The Spring and Summer at Saint Nicholas have not been what we expected or hoped for. The Coronavirus has derailed much of our plans, notably our long-awaited repeat mission trip with Appalachian Service Project. When the news broke that we would have to cancel our 2020 trip, our team had a Zoom meeting to discuss our next steps. We unanimously decided to stay engaged and keep that week devoted to helping others. So we began brainstorming ideas of local service projects that we could get involved with safely, and we couldn’t be happier than the plans we came up with!
The week of July 6-9 we began our service projects with a packed slate of home repair jobs with Project WARM. Normally, the work with WARM is a construction project that takes place on our Church property and is delivered to local homes for installation at a later date. However, due to the pandemic much of their jobs have been slowed down and in some cases even shut down. When we arrived on our first day, the crew leaders thanked us for not only offering our time to help, but for being the FIRST VOLUNTEER GROUP to assist them since the shut down in March!
With projects ranging from exterior painting, to landscape work and major interior demolition, our two teams were put to work immediately. We ended up helping six separate households (and braving some pretty wet weather in the process). We’d like to thank the other adult leaders: Alexandros Theodoropoulos, Doug Brown, and Barbara Harris for volunteering their time with the kids.
The next week we had two more service projects led by Mike Bostic and Manny Miliotis. Mike and Manny were joined by a dozen more volunteers during the two days focusing on a Church campus beautification project on the first day, and some landscape work for one of our homebound families on the second. These two projects were such a great way to get our faithful involved in Church ministry again, and made huge impacts (especially on day two) to the areas the teams focused on.