Oct 18

Throwback Thursday – Murder Mystery Dinner

We are throwing it back to the summer of 1996 when a few very creative PVs put together a Murder Mystery Dinner for all the volunteers. We were each given a role to play and lets just say all the volunteers got into it as you can see by the picture above. Wherever the PVs gather, fun always ensues!!! #Community

Oct 11

#TBT and International Day of the Girl

On the International Day of the Girl, we are throwing it back to 2007 and the PV’s young women’s empowerment group, TGIA (Teen Girls in Action) – who later became WEB (Women’s Empowerment Brooklyn) and the annual Thanksgiving celebration. We are so proud of this group of young ladies who continue to impress and inspire us. They are changing the world!!!!

Oct 08

New Jersey PVs Live with Passion!!!

This past weekend, a wonderful, weekend long, Live with Passion event took place in Clark, NJ. It included a day of service, as well as a fundraising walk and raffle.

On Saturday the volunteers painted the floors and walls of St. John’s Food Pantry in Clark. In just 7 hours, the volunteers achieved a freshly painted pantry. And though the day was spent working, the volunteers said they had so much fun. All you have to do is look at the pictures (and the bonus video) to see they were having fun and working hard. Thank you to everyone who made the day possible.

On Sunday, there was a PV walk and like any other PV event, it was filled with love and laughter. As the organizer of the whole event Julia said on her Facebook, “I’m so happy to be reunited with my fellow PVs, and to get my family and friends involved!”

Thank you so much to everyone who participated during the weekend and to those who couldn’t be there in person but supported by a donation. Close to $800 was raised and it will go directly to our programs, helping those in need!!  Thank you also to those who donated raffle prizes:  Valencia Music School, Ana’s Studio 24 and Mari Melao’s donation of a BeautyCounter basket.  And finally thank you to Julia for organizing this great event! It is such a great idea to bring the PV service experience to our own communities and to include family and friends and support the PVs along the way. This model can be replicated anywhere! Who is next????  : )

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Oct 04

Throwback Thursday

Throwing it back to 2005 and a Community Day hike at Twin Falls State Park. The crazy thing about this picture is that all the young PVs in this are all in college age or beyond. There has been graduations, weddings, babies…. Proud to say also that many of these kids (and adults!) still come to volunteer in West Virginia.


Sep 24

New Jersey PVs Have Exciting Plans for the Live with Passion, Join Them If You Can!!!

PV Julia Melao has organized a weekend of service, community building, reflection and even a walk-a-thon to support the PVs for the annual Live with Passion. All the details are below.  If you are in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area we encourage you to take part. It should be a great weekend!!!

Julia first started coming to West Virginia with her family when she was 11 years old. Now in college, she had returned each summer and has become more involved with the program as a summer long volunteer and has also served on our PV Youth Board and the PV Steering Committee. Another great young PV getting things done!!!

We’re looking for your support in our 11th Annual Live with Passion Weekend for the PV Program!

The PV Program is a non-profit organization that sets out to serve in communities that need it most – whether it be through lending a hand at a food pantry, or setting out to build a new set of stairs or a ramp for a family in West Virginia. To see see sites we have worked on in the past, as well as volunteer testimonies, visit our website at www.pvprogram.org.

On the weekend of October 6th, PVs from all corners of the U.S. will be hosting their own fundraisers for this very special organization. The Melao family has decided to participate in this weekend by starting it off with a day of service, and ending with a Walk for Passion.

Our community service day will include a major paint job for St. John’s Food Pantry in Clark, NJ, followed by dinner and reflection at the Melao household. The next day, all will gather again at my family’s house and we will walk Oak Ridge Park to fundraise for the PV Program. After our walkathon, all can head back to the Melao house for bagels, stories, and giveaways to be raffled off for anyone who participates/donates in this weekend!

If you would like to participate/donate, please reach out to me at (908) 463-7954, or juliamelao@comcast.net. We need helping hands and moving feet!