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October 04, 2012

MISSOULA

In an effort to address the effects of post-football celebrations on the University District neighborhood, The University of Montana Off-Campus Renter Center is partnering with The Associated Students of UM to create a new program called “Sunday Sweepers.”

Using the existing UM Neighborhood Ambassador structure, each Sunday after home football games and the Foresters’ Ball student organizations will “adopt” a section of the University neighborhood and work alongside a Neighborhood Ambassador to clean, rake and/or shovel snow in exchange for a monetary bonus from ASUM to their group’s account.

With increased support from ASUM, the Off-Campus Renter Center expanded the Neighborhood Ambassador Program, which launched this past spring.

The program aims to improve relations between student renters and homeowners living in the University District. The ambassadors focus on student-community relations by working in their assigned neighborhood as a liaison between campus, homeowners and student renters in order to enhance communication, collaboration and problem-solving in the University District community.

“Sunday Sweepers” already has received support from community and student groups. Greek Life is working to adopt one Sunday specifically for students in fraternities and sororities, members of President Engstrom’s cabinet committed financial support, and members of the Missoula City Council praised the program as a way to continue improving the status of University-community relations.

“The ‘Sunday Sweepers’ program is a positive step toward addressing real-time concerns by community members,” ASUM President Zach Brown said. “But the program also takes an active role in improving the long-term communication and positive interaction between University District homeowners and The University of Montana, proving that many students want to be good neighbors, and that UM is invested in our relationship with neighbors in the community.”

For more information call Off-Campus Renter Center Director Katherine Brady at 406-243-5458 or email katherine.brady@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Zach Brown, ASUM president, 406-243-2038, asum.president@mso.umt.edu.