As one of the MIAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee's two annual community service projects, this was the SAAC's first partnership with Rebuilding Together. It didn't take long for event organizers to realize that these weren't typical volunteers. Showing the type of work ethic that made these young adults elite students and athletes, the volunteers removed carpeting from an entire house in less than an hour. The group then proceeded do a variety of projects including light plumbing and electrical work, cleaning, and fence repair. With what seemed like limit-less energy, the student-athletes then took to the neighborhood streets collecting trash in the community.
The SAAC volunteers completed what was estimated to be an all day project before noon.
MIAC SAAC Member and Saint Benedict student-athlete Ashley Davenport stated, "Working with Rebuilding Together on a project was definitely a wonderful experience and a lot of fun!" She added, "I enjoyed meeting the student-athletes from other MIAC institutions and working with them to help a needy family repair their home. It was incredible to see how much we accomplished on the house in such a short time because of everyone’s phenomenal teamwork and support. Everyone did a great job and overall I thought the day was a huge success!"
Organizers rearranged plans and after a quick lunch and a few photos, a second group of volunteers were off to a second site to help with more repairs. The student-athletes continued their hard work during the afternoon at the next house doing a variety of chores for an elderly home owner. The group cleaned, painted, moved furniture, and prepared the house for the final stages of a remodeling project, which will be completed by a different set of volunteers this coming Saturday.
MIAC Assistant Director and Event Coordinator Brittany Feser summed up the efforts of the SAAC group after a long day's work. "I thought the MIAC student-athletes did a great job at both sites and worked extremely hard all day. This was a great collaboration of all the institutions within the MIAC, and also a great opportunity for student-athletes to interact with individuals outside their own institutions."
Feser added, "Rebuilding Together was a great organization to work with and I hope the MIAC SAAC can partner with them for years to come."
An affiliate of the national Rebuilding Together organization, Rebuilding Together Twin Cities has been preserving and revitalizing homes and communities since 1997. On the local level, the organization has renovated 113 homes, serving 67 elderly persons, 58 persons with disabilities and 50 families with a total of 131 children. In addition, its programs have provided opportunities for community involvement and support for an average of 400 volunteers annually. Rebuilding Together, with national headquarters in Washington D.C., is the nation's largest volunteer-based home rehabilitation organization.
Rebuilding Together - Twin Cities