We started off day one with the theme of Safe & Sound. We volunteered at a home site out in the county with Habitat For Humanity. The home had been completely destroyed in the devastating storms this past January. Many local residents are not aware that more than 200 homes were damaged, and 11 were completely destroyed during this weather event.
Facing many personal and physical challenges, this homeowner needed a hand up (not a hand out as Habitat Executive Director Ken Manwaring is fond of saying) to get himself and his family back in a safe living situation. Today, campers literally helped to put this house together – donning face masks and work gloves to install insulation (our main task which they completed). They also learned that a clean work site is a safe work site – and despite the muddy conditions, helped clean out and organize the tool trailer; and collected, sorted and stacked building materials.
To tie our Safe & Sound theme together, we volunteered in the afternoon with the Red Cross which, when they are not responding to disasters, teaches people how to be prepared in case of an emergency. We learned about the different ways we can lend a hand (although hopefully we will never need to) from cpr for people and animals to creating bug-out bags. Although not a physical, hands-on volunteer activity like at Habitat, it is no less important a volunteer activity, makes us stronger and more self-reliant as individuals and a community, and helps fulfill an important mission of the Red Cross.
We would like to thank Habitat For Humanity and American Red Cross/South Georgia Chapter for allowing us to be a part of their important work, and Southern Regional Technical College which hosted lunch and our afternoon session.