Wynne said the camp would’ve been beneficial during Hurricane Florence, as it suffered no damage and maintained power throughout the storm. Besides having the large space, mess hall and several places for recreational games such as billiards, there are nine cabins to hold 28 people each.
“Last September, we had no shelters in place in Jones County when Florence ripped our county into divided islands,” she said. “This camp could have helped us keep our people close to their homes. Moving forward, we want to do better, be more prepared. The cold hard truth is, recovery for Jones is slow and it will be ongoing for years.
“We are asking for donors to assist MXNetwork in making this acquisition, as MXN has been so gracious to collaborate with RISE in assisting our area.”
Scott Murphy, executive director of MXNetwork, said the organization is doing its best to raise donations in order to house volunteers, who go out into Jones County to help repair homes.
“We have to have somewhere within a 25- to 30-minute range from the worksite,” Mosely said. “We’ve really been pressing hard to raise funds to purchase this property from Woodmen of the World. The need is great — without a place to house them, we can’t bring in any more volunteers. When it comes to raising the money to purchase this facility, we really need the community, churches, friends, family—people around the country to support this function.
“This is a long-term purpose — we’re looking to house volunteers for the next five years.”