On May 29, 2019, twelve members of the Department of Psychiatry weeded, mulched and picked up garbage at a park in North Omaha as part of Keep Omaha Beautiful.
For all of their hard work, representatives from Keep Omaha Beautiful named the Department of Psychiatry its Volunteers of the Month. The non-profit organization will feature the psychiatry department in its newsletter later this month.
“In recognition of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, twelve members of the Psychiatry team from Nebraska Medicine joined us at our Sustainable Spaces property to tackle weeding and mulching around the property,” said Elizabeth Chalen, volunteer and programs coordinator for Keep Omaha Beautiful. “Their enthusiasm and hard work were just what the space needed this spring!”
The hard work done at the sustainable space at the intersection of 20th and Wirt was the final service project the Department of Psychiatry did in May.
On May 15, fourteen members of the department went to Grief’s Journey and helped assemble packets, fold shirts, make remembrance buttons and signs for its 21st Remembrance Walk & 5K.
On May 2, thirteen members of the Department of Psychiatry worked at the Heart Ministry Center, a North Omaha non-profit started forty years ago to provide food, clothing, shelter, and financial assistance to people of need. Volunteers worked in the food pantry – handing out food and loading groceries into vehicles.
“I’m thrilled to see our UNMC Psychiatry team members coming out to support the community at these three events in May,” said Dr. Howard Liu, Chair of the UNMC Department of Psychiatry. “It brought us all closer together during Mental Health Awareness Month.”
Dr. Liu said he hopes Volunteer Month will continue every year.