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!

Mar 23

PV Reunion – This Saturday

One last reminder that the PVs will be gathering for a reunion, this Saturday, on the New Jersey Shore. Plan on lots of food, fun and laughter!

If we haven’t heard from you and you are planning on coming, please let us know so we can plan accordingly.

See you at the shore!!!!

Mar 18

NIU Friday – March 17th

Happy St. Patricks Day from West Virginia!!

This was the last work day of the week, and the whole group spent the day at the Itmann Food Bank helping with the monthly distribution of food, clothing, diapers and housewares to families in need. Not only did they hundreds of families get much needed assistance, they also provided a listening ear to many people who just wanted someone to listen to them and hear their struggles.

This evening we shared a meal together with the students at St. John’s Catholic Church in Mullens and then closed the evening with a reflective look back and sharing about the week.

Once again we have been impressed with the quality of students who come down and spend their spring break helping others. Kudos to NIU’s Newman Center for putting the group together and preparing them for their experience. Also, a big thank you to the group’s leaders, Tia and Brian, to Dan for coming and sharing his home repair knowledge and patience nd compassionate self with the students. And finally, thank you to all in Wyoming County who made us all feel so welcome.

Mar 16

NIU Thursday – March 16

Since every other post started with the weather… today was cool, but not as cold, and beautiful sunshine and blue skies. Since the whole group will be working at the food bank for distribution day tomorrow, today was about wrapping up the week’s projects. Unfortunately the schools were closed today so there was no Head Start. The group  we were plannng on sending to Head Start instead stayed backat The Way to help with a painting project. The rest of the group went to the home repair project. The group finished painting the bedroom and laid new linoleum, that the home owners had purchased. The room looks beautiful. (You  will see the finshed project in the group picture below.) We also began work on a new ceiling that will be installed this summer by attaching boards that the drywall will be attached. It was great to work with these two wonderful sisters this week, they have a special place in many PVs hearts.


Mar 16

NIU Wednesday – March 15

It was a cold, cold morning with temperatures in the single digits and a pretty steady wind all day. Wyoming County schools were delayed because of the cold weather, so we delayed the start to our day an hour so we could let the roads thaw. Because of the delay Head Start was cancelled, so we sent a bigger group to continue working on the home repair site. With all the extra hands, we were able to get the first couple coats of paint on the walls of the room we are painting. The color we are painting over is a pretty blue, but the dark color is making many coats necessary. Other smaller projects were worked on throughout the house and a lot of talking, listening and sharing were done with the two home owners.

The other group worked at the St. Vincent dePaul warehouse in Pineville. People sign up through the food bank to receive furniture and bigger items. We there are some available, they are called to come and pick them up. Knowing the students were going to be there, there were scheduled pick ups throughout the day. The volunteers helped the clients choose what they needed and helped load the car.

Even though the temperatures never reached freezing today, by the end of the day the sun was shining and the snow was melting, we are ready for our next adventure tomorrow!