request a food package on MavSYNC and pick up the package in CEC 130. Maverick Food Pantry volunteers sort donations, assemble food packages, and assist those picking up packages.
Signature Service Days
Each academic year, UNO sponsors multiple days of service in which volunteers engage in service projects around the community for a day. Signature Service Days have expanded to over sixteen days dedicated to service throughout the academic year. On a Signature Service Day, UNO students, faculty, and staff, along with our K-12 partners, Metro Community College, and community volunteers, come to the CEC and are transported into the community to complete service projects.
Students who wish to initiate their own service project receive support from CSR’s Seed Projects, which provide a stipend and guidance on how to make your project come to life. CSR also provides support to Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) applicants. CGI U connects students from all over the world and helps them become better social innovators and leaders.
SummerWorks Omaha Employment Academy
SummerWorks Omaha is a summer employment academy for 150 high school youth ages 15 to 18 to earn an income through summer employment while learning about the world of work and gaining skills from their experience. Participants work in public parks and nonprofit organizations learning, earning, and serving. Alumni leave with an understanding of community citizenship, post-secondary educational training options, career possibilities, and valued skills of employees.
Volunteer Connections Center
The Volunteer Connections Center (VCC) helps UNO students find their passion and purpose by finding their “choice” service opportunity or organization. VCC coordinates Volunteer Fairs to show students how nonprofit organizations address community needs, and how volunteers can explore opportunities to make a positive impact. Additionally, the VCC sends out weekly UNOServe emails that list service opportunities within the community. These service opportunities are also listed on MavSYNC.