Aug 03

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One of the highlights of Ocean Camp was the hermit crab races. Here two crabs warm up before the race.


The second day of camp, UGWA sent over a trio of VISTA volunteers to teach the kids about the water systems


The kids and volunteers created their own ocean themed shirts that they wore for Friday’s performance.


Volunteers enjoyed a rope swing over the creek behind the school. Don’t be alarmed, everyone wore a safety harness


The official week 6 group shot

Aug 03

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One of the highlights of Ocean Camp was the hermit crab races. Here two crabs warm up before the race.


The second day of camp, UGWA sent over a trio of VISTA volunteers to teach the kids about the water systems


The kids and volunteers created their own ocean themed shirts that they wore for Friday’s performance.


Volunteers enjoyed a rope swing over the creek behind the school. Don’t be alarmed, everyone wore a safety harness


The official week 6 group shot

Jul 31

Friday, July 31, 2009

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

Before reflection we had the leader of Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association talk to us about the problems with the creeks, streams and rivers and ways they are going about trying to change them. That was followed by job sites and then a reflection on a different way of looking at the Eucharistic.

This non-repair day was full of lots of wonderful activities. The camp came to a successful end with their presentation of several songs and skits. It was recorded, so hopefully we will be able to link a version to the blog.

After camp four of the kids stayed for another tutoring session. Today they were treated to a special game, a pinata with candy AND math problems.

Volunteers also kept busy during the day making runs to the dump, organizing St. Vincent DePaul and creating a making a few bed frames for the house in Pineville.

At the end of the day, several volunteers converged on Mullens Manor for a rousing game of banana bingo.

Tonights dinner is a scrumptious chili cornbread caserole. Yummy!!!

Jul 31

Friday, July 31, 2009

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

Before reflection we had the leader of Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association talk to us about the problems with the creeks, streams and rivers and ways they are going about trying to change them. That was followed by job sites and then a reflection on a different way of looking at the Eucharistic.

This non-repair day was full of lots of wonderful activities. The camp came to a successful end with their presentation of several songs and skits. It was recorded, so hopefully we will be able to link a version to the blog.

After camp four of the kids stayed for another tutoring session. Today they were treated to a special game, a pinata with candy AND math problems.

Volunteers also kept busy during the day making runs to the dump, organizing St. Vincent DePaul and creating a making a few bed frames for the house in Pineville.

At the end of the day, several volunteers converged on Mullens Manor for a rousing game of banana bingo.

Tonights dinner is a scrumptious chili cornbread caserole. Yummy!!!

Jul 31

Friday, July 31, 2009

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

Henry David Thoreau

Before reflection we had the leader of Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association talk to us about the problems with the creeks, streams and rivers and ways they are going about trying to change them. That was followed by job sites and then a reflection on a different way of looking at the Eucharistic.

This non-repair day was full of lots of wonderful activities. The camp came to a successful end with their presentation of several songs and skits. It was recorded, so hopefully we will be able to link a version to the blog.

After camp four of the kids stayed for another tutoring session. Today they were treated to a special game, a pinata with candy AND math problems.

Volunteers also kept busy during the day making runs to the dump, organizing St. Vincent DePaul and creating a making a few bed frames for the house in Pineville.

At the end of the day, several volunteers converged on Mullens Manor for a rousing game of banana bingo.

Tonights dinner is a scrumptious chili cornbread caserole. Yummy!!!

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!