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NKU students ‘give back’ over spring break, rebuilding and improving homes in Appalachia

Northern Kentucky Leadership Institute (NKLI) invited students to spend their spring break giving back to the community. Thirty NKU students traveled to the Appalachian community of Auxier to rebuild homes and complete other home improvement projects.
NKU students totaled 360 service hours during spring break in March. As part of the renovations, students replaced drywall and insulation, built sidewalks and assembled a new wooden porch.

NKLI ‘giving back’ over Spring Break

“I have attended the Empowerment Retreat for four years now, and I love it more and more each year. Getting the chance to go out into Eastern Kentucky and make a difference in people’s lives is always a privilege I am thankful I get to have,” said Nick Peace, NKU student volunteer.

“Working with the wonderful folks at Hand in Hand Ministries and meeting the families you are helping is truly life-changing.”
This was NKLI’s fifth year traveling to the Auxier area to volunteer. NKLI partnered with Hand in Hand Ministries as part of its annual Empowerment Retreat.
“I really enjoyed the Empowerment Retreat because it helped me focus solely on helping others and letting my worries away. I highly encourage the retreat for anyone who is looking to do hands-on service while also getting to know those who you’re serving,” said TJ Cleary, NKU student volunteer. 
In addition to the NKLI retreat, the university’s Office of Student Engagement holds monthly “Service on Saturday” events to encourage students to give back to their community.

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