FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Salkehatchie’s name is hard to spell, but its work is easy to appreciate.
Salkehatchie Summer Service is a servant ministry that organizes a fleet of high school and collegiate student volunteers to conduct community service projects.
This year, 13 homes in Fairfield County benefited from their work.
“It’s going very well,” said Frank Gravely, camp director. “This year, we’ve been blessed to work with 13 families.”
The Fairfield County camp consists of 140 people, and is based out of Fairfield Central High School.
“I’m not too sure what the sleeping arrangements are,” joked J. R. Green, Fairfield County School District superintendent. “They’re spread out throughout the building from my understanding.”
Green said the district has allowed volunteers to use the high school for several years and is happy to cooperate with Salkehatchie.
“We’re just happy to be part of what they’re doing in the community,” Green said.
Gravely said this year, there were slightly fewer volunteers and work sites.
“The numbers are down a little bit this year,” Gravely said, but noted this year’s endeavor was still an overall success.
“It was an excellent year,” Gravely said.
Gravely said he has been taking part in Salkehatchie service projects for 18 years, and said the enjoyable, commendable work keeps him coming back.
“It’s always rewarding,” Gravely said.
Gravely said projects tend to focus on key criteria and often involve repairing roofs or maintaining flooring.
“We try to stick to warm, safe and dry,” Gravely said. “Those are the three goals.”
Gravely said more than a dozen families live in improved conditions because of work done by Salkehatchie volunteers.
“We had an excellent year — 13 homes, 12 families are warmer, dryer and safer,” Gravely said.
Gravely encouraged those who want to know more about Salkehatchie or are interested in volunteering to visit www.salkehatchie.org.
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