Sep 14

Aurora Thursday

Today was another great day in Aurora and working at Hesed House. Apologies for the late and short post from yesterday, your poster had a splitting headache and had togo to bed : )  But back to today…..

The days are getting warmer as the week has gone on, but it has been beautifully sunny week. Today at Hesed Hose we started out the day with a great information and tour session to learn even more about Hesed House. Since we have been there each day this week, it was great to learn all the ins and outs.  After the session we broke into small groups and began working on projects including: painting lines in the parking  lot, painting walls, cleaning EVERYTHING in the kitchen, assembling computer desks, sorting clothes and so much more! We wrapped up a little early and made a trip to the local ice cream place and a little hike along the fox river.

Dinner tonight  was a leftover extravaganza!! We got to enjoy all the great food we all ate all week!

We decided to do our closing reflection tonight since a couple of volunteers need to leave in the morning. We reflected on the idea of giving and how it goes both ways. We give, but we also are given so much. I was nice to reflect back on the week and all the great experiences we had. Much was given both from the volunteers and to us from the people we encountered.

Sep 12

Aurora Tuesday

It was another great day for the PVs in Aurora. Today in the morning we prepared and served a meal at Hesed House for around 100 people and then spent the afternoon at the ramp site from last year doing a few finishing touches on the ramp as well as helped to paint the front porch. It was great to see the family and work alomgside them again.

We were treated to Chicago-style deep dish pizza for dinner tonight along with homemade apple crisp. Needless to say we are full and satisfied.

Reflection tonight was centered around the idea of change. We shared both big and small changes in our lives, specifically related to our time as PVs.

Enjoy some pictures from the day.

Sep 11

First Aurora Day

Yesterday evening PVs descended up Aurora to begin the the 6th annual PV week. After our community meal and commissioning we planned for the week ahead and then curled up on our air mattresses and had a good night’s sleep.

Today the volunteers spent the day helping with odds and ends jobs at Hesed House. Hesed House is in the middle of a huge transistion in part of the facility. They are turning their transistional housing area into a family shelter and a permanent supportive housing facility.  The PV crew cleaned, scraped, painted, assembled furniture and any other thing asked. It wa a great day!

Dinner tonight was delicious. We had tuna noodle casserole, mashed potatoes, corn and for dessert, peach cobbler. Yum yum! After dinner we gathered for reflection. We reflected on the idea of flexibility and its importance, especially in service.

The assembly directions for the Ikea furniture were a perfect symbol of us as PVs. The first guy is grumpy because he has to work alone, but well he has a buddy everyone is happy. PVs never do anything alone!

Sep 06

PVs in Aurora, IL

Sunday, we will kick off the 6th PV Week in Aurora, IL. We are looking forward to a great week and will post daily our activities. We hope you follow along with us!!!  If you want to support the volunteers financially during the week, you can through our special campaign at

In celebration of the week beginning, here is a throwback to the first week in 2013 outside of a building that we were helping to rehab that now house the offices of World Relief, a refuge support organization.

Aug 23

Throwback Thursday – Flood Relief 2001

A chain gang or PV Volunteers? While they might not look to happy, the PVs spent countless hours shoveling mud and debris in the summer 2001 following a devastating flood. If I remember correctly, this crew decided they would pretend they were part of a chain gang and gave each other nicknames, and obviously some attitude.