Project helps Mary’s House

By D. C. Moody -

PICKENS COUNTY — The 23 individuals who are part of the Leadership Pickens County Class of 2016 will lend their combined efforts to help Mary’s House through its service project.

Leadership Pickens County was developed by the Greater Easley, Pickens, and Clemson Chambers of Commerce to propel rising and present leaders in the county to newer heights through education and community involvement.

That community involvement includes a service project by each class to benefit the community.

“Through this class each year we are introducing rising leaders and those who have done it in their own right as emerging leaders to the issues in the community and how they, as present or future leaders, can impact Pickens County,” said Cindy Hopkins, president of the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce. “The service project not only benefits the community in some way, with this class it’s Mary’s House, it also teaches those attending how to build a consensus when you have twenty plus individuals with diverse backgrounds and professions.”

This project will be to raise funds to make improvements to Mary’s House through fundraising and working with possible partners to provide materials and/or labor.

According to a release issued by Mary’s House, this initiative’s funds will be used to create a renovated and safe outside play area with the removal of the current structure and installing a replacement, repairing the 12 foot x 12 foot shelter roof and installing an outdoor chalkboard, purchase and installation of a new sandbox, and the installation of 100 square yards of mulch to meet safety standards.

While lending a helping hand to the community, those participating in the Leadership Pickens County program learn so much more, which in turn benefits Pickens County’s future.

“In addition to working on a service project for the community, the participants also complete a leadership module on analyzing skill sets as a leader and applying their strengths to be a more effective leader in the community,” Hopkins said. “They are taught about the issues facing their community and as leaders step up to help find the tools and resources to work toward solving these issues. They also learn how these basics apply in their personal and professional lives.”

For information on how to become involved in assisting Mary’s House either through a monetary donation or the provision of labor/materials, contact the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, Pickens Chamber of Commerce, or Clemson Chamber of Commerce.

By D. C. Moody

Reach D. C. moody at 864-855-0355.

Reach D. C. moody at 864-855-0355.

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