Jul 30

Thursday, July 30, 2009

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.

Pema Chodron

Last night for reflection we were each given a stamped envelope to reconnect with someone with whom we have lost touch with.

The weather this week continues to be wet, which makes the work rather challenging, especially roofs. We finished up in Matheny and Sabine, with rather early days. Volunteers also pretty much finished up in Bud. It was another successful and rewarding week.

A mighty group of PVs went to St. Vincent DePaul in Pineville to help organize the warehouse. Two truckloads of donations were dropped off earlier in the week, so their help was much needed and appriciated.

The Under the Sea Camp continued with hermit crab and craw daddy races, and rehearsals for the much anticipated play tomorrow. Can’t wait to see the final product! Once again after camp the crew headed over to help at the Itmann Food Bank.

We are being treated tonight with a Peruvian dinner…can’t wait to taste the scrumptious feast.

Jul 30

Thursday, July 30, 2009

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.

Pema Chodron

Last night for reflection we were each given a stamped envelope to reconnect with someone with whom we have lost touch with.

The weather this week continues to be wet, which makes the work rather challenging, especially roofs. We finished up in Matheny and Sabine, with rather early days. Volunteers also pretty much finished up in Bud. It was another successful and rewarding week.

A mighty group of PVs went to St. Vincent DePaul in Pineville to help organize the warehouse. Two truckloads of donations were dropped off earlier in the week, so their help was much needed and appriciated.

The Under the Sea Camp continued with hermit crab and craw daddy races, and rehearsals for the much anticipated play tomorrow. Can’t wait to see the final product! Once again after camp the crew headed over to help at the Itmann Food Bank.

We are being treated tonight with a Peruvian dinner…can’t wait to taste the scrumptious feast.

Jul 30

Thursday, July 30, 2009

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.

Pema Chodron

Last night for reflection we were each given a stamped envelope to reconnect with someone with whom we have lost touch with.

The weather this week continues to be wet, which makes the work rather challenging, especially roofs. We finished up in Matheny and Sabine, with rather early days. Volunteers also pretty much finished up in Bud. It was another successful and rewarding week.

A mighty group of PVs went to St. Vincent DePaul in Pineville to help organize the warehouse. Two truckloads of donations were dropped off earlier in the week, so their help was much needed and appriciated.

The Under the Sea Camp continued with hermit crab and craw daddy races, and rehearsals for the much anticipated play tomorrow. Can’t wait to see the final product! Once again after camp the crew headed over to help at the Itmann Food Bank.

We are being treated tonight with a Peruvian dinner…can’t wait to taste the scrumptious feast.

Jul 30

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

Volunteering helps one shed their own self and become a better person. This was last night’s reflection topic. After listening to a song and reading, volunteers were asked to share the traditional PV New and Good.

We only have four sites today, but a few big ones and with the rain all day it was a bit challenging. We continued with the plumbing and flooring outside of Matheny. The flooring continues to be a bit of a challenge. The home owner already had the flooring, but needs help putting it down. It is like a big, frustrating puzzle!

We also continued with the impromptu porch that we started yesterday. This site had two rain delays during the course of the day.

We started a new site a long way off our on Bud Mountain. This site had a little bit of everything going on. There was roofing, guttering, drywalling and windows.

And finally, we continued with the Under the Sea Camp. The kids are having a fabulous time. PVs remarked that this was the best day of the camp so far. Most of the camp crew headed over to the Food Bank to help organize in the afternoon.

This evening we had a few special visitors for dinner. A PV who last volunteered in 1996 who has since moved to NC brought up his wife and four of his kids to bring donations and share in dinner. For you old time, Preston County PVs, you might remember Fabio.

Speaking of dinner, tonight’s dinner has been kept closely under wraps, to the point that no one, including the directors!, were allowed in the kitchen during prep time. When 6:00 rolled around, it was revealed that we were having a Jewish meal, complete with matzo ball soup, a first for many PVs. This is one of the many things I love most about this program. People are able to bring things from their own culture and life and share them with the community!

Jul 30

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

Volunteering helps one shed their own self and become a better person. This was last night’s reflection topic. After listening to a song and reading, volunteers were asked to share the traditional PV New and Good.

We only have four sites today, but a few big ones and with the rain all day it was a bit challenging. We continued with the plumbing and flooring outside of Matheny. The flooring continues to be a bit of a challenge. The home owner already had the flooring, but needs help putting it down. It is like a big, frustrating puzzle!

We also continued with the impromptu porch that we started yesterday. This site had two rain delays during the course of the day.

We started a new site a long way off our on Bud Mountain. This site had a little bit of everything going on. There was roofing, guttering, drywalling and windows.

And finally, we continued with the Under the Sea Camp. The kids are having a fabulous time. PVs remarked that this was the best day of the camp so far. Most of the camp crew headed over to the Food Bank to help organize in the afternoon.

This evening we had a few special visitors for dinner. A PV who last volunteered in 1996 who has since moved to NC brought up his wife and four of his kids to bring donations and share in dinner. For you old time, Preston County PVs, you might remember Fabio.

Speaking of dinner, tonight’s dinner has been kept closely under wraps, to the point that no one, including the directors!, were allowed in the kitchen during prep time. When 6:00 rolled around, it was revealed that we were having a Jewish meal, complete with matzo ball soup, a first for many PVs. This is one of the many things I love most about this program. People are able to bring things from their own culture and life and share them with the community!

Jul 30

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

Volunteering helps one shed their own self and become a better person. This was last night’s reflection topic. After listening to a song and reading, volunteers were asked to share the traditional PV New and Good.

We only have four sites today, but a few big ones and with the rain all day it was a bit challenging. We continued with the plumbing and flooring outside of Matheny. The flooring continues to be a bit of a challenge. The home owner already had the flooring, but needs help putting it down. It is like a big, frustrating puzzle!

We also continued with the impromptu porch that we started yesterday. This site had two rain delays during the course of the day.

We started a new site a long way off our on Bud Mountain. This site had a little bit of everything going on. There was roofing, guttering, drywalling and windows.

And finally, we continued with the Under the Sea Camp. The kids are having a fabulous time. PVs remarked that this was the best day of the camp so far. Most of the camp crew headed over to the Food Bank to help organize in the afternoon.

This evening we had a few special visitors for dinner. A PV who last volunteered in 1996 who has since moved to NC brought up his wife and four of his kids to bring donations and share in dinner. For you old time, Preston County PVs, you might remember Fabio.

Speaking of dinner, tonight’s dinner has been kept closely under wraps, to the point that no one, including the directors!, were allowed in the kitchen during prep time. When 6:00 rolled around, it was revealed that we were having a Jewish meal, complete with matzo ball soup, a first for many PVs. This is one of the many things I love most about this program. People are able to bring things from their own culture and life and share them with the community!

Jul 28

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Gandhi

Time, it binds our life so many times, but last night we reflected on when time has stood still for us while here in West Virginia. It was wonderful to hear each volunteers moments.

Craft camp continued today with a group of special guest speakers from UGWA, to talk to the kids about water and all the life within it. We gained a few kids and as usual a wonderful time was had by all. After camp a small group of PVs stayed back for an afternoon tutoring session.

Volunteers finished up the underpinning out in Allen Junction. We have been working at this site on and off for over 4 weeks, so it is good to be “officially” finished. Volunteer also finished up out in Kopperston installing windows and painting the outside.

A roofing crew went out to Simon and finished up their site from yesterday, a site which also as been going on, on and off for 3 weeks. When finished they joined a crew in Matheny and started the roof their. The rest of the group worked on plumbing and the floor was worked on by part of the camp crew in the afternoon.

A crew also headed out to work on a ramp, but made a last minute switch to a small porch. The flexibility of volunteers is always appreciated.

Tonight for dinner we were treated to a wonderful Mexican themed food with tacos and fajitas for all!!!

Jul 28

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Gandhi

Time, it binds our life so many times, but last night we reflected on when time has stood still for us while here in West Virginia. It was wonderful to hear each volunteers moments.

Craft camp continued today with a group of special guest speakers from UGWA, to talk to the kids about water and all the life within it. We gained a few kids and as usual a wonderful time was had by all. After camp a small group of PVs stayed back for an afternoon tutoring session.

Volunteers finished up the underpinning out in Allen Junction. We have been working at this site on and off for over 4 weeks, so it is good to be “officially” finished. Volunteer also finished up out in Kopperston installing windows and painting the outside.

A roofing crew went out to Simon and finished up their site from yesterday, a site which also as been going on, on and off for 3 weeks. When finished they joined a crew in Matheny and started the roof their. The rest of the group worked on plumbing and the floor was worked on by part of the camp crew in the afternoon.

A crew also headed out to work on a ramp, but made a last minute switch to a small porch. The flexibility of volunteers is always appreciated.

Tonight for dinner we were treated to a wonderful Mexican themed food with tacos and fajitas for all!!!

Jul 28

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Mahatma Gandhi

Time, it binds our life so many times, but last night we reflected on when time has stood still for us while here in West Virginia. It was wonderful to hear each volunteers moments.

Craft camp continued today with a group of special guest speakers from UGWA, to talk to the kids about water and all the life within it. We gained a few kids and as usual a wonderful time was had by all. After camp a small group of PVs stayed back for an afternoon tutoring session.

Volunteers finished up the underpinning out in Allen Junction. We have been working at this site on and off for over 4 weeks, so it is good to be “officially” finished. Volunteer also finished up out in Kopperston installing windows and painting the outside.

A roofing crew went out to Simon and finished up their site from yesterday, a site which also as been going on, on and off for 3 weeks. When finished they joined a crew in Matheny and started the roof their. The rest of the group worked on plumbing and the floor was worked on by part of the camp crew in the afternoon.

A crew also headed out to work on a ramp, but made a last minute switch to a small porch. The flexibility of volunteers is always appreciated.

Tonight for dinner we were treated to a wonderful Mexican themed food with tacos and fajitas for all!!!

Jul 28

Pictures from Week 5


Basketball Camp completed another successful summer. The kids had fun, the PVs had fun and the community had fun.


What would a trip to Wyoming County be without a trip to Dairy Queen


PVs spent time painting the floor at the Itmann Food Bank to try and get it back and ready for business after the fire last spring.


While we were hanging out behind the school, there was a rustle in the bushes which turned out to be an owl.


S’more night, yum yum!