Children’s home gathers funds, volunteers for camp

Published 4:59 pm Monday, October 17, 2011

A project that began two years ago is two cabins away from completion.

Raleigh’s place, a local children’s home, has reached the final phase of building a summer camp and will hold its annual fundraising dinner Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Clanton to collect donations for construction materials.

Sharon King, co-founder of Raleigh’s Place, said the primary purpose of the camp is to teach children about Christ.

“We’ll start having a camp next summer for foster children,” King said. “We just finished the first two cabins, (and) we have groups of volunteers coming in February 2012 to build the last two cabins.”

Raleigh’s Place is a home for children from foster care who have been abandoned, neglected or hurt in some way, and many must cope with physical and emotional problems or learning disorders.

The summer camp will serve as another outlet to give these children an opportunity for a better life, King said.

“One hundred percent of our funds go to building funds or utilities,” King said, noting that Raleigh’s Place operates solely on volunteer work. “Everything that’s been built here has been built by volunteers.”

Raleigh’s Place is now taking reservations for the dinner. It is free to attend, but a contribution time will take place at the end of the night.

King said the dinner is Raleigh’s Place’s biggest fundraiser of the year, but donations and volunteers are always welcome.

“We’d love to have anybody come visit or be involved any way,” King said. “If they can’t come to the dinner (and) are interested in volunteering, they can visit Raleigh’s Place.”

Raleigh’s Place is located at 391 County Road 1028 in Clanton.

For more information, contact Sharon King at (205) 755-9615 or Amanda Giles at (205) 351-2152.