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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller

Volunteering helps one shed their own self and become a better person. This was last night's reflection topic. After listening to a song and reading, volunteers were asked to share the traditional PV New and Good.

We only have four sites today, but a few big ones and with the rain all day it was a bit challenging. We continued with the plumbing and flooring outside of Matheny. The flooring continues to be a bit of a challenge. The home owner already had the flooring, but needs help putting it down. It is like a big, frustrating puzzle!

We also continued with the impromptu porch that we started yesterday. This site had two rain delays during the course of the day.

We started a new site a long way off our on Bud Mountain. This site had a little bit of everything going on. There was roofing, guttering, drywalling and windows.

And finally, we continued with the Under the Sea Camp. The kids are having a fabulous time. PVs remarked that this was the best day of the camp so far. Most of the camp crew headed over to the Food Bank to help organize in the afternoon.

This evening we had a few special visitors for dinner. A PV who last volunteered in 1996 who has since moved to NC brought up his wife and four of his kids to bring donations and share in dinner. For you old time, Preston County PVs, you might remember Fabio.

Speaking of dinner, tonight's dinner has been kept closely under wraps, to the point that no one, including the directors!, were allowed in the kitchen during prep time. When 6:00 rolled around, it was revealed that we were having a Jewish meal, complete with matzo ball soup, a first for many PVs. This is one of the many things I love most about this program. People are able to bring things from their own culture and life and share them with the community!

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