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June 28, 2012

SCBT Gives to Walterboro Salkehatchie Camp

WALTERBORO, SC  - SCBT made a contribution to the Walterboro Salkehatchie Summer Service Program, which is organized by youth volunteers from around the state who spend one week remodeling houses for those in need.

Walterboro Salkehatchie Summer Service ProgramLocal youth across the state are empowered by the Salkehatchie Summer Service Program, an initiative to engage young teens and college students in community service.  The program grew roots in South Carolina over a quarter of a century ago and serves local citizens who have little income.
 
In today’s difficult economic environment, the help and aid offered by nearly 3,000 youth and adult volunteers statewide is welcomed by people who are unable to finance home reconstruction needs such as roofing, flooring, and exterior repairs.  This summer, the Salkehatchie Program will send off many local young people to repair homes for low-income families.  These youth volunteers dedicate a week of their summer vacations to work inside and out in the sweltering Carolina heat in order to join in an experience that has proven to be life changing.

This week, 40 campers and local volunteers traveled to the Walterboro Salkehatchie Camp to make repairs for locals who otherwise may not have safe and secure homes.  This is the first Walterboro Camp, and the youth and adult volunteers who even take leave from work to join in the goodwill of the program are hard at work.  The Walterboro Camp is working on 4 homes this first year, repairing floors, bathrooms and roofs. This year’s camp runs June 23 through June 30.    

Because the program is youth-focused, teens and college students are enabled to complete various projects themselves, facilitating character growth and development.  Adult volunteers serve primarily to supervise site safety and security.  All in all, most volunteers leave the Salkehatchie Summer Service Program with a greater understanding of appreciation for their lives and a keen desire to return the next summer to do it all over again.  

"SCBT is proud to announce that it has made a $500 contribution directly to the Walterboro Salkehatchie Camp," said Cindy Hunt, SCBT Walterboro vice president and branch manager.  "One hundred percent of the funds go directly to purchase materials and necessities for the week’s work, which impacts the lives of the youth and adult volunteers as well as those who desperately need home repairs in and around the Walterboro area."     

“Local volunteers, local churches, and businesses, like SCBT, play a very important part in the success of this camp,” states Bill Brown, camp director.  "This program is more than a community service week; it provides the opportunity of a lifetime for South Carolina’s youth by allowing them to serve Christ in a way that many youth and adults may not have had the chance to do. Donations like those made by SCBT provide the funding needed to encourage local youth to become responsible citizens, and the Salkehatchie Summer Service Program provides the appropriate setting for this valuable lesson."

SCBT Financial Corporation, Columbia, South Carolina is a registered bank holding company incorporated under the laws of South Carolina.  The Company consists of SCBT, N.A., the largest publicly traded bank headquartered in South Carolina; NCBT, a division of SCBT, N.A., and Community Bank & Trust, a division of SCBT, N.A.  Providing financial services for over 78 years, SCBT Financial Corporation operates 76 locations in 19 South Carolina counties, 10 northeast Georgia counties, and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina.  SCBT Financial Corporation has assets of approximately $4.5 billion and its stock is traded under the symbol SCBT in the NASDAQ Global Select Market.  More information can be found at www.SCBTonline.com.


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