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!!!

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!!!

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!!!

Jul 22

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time; at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.

Abraham Joshua Heschel

We are almost caught up on here. I hope you enjoyed the pictures from last week

Last night for reflection we reflected on ordinary miracles, much like how a kernel of corn yields so much more. Each person was given a kernel of corn and we went around the room and shared a new and good from the day and an ordinary miracle from the day. I think there will be many corn stalks growing across America from this reflection.

We finished the site in Lynco today, Yippeee!!! We started this site last Thursday, so it is good to put it into the finished file.

All the other sites continued and will continue into tomorrow. The PVs have done a tremendous job at each site and have enjoyed to get to know the home owners.

Basketball camp also continued today and continues to be fun for all, kids and PVs alike!

Dinner tonight was tacos for the meat eaters and Lebonese beans for the vegeterians. Yum yum.