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Peru State students to volunteer at Omaha's Open Door Mission as part of National TRIO Day of Service


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) Student Success Services (SSS) participants will volunteer their time this Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Open Door Mission’s Timberlake Outreach Center in Omaha as part of TRIO’s National Day of Service.


Peru State’s Student Success Coordinator Peggy Groff said, “TRIO’s National Day of Service is a wonderful opportunity for our students to reach out to the community and support others. Community service helps enrich the student experience and provides an avenue for community engagement.”  


TRIO is comprised of seven federally-funded educational opportunity outreach programs and one staff training program that seek to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds, namely low-income, first-generation students.  The term TRIO was coined in the late 1960s in reference to the first three educational opportunity programs to emerge out of President Roosevelt’s War on Poverty. Over the years, TRIO has expanded to include Student Success Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Veterans Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math/Science, Educational Opportunity Centers, and the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. While the other TRIO programs help students prepare for college or pursue graduate degrees, SSS helps undergraduate college students persist in their studies and graduate.


Peru State’s SSS project serves approximately 230 students at any given time. Participants are selected based on federal eligibility criteria.


The Timberlake Outreach Center, located at 2107 E. Locust in Omaha, provides preventive measures to empower families struggling in poverty. Since 2004, the Center has enabled families to remain in their own homes by supplementing their incomes through preventive measures, such as providing monthly assistance with food, clothing, household goods, furniture and appliances. The Timberlake Outreach Center also offers preventive measures through a variety of free classes, such as GED completion, computer training, life skills, case management, employment readiness and English as a second language. More than 7,500 people benefit from the Center’s services each month.