Hands of Mercy house build

House of Mercy house build
MLK Hands of Mercy House Build

Some Bulldogs spent Martin Luther King Day this year answering his question, “What are you doing for others?”

The office of Community Service Learning sponsored a Hands of Mercy loft build with the Fairmont Community on Jan. 18 in the parking lot behind Fairmont.

Briana Enriquez, residence hall coordinator of Fairmont Hall said, “The build was a lot of fun and we had a lot of students come out.”

About 30 students from Fairmont, Alpha Phi Omega , the Community Service Learning office, Rangi Ya Giza and the Greek community helped with the build.

While the Office of Community Service Learning has sponsored a house build on Martin Luther King Day in past years, this year was the first time they have done it in conjunction with Fairmont and its Catalyst program which focuses on issues of social justice and community service.

Hands of Mercy is a non-profit organization that works with other organizations to build and ship loft homes to various places in Mexico. University students, along with volunteers from Hands of Mercy, constructed the house panels (walls, floors, etc.), helped to assemble staircases, and package together certain materials needed for construction in Mexico.

After all the panels were built, they helped load all the pieces in the back of a large trailer.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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