Aug 15

PV Aurora Week Is Coming Quick!

Last year helping with the annual “Hike for Hesed” at Hesed House

The PV Aurora Week is starting in just over 3 weeks, September 9-15th. There is still space if you would like to volunteer for the week, just let us know and we can give you more details. The week will include: a variety service opportunities, community time, lots of laughter and opportunities for personal growth!

We hope you join us!!!

Jul 21

If We Could Look Into Each Other’s Hearts…

If we could look into each other’s hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care. 

— Marvin J. Ashton

We had a busy morning in PVland…Besides, the usual packing, moving and cleaning that happens at the end of the program, some volunteers went to help with Distribution Day at the Itmann Food Bank while others went to help with Energy Express.  The Food Bank was busy and the volunteers were put to good use as they were at Energy Express.

Since it is the end of the program and all of our dishes are packed away, the community decided to go out to dinner. To make sure we had a leasurily dinner, we had our closing reflection before we left. The final closing reflection is always a little bittersweet. It has been a great summer, we got a lot of work done, had a lot of laughs and enjoyed our time as a community.

Thank you to Made New Church/The Way Youth Center for allowing us to stay with you this past month and to St. Vincent dePaul and all the agencies we work closely with. We wouldn’t be celebrating our 21st year in the county and 45th year as a program without you all!!!

And finally, thank you to all the PVs would took time out of their busy lives to be of service to others. Because of you, lives have changed.  (Stayed tuned for a summary of the summer and for more pictures!)

PVs and a coal train in front of our home

“Hi” from Pies and Pints celebratory dinner

Storms rolling in

Jul 20

The Best and Most Beautiful Things…

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.  –Helen Keller

Today was the final home repair day for the 2018 West Virginia Summer Program and it was a great day. The weather was beautiful, sunny and not humid, a great day to be outside. By the end of the day, the whole crew was at the site in Ravencliff and a beautiful ramp and porch roof were constructed. The home owner was happy with all the work the volunteers did and with the end product.

In the morning a group of PVs went to Energy Express in Mullens to help with the summer program. They had a great time working with the local youth and the young adults that are running the program.

We had a potpourri of leftovers for dinner tonight. A little bit of everything from this week and even items that were in the freezer from earlier dinners that weren’t enough for a full dinner. It was like traveling down PV dinner memory lane.

Reflection tonight focused on the idea of someone or something watching over us. We shared our thoughts on this on how the people we have met have people watching over them.

Jul 19

There Is A Loftier Ambition…

There is a loftier ambition than merely to stand high in the world. It is to stoop down and lift mankind a little higher.  —  Henry Van Dyke

Today we finally had cooler and drier weather for the work day. The volunteers were able to finish up the site in Fan Rock. The porch roof, steps and yard look great and the home owner could not be happier with all that was done. The group finished up right around lunch, so they headed to the site in Ravencliffe.

The ramp is coming along great. All the decking and handrails are complete until the bottom portion of the ramp where we ran out of boards. Nothing a trip to the lumber store won’t cure : )  The crew from the Fan Rock site started working on the porch roof and made great progress. We should be done with the site tomorrow.

Tonight we had a wonderful dinner that included meatloaf, rice, beans, watermelon and salad. It was tasty and delicious.

Reflection tonight focused on our calling to come to volunteer. Volunteers shared how they came to start volunteering with the PVs.