Jul 27

Monday, July 27, 2009

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Blake

I am realizing that keeping up the blog over the weekends is a daunting task. I will try and put up pictures from last week tomorrow.

Saturday we said “goodbye” to 22 volunteers and “hello” to another 22. Rarely do we lose and gain the same amount, so that was a little unusual.

For community day we stayed close to home and played a “non competitive game of kickball.” Sunday was also our final orientation and commissioning of the summer. I really can’t believe how fast this summer is going. There are only two more weeks of the summer program!

Today we had a full slate of projects, we think possibly the biggest number of sites going on at the same time. Today saw the beginning of the Glen Fork Craft Camp. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea”, bringing the ocean and all its environs to the children of Glen Fork.

We also continued and finished site where last week we put on rubberized roofing, installed doors and replaced a ceiling. The group today finished up the sanding on the ceiling and painted.

We also went back to the site in Simon to this time work on the porch roofs. The volunteers were very close to finishing, with only a couple of hours needed tomorrow.

A small group also went up to work on the under pinning at the site in Allen Junction. Besides continuing on the underpinning, a couple of PVs jumped up on the roof and applied a new layer of fiber roof coating. Probably one more day on this site.

There were two new sites today. We installed a new water pump for a man in Jesse who has been without water since December. While a couple of volunteers were working on the pump, a whole crew of PVs worked out in the yard to help the homeowner clear some brush.

The other new site was a site in Kopperston where volunteers spent time replacing a few windows and painting the outside of the house. This site will continue for a couple of days.

It looks like for dinner tonight we will be having spaghetti and garlic bread. Yummy!

Jul 27

Monday, July 27, 2009

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Blake

I am realizing that keeping up the blog over the weekends is a daunting task. I will try and put up pictures from last week tomorrow.

Saturday we said “goodbye” to 22 volunteers and “hello” to another 22. Rarely do we lose and gain the same amount, so that was a little unusual.

For community day we stayed close to home and played a “non competitive game of kickball.” Sunday was also our final orientation and commissioning of the summer. I really can’t believe how fast this summer is going. There are only two more weeks of the summer program!

Today we had a full slate of projects, we think possibly the biggest number of sites going on at the same time. Today saw the beginning of the Glen Fork Craft Camp. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea”, bringing the ocean and all its environs to the children of Glen Fork.

We also continued and finished site where last week we put on rubberized roofing, installed doors and replaced a ceiling. The group today finished up the sanding on the ceiling and painted.

We also went back to the site in Simon to this time work on the porch roofs. The volunteers were very close to finishing, with only a couple of hours needed tomorrow.

A small group also went up to work on the under pinning at the site in Allen Junction. Besides continuing on the underpinning, a couple of PVs jumped up on the roof and applied a new layer of fiber roof coating. Probably one more day on this site.

There were two new sites today. We installed a new water pump for a man in Jesse who has been without water since December. While a couple of volunteers were working on the pump, a whole crew of PVs worked out in the yard to help the homeowner clear some brush.

The other new site was a site in Kopperston where volunteers spent time replacing a few windows and painting the outside of the house. This site will continue for a couple of days.

It looks like for dinner tonight we will be having spaghetti and garlic bread. Yummy!

Jul 27

Monday, July 27, 2009

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Edmund Blake

I am realizing that keeping up the blog over the weekends is a daunting task. I will try and put up pictures from last week tomorrow.

Saturday we said “goodbye” to 22 volunteers and “hello” to another 22. Rarely do we lose and gain the same amount, so that was a little unusual.

For community day we stayed close to home and played a “non competitive game of kickball.” Sunday was also our final orientation and commissioning of the summer. I really can’t believe how fast this summer is going. There are only two more weeks of the summer program!

Today we had a full slate of projects, we think possibly the biggest number of sites going on at the same time. Today saw the beginning of the Glen Fork Craft Camp. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea”, bringing the ocean and all its environs to the children of Glen Fork.

We also continued and finished site where last week we put on rubberized roofing, installed doors and replaced a ceiling. The group today finished up the sanding on the ceiling and painted.

We also went back to the site in Simon to this time work on the porch roofs. The volunteers were very close to finishing, with only a couple of hours needed tomorrow.

A small group also went up to work on the under pinning at the site in Allen Junction. Besides continuing on the underpinning, a couple of PVs jumped up on the roof and applied a new layer of fiber roof coating. Probably one more day on this site.

There were two new sites today. We installed a new water pump for a man in Jesse who has been without water since December. While a couple of volunteers were working on the pump, a whole crew of PVs worked out in the yard to help the homeowner clear some brush.

The other new site was a site in Kopperston where volunteers spent time replacing a few windows and painting the outside of the house. This site will continue for a couple of days.

It looks like for dinner tonight we will be having spaghetti and garlic bread. Yummy!

Jul 24

Friday, July 24, 2009

To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one’s own, is ever the beginning of one’s real ethical development.

Felix Adler

Friendship and community was the focus of our reflection last night. It was a really interactive reflection and very much a learning experience.

Today is our home repair free day, allowing PVs a chance to go out to a lot of different sites out in the community. Volunteers went to the Food Bank, Mullens Manor, St. Vincent DePaul, helped with tutoring, finished up the basketball camp and visited with old friends. As always, it was a fulfilling day for everyone.

Tonight we will say goodbye to a large group of the volunteers, 22 in all. It has been a beautiful week weatherwise and great week in PVland.

To top off our week, for dinner we will be feasting on some comfort food…”macaroni and cheese and weinies”. Yum yum.

Jul 24

Friday, July 24, 2009

To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one’s own, is ever the beginning of one’s real ethical development.

Felix Adler

Friendship and community was the focus of our reflection last night. It was a really interactive reflection and very much a learning experience.

Today is our home repair free day, allowing PVs a chance to go out to a lot of different sites out in the community. Volunteers went to the Food Bank, Mullens Manor, St. Vincent DePaul, helped with tutoring, finished up the basketball camp and visited with old friends. As always, it was a fulfilling day for everyone.

Tonight we will say goodbye to a large group of the volunteers, 22 in all. It has been a beautiful week weatherwise and great week in PVland.

To top off our week, for dinner we will be feasting on some comfort food…”macaroni and cheese and weinies”. Yum yum.

Jul 24

Friday, July 24, 2009

To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one’s own, is ever the beginning of one’s real ethical development.

Felix Adler

Friendship and community was the focus of our reflection last night. It was a really interactive reflection and very much a learning experience.

Today is our home repair free day, allowing PVs a chance to go out to a lot of different sites out in the community. Volunteers went to the Food Bank, Mullens Manor, St. Vincent DePaul, helped with tutoring, finished up the basketball camp and visited with old friends. As always, it was a fulfilling day for everyone.

Tonight we will say goodbye to a large group of the volunteers, 22 in all. It has been a beautiful week weatherwise and great week in PVland.

To top off our week, for dinner we will be feasting on some comfort food…”macaroni and cheese and weinies”. Yum yum.

Jul 23

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Last night we reflected on joy and happiness. After a short reading and song, we went around the circle and shared a person whom we’ve met that represents joy and happiness to us. As always, it is great to hear everything that everyone has to share.

Today’s sites went well again. In the morning it was quite cool and drizzly, but the weather held out so we were able to continue with all the projects as planned. A group continued work up in Stephenson at the beautiful site on top of a mountain. Besides the work being done there, volunteers spend plenty of time communing with nature and the animals, including three horses.

Volunteers also went back to a site in Pineville to try and solve a mysterious swamp that keeps appearing in this women’s backyard. Volunteers laid a drainage pipe to hopefully change the flow of water.

The PVs also went back up to the house that we worked at last week helping with the addition. Today volunteers began underpinning the house and added front steps. It continues to be a pleasure to work with the family.

Basketball camp was in its second to last day. The kids (and volunteers) are learning a lot of new basketball skills that will be put to the test on Friday!

Dinner tonight is a yummy mostacholi dish, garlic bread and caesar salad. We have been eating well all summer!!!