Volunteers help beautify Conway housing community at United Way Day of Caring event

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Nearly 300 people volunteered to get their hands dirty on Friday to show residents of a housing community that they care about their own.

It was all part of the Horry County United Way’s annual Day of Caring event, which provides the organization with an opportunity to engage people in helping the community.

The organization’s president, Blakely Roof, said that this year, Centraide has decided to focus on one large landscaping project rather than multiple projects in the area.

For this project, they chose to help another non-profit organization SOS Care, which helps people with autism and developmental disabilities with many services, including independent living.

One of these initiatives is a halfway house located at Oak Tree Farm.

Volunteers were seen on Friday doing many landscaping activities at Oak Tree Farm, such as digging holes, planting trees and building a patio for those who live there.

SOS staff said landscaping activities are part of their long-term plans, and they plan to build an apartment complex on the same property down the line.

Kathi Grace, Director of Marketing and Events for SOS Care, said she was thrilled to see the volunteers participate as it makes their residents feel even more valued in this community where they thrive.

“They moved in in February and seeing them thrive the way they are is so heartwarming to me,” she said.

The residents of Oak Tree Farm were also delighted to see the volunteers, even going so far as to help where they could.

“The plan for Oak Tree Farm has always been for us to be part of the community,” said Justin Borrero, a resident of Oak Tree Farm. “Seeing 300 volunteers come out is fantastic.

“It’s a really great experience,” added resident Cody Lewis.

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