Mary Wilkes, age 9, donated one-half of her craftwork proceeds from the FUMC Holiday Bazaar to Starkville Habitat for Humanity. Mary’s smile shares her joy of knowing all her donated dollars will go into the building of a Habitat home for a needy Starkville family. (Pictured: Mary Wilkes, center; Joel Downey, Executive Director, Starkville Habitat for Humanity- right; Lindsay Wilkes, Mother, far left).
Paul Cuicchi: Hands-On Service, One Project at a Time
A native to Leland, Mississippi and a retired high school teacher, Paul Cuicchi enjoys spending his retirement teaching as a part-time lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Mississippi State University and giving back to his community through service. Though his intellectual talents lie in the field of science, Cuicchi says that his real passion is service for others. He tells his students to embrace the nobility of service to others, and chooses to practice this lesson for himself.
Cuicchi said that he enjoys working with his hands and being around young people who volunteer; therefore, the Starkville Area Habitat for Humanity is a great fit for his time spent serving his community. As a Team Leader for Habitat, he has worked as part of the construction crew for numerous houses built for families in need while supervising MSU student and community volunteers. During the past year, Cuicchi has served approximately 1,300 service hours with Habitat.
Cuicchi says he enjoys seeing the satisfaction and genuine thankfulness from those he helps, and understands the joy that it can bring into one’s life. “It is a privilege to serve others and to make life better for the families who receive the homes. Habitat is an outstanding organization with excellent staff and leaders,” said Cuicchi.
Though Cuicchi spends the majority of his volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, he also volunteers at St. Joseph’s Food Pantry where he has served approximately 60 hours over the past year. “I have found that serving others can bring great joy into your life,” said Cuicchi. Happy that he is able to serve others, Cuicchi plans to continue in his service to the Starkville community. Cuicchi is married to his wife Rosemary, and has two children and two grandchildren.
Habitat’s Three Ole Men…and a Trailer -Resale Store volunteers were caught in action yesterday as they spent the afternoon making donation pick-ups. Yes, there are more than three with other volunteers not pictured. Thanks Resale Store volunteers for the great job you do bringing in approximately $25,000 annually for purchase of building materials for Starkville Habitat homes. Additional volunteers are always welcome!!