The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hopes to attract more volunteers for Thurmond Lake projects by offering a free place to stay for anyone willing to work 20 hours or more per week.
The new Volunteer Village, a campground on a scenic peninsula near Modoc, S.C., includes 12 campsites with water and electrical hookups, a high-speed Internet connection and a boat ramp.
The village is not a public park, but is a private residence for volunteers who have been accepted into the program through the Thurmond Project’s volunteer coordinator, David Quebedeaux.
“We have volunteers working with us at Thurmond Lake who have contributed many hours of important service in recent years,” Quebedeaux said. “Many of these volunteers come out to the lake on a daily basis to help with maintenance needs, visitor assistance, wildlife programs, and other valuable and exciting programs.
“We are proud to complete phase one of the village to better serve these outstanding volunteers.”
Many other corps locations across the country have similar facilities, including Lake Hartwell, Ga., which created a volunteer lodging site in 2010.
Anyone who is interested in volunteer opportunities at any of the corps’ projects can visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Volunteer Program Nationwide Volunteer Clearinghouse at www.orn.usace.army.mil/volunteer/
default.html or call the volunteer hot line toll-free at (800) VOL-TEER (865-8337).