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Wednesday updates

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh on Wednesday. Volunteers bagged fresh produce and delivered it to the homes of 96 seniors. With all of the help, the work went FAST!

Here’s what’s on tap for the rest of this week:

Next week:

  • Monday – Because a lot of people already had holiday plans for Monday, we are going to take the day off.
  • We are lining up events for Tuesday and Wednesday, in case we are still out. Check back for updates.

Thanks everyone!


Thursday Eno River Project – Full

Thanks for your support for the Thursday workday at Eno River State Park. We are full and suggest that if you want to help out, to participate in the Friday event – Help build a Habitat home.

For those of your who are coming, remember to bring leather gloves, and, while we may not need sunscreen, please bring bug spray.

Sorry Scott, there is no “poison ivy spray”. I wish there was…itch, itch, itch….

I will bring H2O, granola bars and gluten free nut snacks.

If you employ Siri or Mapquest and suggest that they guide you to 1751 Riverside Drive, Hillsborough, NC, you will get close. The patch of land is at the corner of Hwy 70 and Riverside Drive. It is at a bridge that goes over the Eno, and it is very close to  a Shell gas station.

Thanks everyone,

Kelly Rimer


One of the EPA people at this morning’s sandy creek outing left behind a lime green porcelain drinking cup with a lime green rubber holder around it and rubber top.  Respond using the comment link below and let us know if it’s yours.


Tuesday Updates – Evening Edition

Hi volunteers!

What a Tuesday – Great turnout at the Sandy Creek  event (follow this link for the Herald-Sun story http://www.heraldsun.com/news/x909262464/Furlough-doesnt-keep-EPA-workers-from-volunteering ). Another great group at the Ronald McDonald House in Durham Tuesday afternoon. And Cheryl and Rick Vetter and a friend from NIEHS jumped in and responded to a plea from the Durham Food Bank for extra hands. You all are amazing.

Some updates for the rest of the week:

  • If you’re interested in the Grocery Bagging event on Wednesday, please note that the morning session is full. The afternoon time has changed. It now is 230. Please contact Cheryl Vetter to sign up (info in post below).
  • The Thursday Eno River project is full!. Scroll down to see updated info and directions.
  • We still need help for the Habitat project on Friday. Don’t worry if you don’t have experience – they will teach us what we need to do.

Thanks for everything all of you have been doing over the past week.

Sandy Creek Event ON for This morning!

Weather expected to be cool and overcast.  Please join us at this park off off 15-501.  Bring a sweatshirt.

Wednesday Oct. 9 Volunteer Opportunity: Note New Afternoon Time

Grocery Bag Prep and Delivery – Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Warehouse

Two sessions 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.  Each session can take 10 people. Morning session is full – thanks!

 We will be doing Grocery Bag Prep, taking the food that the Shuttle has available, then making and delivering grocery bags to low-income seniors or families. The Shuttle will set us up in a production line with everything we need — produce, snacks and bags.  Then they give us we maps and directions, so that, using our own vehicles, we can deliver the bags directly to the people who’ll be using them. The entire group goes to one location, and in most cases, delivers door-to-door.  This usually takes about two hours — from start to finish.

Because they have a small warehouse, they have to limit the size of groups to around 10 people, and if children in the group are under 12, they require 1 adult supervisor for every 3 kids.

RSVP requested to Cheryl Vetter — and let her know which session you will attend. Please complete the waiver at this link and bring it with you on Wednesday.


Directions to warehouse at 1001 Blair Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603 (located just behind the State Farmer’s Market in Raleigh)

From I-40/I-440:

  • Take I-40 to Exit 297, Lake Wheeler Road.
  • Turn north toward downtown Raleigh (towards the Farmers Market).
  • Turn LEFT on Centennial Drive; proceed past the Farmers Market for 0.9 miles.
  • Turn RIGHT at the third traffic light onto Blair Drive.
  • Proceed to top of rise to 1001 Blair Drive, second driveway on your right.

Shutdown volunteer schedule: Info for the week of Oct. 7

Hi volunteers! Here’s the latest schedule for the week of Oct. 7, assuming the shutdown continues.

Monday: Great turnout at Crayons2Calculators, where we sorted school supplies that will be free to Durham school teachers. Thanks everyone!

Tuesday: Two options:

  • Sandy Creek Parkslated for 9:30. to noon   No RSVP needed – and no limit to volunteer numbers! 3510 Sandy Creek Drive, Durham, North Carolina 27705
  • Ronald McDonald House Durham (506 Alexander Avenue: 1-3pm. Come help with a range of indoor chores. No RSVP needed. Contact Kevin with any questions.

Wednesday: Packing grocery bags of food for seniors, Inter-faith Food Shuttle. 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 10 volunteers needed for each session. Waiver form required. See the Wednesday Oct. 9 Volunteer Opportunity post for more details. RSVP to Cheryl Vetter.

Thursday: Eno River State Park canoe launch cleanup. 10 a.m. Meet at the corner of Riverside Drive and US 70 East in Hillsborough (St. Mary’s Road is a nearby cross street). 10 volunteers needed. Scroll down to the Thursday Service Project post for more details and to sign up.

Friday: Habitat for Humanity. 8 a.m. to noon. Never done construction? That’s OK. Come help build homes at Habitat’s White Oak Villas neighborhood in Apex. Habitat will provide equipment and instruction. Please arrive between 8 and 830 a.m. (at the latest), so you’re present for orientation and safety instructions. 20 volunteers needed. For more info, and to sign up go to: http://habitatwake.volunteerhub.com/Events/Event/Summary.aspx?EventID=1434638

Check this page frequently for updates!

Tuesday: Ronald McDonald House

We will be volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House Durham (506 Alexander Avenue) Tuesday afternoon from 1-3pm. Our duties will include a range of chores around the interior of the house. No need to RSVP; they’ll be glad to put to work as many as can come! Contact Kevin with any questions.

Tue event — Sandy Creek Park — Photos and Article

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Durham-Herald Sun article


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Thursday Service Project at the Eno River (if we are still out)

The good folks at Eno River State Park would like us to help make several improvements at the Highway 70 canoe launch. It is located on a small patch of Eno River State Park Land, away from the main park property (see directions below).

They tell me it is a project that has been a long time coming.

If we are still furloughed,  the plan is to meet at 10 am Thursday and work for a few hours. Please RSVP in the comments section. We’ll need about 10 people to make this a go.

We will pull kudzu from trees and shrubs and reestablish the canoe access trail near the parking area. Bring leather work gloves, sunscreen & bug spray.  Wear pants  – long sleeves might be a good idea, too. There are no bathrooms there, but gas stations and grocery stores are within a mile. I will bring the water and granola bars, but you might want to bring a lunch, too. The state park folks will supply tools for the jobs and some extra gloves.

DIRECTIONS- The property itself has no street address –  it is a 1.5  acre open grassy field at the corner of Riverside Drive and US 70 East in Hillsborough (St. Mary’s Road is a nearby cross street).  1751 Riverside Drive is the house right next door to the property –  a GPS use of this address gets you very close, just don’t turn onto Riverside when it tells you to!  There is a sign that reads ‘Eno River State Park- No Overnight Parking’  and there will be a ranger in a truck waiting to meet us.