Mission Statement: The PV Volunteers are an ecumenical community of diverse individuals. By providing a service experience in a variety of settings, we respond to human need, form relationships and encourage change and growth both in ourselves and with those we serve.

Visit our website to find out more: www.pvprogram.org

Friday, April 4, 2014

Seattle PVs in Three Weeks!

The PVs will be descending upon the Emerald City in just over three weeks! The week is coming together with a different service activity each day, community activities planned and hopes of a repeat performance of sunny, warm weather. (Sounds pretty good after a long cold winter, right?) We have PVs coming from across the country, as well as having quite a bit of interest from local volunteers wanting to join in with us on our days activities.  If you are now thinking, "Gee, I wish I decided to go this year," you are in luck! We still have a couple spots available for traveling PVs, so if you are itching to sleep on an air mattress for a week and join us in Seattle, please let us know ASAP.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Last Chance

Last day today! Shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) today and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to Pv Volunteers Inc. Get started here: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0311803

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Shop Amazon and the PVs get $5!!!

Here is an easy way to help the PVs raise some money. Please share with your family and friends.

Shop at AmazonSmile now through 3/31/14 and Amazon will donate an extra $5 to Pv Volunteers Inc. Click on this link to get started: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/27-0311803
Once you designate the PVs as your charity of choice on your amazon account, 0.5% of every purchase through smile.amazon.com (same stuff as on amazon, you just go through a different portal) goes to the PVs. In addition, shopping before the end of the month will give the PVs an extra $5.
Since a lot of people already use Amazon, please share with friends and family. This could really be a great and easy way for the PVs to raise some money.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday I'm In Love

What a wonderful end to a wonderful week. The sun came out again, the temperatures started to rise, all is right with the world. To wrap up the week we had volunteers at St. Vincent DePaul continuing to organize the warehouse and setting it it for easy "shopping." A few volunteers also ran across the street to help finish a home repair site started by another group the week before.

The other part of the group went to the Itmann Food Bank in Mullens to paint the floors and walls. When they were working the commodities truck came to drop of the March and the missed February food delivery. The NIU students were able to pitch in and help the local volunteers restock the shelves.

At the end of the day we all gathered together for dinner, smores and a closing prayer service. It was a wonderful way to wrap up the week. It was another great experience with NIU. Thank you to all that made this happen and for all your prayers and support!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sweet Thursday

 Talk about a change in seasons, we woke this morning to frigid temperatures and a couple of inches of snow on the ground. Wyoming County schools were closed for the day, but we decided to go with a "delayed opening." Head Start was canceled for the day, so the group split in half with one group going to St. Vincent DePsul and the other going to a new home repair site.

 The home repair site was in Fan Rock, not too far from where the group was staying. The work we were doing was for a young couple with two small kids, the youngest 7 months old. The front steps were quite long and high and did not have a railing. Both the mom and child have falling off so they were very appreciative of the new railings. They also are having a leaking roof problem (that we will fix in the summer) that has caused a soft spot on the floor in the kitchen. The group rolled back the linoleum and patched the spot. We are looking forward to working with the family again.

The group that went to St. Vincent DePaul continued to help Debbie organize the warehouse and help distribute furniture. We will be returning there again tomorrow to wrap things up.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday Morning 3am

As we set out for the day, several herds of deer bid us adieu from the side of the road. Not only did they not run when we were near, that actually posed for a picture:-)  The work day itself was another good one with work continuing at the Brenton site, Head Start and helping out at the St. Vincent de Paul warehouse.

 The home repair site went very smoothly and the rain showers even managed to stop just when we needed them to to go out and cut wood. Since most of our work was indoors, we were able to spend time with the family and be entertained by their adorable 8 month old boy. Just as we were wrapping up, the winds and rain really started picking up.

Students went to Head Start again today. Being able to have Head Start as one of the options for the week has been great. The volunteers are working in peoples homes, but to be able to see the children in a school setting gives a whole new perspective, and helps Head Start with their funding to boot!

 We also sent a crew to help with organization at the St. Vincent de Paul warehouse in Pineville. They are fortunate to get many donations, but oftentimes get overwhelmed by the number of items coming in they can't get to things that needs to be distributed, so the students helped organize it all.

We are now bracing for a winter storm that is coming in this evening. It is beginning to snow as I type, and we are expecting one to two inches by morning with temperatures topping out tomorrow around freezing. It is really quite amazing that yesterday at this time we were sitting with the windows and doors open, and tonight we are getting ready for temps in the mid-teens.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sun Comes Up Its Tuesday Morning

Today was another breathtakingly beautiful day in Wyoming County. The sky was blue, the temperatures topped out just over 70, and everyone was in a great mood because of it. We started a new site today in Brenton that will carry over into tomorrow and into the summer as well. We were able to get a lot done today outside and take advantage of the nice weather. We tarred a section of the roof that was leaking really badly. This is a temporary fix until we come back this summer and put a new EPDM rubber roof on the trailer. Were also able to cover up a large hole that used to have a septic tank in it, and install a back door to the trailer, which provided a much needed second exit for the family of three (including an adorable 8 month old boy). We also started to work on the floors that need replacing in the hallway, a task that will continue into tomorrow. The amount of work that was done today was amazing.

The rest of the students went to the Baileysville Head Start for the day. Not only do they get to hangout with the kids, the get lunch, and are invited to join the kids for the bus ride at the end of the day to drop them off. A very full and exciting day.

Both the home repair and Head Start groups arrived back to the school at the same time so the whole group decided to take a trip down to Dairy Queen to enjoy a nice cold treat on a warm sunny day.