By Eugene Anku ’20 Isaac Lee ’19
This weekend we could finally take a break from digging and fully immerse ourselves in the West Virginian culture. Not wanting to lose any time, we woke up early and went straight to the Organ Cave. We learned so much about the Civil War and how the confederate soldiers tried to get gun powder without being discovered. We did laundry on Saturday afternoon and had a very interesting conversation about history with an elderly person in the laundry service. Then we went bowling that evening, surprisingly Isaac won and got a high score of 143. He tried to play two songs in the jukebox but it never got played. On our way back, we picked up Overlord, a Nazi zombie movie for our team bonding activity. The movie was amazing and we learned so much about history and science fiction. On Sunday, we moved out from our first home and went to our second home. It is extremely spacious and it has more than one bathroom. We got Wendy’s for lunch, which in our opinion, is much better than Burger King. Our new residence has a basketball court so we played basketball all day long. We are all excited to work at the new site tomorrow.
By Matt McMullen ’20 Cooper Feiner ’20
Today was our first rainy day, which made the ground muddier, but, luckily, we all had our muck boots to get us through the day. We worked on siding and putting up J-channel for the soffit. We split up into two groups, one group working on the porch and the other group working in the back of the house. Today was the last day we worked at the site we’ve been working at since Monday. We’ve been building a house for Nikki and her family. We are sure going to miss the dogs that laid around the yard!
By Archer Euler ’20 and Adam Schnitzer ’20
Today we continued to help with moving dirt around the house. We split into three groups. One group had went inside of the house to begin mudding the walls around the house. Another group had organized the shed towards the back of the lot as well as organize the lot itself by picking up the scaffolding and picking up the planks that lied around the house. The last group had shoveled the final dirt pile and moved it to the sides of the house. There was a plenty of shoveling and picking at the dirt like it has been for the past couple of days.
By Isaac Lee ’19 Eugene Anku ’20
Today was a half day, we went to the construction site and finished up digging so we can make a lovely house for the family. The work was hard but the sense of completion was satisfying. The fact that we completed the work in one and a half days was just amazing! Before we left, the van got stuck near the creek. The camaraderie involved in pushing the truck showed how much we have bonded over a few days. We gathered all our strength at once and pushed as hard as could to get the van out. We had lunch at Jim’s Drive in and took a picture with the manager who posted it on social media, check us out! Afterwards, we went to the Greenbrier Hotel which is a “secret” declassified underground bunker, it was so cool! They talked to us about the bunkers history and the reasons why it was constructed, mostly due to nuclear warfare during the Cold War. Now we need to get some rest so we will be energized enough for tomorrow’s work 🙂
By Andrew Fellows 19′ Matt Majeske ’19
Today, we started off removing dirt from the house’s foundation, as well as finishing drywall on the interior. We met Mike, a United States army veteran who regularly volunteers with habitat. We got to know him through his stories when he was in the army and as well as his life in West Virginia. After lunch we back filled the dirt after the dimple board was placed around the foundation. Dimple board is there to protect the house’s foundation from frost. We finished are day by packing in the remaining dirt and sharing stories with Mike. We exceeded his expectation of all the work we got done.
By Matt McMallen ’20 Cooper Feiner ’20
On the first day of the service trip our first project was putting up drywall. We also met with the future home owner chrissy. She helped us out along with Gerald the drywall expert. Jerald showed us how to cut and put up the drywall. Within 10 minutes we all knew what we are doing and we were on our own. It was a pretty simple project but it was very exhausting.