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Mountain Outreach receives grant

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Mountain Outreach, a nonprofit community service program of University of the Cumberlands, recently received a $150,000 grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. The Foundation has played a major role in the work of Mountain Outreach by providing needed financial support to the student-based program for more than fifteen years.

“The Foundation’s support has meant so much to the Mountain Outreach program. They have literally helped thousands of needy mountain folks in our community,” said Marc Hensley, director of Mountain Outreach.

This most recent grant will be used to continue the program’s outreach efforts where students and other volunteers assist in providing new housing or major repairs to existing homes for disadvantaged families in Southeastern Kentucky.

“The Weinberg Foundation’s generous support allows Mountain Outreach to continue to help those who have a genuine need and who have demonstrated effort to help themselves,” said Hensley.

Since Mountain Outreach’s founding in 1982, thousands of students and other volunteers have built 126 homes, made needed repairs to hundreds of homes, and distributed to thousands of persons clothing, shoes, coats, blankets, personal hygiene products and other items to meet the most basic of needs.