Aug 18

Tuesday, August 18, 2209

Day One of Peace Camp

Today kicked off the first day of Peace Camp. This summer’s theme is “Peace through the Arts.” Each day the kids will learn about at a different art form and how it impacts their lives. Today the groups did an introduction to what the arts are, set up their classroom rules and created their own name tags that they will use for the duration of the camp. The kids (and volunteers!) really persevered through the heat and had a good time.

Tonight for dinner we had a PV staple; spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Yum, yum!

Reflection tonight focused on the idea of Peace, how it is not only the absence of war, but is so many other things. It tied in well with the camp and gave us simple things that we can each do.

Aug 18

Tuesday, August 18, 2209

Day One of Peace Camp

Today kicked off the first day of Peace Camp. This summer’s theme is “Peace through the Arts.” Each day the kids will learn about at a different art form and how it impacts their lives. Today the groups did an introduction to what the arts are, set up their classroom rules and created their own name tags that they will use for the duration of the camp. The kids (and volunteers!) really persevered through the heat and had a good time.

Tonight for dinner we had a PV staple; spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Yum, yum!

Reflection tonight focused on the idea of Peace, how it is not only the absence of war, but is so many other things. It tied in well with the camp and gave us simple things that we can each do.

Aug 18

Tuesday, August 18, 2209

Day One of Peace Camp

Today kicked off the first day of Peace Camp. This summer’s theme is “Peace through the Arts.” Each day the kids will learn about at a different art form and how it impacts their lives. Today the groups did an introduction to what the arts are, set up their classroom rules and created their own name tags that they will use for the duration of the camp. The kids (and volunteers!) really persevered through the heat and had a good time.

Tonight for dinner we had a PV staple; spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. Yum, yum!

Reflection tonight focused on the idea of Peace, how it is not only the absence of war, but is so many other things. It tied in well with the camp and gave us simple things that we can each do.

Aug 18

Bed-Stuy Begins…

Monday, August 17, 2009

Today marks the arrival of volunteers for our 12th Annual Summer Peace Camp in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. The best word to describe today is HOT!!! New York is enjoying is first hot weather of the summer just in time for our arrival. For all of you who enjoy the coolness and comfortableness of our air conditioned home in Glen Fork Grade School, the living in Bed-Stuy is quite a bit different. We stay is a three story tenanement building with no air conditioning and very little circulation. Lets just say it is quite toasty!

We kicked of the summer program today with an orientation to the area and to the camp. After talking about plans for the first day of the camp, we moved upstairs for the commissioning service. Everyone called it an early night to rest up for the first day of camp. Wish us luck!

Aug 18

Bed-Stuy Begins…

Monday, August 17, 2009

Today marks the arrival of volunteers for our 12th Annual Summer Peace Camp in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. The best word to describe today is HOT!!! New York is enjoying is first hot weather of the summer just in time for our arrival. For all of you who enjoy the coolness and comfortableness of our air conditioned home in Glen Fork Grade School, the living in Bed-Stuy is quite a bit different. We stay is a three story tenanement building with no air conditioning and very little circulation. Lets just say it is quite toasty!

We kicked of the summer program today with an orientation to the area and to the camp. After talking about plans for the first day of the camp, we moved upstairs for the commissioning service. Everyone called it an early night to rest up for the first day of camp. Wish us luck!

Aug 18

Bed-Stuy Begins…

Monday, August 17, 2009

Today marks the arrival of volunteers for our 12th Annual Summer Peace Camp in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, NY. The best word to describe today is HOT!!! New York is enjoying is first hot weather of the summer just in time for our arrival. For all of you who enjoy the coolness and comfortableness of our air conditioned home in Glen Fork Grade School, the living in Bed-Stuy is quite a bit different. We stay is a three story tenanement building with no air conditioning and very little circulation. Lets just say it is quite toasty!

We kicked of the summer program today with an orientation to the area and to the camp. After talking about plans for the first day of the camp, we moved upstairs for the commissioning service. Everyone called it an early night to rest up for the first day of camp. Wish us luck!

Aug 11

The final WV week’s pictures…


For community day, we hit the road and went to the New River Gorge. This is the suspension bridge over the gorge


A shot into the gorge. If you look really close you can see the rafters and kayakers.


The PV caravan going across the old bridge at the bottom of the gorge


PVs on a hike at the bottom of the gorge.


A beautiful waterfall that had plenty of water flowing thanks to the rains we have been having.


Back at work, the PVs finishing off a ramp that a St. Vincent DePaul group started the week before.


There is nothing like a lunch break in the back of a pickup truck.


The chop saw was this volunteer’s favorite tool


Putting in one of about 100 carriage bolts into this ramp


This finished project… a 90 foot ramp. What a beautiful job!


A familiar site for many volunteers…sorting and organizing at St. Vincent DePaul


What a beautiful job replacing this window. It was the first window by the volunteers who did the work.


Long arms come in handy when putting molding by the ceiling


The last day of another wonderful and successful summer of tutoring. In this picture are the two volunteers who ran the program and 3 of 4 of the students.


Cutting tile for Foxy Lady’s bathroom floor. Of course the tile she bought had to be red!


Installing a new bathroom sink


Cleaning and polishing the new red floor before the big reveal


Out berry picking by the horse show lot. The berries were used to make a yummy blackberry cobbler.


The final group of PVs. We were a small group, but a mighty one!


Friday night we ate our pizza outside


The prep for the scrap lumber bonfire on the last night. I will add pictures of the actual bonfire when I get them. (psst….for those of you who took pictures, could you email them to me? Thanks)

Aug 11

The final WV week’s pictures…


For community day, we hit the road and went to the New River Gorge. This is the suspension bridge over the gorge


A shot into the gorge. If you look really close you can see the rafters and kayakers.


The PV caravan going across the old bridge at the bottom of the gorge


PVs on a hike at the bottom of the gorge.


A beautiful waterfall that had plenty of water flowing thanks to the rains we have been having.


Back at work, the PVs finishing off a ramp that a St. Vincent DePaul group started the week before.


There is nothing like a lunch break in the back of a pickup truck.


The chop saw was this volunteer’s favorite tool


Putting in one of about 100 carriage bolts into this ramp


This finished project… a 90 foot ramp. What a beautiful job!


A familiar site for many volunteers…sorting and organizing at St. Vincent DePaul


What a beautiful job replacing this window. It was the first window by the volunteers who did the work.


Long arms come in handy when putting molding by the ceiling


The last day of another wonderful and successful summer of tutoring. In this picture are the two volunteers who ran the program and 3 of 4 of the students.


Cutting tile for Foxy Lady’s bathroom floor. Of course the tile she bought had to be red!


Installing a new bathroom sink


Cleaning and polishing the new red floor before the big reveal


Out berry picking by the horse show lot. The berries were used to make a yummy blackberry cobbler.


The final group of PVs. We were a small group, but a mighty one!


Friday night we ate our pizza outside


The prep for the scrap lumber bonfire on the last night. I will add pictures of the actual bonfire when I get them. (psst….for those of you who took pictures, could you email them to me? Thanks)

Aug 11

The final WV week’s pictures…


For community day, we hit the road and went to the New River Gorge. This is the suspension bridge over the gorge


A shot into the gorge. If you look really close you can see the rafters and kayakers.


The PV caravan going across the old bridge at the bottom of the gorge


PVs on a hike at the bottom of the gorge.


A beautiful waterfall that had plenty of water flowing thanks to the rains we have been having.


Back at work, the PVs finishing off a ramp that a St. Vincent DePaul group started the week before.


There is nothing like a lunch break in the back of a pickup truck.


The chop saw was this volunteer’s favorite tool


Putting in one of about 100 carriage bolts into this ramp


This finished project… a 90 foot ramp. What a beautiful job!


A familiar site for many volunteers…sorting and organizing at St. Vincent DePaul


What a beautiful job replacing this window. It was the first window by the volunteers who did the work.


Long arms come in handy when putting molding by the ceiling


The last day of another wonderful and successful summer of tutoring. In this picture are the two volunteers who ran the program and 3 of 4 of the students.


Cutting tile for Foxy Lady’s bathroom floor. Of course the tile she bought had to be red!


Installing a new bathroom sink


Cleaning and polishing the new red floor before the big reveal


Out berry picking by the horse show lot. The berries were used to make a yummy blackberry cobbler.


The final group of PVs. We were a small group, but a mighty one!


Friday night we ate our pizza outside


The prep for the scrap lumber bonfire on the last night. I will add pictures of the actual bonfire when I get them. (psst….for those of you who took pictures, could you email them to me? Thanks)

Aug 05

Friday, August 7, 2009

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice.

Spinoza

Friday was a busy day, hence the late posting. With great teamwork, we were able to move everything not in use and clean the school. It was really quite impressive how fast it got done. A group of volunteers even went to Mullens Manor one last time!

Since we couldn’t use anything in the school, we had Cowshed Pizza for dinner, yummy! A veggy tray was also put together to use up leftovers in the refrigerator. It was topped off by a very yummy blackberry cobbler made after a few volunteers went berry picking. What a talented bunch of PVs!!

The last evening of the Summer Program in WV concluded with a bonfire down by the creek behind the school. We burned lumber scraps (untreated of course!) as the official closing of the program. It was really quite moving as the last lumber scraps were put into the fire one by one by each volunteer. We all stood in a circle and watched as the wood burned and turned into embers and eventually went out.

In all ending are the seeds of new beginnings

Passionist Volunteer Goal Statement

Stay tuned for the last week’s pictures as well as daily reports from Bedford Stuyvesant.