Today was a scorcher for February! Maybe not for the Floridians, but it certainly was for those of us from New England. Temperatures on site reached 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Despite the heat, the cadets worked tirelessly on both sites.
Group B continued to put up siding on both houses. Teams of cadets worked on measuring, cutting, installing, and ensuring each board was level. The teams moved quickly around the homes, adding more and more boards each time they went around. Groups of other cadets worked up on the roofs. They installed the facia for the gables of the roof. The heat of the sun hit the cadets on the roof very hard. All cadets were instructed by the Habitat staff and rates to keep hydrated. The heat did not hinder the work ethic of Group B, they worked very well together in small teams to complete their tasks.
A lot of progress was made on the two homes today. This evening 1/C McGrann is instructing the cadets on the fire service and its relation to Emergency Management. Tomorrow Group B will not be returning to the construction sites. The cadets will be participating in Preservation projects. Preservation projects are when groups of Habitat volunteers provide painting and other restoration services to a community. These projects allow for much needed repairs on homes, saving the homeowners money.
One group will head to Wildwood tomorrow, another will head to the Veterans’ Village. The Veterans’ Village is a local neighborhood consisting solely of veterans. All the homes in the neighborhood were constructed by Habitat volunteers, including some of our rates. The Village will also host a dedication of three homes for the families of Veterans.
Following the dedication and work the cadets will feast on a cookout lunch supplied by the local Knights of Columbus. Like everyday tomorrow will be a busy yet rewarding day.