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 08

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Squeegeeing out the food bank

PV ladies model their PV hoodies

Community hike down the railroad tracks

This site had such a comfy porch and welcoming hosts that it was a favorite among PVs

A beautiful ramp built with lots of love

The PV males celebrate after a long day

…while the PV women a ready to keep going

The week 2 PV Community

Jul 08

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Squeegeeing out the food bank

PV ladies model their PV hoodies

Community hike down the railroad tracks

This site had such a comfy porch and welcoming hosts that it was a favorite among PVs

A beautiful ramp built with lots of love

The PV males celebrate after a long day

…while the PV women a ready to keep going

The week 2 PV Community

Jul 08

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Squeegeeing out the food bank

PV ladies model their PV hoodies

Community hike down the railroad tracks

This site had such a comfy porch and welcoming hosts that it was a favorite among PVs

A beautiful ramp built with lots of love

The PV males celebrate after a long day

…while the PV women a ready to keep going

The week 2 PV Community

Jul 08

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PVs showing off the new shelves they built at the house in Pineville

The PV Community joined with a local family for a hike up to the top of mountain to visit a family grave site

Participants of the successful Mullens Soccer Camp, now in its 6th year

Organizing at the Itmann Food Bank is always a fun job

PVs spent time painting a house

The Passionist Volunteers International joined the PVs before heading off to Jamaica and Honduras

Jul 08

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PVs showing off the new shelves they built at the house in Pineville

The PV Community joined with a local family for a hike up to the top of mountain to visit a family grave site

Participants of the successful Mullens Soccer Camp, now in its 6th year

Organizing at the Itmann Food Bank is always a fun job

PVs spent time painting a house

The Passionist Volunteers International joined the PVs before heading off to Jamaica and Honduras

Jul 08

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PVs showing off the new shelves they built at the house in Pineville

The PV Community joined with a local family for a hike up to the top of mountain to visit a family grave site

Participants of the successful Mullens Soccer Camp, now in its 6th year

Organizing at the Itmann Food Bank is always a fun job

PVs spent time painting a house

The Passionist Volunteers International joined the PVs before heading off to Jamaica and Honduras