Atmos at Camp Currier

Atmos Energy workers turned out Friday as part of the "Days of Caring" event at Camp Currier off Old Miss. Hwy. 304 to lay pipe and perform trench work at the camp, headquarters of the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Robert Long|DTT

Atmos Energy, United Way and the Boy Scouts at Camp Currier, the weekend retreat for the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America, have formed a partnership for the past decade and more.

Each fall, Atmos Energy supplies a stream of volunteers to assist with a United Way project at Camp Currier, which is located off a long winding road off Old Mississippi Hwy. 304.

"We've been fighting wasps and hornets and cleaning out cobwebs," said longtime Atmos Energy Marketing/Sales Representative Pam Black as she and fellow Atmos employee Heather Bradham helped with some fall cleaning inside the main cabin on the grounds.

Meanwhile, other Atmos employees dug trenches with a backhoe and laid pipe.

Black has participated in the United Way of the Mid-South's "Days of Caring" for several years now. "This is our Day of Caring and everyone seems to look forward to it and really enjoys it."

Jennifer Besing, Director of Development for the United Way of the Mid-South, said the "Days of Caring" helps promote some of the most worthwhile projects in the region.

"We love Atmos," said Besing. "They have been our sponsors for Days of caring for more than a decade now. I would say at least a dozen years. They are very dedicated."

Marc Brinkley, Resident Ranger at Camp Currier, Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said the volunteers from Atmos are always eagerly anticipated and appreciated.

"We always love the volunteers," Brinkley said. "They help around camp. Just today, they are probably doing three weeks of work."

On Tuesday, United Way volunteers from several local corporations in DeSoto County, will travel to Como to work on a project there.

United Way Partner Agencies serving DeSoto County are the American Red Cross, Mid-South Chapter, Boy Scouts of America, Chickasaw Council, DeSoto County Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc., DeSoto County Literacy Council, Inc., Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Healing Hearts Child Advocacy Center, Historic DeSoto Foundation, House of Grace, Olive Branch Community Food Ministry, Inc., Sacred Heart Southern Missions, Inc., Samaritans, Search Dogs South and YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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