Administration, Community Protection Division, Fire, Main Street, Neighborhood Development, Police, Public Information
Sunday, June 25, 2017 All Day - Saturday, July 1, 2017
The City of Valdosta welcomes approximately 136 youth and adult volunteers from Group Cares non-profit ministry partner of Group Publishing. These volunteers will travel from around the country to spend June 25-July 1 serving the citizens of Valdosta through the labor of love event known as the Southern Hospitality Workcamp.
The 2017 workcamp marks the 11th year the city has hosted this event, which brings in youth to perform basic home repairs, painting, and minor construction, at no cost to local elderly or disabled homeowners. To date, the event is credited with repairing 313 substandard local homes (inclusive of the 2017 sites) and yielding an over $2 million economic investment in our community through capital improvements to housing stock, the value of volunteer housing, their spending in our community and the value of their labor.
In addition to Lowe’s Distribution Center, the Valdosta City Schools System, Group Cares, Wild Adventures, Second Harvest Food Bank of Valdosta, Habitat for Humanity and the Valdosta Lowe’s Retail Store play critical roles in the success of the effort. Local Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s Distribution Center staff members also serve as site coaches for the event.
The Southern Hospitality Workcamp helps to stop the deterioration of valuable housing stock and places the city closer to accomplishing its goal of eliminating all substandard housing by the year 2020. A presentation of the 2017 Workcamp accomplishments will be presented at the Aug. 10 City Council meeting. For more information, contact Public Information Officer Sementha Mathews at 229-259-3548.