Vistas and Volunteers in Carroll County, Virginia

Submitted by
Glen Barton
Fuller Center for Housing
Vice President, US Field Operations

Travel on I-77 going north from North Carolina and the first county in Virginia one comes to is Carroll County. You will be impressed with the beauty of the area. Mountains and vistas are almost everywhere you look.  Most folks passing through would not immediately notice the needs of low income families in such a beautiful setting. But thanks to a group of concerned citizens a Fuller Center is now operating in Carroll County. Oliver McBride, his son and brother came to the Millard Fuller Legacy Build in Lanett and decided they needed to organize a Fuller Center in Carroll County. Oliver took on the job of organizing a Fuller Center and has done a masterful job of involving folks in the Fuller Center mission. They have a great blend of talents and I was especially impressed with their young folks. 

They have made a strong start. When I came into Carroll County to do organizational training, the Carroll County High School vocational club; SkillsUSA gave us a check for $3000 to sponsor a Haiti House. That donation is only the first step from Carroll County High. Two of the high school building trade instructors are on the board of the local Fuller Center. This coming fall they plan on building a house on school grounds and move it once finished.  What a great group of young students with great leadership.  Carroll County Fuller Center is also looking at doing Greater Blessing Box projects and will no doubt bring along with them the great group of students as they tackle the low income housing needs in Carroll County and the surrounding area.  

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