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Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County lends a helping hand to the community
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Charlotte Rankin (left) and JoAnn Hanks (right) work and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County. Rankin is the executive director of Habitat and Hanks was named Volunteer of the Year. Habitat ReStore (pictured behind Rankin and Hanks) is located at 1019 Broad St. and the proceeds from the store benefit Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County announces the hiring of new Executive Director Charlotte Rankin and Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year, JoAnn Hanks.

Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County is a non-profit Christian ministry that works with homeowners and local volunteers to build affordable homes for qualified families.

All houses built by the organization are in Kershaw County.

Rankin is a graduate of North Carolina State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Before becoming executive director of Habitat of Humanity of Kershaw County, Rankin served on the Habitat of Humanity Board of Directors for four years. She is married to Scott Rankin and they have two sons, Hunter and Parker.

"It’s great working with this organization. We provide a hand up instead of a hand out. We work with families to give them life skills," said Rankin.

Both Rankin and Hanks want the community to know that even if they are not able to help build houses, there are numerous other ways that they can assist Habitat for Humanity.

"We rely on our volunteers for our labor. People can volunteer at the store or donate to the store. People can also make donations ... there are so many different ways that people can help" said Rankin.

Hanks, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer of the Year, got her start volunteering at Habitat ReStore. She has volunteered at the store ever since it opened in June of 2008. The store, located at 1019 Broad St. in Camden sells donated, gently used items at discounted prices. All donations are tax deductible. The proceeds from the store benefit Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County.

"I’ve been here since day one, it’s really been fun," said Hanks who enjoys the family atmosphere between volunteers at the store.

In the upcoming weeks, Habitat will begin construction on its 34th house.