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Raven One all over the place…

8 Sep

The last time you heard from us, we were gearing up for fall break and then two months in Charm City working with The Loading Docks. And then Irene stormed up the eastern seaboard, causing massive flooding and millions of dollars of damage. Maybe billions.

The better half of Raven One generously forfeited their fall break to immediately respond to the Irene damage. Kevin, Tasha, Tristan and Eric left immediately for New Jersey and they are working around the state in American Red Cross shelters.

The remaining half of Raven One, Kelsey, Ryan, Ellen, and Marcus were split between Raven teams Two and Four. Ellen and Marcus headed north to Staten Island with Raven Two to camp, of all things, and work with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation blazing trails in the Greenbelt. Ryan and Kelsey headed south to Annapolis to work with Raven 4 building a ropes course at the YMCA.

And of course, Maddy headed south on fire composite to work in the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia.

Although Raven One is currently spread all across the Atlantic Region, we’re all working hard to make a difference in the communities we are serving.

With heavy rains continuing to fall all over the northeast, and widespread severe flooding, nothing is certain for the rest of round four. Hopefully Raven One will be reunited before graduation. Stay tuned for more details!


Leaving Tennessee

11 Aug

Tonight is our last night staying at the Reformation Lutheran Church in downtown Greeneville and today was our last day of cutting. It’s been four hot, sweaty, hard weeks here in Tennessee and we are proud of the work we’ve done. We’ve worked at 12 different houses and cut up countless (or at least a lot more than 12) trees. We’ve created giant brush piles and stacks and stacks of fire wood.

Even though we’ve been working super hard and sweating through our pants daily, there have been a lot of good times.


We’re definitely going to miss Tennessee, but we are looking forward to our next adventure.

Making the news!

8 Aug

Check out our article in the local newspaper, the Greeneville Sun!

Limbing Large!

3 Aug

… Or living large in TN and doing some awesome work with chainsaws. Check out our latest video!

There’s more where that came from!

The Perks of Chainsawing

20 Jul

So, Raven One has pretty much decided that chainsaws are awesome. Over the past three days, with the guidance of Bradley, the Moose Unit STL (Support Team Leader), we’ve grown more comfortable and more skilled with the saws. We’ve also gotten better at troubleshooting all the little unexpected glitches throughout the work day.

Raven One getting things done in Tennessee... with chainsaws

Aside from the pure joy of running a chainsaw until near exhaustion (Just kidding! We switch off regularly to avoid exhaustion while operating a saw!), there are other perks of being in Tennessee.

1. Sweating so much (through your pants!) you don’t have to pee

2. Tennessee is magical:

Probably the most beautiful place Raven One has been

3. Are all the dogs friendly? We’ve hung out with Tennesseean dogs every day so far!

4. We all have our own rooms (for now) while living in the Carson Newman College dorms in Jefferson City.

5. People in Tennessee are super friendly, and we love it!

Round 3 Update: Swampers, Sawyers and Tennessee

16 Jul

Once upon a time, Raven One was scheduled to drive north to Somerville to pull invasive species from the Mystic River from canoes and kayaks. However, due to unforeseen events, Raven One is going to be sent down to Tennessee for a chainsaw disaster mission. We will be working with the Greene County Emergency Management Agency to help the tornado-hit area recover.

This week we’ve been working with Delaware State Parks helping out with park maintenance and training to use and care for chainsaws.

Raven 1 after a few hard, hot sweaty hours of raking leaves at Fort Dupont State Park

We all got back-from-break blisters. Man, if feels good to be doing AmeriWork again!

Don’t be fooled by the footage of those champion Sawyers who can fell and buck (cut down and chop up) a tree in mere minutes. Chain-sawing is hard work! Those suckers get heavy and they’re super scary. There’s nothing better than hoisting a chainsaw up to a tree and not being able to get the image of the saw kicking back and accidently slicing your neck open.

Just kidding. It’s not that bad. Plus we spent the majority of our day learning about safety and then practicing safety precautions throughout the day.

Learning to safely start chainsaws and practicing taking the chain break on and off.

The best part is, chainsawing is really fun. Once you get over the possibility of cutting off extremities, that is.

Ryan limbs a tree.

Raven 1, ready for our chainsaw disaster mission! Greene County, TN, here we come!

Moving Forward

24 Jun

Today, sadly, is the last day of round two. We’ve worked hard helping the good folks of Vermont recover from record floods by gutting and mucking around 30 houses or more. Probably more.

No door to your basement? No problem. We'll still muck it out.

We’ve worked in Barre and in towns north of Burlington. We’re proud of our work here, and happy to have had the opportunity to get things done for Vermonters, and we were lucky enough to work with Moose Seven. (Long live RaOose 17!)

Although we’re all sad to leave beautiful Burlington, we are also excited for summer break.

Stay tuned for details about round three!