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Donations a Blessing to UC’s Mountain Outreach Program


Williamsburg, Ky. – The many needs of the community are hard to reach without the donations that are given to the University of the Cumberlands’ (UC) Mountain Outreach (MO) program for them to provide families’ with help.

“It is only through donations that we’re able to do these types of projects,” said Marc Hensley director of MO. “It’s just another example of citizens stepping up to help someone that they don’t even know.”

The project, where MO stepped up yet again to help others, was the Anderson family’s porch that needed to be repaired. The family needed the help soon because the single mother, Georgia has two sons: Aaron, an energetic 11 year old and Dalton, a 19 year old who has spinal bifida. This has confined him to a wheelchair and requires a lot of care.

Georgia used to have to transport the wheelchair from their van through the yard to the front door of their trailer. MO wanted to build a porch and ramp from the back door that would end within feet of the driveway. The materials were going to cost $974, but there was no cost for labor because of the volunteers. MO would also need the help of others to raise the money for the deserving family.

Before Thanksgiving, President Jim Taylor entreated alumni and friends to help the Anderson’s have a better life. He asked for only ten dollars through the university’s website or by mail.

“We really appreciate donations given to Mountain Outreach, without them we couldn’t do anything,” said Hensley.

Georgia is appreciative of the donors who provided the financial support for the project and the help from MO volunteers. The volunteers replaced the old rotted porch with an easily accessible ramp and a treated lumber porch. Georgia can now take Dalton in and out of the house easily by herself. Dalton is happy to be able to go outside.

For more information concerning MO and to see what you can do to help, contact Hensley at 606-539-4143 or visit

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit

Article Provided by Lydia Huggins, Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant