Roanoke Cooperative employees volunteer to get local campground ready for summer campers

Roanoke Cooperative employees recently came together for a volunteer community cleanup of the Triple C Bible Camp in Ahoskie. The volunteers cleared brush and debris and improved the grounds around the camp. “Roanoke Cooperative has assisted us over the years with camp scholarships,” said Pastor Mike Benford, executive director of the center and its parent organization, Triple C Ministries. “They have always come through with funding for children who needed financial support to attend. But the co-op went above and beyond by helping us clean our 20-acre lot before this year’s summer camp.” Benford said that while his staff and the co-op volunteers worked hard throughout the day, it was a time of fellowship, laughter, and community spirit. “It was tough, sweaty work - weeding, mowing, and clearing - but everyone had a smile on their face for a great day of fellowship,” he said. Triple C Ministries, established in 1971, is a home-mission faith-based ministry that provides year-round services to the local community, such as couples retreats and educational programs. The camp also offers a ball field and swimming pool for locals to be active and have a place to gather. The camp has an Ahoskie address but is in the township of St. John. To learn more about Triple C Ministry services, register for programs, and check facility hours, call 252-332-5426.

The volunteer program is part of a company-wide initiative known as Roanoke Cooperative Gives One Community at a Time (RCGone). Twice a year, co-op employees choose two community projects in the counties it serves, which include Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, and Northampton. “Our employees are committed to our member-owners,” said Dennis McFee, vice president of member services, marketing, and public relations. “But the commitment doesn’t stop there. The co-op grants them time individually to volunteer with the local organization of their choice. All of these efforts are part of our goal to connect in meaningful ways with those we serve.”

While cleaning out the area around the campgrounds, Roanoke Cooperative volunteers noticed that a baby raccoon had fallen from its nest in a nearby hollowed-out tree. With a bit of help from the team, the baby was reunited with its worried mother.