CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Youth volunteers from across the country are coming together in the Lowcountry this week to lend a hand to local nonprofits like Operation Home.
Dozens of teenage volunteers from Catholic Heart Workcamp are teaming up with Operation Home to bring a little health and hope to those in need by building wheelchair ramps at homes from Mount Pleasant to Ravenel.
Operation Home leaders said mobility challenges can often keep people stuck in their homes and a ramp can be life changing.
"This amazing group of youth have helped everyone from a 12-year-old handicapped girl, to some seniors in our community, to many individuals and families that literally cannot leave or enter their home without this type of support," Miriam Langley, Executive Director of Operation Home, said.
Richard Habersham called the youth's work "a blessing." His mother's home is the recipient of one of the newly built ramps.
"Lately, my mom is doing pretty poorly and we're trying to do our best with her," Habersham said. "But this helped us a whole lot."
Volunteers from Catholic Heart travel cross-country to aid multiple area nonprofits.
Langley said there are more than 600 volunteers helping local groups in Charleston such as Operation Home.
"I really like to help people," volunteer Mara Fossum said. "It's awesome helping people who are less fortunate. Building on their community brings our community together."
"They have been critical to the work Operation Home does," Langley said. "They're really going to leave our community in a better place."
Learn more about Operation Home and volunteer opportunities at http://operationhome.org/.