“Country roads, take me home, to the place, I belong West Virginia…” This John Denver song came on randomly today, just a few days from the start of the PV summer program in West Virginia. Whenever I hear it I am taken back to my first summer volunteering and the amazing life changing experience that I had and continue to have each time I return to the mountain state. So many volunteers over the years have talked about the special connection they feel to West Virginia, the people and the place, and their sense of belonging while they are volunteering.
This summer will be our 21st in Wyoming County, WV and 45th as a program. We are excited to tackle the home repair projects that we are given, meet the families we will be working with and the kids at Energy Express, work with St. Vincent DePaul and the Itmann Food Bank and spend time building and fostering community. There will be sweat and tears, tired bodies and lots of laughter. Each summer is rewarding, challenging and life affirming. Bring it on!!!!
We will be posting on the PV website and social media during the summer, so if you are unable to come and be a part of the hands on experience, you can still be a part of the whole PV experience. Any prayers and good wishes sent our way for a safe and fulfilling summer would be much appreciated.
Oh, and I encourage everyone to listen to Country Roads again and try not to get a little nostalgic : )