MMU athletes partner with Habitat for Humanity to give back

Mount Mercy University Athletics teamed up with Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity on Tuesday and Wednesday to help prepare for Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness Week, set to take place Aug. 23–27 in the historic Wellington Heights neighborhood.

The volunteers included members of Mount Mercy’s men’s soccer, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams. Together, they’ve prepped houses for a week of scraping, painting and landscaping.

“It’s really important to give back to the community and see a renovation of Cedar Rapids as a whole,” said volunteer and women’s volleyball team member Natalie Parizek. “Cedar Rapids has gone through some rough patches; it’s nice to see things being done.”

Teammate Abbie Perez said she has learned a lot from the volunteer experience.

“I’ve learned it takes a lot of people to do a job like this,” she said. “It’s fun working with our volleyball team and giving back to the community.”

Mount Mercy University encourages students, staff and faculty to partake in service projects throughout the year. In the 2015-16 school year, Mount Mercy’s community logged over 16,000 volunteer hours.

A Brush with Kindness is a program of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity that helps low-income homeowners by offering exterior home improvements. Volunteer teams work to improve the condition of homes by painting, landscaping, and performing minor exterior repairs at minimal costs to homeowners who would be unable to complete home repairs on their own.

For more information on volunteerism and service learning at Mount Mercy, visit

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