Jul 20

Monday, July 20, 2009

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

Douglas Adams

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. Early Saturday morning we headed up to Reading, PA for Patrick and Katie’s wedding. I will try and post a few pictures tomorrow. We got home late yesterday afternoon and are still trying to play catch up with everything.

Today’s sites were spread out across the whole county. We continued working in Simon and Lynco, and started working out in Stevenson and in Mullens. All these sites will be continuing into tomorrow. I’ll give more detailed info on the work tomorrow.

We also started the Pineville Basketball Camp today. Just like soccer camp, the numbers are already at record levels. There were 23 kids at the morning session and 10 at the afternoon session. We are looking forward to another great week with Coach D!

Sorry for the short update, but tomorrow I am going to spend some time uploading pictures from last week.

Jul 20

Monday, July 20, 2009

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

Douglas Adams

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. Early Saturday morning we headed up to Reading, PA for Patrick and Katie’s wedding. I will try and post a few pictures tomorrow. We got home late yesterday afternoon and are still trying to play catch up with everything.

Today’s sites were spread out across the whole county. We continued working in Simon and Lynco, and started working out in Stevenson and in Mullens. All these sites will be continuing into tomorrow. I’ll give more detailed info on the work tomorrow.

We also started the Pineville Basketball Camp today. Just like soccer camp, the numbers are already at record levels. There were 23 kids at the morning session and 10 at the afternoon session. We are looking forward to another great week with Coach D!

Sorry for the short update, but tomorrow I am going to spend some time uploading pictures from last week.

Jul 20

Monday, July 20, 2009

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.

Douglas Adams

Sorry for the lack of posts the last few days. Early Saturday morning we headed up to Reading, PA for Patrick and Katie’s wedding. I will try and post a few pictures tomorrow. We got home late yesterday afternoon and are still trying to play catch up with everything.

Today’s sites were spread out across the whole county. We continued working in Simon and Lynco, and started working out in Stevenson and in Mullens. All these sites will be continuing into tomorrow. I’ll give more detailed info on the work tomorrow.

We also started the Pineville Basketball Camp today. Just like soccer camp, the numbers are already at record levels. There were 23 kids at the morning session and 10 at the afternoon session. We are looking forward to another great week with Coach D!

Sorry for the short update, but tomorrow I am going to spend some time uploading pictures from last week.

Jul 17

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profundity.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao-Tse

Last night we were inspired by a reflection led by two of our younger volunteers. We were asked to reflect on what in our life that we could not live without. It was really a thought provoking question and gave a lot of insight as to what we really needed to be thankful for.

As always, today was a home repair free day. It actually ended up being a very busy day. It was distribution day at the food bank which is always a volunteer favorite followed by Mullens Manor. There ended up being 13 residents playing banana bingo, a record for the summer!

It was also the last day of soccer camp, which unfortunately because of rain, became an indoor soccer camp. The kids still seemed to have a lot of fun and it actually tested their ball control with the fast moving surface. At the end of camp all the kids received a camp t-shirt and a certificate.

Volunteers also attended a cookout that we were invited to by a family whose house we worked on a lot over the last two weeks. They wanted to thank all the volunteers for all the hard work which they said would have taken them until Thanksgiving to do.

We also had volunteers help transport a lumber donation to St. Vincent DePaul and go on visits to see friends.

All in all it was a fabulous day. The rain is coming down really hard right now, so our soup and grilled cheese sandwich dinner is going to really hit the spot.

Jul 17

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profundity.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao-Tse

Last night we were inspired by a reflection led by two of our younger volunteers. We were asked to reflect on what in our life that we could not live without. It was really a thought provoking question and gave a lot of insight as to what we really needed to be thankful for.

As always, today was a home repair free day. It actually ended up being a very busy day. It was distribution day at the food bank which is always a volunteer favorite followed by Mullens Manor. There ended up being 13 residents playing banana bingo, a record for the summer!

It was also the last day of soccer camp, which unfortunately because of rain, became an indoor soccer camp. The kids still seemed to have a lot of fun and it actually tested their ball control with the fast moving surface. At the end of camp all the kids received a camp t-shirt and a certificate.

Volunteers also attended a cookout that we were invited to by a family whose house we worked on a lot over the last two weeks. They wanted to thank all the volunteers for all the hard work which they said would have taken them until Thanksgiving to do.

We also had volunteers help transport a lumber donation to St. Vincent DePaul and go on visits to see friends.

All in all it was a fabulous day. The rain is coming down really hard right now, so our soup and grilled cheese sandwich dinner is going to really hit the spot.

Jul 17

Friday, July 17, 2009

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profundity.
Kindness in giving creates love.

Lao-Tse

Last night we were inspired by a reflection led by two of our younger volunteers. We were asked to reflect on what in our life that we could not live without. It was really a thought provoking question and gave a lot of insight as to what we really needed to be thankful for.

As always, today was a home repair free day. It actually ended up being a very busy day. It was distribution day at the food bank which is always a volunteer favorite followed by Mullens Manor. There ended up being 13 residents playing banana bingo, a record for the summer!

It was also the last day of soccer camp, which unfortunately because of rain, became an indoor soccer camp. The kids still seemed to have a lot of fun and it actually tested their ball control with the fast moving surface. At the end of camp all the kids received a camp t-shirt and a certificate.

Volunteers also attended a cookout that we were invited to by a family whose house we worked on a lot over the last two weeks. They wanted to thank all the volunteers for all the hard work which they said would have taken them until Thanksgiving to do.

We also had volunteers help transport a lumber donation to St. Vincent DePaul and go on visits to see friends.

All in all it was a fabulous day. The rain is coming down really hard right now, so our soup and grilled cheese sandwich dinner is going to really hit the spot.

Jul 16

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

Dalai Lama

Last evening for reflection we made a PV shuffle on our I-PV (you know like an i-pod). We were asked to think of a song, or the more creative made up their own song title, that reflected our day and why. We went around the room, shared and created our own soundtrack for the day. The creativity among the PVs always astounds me!

Since we finished up so many sites yesterday, we needed to start two new sites. One was in Lilydale for a family that needs several things done throughout the house. Today’s crew replaced part of the kitchen floor and put a new roof on part of the house. We will be heading back again on Monday, but a lot was accomplished today. We also started a half day site for the soccer camp people for the afternoon. The project, rebuilding a set of steps, was simple and was accompolished in record time.

Work was continued on the site out in Simon. Tile was put down in the kitchen, a new counter top and sink were installed, as well as a new front door. Work also continued and was completed out in Long Branch at the site where we were dry walling and painting. Volunteers were told by the home owner that they would move the kids back into their bedroom tonight. All the volunteers who worked here should be proud!

And last but not least, soccer camp continued. Today we were welcomed by a newly mowed field. There is something so nice about playing soccer on freshly mowed grass. All and all it was a good day, but the kids were definetly a little more of a challenge today. We are looking forward to finishing up with a bang tomorrow.

I’m almost late for dinner….we are having ham for the meat eaters and veggie tofu stir fry for the vegetarians.

Jul 16

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

Dalai Lama

Last evening for reflection we made a PV shuffle on our I-PV (you know like an i-pod). We were asked to think of a song, or the more creative made up their own song title, that reflected our day and why. We went around the room, shared and created our own soundtrack for the day. The creativity among the PVs always astounds me!

Since we finished up so many sites yesterday, we needed to start two new sites. One was in Lilydale for a family that needs several things done throughout the house. Today’s crew replaced part of the kitchen floor and put a new roof on part of the house. We will be heading back again on Monday, but a lot was accomplished today. We also started a half day site for the soccer camp people for the afternoon. The project, rebuilding a set of steps, was simple and was accompolished in record time.

Work was continued on the site out in Simon. Tile was put down in the kitchen, a new counter top and sink were installed, as well as a new front door. Work also continued and was completed out in Long Branch at the site where we were dry walling and painting. Volunteers were told by the home owner that they would move the kids back into their bedroom tonight. All the volunteers who worked here should be proud!

And last but not least, soccer camp continued. Today we were welcomed by a newly mowed field. There is something so nice about playing soccer on freshly mowed grass. All and all it was a good day, but the kids were definetly a little more of a challenge today. We are looking forward to finishing up with a bang tomorrow.

I’m almost late for dinner….we are having ham for the meat eaters and veggie tofu stir fry for the vegetarians.

Jul 16

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.

Dalai Lama

Last evening for reflection we made a PV shuffle on our I-PV (you know like an i-pod). We were asked to think of a song, or the more creative made up their own song title, that reflected our day and why. We went around the room, shared and created our own soundtrack for the day. The creativity among the PVs always astounds me!

Since we finished up so many sites yesterday, we needed to start two new sites. One was in Lilydale for a family that needs several things done throughout the house. Today’s crew replaced part of the kitchen floor and put a new roof on part of the house. We will be heading back again on Monday, but a lot was accomplished today. We also started a half day site for the soccer camp people for the afternoon. The project, rebuilding a set of steps, was simple and was accompolished in record time.

Work was continued on the site out in Simon. Tile was put down in the kitchen, a new counter top and sink were installed, as well as a new front door. Work also continued and was completed out in Long Branch at the site where we were dry walling and painting. Volunteers were told by the home owner that they would move the kids back into their bedroom tonight. All the volunteers who worked here should be proud!

And last but not least, soccer camp continued. Today we were welcomed by a newly mowed field. There is something so nice about playing soccer on freshly mowed grass. All and all it was a good day, but the kids were definetly a little more of a challenge today. We are looking forward to finishing up with a bang tomorrow.

I’m almost late for dinner….we are having ham for the meat eaters and veggie tofu stir fry for the vegetarians.

Jul 15

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there’s a dream, there is a hope, and as long as there is hope, there is a joy in living.

Anonymous

Last night for reflection we were asked to reflect on hands and everything we do with them each day. We went around the room and shared how we used our hands during the day. People shared how they hammered, painted, held the hand of a child, petted a beloved family dog and hugged someone goodbye.

This morning started off great as we were greeted by homemade zucchini muffins baked with love the evening before by our cook. Then it was off to sites….

Much to our amazement, volunteers started and finished a Ondura roof in Lilydale in 1 day! This even included a short delay because of rain. Volunteers also continued worked on the floors and hauling trash out in Simon and well as the mudding, sanding and painting out in Long Branch.

Soccer camp continued with a full house and lots of fun! We were even greeted with a nice 1/2 hour downpour. There is nothing like soccer in the rain, the kids (and the PVs) had a ball. After a quick lunch the soccer camp folks headed down the road to McGraws to install a new waterheater and patch a roof.

With the cooler weather and the rain, today is a perfect day for the chili that is being prepared for dinner…