I have had a variety of opportunities with Good News Project over the past 8+ years. Initially I served on the Board of Directors, learning about GNP from the founders, from many who had traveled to the Islands and from local volunteers. I offered an insight to the board without the benefit of having traveled myself. I did volunteer locally with the electronics recycling project.
Four years ago I volunteered globally, traveling to St Lucia with a group of 18 other volunteers. My experience was above and beyond anything I would have imagined. I was able to interact with many locals through orchestrated visits to schools, nursing homes and the prison. I helped paint the walls of the three houses that our group constructed that trip. I worked hand-in-hand with local and GNP volunteers for two weeks, creating many new friendships. The trip was a great way to allow me to serve others without having to make all the arrangements myself. All the planning was done by Good News Project!
Over the last two years I have met many people who had been offered this life-changing opportunity and learned how they served the people in the West Indies on their particular journey. I will be leaving in three weeks for my fourth trip (in a row) and I can't wait!
Donors, supporters and volunteers really do make a difference.
I have been volunteering for Good News Project for about eleven years. It started with a trip to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies to build houses for homeless or poorly housed people. My wife and I went back to St. Vincent for ten years and have seen the poverty and needs of people there. We have made friends and contacts on the island and also with the USA volunteers. We have participated in much more than building houses. Many opportunities for using your skills are available. I have worked on repairing school computers and visiting residents of nursing homes and orphanages, studied local agriculture and visited experimental stations. Members become involved in the local life and culture of the community that they are in. My wife and I also worked on St. Luca last year helping build a dormitory for a school for abused girls. My wife set up a jewelry making project and taught instructors and students the skills needed and provided the materials.
Both my wife and I also volunteer at the warehouse in Wausau from which building supplies, medical equipment and supplies, and school supplies are sorted boxed and shipped to the islands. I have worked in electronic recycling which is a community service and fund raiser. Because of this and my computer skills I have applied for a Microsoft Refurbisher License and now I refurbish and upgrade some of the best recycled computers. They are donated to schools and charities in the West Indies and the Wausau area.
As you can see this has become a very important part of our lives in retirement. It has also been an important continuing education in my life. Thank you Good News Project for the opportunity.
Review from Guidestar
My district is situated in the rural parts of the island of the Commonwealth of Dominica in the Caribbean. The main source of livelihood is fishing and farming. Most times the yield of the inhabitants is barely to feed their families, therefore buildinga proper home is very difficult. as a result, some people live in inhumane conditions with babies, toddlers and other young children. Good news organisation has come to the rescue of such families and has been assisting homeless families in my district for over 30 years now. I am so relieved to see families who had no place to live get a roof over their heads as a result of good news organisation. The volunteers are so willing and generous. They are angels and I thank God every day for good news . Had it not been for this organisation, too many persons would be without a home in my district. Each year in the past two houses were buillt, but unfortunately , through lack of funding, only one was built in 2014. I pray that tthe good Lord will make funds available to the organisation so that more families can enjoy the comfort of a proper home.
Review from Guidestar