Feb. 21, 2008
Cullowhee, N.C. - On Saturday, Feb. 16, the Western Carolina Catamount Cheerleaders volunteered time with Mountain Projects, Inc. Community Action Agency in Haywood County. The community service was a great bonding experience for the squad helping out a very worthwhile cause.
Coordinated through assistant coach, Eddie Wells, who works for Mountain Projects, the cheerleaders volunteered to assist workers in the construction project, performing tasks such as landscaping. "Barefoot Ridge," the housing complex the cheerleaders assisted with, will become home to several area flood victims and their families put out back in 2004. The complex is expected to open in late March.
"It is extremely important for volunteers to come together and assist these flood victims," said Wells of the effort and the squad's involvement. "We were very excited that our cheerleading program could have an impact on this project."
Mountain Projects is a joint effort by multiple government agencies and non-profit organizations to provide affordable re-location alternatives. The partnership was born in the weeks and months that followed the horrible disasters when affected residents shared concern, loss and personal stories of devastation at the Haywood County Recovery Center.
WCU's Cheerleaders are among many volunteers that will give countless hours over the next few weeks to this project.