Wilmington, NC – to say you are wonderful is an understatement.
This is my second year participating in Alternative Spring Break, and honestly, these first few days could not have gone any better. We departed from Maryville bright and early at 4am, and our flight left around 7:30am. Sleeping on the flight wasn’t really an option for me as excitement for what was to come was a bit overwhelming. Upon arrival in Wilmington, we picked up our vans and headed out to Walmart and then our volunteer facility.
Kure Beach, NC was where our volunteer facility was located. We stayed in dorms at a baptist church. We were also just a 5 minute walk from a beautiful beach, many food places and souvenir shops, and a gorgeous pier. I know that we aren’t in North Carolina to be tourists, but I had to admit that all of this just happened to be a nice bonus.
Our first day we arrive at SeaGate baptist church for a delicious breakfast and there we were assigned our project sites. Our group went with Dave to help rebuild a woman’s house that had suffered major damage from the hurricane. The sheet rock from the ceiling had collapsed and the floor was damaged from flooding. Volunteer groups prior to us had stripped the house of everything aside from a few chairs and appliances that had survived through it all. Our job for the week was going to be putting up sheet rock all throughout the house.
Let me tell you, putting up sheet rock is no easy task. Not only was this house not built to code, but since it had settled so much over the years, there was not a single straight edge in that house, and every single piece of sheet rock had to be trimmed. The first two days, I helped put sheet rock on the ceiling and stuff it with insulation. I quickly found out just how out of shape I was when I had to hold up the boards on the ceiling. However, I will say that I got some nice practice with a power drill while doing this job.
It was rather nice though to finish off each evening at the beach, regardless of the fact that the water was freezing. It was nice to wash away the dust from the day in the ocean. Unwinding from a hard day’s work is important, especially when you have to get up early and do it again the next day. And that’s exactly what we did.
The second part of the trip was all about finally getting into the groove. Since it took me such a long time to understand how to put up sheet rock once we actually got to doing it on the other days it was a piece of cake. I felt more accomplished about what I was doing and I felt like I was really making a difference in the homeowners life. By the time the project was almost done the whole team on the job site was working in the same room to get this house done. It was interesting to see all of the different groups working, and all with different work styles. By the time we were finished on the worksite we had put sheet rock on almost the entire house. Looking back on how the house looked before we started working it almost didn’t look like a house, it was just bare bones. But after the walls were put up it actually looked like someone could live there. I wish that we were here to see how the homeowner liked the progress of the house. But I know that she would have been grateful either way. Looking back on this whole experience I am grateful for all of the skills that I have learned through service. Before ASB I would not have the confidence to do something like this and I would never think that I could accomplish it. I am happy that I have joined ASB and have provided relief to people in need and I can’t wait to do it for years to come.
Well we are all finally home from one heck of a week. This week has been so incredibly humbling. I could not imagine being in the position these people have been in the past seven months. Working with this awesome group of people and seeing the progress we made over the course of the four days was so rewarding. Just to know how much of a difference you are making in someone’s life was the biggest reward. There was so much left to do to get the home we were working on back to “live in” conditions, but we made some really great progress.
I could not image doing anything else with my spring break. This group of people is one of a kind.
On Wednesday we started to see the progress we’d been working on all week. My group spent the week reflooring a trailer home that was destroyed during the hurricane back in September. Our 11 peeps and a few from a church in Wisconsin have been working tirelessly (with power tools!!!) to re-insulate, sand down, and replace the flooring. On Wedneday we got all the floors installed! It was so great to look back and see the work we’ve done and the impact we’re going to leave on this family. Since we were replacing the floor, it was only a matter of time before someone fell through the (not yet fixed) floor (good job, Meredith!), but once someone did, so did everyone else! Looking back on the week, we had many things to laugh about, but especially that. Thursday we re-insulated the walls and got drywall put up throughout most of the house. It was our last day, and we were all teary-eyed leaving the site as we saw all our hard work paying off. Truly a great moment.
Only one day was a little rainy and actually cold, but it ended sunny and warm, so we lucked out. This experience has been one for the books, I never thought I’d be in such a beautiful place working on disaster relief, but here we are! Everyday felt so rewarding knowing how we were making a difference. This is my second year doing ASB, and I’m sad I have to wait a whole year to do it all over again! All of these people I’ve met through NW ASB have truly impacted me in a way I’ll never be able to explain. I’ve made some of my best friends through the last two years with this organization, and I’m sad next year will be my last year! We made memories to last a lifetime, and left feeling accomplished. I have only positive things to say about both of my experiences with ASB, and all I have left to say is that I wish we had another week together.
Until next year, ASB.
We got back home last night. It was a long day of traveling and sitting! But i am very grateful for this wonderful opportunity. This truly has been life changing. I have learnt that even though we stop hearing about natural disasters that doesn’t mean that all the damage has been fixed. It takes months and sometimes years for it all to get remotely close to back to “normal”. And it takes the help from all over to make that happen!
I also loved how everyone was able to come together and accomplished so much even though we knew very little about one another. This week i have grown closer to everyone who was a part of ASB! I honestly have nothing but great things to say. But until next time ASB! Thank you! ❤️
This ASB trip was the most fun I have had in a while. The combination of beautiful weather, fun, good, people, and hard work for a cause, all came together to make for a memorable experience.
My group went to a mobile home and replaced their floor and drywall. We never ended up meeting the owners, but seeing the progress we made over the course of the week was quite rewarding.
The area was beautiful. The weather was a nice change from Missouri’s horrible winter. And the church members were all very friendly and thankful for what we were doing.
We are officially back in Maryville and done with the trip, so after a full night’s rest, here are my final thoughts about the trip.
Throughout the rest of the week, our group hung sheetrock throughout the rest of the house. We finished 4 full rooms, and made good progress on the largest one. It was really neat to see the progress we made on the house, but I wish we could’ve done something different throughout the week. Sheetrock was just a long process.
I really enjoyed our day off on Friday at the Carolina Boardwalk. I enjoyed shopping around, SeaWich, and the beach. SeaWich was delicious, and had really good service. The beach was so nice. It was probably the nicest day of the entire trip. I also had a really good nap on the beach.
The plane rides home weren’t terrible. The second ride had some turbulence, but overall they were fine. I’m glad to be back, but I am definitely going to have some Post North Carolina sadness.
Words are hard to express how amazing this week has been with this group of incredible people. My cup overflows as I reflect on this week and all the fun we have shared together!
It was our last day on site and we got a lot accomplished! We came together as a group and finished up a few more walls of sheetrock while also jamming along to some great music.
We also did an activity to end the night where we wrote little notes to each other on pieces of paper that had our names in the center. Just the encouragement and love I received from this group brought tears to my eyes. I am so thankful for this week. I’ll remember these days forever.
Yesterday was a wonderful day!
To start, we traveled to our area where we eat breakfast and got ready to go to our sites for the day. My group then headed to our site where we would finish doing sheetrock on some walls. It has been a fun experience because my group members all get along well, we laugh, and listen to music together. We have definitely bonded through the hard work and all that comes with it.
I’m really thankful for this experience because the people in ASB are so great. Everyone brings something different to the table and we all have fun doing it! I’ve made some extraordinary friends and memories that will last a lifetime.
I’m so grateful to be serving with these people!
Our first day on the job was a great learning experience. At first, I did not take inititave because I did not know what I was doing. After a few hours of working, I took on other jobs and began working on the back bedroom. We made a lot of progress. We pulled out all the nails out of the floor boards and began getting the glue off.
During the second day, we finished getting the glue off of the floor boards and getting the closet ready. We worked very hard on the second day amd made a lot of progress. We all talked about how rewarding this type of community work is.