WINNSBORO — Believers and Achievers of Fairfield County hope clean cars will lead to clean records.
The Fairfield County-based nonprofit group held a fish fry and car wash to fund efforts to present young people in Fairfield County with opportunities to pursue positive activity options.
“We try to give the kids something to do,” said Believers and Achievers of Fairfield County president Darreyl Davis. “Something good that keeps them off the streets.”
One example is a summer youth basketball league presented in partnership with Fairfield County Recreation Department.
“With the youth league, we’re giving the kids something to do,” Davis said. “Building their self-esteem up.”
Believers and Achievers of Fairfield County Treasurer Bertha “Birdie” Woodard said the car wash and fish fry was particularly important because the Believers and Achievers do not hold many fundraisers.
“Most things we do we pay for out of pocket,” Woodard said. “We raise the funds so we can spend it on the kids.”
This was the second Believers and Achievers car wash and fish fry. The group, which recently celebrated its first year of existence, also washed cars and fried fish at AutoZone last year.
“They did one last year, and it was awesome,” said Mathew Huston, store manager for AutoZone.
Huston said the group’s cause was admirable and mentioned in addition to providing a location for the car wash, AutoZone provided buckets and car-washing materials.
“We let them use the water, electricity and stuff like that,” Huston said.
Motorists who had their vehicles cleaned by Believers and Achievers sung the group’s praises.
Tony Kennedy, who had his blue Mustang washed, said he was pleased with the cleanliness of his vehicle, but that it was a minor concern. “It’s all about the cause,” Kennedy said.
Eddie Gunter, whose motorcycle was washed by Believers and Achievers, also offered positive sentiments.
“It looks good,” Gunter said. “I’ll recommend it.”
The believers and Achievers managed to have fun washing cars in the hot sun.
Woodard explained there was an internal contest to see who could refer the most people to the car wash.
“The winner gets a gift card,” Woodard said. “We’re having fun too.”