Raven 1 team member, Henry, makes new friends, and sees old ones all in one week.
This past week was quite eventful. Throughout the entire week we had a group of volunteers from Le Moyne College in New York having an alternative summer break. These people were awesome! Every single one of them was unique, dedicated, and awesome! Shout out to them! We had tons of fun! I even got invited to their housing at a local church to go give them a performance, so I played piano and sang for them which was about as therapeutic to me as it was entertaining for them. They were just a great bunch of people doing great things with their free time. I commend them.
Then, Saturday we had another AmeriCorps NCCC team join us for our work day. Raven 3 flew in from Perry Point, and helped us do some major dirty work. We took out cabinets, carpet, and years and years of old furniture, toys, books, and other items from a house, which the homeowner had stored years and years of belongings, so much so that it impeded her living space. This eye-opening experience was perhaps most hard hitting when I realized how much hard work and dedication it takes for someone who holds to remedy this situation. It was perhaps the most work I have seen a NCCC team do since I have been here. The sweltering heat and disgusting nature of the job did not discourage anyone. We were all positive and overcame, and triumphed. As if I did not already feel very accomplished, it was all verified when I overheard on the worksite today someone complimenting the team to our team leader, commending how amazing of a job we did. Good times. Won’t be forgotten.
As much as I love my team, it’s so refreshing to socialize with people you don’t live with 24/7. They verify you haven’t gone completely crazy just yet and falling asleep at 8:30 is not a crazy notion after the hard work completed every day.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle-