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Church volunteers more than 20 years with Mountain Outreach


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.— Folks from Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama have been traveling north to Williamsburg, Ky. since 1986 to assist University of the Cumberlands’ building ministry Mountain Outreach (MO) in constructing homes for needy families. On June 10-14 a group of close to 40 framed and roofed a house, put on doors, windows, porches and wiring on a ready foundation.


The group was made up of all ages, and no one exempted themselves from working. Walker Jackson, a 13-year-old eight-grader watched patiently as men secured wiring from rafters, waiting for instruction, helping in any way he was asked. The first-timer worked among the veteran MO volunteers, and seemed to enjoy it as much as some boys enjoy playing baseball.

“It’s lots of fun,” he said, smiling. “I will be back!”

Much work was completed by week’s end, the home ready for roof and wiring inspections the following week. The group worked through humid, hot days and fought time to get the roof on before a heavy rain stopped operations on Thursday. This was the group’s 26th home they’ve framed for MO.

Weatherly Heights Baptist Church is involved in multiple ministries at home, including another building endeavor, refurbishing homes that become rentals for people needing affordable housing. Although there are many ministry opportunities at home, they continue coming north every summer, and according to group leader Steve Pinky, the reason is simple:

“It feels good to do something for families that need help.”

University of the Cumberlands’ Mountain Outreach is a student-led building organization that 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; 10 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