The 2013-14 Leadership Walton class of the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce, comprised of 15 participants, has embarked on two community service projects this year and is seeking financial support for project completion.

The hands-on projects are designed to support two Walton County organizations, the Walton County Arc and the South Walton Senior Center, both established to help those in need, but that, many times, lack resources and labor to remedy those needs.

Businesses and individuals can support the leadership class with donations in any amount which are tax deductible and can be mailed to the Walton County Chamber Foundation, 63 South Centre Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 or contact Camile Burlison at

Leadership Walton class members chose to work with the Walton County Arc and the South Walton Senior Center to provide much needed renovations and critical updates to their facilities. The class focused on isolating specific needs and then strategizing ways to support the solutions through coordinating a plan of action, raising funds and organizing labor and physical work time. Leadership class members are in pursuit of aiding these worthy organizations mightily, not only by fulfilling immediate needs, but also by garnering local business and financial support for many years to come, thus leave a lasting, positive impact on the communities of Walton County.

Specifically, the Arc project work includes patching and painting the walls, replacing the old carpet and trim, installing base cabinets, and purchasing a wall mount television for one of its classrooms. The South Walton Senior Center Project involves updating office furnishings, installing shelving for print material, providing patio furniture and completing various smaller projects inside the office space.

At completion, an open house reception will be held at both locations to showcase the renovations and recognize the two valuable organizations.