Today the cadets were divided into four crews. Two crews were sent to the two regular worksites. The other two were sent on missions for Habitat.
The first crew was led by 1/C Sullivan. Her crew worked on preservation projects for the community of Wildwood. The cadets painted homes and removed dormant wasp nests from the rafters. Habitat’s home preservation mission focuses on the external maintenance of homes. Volunteers partner with families based on income and the families’ willingness to help.
The other crew led by 1/C Gill led a cleanup of the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Wildwood. Restores are Habitat For Humanity’s version of a thrift store. They receive donations of clothing and home goods that they in turn will resell. All of the proceeds go right back into Habitat building projects. The team assisted the staff in the donation section of the store. They removed items that were deemed unsellable and organized the items to be resold.
Back at the build sites the jobs progress continued on a number of fronts. Site 1 finished nailing off the OSB (Oriented Strand Board) sheathing. They raised all the trusses and hurricane strapped the rafters. Site 2 added in the corner rafters. On the backside of the house, the cadets began working on the roof. Both worksites will continue on the roofs tomorrow.
To cap off the night, the cadets received instruction on Pollution Response in Emergency Management from Professor Coonan. Finally, the rates and faculty trooped to the local Publix on mission filled with joviality and high spirits to gather sundries for tomorrow’s cookout. We look forward to finishing our first week on a high note, and an evening of camaraderie.