Veterans are usually the first to heed any call to action. So no surprise when the call came from Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in some 70 countries, students in Marshall's Master's of Business for Veterans program stood up for the challenge.
Twelve members of USC Marshall’s MBV cohort, including staff and alumni, showed up Friday, Nov. 7 to help clean a yard and prune an overgrown landscape in a house in the Los Angeles suburb of Bell.
The opportunity to participate in Habitat’s Veterans Build came from an MBV graduate, Tom Dixon, who took the initiative to arrange it, said James Bogle, executive director of the MBV program. “Once service becomes part of your personal ethic, you need to continue to nourish it.”
Despite the hard work under a hot sun, Marshall veterans got the job done.
“It was a pleasure and honor to give back to veterans at the Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build,” said George Ortega MBV ’20. “It put a lot of things into perspective. I will definitely look into doing more events throughout the year and back in Tennessee after graduation.”
His colleague James Vuong MBV ’20 agreed. “It was very gratifying putting in some old fashion hard work and seeing the changes we've made and the impact it will have on the community for years to come.”