MLK DAY OF SERVICE–2017 Walker Creek Ranch School & Conference Center

Martin Luther King Day is a day of service in many parts of the country. This year 60 employee volunteers (including family members in some cases) from Kaiser Permanente’s Sonoma & Marin facilities and 20 AmeriCorps Volunteers participated in the MLK Day of Service at the Walker Creek Ranch School and Conference Center

Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) coordinated and managed their efforts–which is how I came to be there!

On top of accomplishing an enormous amount of warehouse clearing, the volunteers engaged in storm drain clearing, pond algae removal, outdoor clean up and filling 4 large dumpsters to the brim. Kaiser is also funding the purchase of some much needed lodge furniture for Walker Creek Ranch.

Below are a few images, photo galleries, and one slide show from the day. At the end  of the article I have included a link to a more complete set of photos

 Volunteers Assembled

Martin Luther King Day 2017 Walker Creek Ranch

Martin Luther King Day 2017 Walker Creek Ranch

Volunteers

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Volunteers of all ages…including children participated

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Heavy Lifting!! Slideshow

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An image that captures the spirit of the day

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For additional photos go to RTP’s Photo Page

Ah April 16! Another Rebuilding Together Community Workday!

Yesterday, Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) volunteers once again fanned out across the city to work in some of our parks or to help qualifying homeowners with critical maintenance needs. It should be noted that many of the home projects have been underway for some time meaning that it was not all done in one day. The volunteers have been hard at work for many days—rain or shine!

I had occasion to visit some of the worksites on April 16th and offer a few photos of the volunteers at work.  My selection, as usual, is arbitrary and capricious.

PHOTO GALLERY

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MLK Day of Service–2016 McKinley Elementary School, Petaluma, CA

As on past MLK Days, 70+ employee volunteers (including family members in some cases) from Kaiser Permanente’s Sonoma & Marin facilities participated in a Day of Service. Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) coordinated and managed their efforts–which is how I came to be there!

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This year they applied their efforts to various projects at McKinley Elementary School in Petaluma.

  • Helping to transform a classroom and hallway into the home of the STEAM Curriculum (Science, Technical, Engineering, Art and Math facility…a.k.a. the Steam Room). Part of the renovation includes a large wall mural in the classroom and one in the hallway under the design and supervision of Ryan Petersen. The Mural in the classroom will be covered with IDEA paint, a substance that transforms any surface into dry erase surface.
  • Performing garden maintenance and makeover
  • Cleaning and storage closet organizing, classroom cleaning & organizing
  • Constructing  4 heavy duty worktables on wheels which will also be covered in IDEA paint for the STEAM Room and the rehab of kindergarten trikes

Upon project completion the Kaiser grant will pay for a 3D printer for the classroom.  

Below are three photo galleries of selected  images from the day…

I. STEAM ROOM & HALLWAY GALLERY

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II. GENERAL GALLERY

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III. GARDEN PHOTO GALLERY

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COTS Family Center…opens June 27th

Petaluma’s COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) will open the renovated COTS Family Center on June 27th…

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Preparing the facility has required quite an effort by volunteers and others to make the buildings ready for use.

Today, volunteers worked on finishing touches…painting, cleaning, assembling furniture, etc.  I had the opportunity to make a few photos of today’s efforts.

8:30 am the volunteers assembled…

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Then they went to work…

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RTP Faces of… Redux

In Faces of…Rebuilding Together Petaluma you had a photo preview of some of the volunteers at Rebuilding Together Petaluma’s (RTP) May 3rd workday.  Behind the photos (or should I say behind the cameras) were photographers documenting the action and setting up the group photos…

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NOTE– Also check out the RTP YouTube video:   RTP MAY 3, 2014

 

 

Faces of…Rebuilding Together Petaluma

Yesterday, Rebuilding Together Petaluma (RTP) volunteers once again fanned out across the city to work in some of our parks or to help qualifying homeowners with critical maintenance needs.

Unlike past years, this time I rode along with RTP’s Victoria O’Riley to the various sites as opposed to focusing on one or two work locations.  This gave me an insider view of the logistics and planning required to support all of the projects. It also gave me an opportunity to get a bit of a “global view” of the efforts throughout the City…and the volunteers.

In a few days all the photos taken by RTP volunteer photographers will be available and I will pass on the links for those who would like to see them.

In the meantime, I offer a quick selection of photos taken during my  travels with Victoria…

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