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UC’s Mountain Outreach to Serve in Letcher County during Spring Break


Williamsburg, Ky. - On Saturday, March 9, the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Mountain Outreach team will be traveling to Letcher County, Kentucky to lend a helping hand and be examples of God’s love to a community in need of their assistance.

While many college students are busy planning their spring break vacations, these 26 UC students are donating their time during spring break to think about someone other than themselves. Three UC staff members will be joining the students, along with four more adults who will serve as a cook crew for MO. They will spend nearly a week in Letcher County providing numerous acts of kindness and construction projects where needed.

During Mountain Outreach’s trip, the students will be constructing two handicap access ramps, one ramp repair modification, and one roof repair. As with most construction projects, they can often times be unpredictable due to weather, access to materials, and time. This dedicated team of UC students plans to complete as many projects as they can before they depart on Thursday, March 14th.

Mountain Outreach Director Marc Hensley is busy gearing up for MO’s annual trip. When asked what he hoped their biggest accomplishment would be for the upcoming trip, Hensley said, “I hope that we show folks in Letcher County that someone is concerned about them and at the same time, we arouse a sense of servant leadership within our students.”

This trip is the only time during the year in which the UC Mountain Outreach program journeys outside their normal coverage areas. This trip has a dual purpose, other than helping those people who need their assistance. For MO, it is a recruiting tool they use to look at students who might be good candidates for the Summer Team staff. In addition, it gives students the opportunity to get away from the campus and into the atmosphere that is concentrated and different and it really gives the students a chance to see Mountain Outreach.

The upcoming trip will benefit everyone involved and help spread God’s love to those in need of a blessing. “It’s God’s grace and concern in action,” explained Hensley. “We hope to be the hands and feet, attitudes and face of Jesus though our work.”

Mountain Outreach has been nationally recognized for its work: The Acton 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 “Make a Difference Day” competition; President George H. Bush honored Mountain Outreach as his 220th Daily Point of Light; University of the Cumberlands is ranked as one of the top schools by Washington Monthly because of the service its students provide to the community; and the University continues to be placed on the President’s “Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll” in recognition of our students’ commitment to community service. This is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for dedication to community-based service projects.

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 study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit