Volunteers work at Holly Springs Elementary

October 3, 2013

PICKENS —Volunteers from the Pickens area came together again for a Day of Service on Saturday.

This time it was at the Holly Springs Elementary School. Parents and students of the school, Pickens County Stormwater Partners, Pickens County Clemson Extension Service, SC Native Plant Society, Pickens Garden Club, Cliffs at Keowee Vineyards Outreach and iHope volunteers worked to create a woodland rain garden at the school.

The rain garden will allow storm water runoff from the school parking lot and rooftop to infiltrate into the soil instead of flowing into storm drains and ditches that empty into the local creek. The rain garden was planted with native perennial plants to restore a woodland wildlife habitat and prevent soil erosion. The student Jr. Master Gardeners and volunteers will continue to maintain the gardens.

The next iHOPE Day of Service will be in January 2014 and volunteers will work on household repairs and yard work for senior citizens. If you would like to volunteer or if you know seniors in need of help, go to http://www.uwpickens.org or call 864 364-0649.

iHOPE Day of Service was created by a group of committed community volunteers who love Pickens and feel a responsibility to give back. Working with the Pickens County agencies and churches in our area, the goal is to match the many needs with those who are willing to help.