College students volunteer in the area through Mission850

Published: Mar. 10, 2019 at 7:29 PM CDT
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Sunday marked five months since Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle, making it the perfect day for a local woman to get help with rebuilding her home.

Mission850 is a faith-based volunteer initiative that has been working to rebuild the area for the last five months. During that time, they have brought more than 70 different groups to the area to help in recovery efforts. They said although they are faith based, they welcome any and all volunteers.

This week, Marquette University students drove 15 hours from Wisconsin to spend their spring break helping locals rebuild their homes and lives.

Danny Steeno, a Marquette University student, said "If you have a free day and you know there's people down here that could really use the help, like why not just come down here for a couple days and help rebuild this community?"

His friend agreed, both saying this was a great way to spend their break.

"It's a really cool experience, get to meet a lot of people, learn a lot of lessons about resiliency, and what it really means to pick up, and these people in this community are all fighters and learning how to be a fighter from them, that's the best kind of spring break," said Marquette University Student George Baldas.

They spent their Sunday helping Lynn Jackson of Springfield clear debris from her home and the area surrounding it. Jackson has been unable to live in her home since the storm.

"It means the world to me because getting the land cleared off and cleaned, it makes you feel a little bit better about things, you know, it looks better and anyways that's...they're a godsend," said Lynn Jackson.

Even five months after the hurricane, volunteers are helping storm survivors see the light at the end of the tunnel.

If you would like to volunteer with Mission850 or are in need of volunteers for your home visit