Posts Tagged ‘volunteers’

20 Years of Change?

September 7, 2011

The More things Change, the More they stay the Same!

Somehow we missed among other things, the 20th anniversary in July of this article about one of our beloved volunteers at Friends. Katie Rollins is actually much more than a “volunteer”. In so many ways she represents the soul & spirit of Friends of Paint Lick and the legacy of Dean Cornett.

We thought about adding a picture of Katie, but couldn’t decide if it should be a picture from 20 years ago or a more recent one. So for now at least we’ll go without one. Katie has changed (for the better) her appearance & a lot more. Maybe the word ‘experience’ would be better than change. She would be the first to say she is a lot wiser!

The Village of Paint Lick has changed the most in those same 20 years. Take time to read this article as it appeared in the New York Times, July 1991. Economic crunch is still with us; Uncle Tom’s is gone; thanks to Dr. John & his staff at the clinic, the healthcare in Paint Lick is dramatically improved.

As we remember the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this week try to include all the good things before and after which will surely give us all a better perspective.

Realted Post: Christian Ministry in a post 9/11 world.


They came, they worked, they left

March 10, 2010

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.

Meet two faithful volunteers

September 22, 2009

By Katie Rollins

Longtime Residents and Faithful Volunteers.
 Ruth Lamb Denny is my neighbor of more than thirty years in the Lowell area of Paint Lick Ky. She and her husband Ballard Jr. live within hollering distance of my home. Ruth became a volunteer at Friends of Paint Lick long before she knew she was such and I’ll estimate that time at just around fifteen years or so. Bringing in good smelling food and delicacies that made me ashamed to say I could cook, Ruth was always way ahead of everyone when it came time to feeding the crew at ‘the building’…. and my gosh! could she cook! Ruth’s homeade cornbread salad was always a hit and her soup beans in a quart mason jar with a chunk of onion and squares of baked cornbread were just more than we could take in. Really, more food that I can talk about here, was brought in by the handfuls.   FOPL09RuthDennygrgranddau
 We all love Ruth here at Friends and miss her when she don’t get to stop by but she knows that, already. This photo was taken of Ruth at The Friends of Paint Lick with her great granddaughter Melanie Durham lying across her lap. Melanie is probably all of two months old here and is the proud first daughter of Mike and Jodie Durham and the granddaughter of Joe and Debbie Denny who all live on The Old Railroad Grade, just a little over a mile from Friends.

Bertha McQuerry also of The Old Railroad lives just down the road from me a little over a mile. I cannot really recall how long Bertha has been with us here at Friends but she’s usually waiting whenever we open the door and it’s not unusual to find her with a sack of big red tomatoes from the garden that she still tends down over the hill at her house and a big garden it is. too. Bertha saved seeds for me this past year for the Mr. Stripey Tomato and come time for planting, I was giving plants away. She loves our long adventurous road trips to the outreach centers for overloads of clothing. Bertha is always willing to help others, especially her friends at The Senior Citizens Center of Lancaster She is one very busy lady and we all love her at Friends.
So you see, while our volunteers are working, they’re also eating and always happy when visitors drop in, especially the young ones. 
Bertha holding Helena Stauffer Todd

Bertha holding Helena Stauffer Todd