Jen’s phone is ringing constantly. Home owners who have seen our volunteers busily and expertly clearing and gutting homes want the same for their own properties. Just like in Japan, the dedication of our volunteers and their visibility in the community goes a long way towards fostering an atmosphere of trust. It means a lot to a disaster-impacted community that people would come from all over the country to help them. More than the psychological gains, people have heard that we finish the jobs we start, that we come when we say we will and that we’ll work hard all day with smiles on our faces. “They are just troopers!” one lady exclaimed to me yesterday after seeing our volunteers on her neighbour’s house. It does seem like we need to make the logo bigger on our shirts though as most people call to request help from those wonderful “Helping Hands” people!
Our Project Minot flood response shirts finally turned up last night so hopefully with four crews out today in brand new, clean (for the first five minutes, perhaps) All Hands t-shirts, a few more people will know the good name of All Hands Volunteers!