Christina and Greg pose for a fancy photo
Our team returned to Vinton, Iowa after 6 long and hard weeks of living life on a farm and trail building in Evendale, Ohio. Vinton is the location for the North Central Region Campus and was where we began our term in NCCC, back in February. For our second round, we were assigned to work with the Vinton Parks and Recreation Department (VPRD). The project will give us a variety of different experiences as each week we will have different goals and locations. The first goal we had was to prepare the community swimming pools to be opened on Memorial weekend. This required scraping of the old paint from three large pools and painting using two-part paint. The pool is painted every one to three years. With a team of 9, we were successfully able to have it painted in a week.
There is also a large slide that is being painted as well. This requires lots of scaffolding and no fear of heights. We are slowly realizing that heights is a common fear on our team which means the two to three people who aren’t afraid have a lot of things to paint and assist with. We are hoping to work on these fears together as much of this project so far has required ladders and scaffolding.
Site Supervisor, Brian, puts finishing touches on pool
We are excited for the experience with working with this organization and meeting the locals in Vinton. This organization is actually one of the first non-profits that asked for an AmeriCorps NCCC team when the campus in Vinton, Iowa was first established in 2008. The VPRD has received teams ever since and it is a blessing to be the team assigned to work with them.