Saturday, May 07, 2011

Alabama Details

Have had many people ask for details  Here you go:
  1. We will be working in Alabama for at least 2 weeks, but people can come and help for as short of time as they want. We will get there on the 17th. We will be leaving Memorial Day (but this MAY be extended).
  2. We are staying at the Wesley Center adjacent to the University of Alabama. The address is 505 9th Street Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.   They do have some showers.  Sleeping arrangements will be sleeping bags.  There is a nearby Catholic church as well for those who would like to go to Mass.
  3. If you are flying in, fly into Birmingham  airport.  We can arrange transportation to and from the airport.
  4. There is a chance we will be working in a few surrounding communities as well, but it depends on the number of volunteers we get and the amount of transportation we have.
  5. Food is included.  You will have to buy a t-shirt so we can all identify ourselves. The cost is $5.  If you would like a second shirt, it will cost $10.
  6. Vans will leave SBU on Monday the 16th at 8AM (we will need help packing them on the 15th after graduation).  
  7. Please take work clothes: boots are required.  We also encourage you to being work gloves.  All volunteers must have had a tetanus shot in the last 7 years. 
  8. Transportation will be an issue, so if you are meeting us in Alabama and can help drive, that would be great!
  9. You will want some spending money for there and in transport.
  10. The first van will leave to go back on Sunday.  It will turn around and come back to Alabama on the Monday the 23rd.
  11. If you want to stay longer, we can arrange places for you to stay after we leave.

What to bring:
Space in vans may be tight, this is not an exhaustive list, but here are some recommendations:

  1. A good attitude--by far the most important.  We want hard working and flexible people who want to help.  It will be fun even though it won't go as planned.
  2. Work clothes (jeans, long sleeve tee, short sleeve tee, sweatshirt, workboots (ideally steel toed).
  3. Gloves--leather is best IMO
  4. Sun glasses/safety goggles
  5. Sleeping bag (pillow if you want one--yoga block works great and is smaller)
  6. Flashlight
  7. Phone charger
  8. Digital camera, charger
  9. Towel
  10. Toiletries etc (contacts, toothpaste, toothbrush, etc)
  11. Water bottle
  12. Granola bars etc for drive

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