On Saturday September 20, World Shelters participated in the national Day of Caring. Sponsored by United Way and other community groups including Americorps, the HSU Service Learning Center and the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods, the Day of Caring is a way for local businesses and organizations to take a day to volunteer at a community agency. Assissted by private donors and the Humboldt All-Faith Partnership, we were able to purchase enough sheeting to build one large and two small Q-Shelters. Although the sheeting was of different dimensions than the sheeting we had worked with in the past, Production Manager Rick Bend and his assistant Armand adapted the sheeting to fit the patterns and organized the tasks before the Day of Caring began.Thirteen HSU students and community volunteers joined five World Shelters staff and board members for this project. The volunteers were excited to learn about World Shelters and eager to work. After an introduction from Ellen and a quick clip demonstration from Rick, volunteers were split up into teams for cutting, marking, and clipping. It was impressive how quickly everybody became comfortable working with the clips and sheeting and it took less than 3 hours for all three shelters to be completely cut, marked, and clipped.
It was great to have Michael Twombly, executive director of the Humboldt All-Faith Partnership, come by to see the end result of our volunteers’ efforts. The shelters we constructed will be used locally by the HAFP Arcata Night Shelter, which provides emergency shelter and hot meals to individuals whose housing needs are currently unmet. World Shelters is pleased to be working within our own community to alleviate homelessness in Humboldt County.
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Many people helped World Shelters make this day a success. Many thanks to Los Bagels & Ray’s Food Place for donating food and drinks; Michael Twombly & the Humboldt All-Faith Partnership for contributing to the cost of sheeting; all of our wonderful volunteers; and Dr. Nancy Vizenor of Humboldt State University, whose positive attitude, coordination with the student volunteers, strong organization, and bright & helpful children helped lift everyone’s spirits. World Shelters looks forward to another great Day of Caring next year!