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Mount Union Students Transform Alliance Home

April 3, 2012 - by Emily Mariani

ALLIANCE, Ohio – On Saturday, March 31, more than 100 students from the University of Mount Union participated in Raider Relief’s March Makeover 2012 project by offering their time and energy into renovating and transforming an Alliance resident’s home. Projects completed during the day included cleaning, painting, building a deck and landscaping.

March Makeover 2012 was organized by Raider Relief, a student-driven organization at Mount Union that recognizes the needs of people less fortunate and acts upon those needs in a fashion that is timely, sympathetic and rewarding for everyone involved. All of Raider Relief’s projects are created to display the underlining theme of its organization – humanitarianism. Since 2008, Raider Relief has teamed up with faculty, staff and the administration at Mount Union to coordinate philanthropic projects such as Soles for Souls, Hugs for Haiti, Help to Others, March Makeover 2011 and Bottle School Blitz.

In order to find a prospective recipient for this year’s makeover, Raider Relief sought nominations from Alliance residents. After reviewing multiple nominations, Raider Relief chose Alliance homeowner Tom Brocklehurst.

“Tom is a kind man that has always been a hard worker up until an accident that led to his disability,” said one nominator.  “He, in the past few years, has come upon hard times and circumstances have made it very hard to make repairs on his home both physically and financially.”

Brocklehurst thanked the Raider Relief team and volunteers throughout the day and was amazed with the amount of repairs that were completed.

“This has been a blessing after things that have happened to me in the last few years,” he said. “You’ve turned this place from a pit into a home.”

Multiple individuals and companies donated their time and materials to help make this project possible including Enviroscapes, Grove Appliance, Pauli Electric and Mount Union’s Physical Plant and Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement.

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