Aug 05

Friday, August 7, 2009

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice.

Spinoza

Friday was a busy day, hence the late posting. With great teamwork, we were able to move everything not in use and clean the school. It was really quite impressive how fast it got done. A group of volunteers even went to Mullens Manor one last time!

Since we couldn’t use anything in the school, we had Cowshed Pizza for dinner, yummy! A veggy tray was also put together to use up leftovers in the refrigerator. It was topped off by a very yummy blackberry cobbler made after a few volunteers went berry picking. What a talented bunch of PVs!!

The last evening of the Summer Program in WV concluded with a bonfire down by the creek behind the school. We burned lumber scraps (untreated of course!) as the official closing of the program. It was really quite moving as the last lumber scraps were put into the fire one by one by each volunteer. We all stood in a circle and watched as the wood burned and turned into embers and eventually went out.

In all ending are the seeds of new beginnings

Passionist Volunteer Goal Statement

Stay tuned for the last week’s pictures as well as daily reports from Bedford Stuyvesant.

Aug 05

Friday, August 7, 2009

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice.

Spinoza

Friday was a busy day, hence the late posting. With great teamwork, we were able to move everything not in use and clean the school. It was really quite impressive how fast it got done. A group of volunteers even went to Mullens Manor one last time!

Since we couldn’t use anything in the school, we had Cowshed Pizza for dinner, yummy! A veggy tray was also put together to use up leftovers in the refrigerator. It was topped off by a very yummy blackberry cobbler made after a few volunteers went berry picking. What a talented bunch of PVs!!

The last evening of the Summer Program in WV concluded with a bonfire down by the creek behind the school. We burned lumber scraps (untreated of course!) as the official closing of the program. It was really quite moving as the last lumber scraps were put into the fire one by one by each volunteer. We all stood in a circle and watched as the wood burned and turned into embers and eventually went out.

In all ending are the seeds of new beginnings

Passionist Volunteer Goal Statement

Stay tuned for the last week’s pictures as well as daily reports from Bedford Stuyvesant.

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

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!