They came, they worked, they left

Spring Break at Friends.

2010 Spring-Break Volunteers

Tuesday morning, March 9, around 9:00 a.m. , a van driven by Erica Maynard (group leader) and directed by GPS, brought a group of university volunteers into the village of Paint Lick.  The GPS led them to the service station.  Loraine Todd, volunteer, along with Bethany and Bob Keith (our computer lab consultant) stepped out onto the porch of the FOPL building.  We were joking that if they were lost, we could not help since we do not have cell phone service in town;  Bethany looked to the left and saw the van.

Once inside, the group of students from EKU, NKU, and WKU received an orientation and a little bit of history about  Friends.  After listening to the jobs that had been planned, they got themselves into work groups and the morning was off to a start full of laughter.

Two, Alex Bowen (WKU) and Matthew Kilgore (EKU), went outside into the lovely sun with knives and something to kneel on and got busy cleaning out the flower bed along the NE side of the building.  Matthew, a botanist, carefully checked out all of the plants and weeds.  When they were finished, they scattered flower seed.  Later this spring and summer, we will really enjoy the fruit of their labor!

All of the others trooped upstairs to work.  Radsamy Chantharmg (WKU), a student from Thailand, went to work cleaning and reorganizing the children’s art/play room off the library.  She hung pictures; she dusted; she sorted; she made it look great!   In the library, Karlos Hurbor (WKU) dusted and reshelved/boxed some books.  Then, he vaccumed the carpet.  Karlos and Radsamy also dusted and rearranged the top shelf which displays antiques, art and a collection of stuffed animals.

Chantel Leger and Bethany Keith (both EKU) got right down to the business of organizing all of our various holiday decorations and costumes, etc.  They not only totally revamped the big closet, they stored everything in marked boxes.  Bethany even printed out  a color coded chart in the computer lab which she posted on the closet door; the chart shows where everything is located!  A challenge to us volunteers to stay organized!

The largest group worked in our classroom sorting, organizing and storing the many items for Layette of Love.  L of L is a new community service begun in 2009, the brain child of volunteer Loretta Adams.  Loretta works in the Garrard County Extension Office and is involved in many family service/community education projects  The L of L is supported jointly by the Extension Office and FOPL.  Various churches and individuals of the community donate new and gently used infant clothing, blankets  and all kinds of baby things.  Mothers-to-be and new mothers can register to receive a gift bag shortly before or after the baby arrives.

The large tables in the classroom were overflowing with plastic storage tubs, stacks of clothing sorted by gender and size, blankets, toys, crib items, bottles, and more.  Kalli Hill (WKU), Erica Maynard (EKU), Jenny Ferguson (NKU) along with Jake Thomas  (NKU) and Bob Keith  (EKU) dove right in.  There was a friendly disagreement a time or two on whether an item was for a boy or a girl.  There much more laughter and chatter.  Quickly they were sorted and stored in the labeled tubs and put on our new shelving in the storage room.

While the students were working, the FOPL building was open and busy with people coming in and out, bringing donations and taking items they needed.  The volunteers there had an eye on the clock though and by 11:45 had the library table loaded with lunch.  The students were served and all enjoyed the space and comfort as they ate and rested.  The volunteers took turns chatting and answering questions about FOPL and our little village of Paint Lick.

The students had to get on the road to their afternoon place of service, so we thanked them again and sent them on their way with a prayer and desire to have a safe week as they travel throughout the area serving in many communities from Corbin to Louisville. Thank you Baptist Campus Ministries for partnering with us at Friends of Paint Lick.

This group follows a wonderful tradition of student volunteerism at Friends of Paint Lick.  From the beginning, individuals have been drawn to and inspired by the work that Dean Cornett was doing in this small spot on the map.  Still more were attracted after seeing the media coverage when Dean received recognition as a Point of Light in 1991. Schools such as Harvard, Yale, John Hopkins, and the Lexington Theological Seminary have been the places that students have returned to after being challenged by the dream realized. Maybe some of these former helpers will see the fan page @ FACEBOOK or our blog and let us know where they are now. We’d love to hear from them.

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