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KC Project Out-Reach kicks off

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Calvin Carver, Director at the Cherokee County Work Services, right, and LeRoy Rupp of the Cherokee Knights of Columbus, stand in front of one of the two doors that need replacing at the CCWS building. Replacing the doors and doing some additional concrete work is this year's goal for the annual KC Out-Reach Project. Photo by Mike Leckband
The Cherokee Knights of Columbus started their annual Project Out-Reach this week. The group will be raising funds to help raise money for Cherokee County Work Services (CCWS) and Special Olympics over the next month.

For 20 years the Knights of Columbus have been working to help those with disabilities. All money collected from this fund drive is dispersed to Cherokee County Work Services (90%) and Special Olympics (10%). The donations stay here in Cherokee County.

This year the money will be used to purchase and install two commercial exterior doors and new cement work on the backside of the CCWS building. One door sticks and the other door has bowed.

The cement by these doors also needs to be replaced due to safety concerns. Both doors open up to a cement area which has buckled and deteriorated over the years. Both exits need a different approach.

One exit has a step, which it is not wheelchair accessible. The other exit has a metal narrow ramp, which is open on both sides making it unsafe for walkers and wheelchairs. These exits need a clear and safe passage to meet the needs of the individuals at CCWS.

Over the past years the Knights of Columbus and contributors have helped CCWS purchase an air conditioning unit for the shop, a safer walking area for the front of the building, and furnishings for the Cherokee Adult Day program.

CCWS also used the money raised in past years to purchase an energy efficient heating/boiler system, commercial laundry equipment, and vehicles for delivery of goods.

The improvements made to the CCWS facility allows them to upgrade and provide quality services to those with varying abilities. CCWS wants to thank you for your past and present support.

They also want to let you know they appreciate having a safe place to work and working gives them a feeling of self worth. Contributors' generous ongoing support is greatly appreciated and is a true example of why Cherokee County is such a wonderful community!

The Cherokee County Work Services is a not-for- profit organization which provides employment opportunities for individuals with varying abilities/disabilities.

Some of the jobs they have at CCWS are: commercial laundry, gas meter salvage, pallet repair/manufacturing, packaging nuts/bolts, assembly work, hand woven rugs, document shredding, badge making, bagging coffee grounds, and manufacturing potting benches.

CCWS also offers other services such as Supported Employment and Cherokee Adult Day Service. Supported employment is a service, which helps clients develop job skills in an area they express interest in.

Once a person is hired in the community then the staff will help job coach the individual until they are confident about their job.

The Cherokee Adult Day Service program assists those who work is no longer an important part of their lives. Clients participate in leisure activities in this program.

"We thank the Cherokee residents and community for always supporting us. They have always been good to us and hope for a good year," said Calvin Carver, Director of the CCWS.

LeRoy Rupp of the Cherokee Knights of Columbus added, "We thank you for your generosity and assure you that your gift will be used carefully for the benefit of persons with varying abilities served at CCWS."

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