Thanks again, volunteers, for your enthusiastic participation this weekend in our GSVC project at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Here are the final statistics for the day:
no. of volunteers: 24
total pounds of food sorted: 7832
pounds of food sorted per volunteer: 326
meals made possible per volunteer: 251
February 23, 2002 - Habitat for Humanity.
For the 3rd time in the last 6 months, a group of us travelled to the MIT Habitat House in Lawrence, MA. As always, Mike and Margaret were wonderful organizers and got us going on our day's projects amazingly quickly. The day's activities involved finishing up some of the insulation and vapor barrier installation. Later, we grouped into two teams and tackled the daunting task of drywalling the 1st and 2nd floor closets. (As an aside, the house has a lot of closets). While the 1st floor team appeared to finish their closets much faster than the upstairs, those of us on the 2nd floor took great pride in the level of "detail" we concerned ourselves with, sometimes cutting plasterboard 3 different times to get the perfect fit! It was especially exciting to meet the family that will be living in the house when it is completed later this spring and to have the opportunity to work alongside them. It was great to see the progress that's been made on the house since we were there last December. We had 10 members join us for the day:
Kimberly Hartwell, Jeff Abes, Alex Ensminger, Julie Claycomb, Serena Silver, Adam Brown, Tina Tootle, Jimmy Schappet, Poonsaeng Visudhiphan, Jenn Chang
Thanks to all who participated!
February 16, 2002 - Bread and Jams, Inc. Group Leader: Julie Claycomb
On Saturday, February 16th, a group of nine grad students went to Bread and Jams, Inc., the homeless shelter in the basement of the Old Cambridge Baptist Church, to help with renovations. Those present included Julie Wallace, Alex Ensminger, Aaron Aslanian, Irena Ivanvovska, Joe Pacheco, Paul Herz, Matt Wong,, Dav Clark, and Julie Claycomb. The group worked from 9 am to 1:30 pm on projects that included smashing and removing ceiling panels so that the electrical system could be re-wired. The group also helped in sweeping and cleaning the hallways of the shelter and assisted in odd jobs such as removing 600 pound steel beams from the church and moving large dirt mounds on the premises. The efforts of the group were greatly appreciated by church and shelter members, who claimed that their work was cut in half by the groupís help. Group members felt that the work was very worthwhile and enjoyable, as well as being good exercise! Many said they would like to help with more events of the same nature in the future.
Sunday, February 15, 2004 10:01 PM
MIT Graduate Student Volunteer Corps