Flat River II Group Workcamp to assist about 50 Greenville residents next week

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:47 am on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

GREENVILLE — The 2012 Flat River II Group Workcamp is set to begin this weekend to help local residents.

The work camp will begin on Sunday and will last through the July 28. Youth from all over the nation will come to Greenville to lend a helping hand.

“It starts with your neighbors,” said Youth Director Claude Johnson.

About 450 students will be participating in the work camp. The event is designed to help those who are in need with items such as building wheelchair ramps at homes, painting, roofing and more. Some items that will not be done include electrical, concrete and mechanical projects.

Youths will be divided into groups with a leader to work at each site. Local volunteers — such as contractors — will be on hand to make sure the project stays on track.

More than 50 residents were picked by a committee after applications were collected through the winter to receive help from youth via the Flat River II project.

Youths will be staying at Greenville Middle School, where they can sleep, shower and eat. Youth groups pay to volunteer within the community, costing about $400 per person to participate.

“It all stays local,” said the Rev. Jerry Jones of First Congregational Church in Greenville.

Jones said the work camp not only helps local residents, but will bring money into the local economy because supplies are being bought locally.

Jones has participated in the work group for many years and First Congregational Church has been involved for about 15 years.

This is not the first time Greenville has hosted the work camp. In 1999, Flat River I swept the streets helping about 80 local people with their homes.

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