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A habitat house is raised

Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham

Posted: March 22, 2012 10:05 a.m.
Updated: March 23, 2012 5:00 a.m.

It is absolutely amazing what 100-plus volunteers can do in just one spring Saturday in Camden, South Carolina. Elected city officials were pleased to partner with volunteers from INVISTA, Target and Camden High School to positively enhance our community. With more volunteers than ever before, the local Habitat for Humanity team kept us well organized and mission-oriented. 

House number one was cleaned, supplied with new sod and completely landscaped. It was a wonderful transformation to witness. The second house was the construction zone: roofing, windows, porch, walling and much more. Not only was it gratifying to participate, it was extremely gratifying to work alongside such a great group of volunteers.

This type of work makes volunteers hungry! We were served a delicious barbecue chicken luncheon by volunteers from the Abundant Life Prayer Praise and Worship Center on Laurens Street.

I know that I am not alone when I say thank you to the wonderful citizens of our community who participated in such a rewarding day.

 Habitat Houses in North America are built to very modest American standards -- three bedrooms in no more than 1,050 square feet. Quality, locally-available building materials are incorporated into house designs that suit our local climate and culture. They are energy efficient, and they are constructed with techniques that conserve natural resources. They are a true win-win in our city.

And on the same day, St Patrick's Day, some of those same Camden High student volunteers relocated to work with the games at the Town Green. Again, thank you to everyone involved. 


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