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Rebuild NC Day of Service

“We are here for a reason. We thank you for being here and let us give North Carolina Central University a round of applause,” stated Bobbie Jones, Mayor of Princeville, North Carolina. Known as “Freedom Hill,” Princeville is known as the oldest town incorporated by African Americans in the United States. On October 8, 2016, after Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina with damaging effects, Princeville continued its’ story of resiliency in the face of harsh environments. Merely one year later, NCCU’s Campus Recreation volunteered at the “Rebuild North Carolina Day of Service” and embodied the same spirit of unity to help families and communities recovering from the storm.

The ten to fourteen inches of rain that fell on the Princeville area were already drenched from ten inches of rain in late September 2016, which caused extensive flooding of the Lumber, Neuse, and Tar Rivers. This resulted in flooded homes, displaced residents, and a loss of life due to storm-related incidents. Joining Governor Roy Cooper and Cabinet Secretaries, the day of service was dedicated to helping people get back on their feet after their lives were disrupted by the disaster. Part of these efforts included rebuilding a home that was damaged due to Hurricane Matthew.

North Carolina Central University volunteers began by pumping out the basement and crawl spaces to lower the water level. Next, students opened up the bottom of flooded walls and removed all wet material from them. This step was significantly important to prevent deadly mold from forming. By getting the home dried out quickly, the team was able to clean and repair the house for its’ rebirth.

The disasters caused by Hurricane Matthew reminded us of the destructive power of these storms, and the long recovery that follows. Volunteering during the Rebuild North Carolina Day of Service allowed volunteers to contribute to the healing that follows hurricanes. On this day, NCCU exemplified its’ mission of “truth and service,” as its’ reason for being here.

Published: Monday, October 16, 2017
by Assistant Director, Ruby S Messick
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