Photography funds community service in Orangeburg
Besides the YMCA, extracurricular activities are limited in Orangeburg. The only movie theater in Orangeburg, Camelot 4, closed in January of 2013 and the only bowling alley, All-Star Triangle Bowl, closed in 2007. The closest movie theater and bowling alley are approximately 45 to 50 miles located in Columbia. Other notable businesses that closed in the past five years were Piggly Wiggly, Reids, KFC, and Sears.
Jobs and community activities are affected by the closure of the local businesses. Orangeburg has a population of 13, 553 people, and 31.1 percent of the population is in poverty.
Mr. Singleton, a well-known photographer in the Orangeburg area, is using his profits generated from photography to fund Power House of Deliverance. He is not only using his profits from photography to produce beneficial events to the community, but also converting a part of his photography studio to a small computer lab and place where adults can receive training on computers and assistance with their resumes.
Keylon Singleton, originally from Queens, New York, knows the importance of after-school activities for teenagers, and programs to uplift the community.
Singleton said, “Growing up in Queens, New York and Oakland, California, I could have been easily influenced by gangs. Fortunately, there were other options such as the Police Athletic League (PAL), Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), and the Boys and Girls Club of America.
This past Thanksgiving Power House of Deliverance served food to the homeless in Orangeburg. The nonprofit organization is currently working on a coat drive for the less fortunate to take place during Christmas.
Keylon Singleton has his vision set on opening transitional centers that will operate like a homeless shelter but also include job training and activities; therefore, the less fortunate and U.S. Veterans can transition back into society. Also he would like to create youth centers throughout South Carolina, and creating second chance opportunities for individuals with nonviolent felonies on their public record.
When asked why is he so passionate about the community, Singleton said, “Throughout my life I had people help me along the way in my life’s journey, and I feel blessed for that. Therefore, I believe it is my calling and my purpose to help others.”
Keylon Singleton and his staff’s hard work have not gone unnoticed, as they have received interest from Lindsey Graham, U.S. Senator from South Carolina. Singleton hopes interest in Power House of Deliverance continues; therefore, he can receive additional funding to tackle larger projects.
Mr. Singleton said, “I have no problem using the profits from my photography business to help the community. I know when everyone see what we have done by ourselves without outside funding people will know that we are serious. I am optimistic we will receive funding in the future from grants and private donors, and then the road is endless to the number of people we can help in South Carolina.”