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Tuck student projects: Philanthropy in action

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 23, 2009

This summer marked the fifth year students at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth donned hardhats and hammers for TuckBuilds, a five-day community service program. Twenty-two incoming MBA students volunteered to work the week before orientation, from August 23-27, on building projects with local nonprofits in the Upper Valley.

For this year’s projects, TuckBuilds partnered with two local agencies—Upper Valley Habitat for Humanity and COVER home repair and reuse program. One team of students helped Habitat build a duplex in Lebanon, while another team reroofed a historical society-listed house in Claremont. The days of physical labor were followed by dinners hosted by a faculty member where Tuck alumni were invited to speak about how business knowledge can make a positive impact on communities.

"Building a roof with 10 of my future classmates was an amazing experience," says Denzil Vaughn, a first-year student and TuckBuilds participant who worked on the roofing project. "It was as much about building relationships with my team as it was about giving to the Upper Valley community."

TuckBuilds is a student-run program and is supported by Tuck’s Allwin Initiative for Corporate Citizenship. This year’s student leaders were second-year students Matthew DeLellis, Lauren Fraser, Matthew Hooks, and Hans Reichstetter. The Allwin Initiative works with students throughout the year to develop the skills they need to manage increasingly complex interactions between business, governments, and the nonprofit sector. "TuckBuilds introduces Tuck MBAs to the importance of community engagement while local agencies are provided with an energetic group of volunteers who accomplish a great deal during the week," says Pat Palmiotto, director of the Allwin Initiative.

Launched in 2005, TuckBuilds was created through the idea and planning of a student from the class of 2006. In the program’s five years of existence, more than 120 students have helped to build five Habitat houses, to repair three roofs through COVER, and to work on two renovation projects for local organizations. Every year there is more demand for the program than there are slots available for students to participate.

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