Bishop Ryan High School’s senior class spent its National Day of Service at Hope Village, giving village coordinator Steve Carbno and facilities maintenance man Steve Westling a big head start on the campus’ winter hibernation.
The team of 26 people split into five groups and tackled deep-cleaning the site, which sits on the back lot of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Minot. Some teams removed furniture and wiped down walls of the bunkhouses, then tackled dust bunnies and mopped floors before replacing the furniture. Others attacked the recreation chapel and mess tent, tidying things and clearing clutter as Hope Village winds down to its planned shutdown in October.
Carbno and Westling will continue to prepare Hope Village for its planned hibernation, though the rebuild continues.
Oct. 6, the mess tent itself will come down, but there will still be volunteer teams working to rebuild Minot during that time. Those teams will dine in the recreation chapel temporarily.
Subsequent teams will be housed offsite until the OSLC campus opens again in April 2013.
Anyone wishing to bring a rebuilding team to Hope Village between October and April should contact Carbno at 701-240-1495. Teams with carpentry experience are needed to help rebuild Minot.
Also this week, Hope Village received donations from Thrivent Financial and Verendrye Electric totaling $6500.
Thrivent Financial contributed $5,000, earmarking $3,000 for housing and the remainder for food for volunteers.
Verendrye’s donation came in the form of a $1,500 “Round Up” grant that was put toward the purchase of two electric refrigerator/freezer units, which replaced a diesel-run unit that cost $4500 monthly in fuel and repair bills.
The units are used to store food for Hope Village’s volunteer teams.