Continuing with the series of fabulous efforts from the Vida Vacations Staff of Volunteers, the fourth group spent the day at Compassion for the Family, the Banderas Bay Women's Shelter.
Details from Lorissa, our on-site reporter:
The 4th group went to the women’s shelter.
The Project Director said they came in like a stampede, and went to work full force.
The volunteers that signed up for the project knew that this would be a heavy labor day, so that attracted a different group of people. 12 strong people worked from 9-3 to do 2 weeks of work in one day!!
They were building the 2nd floor so all of the 2000 blocks of concrete had to be carried up the stairs or on the pully system they had rigged up to get up to the 2nd floor. They mixed over 300 buckets of concrete, 2 every 5 minutes for 3 hours.
The Volunteers paid for all of the supplies, including 5 professional brick layers. The volunteers said the workers were very courteous and grateful.
The Director, David Zude, is a retired firefighter. He is very passionate about this project and helped out all day as well.
The closest women’s shelter is a state-run shelter in Guadalajara, they just provide shelter, no help.
David plans on helping the women train to find a job or open a business, provide food as well as shelter for battered women and their children.
There is an estimated 50-70% of women in this area affected by some kind of domestic abuse, physical or emotional. Nayarit is the #1 state for abuse to women. There is no government help, no interest and they don’t want to admit it.
When completed, the shelter will house 34 people, and is now 35% complete. There is no completion date, that will be determined by the amount of help that they receive.
The volunteers, although extremely tired and all said they needed massages, also said they would defiantly be back for this very worthwhile cause.
From David Zude, Director, Compassion for the Family - Banderas Bay Women's Shelter:
"The group from Vida Vacations left a little while ago.
I just want to thank PVAngels again for getting us connected.
Their generous donations and work today was a real blessing for us.
I would like to do something like this every week!"
PVAngels thanks all the Vida Vacations Volunteers for their generosity of time, labor and materials in making a difference for the four organizations that really needed the help and support and we are proud of getting them together.
We also thank Ray Dion of PromovisionPV for donating his time and expertise and providing great photography to document the day.
Special thanks too for our on-site reporter, Lorissa, in giving us great insights into all the happenings.
But, we're not finished yet! Stay tuned to read about all the other charity organizations in Banderas Bay that also responded to the Vida Vacations offer of Volunteers and their needs. Maybe you can make a difference in their lives as was accomplished by Vida Vacations.
Read original story.
Read Part 1 at Pasitos de Luz.
Read Part 2 at Senior Center.
Read Part 3 at PuRR Project.
Vida Vacations Staff Volunteers at Banderas Bay Women's Shelter (video by PromoVisionPV)
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