Apr 28

Food For Thought Friday, April 28th

Will you teach your children what we have taught our children? That the earth is our mother? What befalls the earth befalls all the sons of the earth. This we know: the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth. All things are connected like the blood that unites us all. Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself. One thing we know: our god is also your god. The earth is precious to him and to harm the earth is to heap contempt on its creator.

Chief Seattle
Apr 28

Mary’s Place

The PVs returned to Mary’s Place today where we spent the morning and early afternoon preparing what was to become dinner for the families, women, and children, who are a part of the programming offered through Mary’s place.  We chopped peppers and onions, prepared sausages for cooking, sliced those same sausages, and combined all of the tasty ingredients with a delicious marinara sauce.  Some of us took the liberty to sample the product and it was might tasty.  In the kitchen, we talked, laughed, and worked alongside the staff, volunteers, and Empower U Interns.  The Empower U Internship program provides a  three-month internship for Mary’s Place guests to earn a small stipend as well as to learn valuable job skills.  To read more about the great work being done at Mary’s place, check out their website http://www.marysplaceseattle.org.

Apr 26

St. Francis House

Today the volunteers spent time at St. Frances House in Seattle. St. Francis Houseis established in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi to be a presence in Seattle to serve those in need and to inspire simplicity and charity in its volunteers and those they serve.” This is the 4th year that the PVs partnered with St. Francis House. Some volunteers were stationed up front to welcome the guests and offer them coffee and food while they waited for further assistance. Others were positioned in rooms to help people find clothing and shoes for themselves or other family members. Guests could also receive housewares, linens, pack packs, toiletries, etc. upon request. There were volunteers sorting and organizing all of these items for easy pickup. The PVs helped in all these areas alongside their long-time committed volunteer staff. It really is impressive how much they do and how many people are helped by Francis House in so many different ways. We were happy to be a part of it, even if only for one day.

Apr 25

Mary’s Place

Today the volunteers worked at Mary’s Place in their Day Center kitchen. Mary’s Place, as they state on their website, is “a leading voice for homeless women, children, and families in emergency situations. We empower families to reclaim their lives by offering community, acceptance, hope and dignity. Our work keeps struggling families together and provides practical tools and resources that help them find housing and employment. We inspire the community to support homeless women, children, and families through advocacy, partnerships, volunteerism and philanthropy.” Volunteers chopped fruit and vegetables, for salads being served at lunch in the Day Center, and made meatloaf and diced potatoes that would be served for dinner at their several shelter locations. Mary’s Place is able to provide 450 places for homeless families in the area. The food prepared today will feed those people. It was a wonderful day interacting with the kitchen staff and each other, listening and sharing stories.

 

Apr 24

The 5th Annual PV Seattle Service Week Is Here

For the 5th consecutive year, the PVs will be spending the week in and around Seattle, working with local agencies and learning more about the issues that plague those struggling in the community. This year we have an group of 10 local volunteers that will be participating at the different sites. We will update during the week about our various activities. Please follow along and keep the volunteers in your thoughts.

Building, serving, believing…..PV Volunteers.

Mar 29

PV Reunion Was a Blast!

Right off the top, we want to thank Jo and Wayne for hosting this year’s PV Reunion. We could not have done it without you! And not only that, it would not have been as wonderful without our cozy beach setting for the day and the fun Irish-themed party in the evening!

PVs from far and wide came to spend the day and/or evening with their PV family. During the day we spent time looking back, looking forward and reflecting on what the PVs have done, what lies ahead and who we are. Wonderful discussions took place and we look forward to bringing this energy and continuing these discussions to the the volunteers as a whole during each volunteer week.

After the meetings and our wonderful lunch (thanks Jo!), the group headed down to the beach to take advantage of a break in the rain.

After our stroll on the beach, we headed to Wayne’s house for a wonderful Irish themed meal. By this point, over twenty PVs were now gathered. A great time was had, good food was eaten and music was sung! Thank you to all who took time out of their busy schedules to spend time with their PV family. The whole day was a wonderful reminder about special it is to be a part of this group of wonderful people!