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
  • Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpg SGMC hires three cardiovascular surgeons

    South Georgia Medical Center has hired three cardiovascular surgeons, according to the hospital Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moody firefighter 2.jpg Moody firefighter feeds burning passion for food

    He can bust down a burning door and save lives from a flaming inferno. If the kitchen survives, he might whip up some elegant blackened salmon.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • vpd accreditation.jpg VPD receives national reaccreditation

    The Valdosta Police Department received reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and is ready to file for accreditation for the regional crime lab.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fussell Tire & Service to expand into new facility

    An existing business will open a new facility and expand its operations, according to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014

  • Brown Johnson Solis Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpeg Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center

    The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute.  The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

Top News

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results