BYU student Fritz-Carl Morlant remembers being the beneficiary of charitable acts of kindness as a young child in Haiti. Through his parents’ foundation aimed at increasing literacy rates and child support throughout the country, Morlant was stirred by the Christlike leadership he witnessed.
“I saw people coming from different places in Haiti and internationally to help with education and provide basic necessities for people and I was the beneficiary of those efforts,” recalls Morlant. “I know the power of education and I was inspired by these people to come and study in the United States and use my skills to help others.”
Now, as BYUSA's recently elected student body president, Morlant is eager to use his position to extend love and help in his own ways.
Working with student body presidents at each college and university in Utah, Morlant has been instrumental in organizing Utah’s inaugural College Day of Service – an opportunity for more than 400,000 college students across the state to give back to their communities and develop a sense of unity and belonging.
The College Day of Service will be held on October 14 from 9 a.m. until noon on the various college campuses across the state. Each school has planned a service project that will be meaningful for its local community and help establish a sense of unity and love among participants.
At BYU, a host of different projects will be available for students to participate in both on and off campus.
On-campus service opportunities taking place in the Wilkinson Student Center:
· Creating sleeping mats for refugees
· Writing letters for the elderly
· Blood drive
Off-campus service opportunities:
· Building homes in partnership with Habitat for Humanity
· Community clean-up
All students are invited to participate and more information about how to get involved can be found by visiting the Utah College Day of Service Instagram account.
Morlant says he’s inspired by the enthusiasm he’s seen about the project and says his experience at BYU has equipped him to look outward and use his talents to bless others.
“BYU has helped me focus on a greater mission beyond just myself,” said Morlant. “I’ve become more service-focused. I used to be worried about feeding myself or taking care of myself, but now I’m focused on serving and helping others.”