I Can Do My Bit

I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I can’t change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.   -Charles de Lint

I can’t believe another week is winding down and we are getting ready to say goodbye to another great group of PVs volunteers. Before we say goodbye though, we had a full day of activities!  A couple of PVs went out to Kopperston to finish up with that site. We only had a small place to sand and a ceiling to paint and that site was done. The home owners were very happy with their new kitchen floor and cabinet as well as their repaired and painting bedroom. Being able to meet the home owners and spend time with them made the drive out there worth it.

Another group went back to Energy Express for another fun day of working with the kids. We were so happy to be able to send a large group pretty much each day this week. The stories the volunteers have shared about their time with the kids and the teachers show what an impact that program is having.

A third group went to help with furniture distribution at St. Vincent dePaul. People came in during the morning to pick up donated items that they had signed up for as well as items to build a chicken coop, a special project that SVDP is offering. While the volunteers were waiting between customers, they tackled organizing and going through more of the areas where we store our items in the off- season. Because of the work they did today, when moving day rolls around it will be a much simpler task. When the group finished they made a stop to visit with the home owners they built the ramp for earlier in the week. They were able to see the finished product as well as say goodbye to the couple.

In the afternoon visiting continued as a group went to visit old friends up in Cabin Creek. It is one of the things that makes the PVs unique, the continuing relationships that we build with the home owners we work for. We try to make time for and encourage visiting each year. I never know who is happier to see each other the PVs of the people they are visiting.

Also in the afternoon, PVs went to Glen Rogers Manor to play Banana BINGO with the residents. The turnout was great and they could wait to win so they could win a banana!

For dinner tonight we had a pasta bar with several different types of pasta a sauces, salad and garlic bread. It was simple, but simply delicious! For dessert we had Chocolate Chip ice cream sandwiches made with homemade cookies. Yum, yum.

We wrapped up the evening with our closing reflection, looking back on the week and all of the experiences we shared. It was a good week. A lot of great work was done, but more importantly a lot of love and kindness was shared, both here in the PV community and the community as a whole.

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