Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

June 30, 2013

Workcamp repairs 18 houses

212 visit Valdosta to improve homes

VALDOSTA — For the eighth year, youth from around the country have come to Valdosta to help improve housing in substandard neighborhoods around town, at no cost to the residents.

This year, 212 young people from nine states worked through the week to make repairs and repaint 18 houses, helping the elderly and disabled get the home improvement work they need but cannot complete themselves.

The homes are selected by the City of Valdosta Neighborhood Development Division based on qualifying criteria. The homes must be occupied, in a designated revitalization area, and containing homeowners who are

disabled or elderly and meeting income criteria.

“This is part of our effort to meet the goal we have in our city to eliminate substandard housing by 2020,” Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews said. “The volunteers get here Sunday and leave Saturday, and they work Monday through Friday, take a lunch break on-site and work until five.”

Improvements include installing decks, porch railings, ramps and screening and repainting and improving siding. The volunteers pay about $400 each and arrive in town via car, bus or van and “camp” on the floor of a school building. Their funds go to travel, the purchase of materials and the rental of the building.

“It has been fantastic,” Workcamp Director Cheryl Crawford said. “It’s sponsored by the City of Valdosta, Lowe’s and Valspar. It’s one of the best Workcamps hosted in the United States.”

The camp isn’t all volunteer work, however. Wild Adventures offers the young free day passes, and the group takes an afternoon off Wednesday to play in the park.

“Wild Adventures was fabulous. We’re so grateful for that,” Crawford said.

Crawford has directed the camp for eight years and Valdosta has had such a profound impact on her, she is planning to move back and become a permanent resident.

“I have dreams to return and I’m looking into Valdosta,” Crawford said. “The Workcamp hospitality here is phenomenal.”

Residents Johnnie and Marietta Jones certainly enjoyed the help. Volunteers refurbished a handrail to a wooden ramp leading to their front door, added a railing around their back porch to prevent falls and put a coat of paint on the eaves and siding of their home.

“I’ve never met kids like that,” Johnnie Jones said. “They love people. They’d change Valdosta if they were here a year or two.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 140414-valdostaboe001 copy.jpg Valdosta Board of Education reviews finances

    Valdosta City Schools Board of Education celebrated many successes Monday night, discussed budget information and heard an announcement of intent from a hopeful charter school.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • dancing with the stars copy.jpg Dancing with Valdosta Stars raises scholarship money

    Valdosta State University Music and Theatre & Dance’s Third Annual Dancing with the Stars of Valdosta presented a fine dance show this past weekend.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • N0041120.jpg Passover: A nation reborn

    “And you shall tell your children that on that day the Lord has took you out from the house of bondage.” — The Passover Hagadah

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-DFCS001.jpg Luncheon recognizes DFACS employees

    Dozens of Lowndes County Division of Family and Children Services employees gathered Monday at Olympic Park for a barbecue lunch in recognition of their hard work.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414-Sewage002.jpg Fla. calls for Valdosta boycott

    Florida residents are calling for a boycott of Valdosta regarding the sewage spills, with areas affected downstream increasingly distressed over the millions of gallons that have polluted the waters of the Withlacoochee and the Suwannee River Basin during the last several years.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • police-lights-backgrounds-for-powerpoint.jpg ‘Dangerous’ fugitive caught

    A fugitive from Ohio wanted for attempted murder and a number of assault and robbery charges was captured by Valdosta police Saturday.

    April 14, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140412-TownHallMtg_2 copy 2.jpg Rep. Sharper holds town hall meeting

    Saturday morning, State Rep. Dexter Sharper held a town hall meeting at Crossing Jordan Baptist Church to meet with concerned citizens of Valdosta, share his feelings toward bills on the governor’s desk and to discuss the upcoming Let Us Make Man event.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140412-EasterEggHunt10 copy 2.jpg Kids have an egg-ceptional time

    The Therapeutic Division of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Parks and Recreation Authority held hosted the “Egg-ceptional” Easter Egg Hunt for Special Needs Children Saturday.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Police_Car_2 2 copy 2.jpg Numbers show overall drop in crime in Valdosta

     Responding to what he believes is a public perception that crime is out of control, Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress presented statistics to the city council this week demonstrating an overall decline in crime for more than a decade and said the perception may be due to his department’s openness with the media.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140410-Sewage001.jpg City sewage woes continue

    Calculating the total gallons of treated and untreated sewage that the City of Valdosta has spilled into the Withlacoochee River and its tributaries is difficult because it has been going on for over 25 to 30 years.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

Top News

What you think about school and workplace rules about Facebook friends?

There have to be rules.
No need for rules, just use common sense.
If people want to be friends, what is the big deal?
Nobody uses Facebook anymore.
     View Results