Day in Appalachia
"Every day I woke up energized and excited to start the day. Each day I learned something new. It is about building relationships with the students in the group, as well as the residents in the community." -Devika Sarin '08
really is no typical day in Appalachia or the Gulf Coast- it all depends
on the particular site's needs. A few examples easily demonstrate
the variety of volunteer work that takes place:
Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Kentucky, volunteers might
be engaged in a variety of work tasks including small home
repair, assisting with an outreach reading program for pre-school
children, helping in the clothing store and visiting people
in the area.
popular site is Narrows, a small town located in southwest
Virginia. In the past, student volunteers helped the town
in the development of Camp Success Park. Working with people
from the town, students helped construct a small footbridge,
paint park benches, clear brush, install signs and spruce
up flowerbeds and playground equipment.
Charles is a small community in Northampton County on the
eastern shore of Virginia. In Cape Charles an organization,
the Concerned Citizens of Cape Charles, was formed to meet
the needs of the low-income and elderly citizens in the
town who live in deteriorating housing. Cape Charles is
a historic town with many sites of interest and its community
has decided to paint, rehabilitate and clean up every needed
house in Cape Charles, block by block!
In the gulf region, students performed demolition work. They also rebuilt homes- put up walls, installed floors, and even painted.