Vanceburg View: The Latest News From the Glenmary Farm

Posted: 4/15/2013

An Update From Glenmary's Volunteer Office

Joe Grosek, Glenmary Volunteer Program Director

Spring 2013

Hello everyone! Wow, we just completed another great alternative spring break—five consecutive weeks with great volunteer groups.

I would like to thank and congratulate the following groups for making March a great month of volunteerism: Eastern Illinois University Newman Center, Charleston, Ill.; Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa; Loyola University, Chicago; Loyola University Maryland, Baltimore; Saint Anselm College, Manchester, N.H.; Saint Xavier University, Chicago; University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind.; University of Southern California Caruso Catholic Center, Los Angeles; Walsh University, Akron, Ohio; Archbishop Hoban High School, Akron, Ohio; and Guerin College Preparatory High School, Chicago. What did these groups do?

Volunteers Work on Expanding Gym Side
of Old High School Space for Pantry Use

We want to express our deepest thanks to the new owner of the old Tollesboro (Ky.) High School building, who has granted the Lending a Helping Hand Food Pantry use of the entire space. Farm volunteers have been working on expanding the gym side of the school, making it more user-friendly. This expansion allows us to pack food boxes and store food more efficiently.

Because of the increased available space, Lending a Helping Hand also has been able to set aside more rooms in the building for storage of baby and toddler items. And the sign-up process for assistance is now more efficient and accurate.

Due to the owner's generosity, the pantry will be able to better serve those most in need in Lewis County. The new space is truly a Godsend.

Construction Efforts on Low-Income Housing Continue Despite Cooler Weather

Even though the March weather didn't cooperate, our volunteer groups also served at multiple construction sites for People's Self-Help Housing Inc., the nonprofit organization that addresses the housing needs of low- and moderate-income residents in the county. Groups worked on tearing down a burnout at Catelyn Corner and then started framing up a new house for the homeowner. They also worked on a new house in Rock Run and another one in Fuller Branch. And they helped with small rehabilitation projects throughout the county.

Groups Work at Local Home, at Future Bed-and-Breakfast Training Site, on Other Community and Farm Projects

Farm groups also completed some work on Katie and Dorothy's home in Salt Lick, replacing a door, building a shelf, and doing extensive cleaning. And they helped with getting an old house ready as a new Bed and Breakfast—which will also be used for job training of needy Lewis County residents in how to operate such a business.

In addition, they completed several small jobs in the community. And they carried out some much-needed maintenance at the Farm itself—such as covering the garden with compost in preparation for the growing season, if it decides to come this year.

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Efforts to Be Better Stewards of the Earth
at Glenmary Farm

Due to a generous donation, Glenmary has started to replace all the toilets at the Farm with low-flow toilets to preserve water. And in April, I hope to replace some of our outside lights with new solar-powered lights.

If you have any other suggestions or want to provide funds to make the Glenmary Farm greener, please contact me at:

Joe Grosek
Glenmary Volunteer Director
P.O. Box 7
Vanceburg KY 41179

Wish List

If you're able to donate, or help fund the purchase of, any of the following items needed at the Glenmary Farm, contact me for further information. Thank you!
• Couch
• Solar-powered outdoor lights
• New power drills
• Lawn mower
• Weed trimmers
• Shovels
• Rakes
• Trimming shears