September 1, 2014  

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Southern Miss Students Lend Hand with Habitat for Humanity Home

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University of Southern Mississippi students joined AmeriCorps volunteers on Tuesday, Sept. 11 on a Habitat for Humanity construction project underway in Petal, Miss. (University Communications photo by Van Arnold)

University of Southern Mississippi senior Tyokia Parker offered a simple, yet succinct, reason for wanting to participate in preliminary construction of a Habitat for Humanity home as part of a national day of service on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

“I like the idea of being able to help people, especially when it involves giving them a new home,” said Parker, a Lumberton, Miss., native majoring in psychology. “I want to make an impact on someone else’s life.”

Parker joined more than two dozen Southern Miss students on the construction site in Petal for the official wall-raising of Habitat for Humanity’s 60th home in the Pine Belt area. The Office of Community Service Learning at Southern Miss (OCSL), in partnership with the AmeriCorps program, coordinated the students’ involvement.

“There are a number of national service days held throughout the year and 9/11 is a very special one,” said Josh Duplantis, OCSL director. “This kind of project provides all of us with an opportunity to give back a little and remember those who sacrificed so much on that tragic day.”

Last year Southern Miss students contributed more than 51,000 service hours in a wide range of community-based projects.

To learn more about the Office of Community Service Learning and affiliated programs call 601.266.5074 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/ocsl/