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Tractor Supply donates items to Mountain Outreach


Williamsburg, Ky. – Recently University of the Cumberlands (UC) Mountain Outreach (MO) Director Marc Hensley was contacted by the local Williamsburg Tractor Supply store. The store’s manager called to inform Hensley that MO had been selected to participate in the Vendor Buy Back Program by the Whitley County Judge Executive Pat White.

The program allows Tractor Supply the opportunity to donate outdated or expired products to the charities of their choosing as long as the items were donated and not sold. The vendors prefer that the items be used to benefit the local community rather than have to pick the items up and restock them for distribution elsewhere.

MO received plumbing supplies that included PVC fittings, supply hose, pipe wrap, and several other items. Tractor Supply normally partners with Habitat for Humanity; however, they decided to choose Mountain Outreach for the donations to help the local community. The manager of Tractor Supply was excited to find an organization that would be using the items for a good cause and that would use the items to benefit the community as a whole.

"We are very pleased to have another local partner with MO,” said Hensley. “It is very meaningful when we see local companies helping local organizations that help local people, these companies are saying we support you and we believe in what you are accomplishing."

Mountain Outreach has been nationally recognized for its work several times: the Action Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty selected it as one of ten charities to receive the Samaritan Award; USA Today noted the program in its 1996 “Make a Difference Day” competition; and President George H. Bush honored Mountain Outreach as his 220th Daily Point of Light.

In keeping with the tradition of the program, no experience is needed to be a Mountain Outreach volunteer—only a willingness to learn and to help others.

For more information on the work done by MO or how you can get involved contact the MO office at 606. 539. 4346.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of student; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master's degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article provided by Kayla Petit, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Athletic Services Student Assistant