The Gift of Volunteering

It’s been a while since we’ve posted here on OCVYS.

We’ve been extremely busy with volunteer projects of which many I’ve taken part on myself so you see why I’ve been absent here.

That’s not a complaint either. Really more of a confession. You see, over the past year or two I’ve been looking to find a way to generate and income that would let me work while we’re away on volunteer projects.

I’m not even sure what I Googled but I think it was, make money online or make money while traveling or something scammy like that.

Anyhoo, I met a guy while on a project that sells a gazillion products on Amazon and does it all from his laptop without any inventory.

“How’s that you ask?” Well if you wanna know how to sell on Amazon <<< click that link back there.

What Jon showed me how to do is downright amazing. Continue reading “The Gift of Volunteering”

Looking Back On Hurricane Arthur

The first named storm of 2014 hurricane, Arthur. Hurricane Arthur attained peak winds of 100 mph and was classified as a Category 2 hurricane making landfall on July 4, 2014 over NC’s Shackleford Banks between Cape Lookout and Beaufort.

A state of emergency was declared for all 26 counties in North Carolina. Mandatory and volunteer evacuations were imposed all along the state’s coastal communities.

Damages were limited to debris, cluttered roads, roof damage as well as 44,000 power outages.

Zero deaths or serious injuries were reported even with widespread flooding along the northern coast.

OCVYS Volunteers

OCVYS is a non-profit and being that we’re strictly a volunteer based organization we’re low on funds and high on time.  With that said, when Arthur struck, I wanted to help out with the aftermath and storm cleanup

Our goal was to assist our coastal neighbors in the clean up and distribution of food and water.  OCVYS was blessed with 17 volunteers committed to spend three days in cleanup efforts.

Working with nearly a dozen volunteers we managed to receive donations in the form of canned goods and bottled water.  The trouble was getting the 5 pallets of water and 2 pallets of canned goods to the coast.

After making dozens of calls to local businesses we finally secured a donated panel van for the pallets of water and canned goods. Even better was the dad of one of our volunteers is the co-owner of  which offered the use of one of his party buses to transport all 17 of us to the coast. Continue reading “Looking Back On Hurricane Arthur”

Disaster Preparedness and ReadyNC

Hurricane-Floyd-FloodingMother nature knows no boundaries and North Carolina is subjected to it’s share of hurricanes, tornados as well as ice storms and other weather events.

These severe weather events can leave tremendous devastation and wreckage in their paths. Power outages, especially in severe weather can claim the lives of the elderly as well as young children.  Power outages also cut off potable water supplies for thousands in extreme circumstances.

During the financial crisis of 2008, many U.S. Senators warned of pending martial law if the bill, The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 hadn’t passed.

It’s imperative that our communities become prepared for ALL types of disaster, natural or man-made.

The following preparedness items are recommended for all families

  • Minimum of 2 gallons of water per person/per day
  • 3 week food supply consisting of canned goods and other non-perishables
  • Sleeping bags during for cold weather
  • Cash on hand in case of extended periods of power outages

Continue reading “Disaster Preparedness and ReadyNC”

OCVYS & Habitat For Humanity in North Carolina

Across North Carolina thousands of homeless families struggle to find safe, decent and affordable housing.  Habitat for Humanity is a housing program operating in over 95 countries across the globe. The program builds and repairs homes on a non-profit basis.

It’s important to note that these homes are not “given” to the home owners.  Potential Habitat for Humanity homeowners must have sufficient credit and rental history to qualify for a Home mortgage.

In addition to qualifying for the loan the future homeowner must also contribute labor or “sweat equity” during the construction process.

Habitat for Humanity’s success is attained through a labor force consisting of volunteers, donations and physical materials.

The concept was created in 1942 by Clarence Jordan.  Jordan shared the concept with two friends, Linda and Millard Fuller whom later founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976.

Homelessness across North Carolina

The majority of NC’s homeless population are from counties with large urban centers.  Mecklenburg, Wake and Guilford Counties have the most mounts of homeless with those three counties totaling 4,081 people. Continue reading “OCVYS & Habitat For Humanity in North Carolina”