By Taylor Reeves

CLEMSON — Clemson University’s Civics and Service House (CASH) has been honored with the Helping Hands and Hearts Award for its support of Home Works, a service organization based in Irmo.

Created in 2005, CASH is a living-learning community and student organization for students who want to engage in community service and civic involvement. CASH conducts a number of on- and off-campus service projects throughout the year and has collaborated with Home Works on projects in Oconee County and Pickens County since 2008. Its members performed 514 hours of service during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Home Works organizes volunteers to repair houses for the elderly and disabled. Since its founding in 1996, Home Works has expanded to meet the needs of communities as far away as Peru and was involved in rebuilding projects in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina. Home Works has repaired or modified more than 1,600 homes and has engaged more than 27,000 volunteers.

Home Works established the Helping Hands and Hearts Award to acknowledge groups and individuals who have provided support for and assistance to its mission in their respective areas.

Former CASH president Sarah Meadows of Barnwell and current president Valerie White of Chapin accepted the award from Home Works during a ceremony in Columbia.

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