Jul 11

Pictures from Week 3 (7/4-7/11)


A PV reads with a participant of the tutoring program for kids from Glen Fork Grade School


The PV jobsite board from Friday


An impromptu coffee house sing along one night in the community room. We had one talented musical group this week!


Celebrating a birthday with one of the tutoring students. The PVs were very creative in having the kids make the pudding and working on their fractions at the same time!


Week 3’s group shot…look at all those smiling faces!


For Friday evening’s reflection we all headed outside for a reflection on our sense experiences from the day


PVs hard at work organizing St.Vincent DePaul, an ongoing job all throughout the summer. One PV said it was a “extreme makeover edition” of the warehouse.


This site had many different jobs going on at the same time, with the family working right alongside the PVs


A PV and friend share stories while painting a door.


Two of our smaller PVs became experts at stapling insulation under a newly built addition


There was a lot of game playing this week….dominoes anyone?


Banana-grams has been very popular all summer. PVs have quite an impressive vocabulary!


Keeping up with tradition, this talented home repair crew sung their report back to the group during jobsites. There must be video of this somewhere….anyone, anyone???


Two of our favorite PV meal preparers making homemade manicotti. We really suffer down here with bad food :o)


We kicked off the week with our traditional, non-competitive kickball game. Of course it ended in a tie!

Jul 11

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, last nights dinner of Mac and Cheese, topped of with scrumptious dessert was quite tasty. After we headed outside for a beautiful reflection on our senses. We had been asked to pay special attention yesterday to what we saw, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. It really made us all aware of everything going on around us.

Being a Friday night, we gathered in the gym for the traditional weekly group picture. (Thanks Bruce for helping me out with all the pictures!). Another tradition with the younger pvs also occurred with many pulling an all-nighter.

This morning saw the departure of 7 PVs heading to Florida and New Jersey…always a sad time to say goodbye.

This being a free day for volunteers, there isn’t much to tell. I could tell you that many took advantage of catching up on some much needed sleep, others heading in to Beckley for a Gabes run and to watch a movie.

We are awaiting the arrival of 10 PVs this evening, so our community will be pretty much the same size this week as last. I will try and post a few pictures later tonight that highlight the past weeks activities.

Thanks all who are following and commenting on the blog. We are glad to have everyone along for the journey!!!!

Peace

Jul 11

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, last nights dinner of Mac and Cheese, topped of with scrumptious dessert was quite tasty. After we headed outside for a beautiful reflection on our senses. We had been asked to pay special attention yesterday to what we saw, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. It really made us all aware of everything going on around us.

Being a Friday night, we gathered in the gym for the traditional weekly group picture. (Thanks Bruce for helping me out with all the pictures!). Another tradition with the younger pvs also occurred with many pulling an all-nighter.

This morning saw the departure of 7 PVs heading to Florida and New Jersey…always a sad time to say goodbye.

This being a free day for volunteers, there isn’t much to tell. I could tell you that many took advantage of catching up on some much needed sleep, others heading in to Beckley for a Gabes run and to watch a movie.

We are awaiting the arrival of 10 PVs this evening, so our community will be pretty much the same size this week as last. I will try and post a few pictures later tonight that highlight the past weeks activities.

Thanks all who are following and commenting on the blog. We are glad to have everyone along for the journey!!!!

Peace

Jul 11

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Well, last nights dinner of Mac and Cheese, topped of with scrumptious dessert was quite tasty. After we headed outside for a beautiful reflection on our senses. We had been asked to pay special attention yesterday to what we saw, heard, smelled, tasted and touched. It really made us all aware of everything going on around us.

Being a Friday night, we gathered in the gym for the traditional weekly group picture. (Thanks Bruce for helping me out with all the pictures!). Another tradition with the younger pvs also occurred with many pulling an all-nighter.

This morning saw the departure of 7 PVs heading to Florida and New Jersey…always a sad time to say goodbye.

This being a free day for volunteers, there isn’t much to tell. I could tell you that many took advantage of catching up on some much needed sleep, others heading in to Beckley for a Gabes run and to watch a movie.

We are awaiting the arrival of 10 PVs this evening, so our community will be pretty much the same size this week as last. I will try and post a few pictures later tonight that highlight the past weeks activities.

Thanks all who are following and commenting on the blog. We are glad to have everyone along for the journey!!!!

Peace

Jul 10

Friday, July 10, 2009

Last night’s dinner was delish, very tasty!! After, we gathered for jobsites and a wonderful reflection on service as solace. It was great to about the many things the PVs are involved with back home.

Being that it was Friday, there were no home repair projects going on. As usual we started our Friday with our weekly cleaning of the school. I have to say I always love Friday afternoons when everything is sparkly clean! After “chores” were done, volunteers spent time tutoring, organizing at St. Vincent DePaul, Mullens Manor, delivering recycling to Beckley and most importantly visiting with friends. Unfortunately we had to cancel our work with UGWA plantings due to the heavy rains last night.

On the menu for tonight (well actually right now) is Mac and Cheese. Yum Yum…

Jul 10

Friday, July 10, 2009

Last night’s dinner was delish, very tasty!! After, we gathered for jobsites and a wonderful reflection on service as solace. It was great to about the many things the PVs are involved with back home.

Being that it was Friday, there were no home repair projects going on. As usual we started our Friday with our weekly cleaning of the school. I have to say I always love Friday afternoons when everything is sparkly clean! After “chores” were done, volunteers spent time tutoring, organizing at St. Vincent DePaul, Mullens Manor, delivering recycling to Beckley and most importantly visiting with friends. Unfortunately we had to cancel our work with UGWA plantings due to the heavy rains last night.

On the menu for tonight (well actually right now) is Mac and Cheese. Yum Yum…

Jul 10

Friday, July 10, 2009

Last night’s dinner was delish, very tasty!! After, we gathered for jobsites and a wonderful reflection on service as solace. It was great to about the many things the PVs are involved with back home.

Being that it was Friday, there were no home repair projects going on. As usual we started our Friday with our weekly cleaning of the school. I have to say I always love Friday afternoons when everything is sparkly clean! After “chores” were done, volunteers spent time tutoring, organizing at St. Vincent DePaul, Mullens Manor, delivering recycling to Beckley and most importantly visiting with friends. Unfortunately we had to cancel our work with UGWA plantings due to the heavy rains last night.

On the menu for tonight (well actually right now) is Mac and Cheese. Yum Yum…

Jul 09

Thursday, July 9th

We are actually writing our first days blog! Last night we had a wonderful reflection on our goals and struggles symbolized by a mountain. In the evening we had an impromptu singing around the campfire (minus the campfire) with three guitars and lots of singers. We will try and post pictures and video later.

Today we finished up the painting/plumbing site on top of Hernden Mountain that we started on the first day of the program. Lots of hard work and love went into making this house even better. I think the volunteers will miss playing with the puppies!

We also continued work on a house we started at the beginning of the week, working along site a couple who is trying to get custody of their grandchildren. They had already started the two additions that were needed and just needed a helping hand to finish them off. We had a wonderful week working on this house and look forward to finishing it off next week.

Finishing touches were done at two sites we worked on yesterday, a porch roof in Long Branch and loading up the last few bags of debris from a recently demolished trailer in Lilydale. The latter is now ready for a new trailer to be brought in!!!

A new site today was a house in Pineville that need a new porch roof and floor. As per PV experience, the project ended up being much larger than we initially thought. Lots of progress was made and we will head back on Monday.

The final crew, based at the school, had lots of small, but important projects. They were able to paint in the school as asked by the Principal and do some prep work (moving the field and assembling the goals) for the soccer camp that begins on Monday. Also as per PV experience, as soon as 3/4 of the field was mowed a gentleman with a riding lawn mower pulled up to mow all the grounds!

Just as crews returned back to the school we had a torrential downpour that is continuing as we speak. It is suppose to be a fast moving storm, so no threat of flooding, thank goodness.

We are getting ready to feast on a yummy dinner of homemade pizzas.. yum, yum!!!

Until tomorrow….

Jul 09

Thursday, July 9th

We are actually writing our first days blog! Last night we had a wonderful reflection on our goals and struggles symbolized by a mountain. In the evening we had an impromptu singing around the campfire (minus the campfire) with three guitars and lots of singers. We will try and post pictures and video later.

Today we finished up the painting/plumbing site on top of Hernden Mountain that we started on the first day of the program. Lots of hard work and love went into making this house even better. I think the volunteers will miss playing with the puppies!

We also continued work on a house we started at the beginning of the week, working along site a couple who is trying to get custody of their grandchildren. They had already started the two additions that were needed and just needed a helping hand to finish them off. We had a wonderful week working on this house and look forward to finishing it off next week.

Finishing touches were done at two sites we worked on yesterday, a porch roof in Long Branch and loading up the last few bags of debris from a recently demolished trailer in Lilydale. The latter is now ready for a new trailer to be brought in!!!

A new site today was a house in Pineville that need a new porch roof and floor. As per PV experience, the project ended up being much larger than we initially thought. Lots of progress was made and we will head back on Monday.

The final crew, based at the school, had lots of small, but important projects. They were able to paint in the school as asked by the Principal and do some prep work (moving the field and assembling the goals) for the soccer camp that begins on Monday. Also as per PV experience, as soon as 3/4 of the field was mowed a gentleman with a riding lawn mower pulled up to mow all the grounds!

Just as crews returned back to the school we had a torrential downpour that is continuing as we speak. It is suppose to be a fast moving storm, so no threat of flooding, thank goodness.

We are getting ready to feast on a yummy dinner of homemade pizzas.. yum, yum!!!

Until tomorrow….

Jul 09

Thursday, July 9th

We are actually writing our first days blog! Last night we had a wonderful reflection on our goals and struggles symbolized by a mountain. In the evening we had an impromptu singing around the campfire (minus the campfire) with three guitars and lots of singers. We will try and post pictures and video later.

Today we finished up the painting/plumbing site on top of Hernden Mountain that we started on the first day of the program. Lots of hard work and love went into making this house even better. I think the volunteers will miss playing with the puppies!

We also continued work on a house we started at the beginning of the week, working along site a couple who is trying to get custody of their grandchildren. They had already started the two additions that were needed and just needed a helping hand to finish them off. We had a wonderful week working on this house and look forward to finishing it off next week.

Finishing touches were done at two sites we worked on yesterday, a porch roof in Long Branch and loading up the last few bags of debris from a recently demolished trailer in Lilydale. The latter is now ready for a new trailer to be brought in!!!

A new site today was a house in Pineville that need a new porch roof and floor. As per PV experience, the project ended up being much larger than we initially thought. Lots of progress was made and we will head back on Monday.

The final crew, based at the school, had lots of small, but important projects. They were able to paint in the school as asked by the Principal and do some prep work (moving the field and assembling the goals) for the soccer camp that begins on Monday. Also as per PV experience, as soon as 3/4 of the field was mowed a gentleman with a riding lawn mower pulled up to mow all the grounds!

Just as crews returned back to the school we had a torrential downpour that is continuing as we speak. It is suppose to be a fast moving storm, so no threat of flooding, thank goodness.

We are getting ready to feast on a yummy dinner of homemade pizzas.. yum, yum!!!

Until tomorrow….