United Way coordinates annual work camp

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Like worker bees called to the hive, more than 370 students from across the nation visited the Lowcountry last week to lend their time and talents to helping make life better for Beaufort and Jasper county elderly, disabled and families in need.
The 14th annual Catholic HEART Work Camp program began Sunday, June 24 with young people arriving and working through Thursday.
While here, the campers, 100-plus adult leaders and 15 local volunteers worked together on at least 58 projects ranging from yard work and minor repairs to installing handicap ramps.
United Way of the Lowcountry, Inc. is coordinating the Catholic HEART (Helping Everyone Attain Repairs Today) Work Camp program, said Bethany Marcinkowski, the local United Way’s director of resource development.
Student volunteers came from all over the country, and were housed at the Hardeeville School Complex. The young people worked from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and attended spiritual programs in the evenings.
“The young people do simple home repairs — painting, yard work, cleaning, repairing screens, and anything else that is difficult for an elderly or handicapped person to accomplish. It’s a wonderful group of kids who have their hearts in the right place,” Marcinkowski said.
Hilton Head Glidden donated all the paint.
“This program’s mission is to revitalize communities and beautify homes of the elderly, the disabled and those who cannot afford needed repairs,” Marcinkowski said.