Aug 05

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.

Albert Einstein

Last night we reflected on the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken.” We talked about how coming to West Virginia, taking the road less traveled, has made all the difference.

Today was spent finishing up little jobs, an hour here and hour there. We also put quite a bit of a dent in moving the program’s stuff to the house. With all the hard work today, we won’t be cramming the day full tomorrow. Thanks to all the volunteers for all your hard work today!!!

Tonight for dinner we are having an Italian dinner and a West Virginia delicacy of fried green tomatoes, with tomatoes fresh out of the garden. What a great way to end the summer!

Aug 05

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.

Albert Einstein

Last night we reflected on the Robert Frost poem “The Road Not Taken.” We talked about how coming to West Virginia, taking the road less traveled, has made all the difference.

Today was spent finishing up little jobs, an hour here and hour there. We also put quite a bit of a dent in moving the program’s stuff to the house. With all the hard work today, we won’t be cramming the day full tomorrow. Thanks to all the volunteers for all your hard work today!!!

Tonight for dinner we are having an Italian dinner and a West Virginia delicacy of fried green tomatoes, with tomatoes fresh out of the garden. What a great way to end the summer!

Aug 05

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It’s time for greatness-not for greed. It’s a time for idealism-not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.

Marian Wright Edelman

Last night we reflected on what it means to be isolated and/or lonely, a problem everywhere. Once again, many wonderful insights were given.

Today a group went up and finished the St. Vincent DePaul ramp in Cyclone. The rain held off for the day, but it was still too damp to put the non-slip strips on, so a small group will go up tomorrow to do that.

Another small group of PVs went out to Foxy Lady’s house to finish laying her red tile and new sink in her bathroom, as well as fix a leaky back porch. As always she was a delight to be around, feeding a wonderful lunch to all the volunteers that were there.

The last two groups of volunteers did a lot in helping us wind down the summer. One group made a St. Vincent DePaul-Dump-School-Long Branch-Simon-Lilydale trip, while the other group stayed back at the school to beginning the “deap cleaning” processes, tackling the four bathrooms and the showers. All the work done already to close up the program, will make everything that much smoother for Friday.

Tonights dinner, chicken or veggie curry. I have to say, we have been fed quite well this summer.

Aug 05

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It’s time for greatness-not for greed. It’s a time for idealism-not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.

Marian Wright Edelman

Last night we reflected on what it means to be isolated and/or lonely, a problem everywhere. Once again, many wonderful insights were given.

Today a group went up and finished the St. Vincent DePaul ramp in Cyclone. The rain held off for the day, but it was still too damp to put the non-slip strips on, so a small group will go up tomorrow to do that.

Another small group of PVs went out to Foxy Lady’s house to finish laying her red tile and new sink in her bathroom, as well as fix a leaky back porch. As always she was a delight to be around, feeding a wonderful lunch to all the volunteers that were there.

The last two groups of volunteers did a lot in helping us wind down the summer. One group made a St. Vincent DePaul-Dump-School-Long Branch-Simon-Lilydale trip, while the other group stayed back at the school to beginning the “deap cleaning” processes, tackling the four bathrooms and the showers. All the work done already to close up the program, will make everything that much smoother for Friday.

Tonights dinner, chicken or veggie curry. I have to say, we have been fed quite well this summer.

Aug 05

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It’s time for greatness-not for greed. It’s a time for idealism-not ideology. It is a time not just for compassionate words, but compassionate action.

Marian Wright Edelman

Last night we reflected on what it means to be isolated and/or lonely, a problem everywhere. Once again, many wonderful insights were given.

Today a group went up and finished the St. Vincent DePaul ramp in Cyclone. The rain held off for the day, but it was still too damp to put the non-slip strips on, so a small group will go up tomorrow to do that.

Another small group of PVs went out to Foxy Lady’s house to finish laying her red tile and new sink in her bathroom, as well as fix a leaky back porch. As always she was a delight to be around, feeding a wonderful lunch to all the volunteers that were there.

The last two groups of volunteers did a lot in helping us wind down the summer. One group made a St. Vincent DePaul-Dump-School-Long Branch-Simon-Lilydale trip, while the other group stayed back at the school to beginning the “deap cleaning” processes, tackling the four bathrooms and the showers. All the work done already to close up the program, will make everything that much smoother for Friday.

Tonights dinner, chicken or veggie curry. I have to say, we have been fed quite well this summer.

Aug 04

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

Ambrose Redmoon

Last night we were asked to reflect on what it is that we have seen during our time that pierces our hearts. It was a beautiful sharing of the struggles, the people, the land and the resources.

Today we once again had rain. Fortunately it was spotty around the county, so all but one of our work crews continued their tasks.

Work was continued on the ramp up in Cyclone. Volunteers also finished up at the house on Bud Mountain. We also worked up at Foxy Lady’s house fixing a bathroom floor and a porch roof.

Today was also the last day of tutoring for the summer. Mary and Kristina, who headed up the tutoring program this year, did a wonderful job. It was wonderful to watch as the kids grew more and more comfortable. They seemed to have really improved in their math and reading.

The volunteers who tutored were going to go outside and paint the dugouts but with the rain they had to hold off. Instead they started to help pack up and clean the school. We got a wonderful jump start on closing up the school.

In the morning we also brought the newly made beds down to the house and set them up. They really are going to be a wonderful addition.

Tonight for dinner we are being treated to a wonderful Italian meal. Yummo!

Aug 04

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

Ambrose Redmoon

Last night we were asked to reflect on what it is that we have seen during our time that pierces our hearts. It was a beautiful sharing of the struggles, the people, the land and the resources.

Today we once again had rain. Fortunately it was spotty around the county, so all but one of our work crews continued their tasks.

Work was continued on the ramp up in Cyclone. Volunteers also finished up at the house on Bud Mountain. We also worked up at Foxy Lady’s house fixing a bathroom floor and a porch roof.

Today was also the last day of tutoring for the summer. Mary and Kristina, who headed up the tutoring program this year, did a wonderful job. It was wonderful to watch as the kids grew more and more comfortable. They seemed to have really improved in their math and reading.

The volunteers who tutored were going to go outside and paint the dugouts but with the rain they had to hold off. Instead they started to help pack up and clean the school. We got a wonderful jump start on closing up the school.

In the morning we also brought the newly made beds down to the house and set them up. They really are going to be a wonderful addition.

Tonight for dinner we are being treated to a wonderful Italian meal. Yummo!

Aug 04

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.

Ambrose Redmoon

Last night we were asked to reflect on what it is that we have seen during our time that pierces our hearts. It was a beautiful sharing of the struggles, the people, the land and the resources.

Today we once again had rain. Fortunately it was spotty around the county, so all but one of our work crews continued their tasks.

Work was continued on the ramp up in Cyclone. Volunteers also finished up at the house on Bud Mountain. We also worked up at Foxy Lady’s house fixing a bathroom floor and a porch roof.

Today was also the last day of tutoring for the summer. Mary and Kristina, who headed up the tutoring program this year, did a wonderful job. It was wonderful to watch as the kids grew more and more comfortable. They seemed to have really improved in their math and reading.

The volunteers who tutored were going to go outside and paint the dugouts but with the rain they had to hold off. Instead they started to help pack up and clean the school. We got a wonderful jump start on closing up the school.

In the morning we also brought the newly made beds down to the house and set them up. They really are going to be a wonderful addition.

Tonight for dinner we are being treated to a wonderful Italian meal. Yummo!

Aug 03

Monday, August 3, 2009

Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you’ll probably turn out a good man in spite of yourself.

Louis Auchincloss

Today marks the beginning of the last week of the summer program in West Virginia. It is amazing that we have been here for two months!!!

We may be smaller in number this week, 18, but we are a mighty force! This week, we are finishing up with the home repair sites that we have committed to. Our biggest crew was sent out to finish up a ramp in Cyclone that was started by a St. Vincent DePaul group from Pittsburgh. It is a long one, so there is still a lot to do.

We also sent out two smaller crews, one to finish up on Bud Mountain and the other to organize at St. Vincent DePaul. In addition, another small group (ok just the two directors) began the packing up process at the school.

Tonight for dinner we are being treated to Wimpy’s. I’ve never had them before, but I’m told they are a lot like Sloppy Joe’s. Sounds good to me!!!

Aug 03

Monday, August 3, 2009

Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you’ll probably turn out a good man in spite of yourself.

Louis Auchincloss

Today marks the beginning of the last week of the summer program in West Virginia. It is amazing that we have been here for two months!!!

We may be smaller in number this week, 18, but we are a mighty force! This week, we are finishing up with the home repair sites that we have committed to. Our biggest crew was sent out to finish up a ramp in Cyclone that was started by a St. Vincent DePaul group from Pittsburgh. It is a long one, so there is still a lot to do.

We also sent out two smaller crews, one to finish up on Bud Mountain and the other to organize at St. Vincent DePaul. In addition, another small group (ok just the two directors) began the packing up process at the school.

Tonight for dinner we are being treated to Wimpy’s. I’ve never had them before, but I’m told they are a lot like Sloppy Joe’s. Sounds good to me!!!