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World Changers come to Colleton County


For 142 teenagers from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, this summer was all about making a difference for senior citizen and special needs residents living in Walterboro. Over 100 local volunteers from 25 churches of all denominations are also working on the project, and the local United Way office is handling all incoming donations.

World Changers Project Coordinator John Barnes said the volunteers, in 22 separate groups, are repairing and refurbishing residences on Azalea Drive; Black St.; Blevin Dr.; Carn Street; (two residences) David St.; Durham St.; Gadsden Loop; King St.; McLeod Road; Rose Avenue; Springwood St.; (two residences) Smoak Rd.; and Wildlife Dr.; all in the Walterboro area.      

Construction Coordinator Wayne Lake said the worksites include six roofs involving shingle repair, the building and/or repair of six wheelchair ramps, and general repairs and painting.

More than 19,000 students within the United States and Canada made a decision to pay money out of their own pockets in order to help to improve people’s living conditions. One hundred and forty two of these students from across the nation are in Walterboro from Monday through Saturday of this week, working on a multitude of assignments ranging from painting houses to putting new roofs on homes.

On average, participating students pay over $250 to be included in this week’s selfless helping of others. This summer, 90 World Changers projects will take place in more than 85 cities from Alaska to Florida, New York to California, and many places in between.

Michaela Setzor of Vale, North Carolina said that this is her fourth year of participating in World Changers projects. “Everty time, I have enjoyed it. I enjoy working on houses and helping people out. It’s always a blessing,” she said.

Devin Ricker of Lincolnton, North Carolina is logging in his sixth year as a volunteer with the program during this trip. “I just like getting out and helping people. It gives me a good feeling,” he said.

Walterboro native Sydne Youmans is on the World Changers volunteer staff. A graduate of Columbia College, she is now living in Columbia. “I have a passion for doing missions and working on projects,” she said, adding that she has volunteered for 21 projects over a nine-year period. 

In its 22nd summer of operation, World Changers assists cities across North America to alleviate substandard housing. “Our partnerships are the key to the past 22 years. Relationships with cities and churches have provided an avenue for students to make a difference in communities across North America,” said John Bailey, team leader for World Changers. World Changers is an initiative of Lifeway Christian Resources (Southern Baptist Convention).