May 1, 2012 — MSUCorps, a division of AmeriCorps, combined forces with local businesses and volunteers last Saturday to provide beds for those less fortunate.
Founded in 2009, the Build-A-Bed Project mission is to ensure that K-12 Eastern Kentucky children are guaranteed a proper place to sleep in their home.
Enabled through the generosity of Eastern Kentucky communities, donated funds were used to make this year's project a reality with enough money collected to provide 55 beds for youth.
MSUCorps Project Director Mary Claire Williams stepped right up to lead the effort.
Williams provided background about the group of volunteers she inherited.
"We have 33 members and they volunteer their time to tutor students in several sites throughout our Eastern Kentucky service area," Williams said. "As a corps, we also want to commit ourselves to community service projects and this is one of our most important."
The new director described what it means to be able to provide a bed to students who face uncomfortable sleeping arrangements like a couch or a just a mattress or mat on a floor.
"This is the second year that MSU has hosted a local build, as the corps participated in a state build the first time around in 2010," Williams said. "Yes, it has been an absolute joy to be able to step into such a great situation. Doing well in school and getting a good night's rest goes hand-in-hand. This program can help them get a better night's sleep which, in turn, should help them in the classroom."
In addition to the bed frame and mattress, students also get a bag of bedtime necessities, including a night light, comforter, toothbrush, and storybook.
Lindsey Parker, MSUCorps member and Build-A-Bed participant, said she felt like the event was a true success.