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Mormons give day of service to Mt. Hood Community College

by:  Michael Jeffries Light rain didn’t deter Mormon volunteers from replacing the roof of the Head Start building at Mt. Hood Community College on Sept. 17.

Some Latter-day Saints have given a facelift to the 'Home of the Saints,' Mt. Hood Community College, 26000 S.E. Stark St.

The seven congregations of the Mt. Hood Oregon Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a 'Day of Service' project on the campus of Mt. Hood on Sept. 17.

Three hundred fifty members from congregations in Boring, Damascus, Eagle Creek, Estacada, Gresham, Sandy and the smaller mountain communities participated.

Due to lack of funding, deferred maintenance needs at Mt. Hood stand at $180 million, according to college officials, so the help was welcome.

The seven local congregations were part of more than 800 Mormon congregations in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, northern Idaho and British Columbia that served in their respective communities during September.

Projects completed at Mt. Hood included the following:

• Members landscaped a large portion of the campus grounds focusing on the highly visible areas.

• They replaced the 3,500-square-foot roof of the Head Start building.

• They removed invasive species, including blackberries, from the sloped area near the pond.

• They used leaf blowers and pressure washers to clean sidewalks.

• They sanded and repainted the second floor and stair railings that run the length of the campus, as well as the college's sign at its main entrance.

Gresham Sanitary Service provided, at no cost, four drop boxes for the nearly 80 cubic yards of landscaping debris that was gathered up and 20 yards of old roofing. Meanwhile, Oroweat donated bread for lunch.