JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Spring cleaning has come early for Florida Caverns State Park in Jackson County.
A group of volunteers works on cleaning up campsites at Florida Caverns State Park. (WJHG/WECP)
A group of RVers, who call their projects “A Year to Volunteer,” got together to clear storm debris, pack-in gravel and clean up more than 32 campsites.
"We've put in tent sites up at the primitive camping area. Three more sites at the Equestrian (campsite),” said A Year to Volunteer Co-Founder Shar Roos.
"It was a lot of work to repair the roof of the bath house. There was a lot of old timber, there is a lot of old material and we hauled that all away,” said A Year to Volunteer Co-Founder Phil Roos.
Group leaders say they want to help the park recover from the devastation Hurricane Michael left behind.
"It was sad, it tore at our hearts. We just thought gosh there is so much to do. It's such a beautiful park, you can tell what its potential is and was,” said Shar.
Jackson County and state officials say all the volunteers' hard work will help them prepare for the upcoming tourist season.
"The caverns is one of our number one attractions for visitors in the area. They've had some significant closures since Hurricane Michael and this group was able to help them improve in various areas,” said Jackson County Tourist Development Council Executive Director Christy Andreasen.
"Benefits of what they were. We got a lot of work done in the park. Volunteerism is big part of what we do in the Florida Parks Service."
Group leaders say they started their organization in January and this is their first act of community service. Their goal is to do an act of community service in each state in the country.
"A lot of full-time RVers have time. They're just going from place to place to find new things to do. This is a great way for people to spend their time, see something they haven't seen before and become part of a brand new community,” said Shar.
Group leaders say they average around 20 volunteers each day and they've put in about 1,500 man hours of work. They say plan to work in the park until next month. To learn more about the group and ways you can help click here.