Meet Some Of Our Most Recent Volunteers
2018-19 Winter REACH Home
The Youth Group from St. George’s Episcopal Church in Hilton and Webster Thomas National Honor Society students were among the many families and groups providing dinner for our residents this winter.
McQuaid Jesuit High School
On October 30, 2018, twenty freshmen from McQuaid Jesuit High School and their two adult supervisors performed a variety of tasks to prepare REACH home for its opening in mid-November. This is McQuaid’s third consecutive year of helping REACH.
Naval ROTC building preparation volunteers
Site Preparation for a possible Tiny Home Community
In 2018 a site on St. Paul Street was identified as a possible location for a community of tiny homes that might provide shelter, services, and support for a population of the currently homeless. Above is a 2016 satellite photo of the site. Debris from earlier demolition is evident; more still remains as of Nov. 2018. The large tree was cut down and its ground-up trunk produced the mulch used for a work day on October 20. The rear parking area is barely visible above, hidden by fallen tree limbs and wild vegetation.
In late August twenty-five incoming freshmen from The College at Brockport (yellow t-shirts) filled two dumpsters with tree branch debris as part of their Saturday of Service. Two days later a similar number of incoming freshmen from the University of Rochester (blue t-shirts) removed debris piles, dug up old fence posts, trimmed trees, cleared vegetation and swept pavement surfaces on their Wilson Day. Together these efforts help the visualization of three 160-foot depth land parcels joining as one for a proposed tiny home village on St. Paul Street to aid affordable housing.
In mid-September Natalie and Lucinda from the UR Grassroots Environmentalists worked for about two hours to remove invasive vegetation at the southwest corner of the St. Paul property. The bare soil will be covered with cardboard and then a layer of mulch during the upcoming Saturday afternoon, October 6th River Romance event entitled “River R.A.F.T. (Restoring A Forgotten Terrain)”. This technique blocks photosynthesis for the roots and vine systems that still remain in the soil after the vegetation was dug out.
On October 20 a team of volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints undertook two major tasks at the site: removing surface debris left by a previous demolition of a residence, and covering bare weed-eradicated soil with cardboard and mulch to prevent wild vegetation re-growth and promote a new lawn. In addition to the slideshow below there is a short video, prepared by the LDS group, which can be viewed here.