YouthWorks is back for the summer! Yay! It is always such a pleasure getting to know all of the wonderful volunteers that come to help out on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Virginia! Each week a group of volunteers joins No Limits for two days which gives us an opportunity to be of service by providing brain injury prevention outreach as well as getting assistance to complete much needed projects! This week we met a fantastic group of folks from Roanoke, Virginia and they helped us to complete a list of much needed projects! Thank y’all so much for all of your hard work. What a great way to start off the YouthWorks season! Check out pics of YouthWorks Week 1 helping us out below!
Helping out with Kiwanis Comfort Dolls!
This group also helped us to build a mobile chicken coop so we can allow the No Limits Hens to free-range without the fear of predators getting to them!
Amy joined to help out. Good work!
Look at all those dolls!
All done! Great work!
After Week 1 built the mobile coop they helped us weed our lowered garden boxes!
…and helped with cleaning up trimmings!
YouthWorks Week 1 it was an absolute pleasure to meet y’all! Thank you again for all of your help!
The beautiful Asiatic Lilies out front of the No Limits sign look very pretty this week!
Jason and Corina came out to see the lilies and to help take pictures on a beautiful day. Lookin’ good Jason and Corina!
Our native Purple Passionflower or “Maypop” has finally bloomed! We hope that it will be pollinated so that it will produce fruit!
Checking the first aid kit outside because it was such a beautiful day! Zel says “It was in excellent condition and we have everything we need”. Great work everyone!
Brandon proudly showing off the No Limits CoCoRaHS Rain Gauge after it collected its first measurable amount of rain. CoCoRaHS is a “grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities.” Brandon will use his findings to help track rainfall in Tasley, Virginia while at the same time assisting the Virginia’s Eastern Shore Chapter of Master Naturalists to better observe weather patterns. Very cool!
Emma and Brandon were busy researching native plants and Adrian snapped a photo. Good job picking out plants and nice picture Adrian!
Maryann and David doing good work making treats for the monkeys at American Primate Haven!
Water on David, water on! Those maters say “thank you!”
Our luffa gourd patch is coming along nicely! We are excited to be growing luffa gourds for the first time, and yes, you are reading that right! These gourds can be used as luffa sponges for the bathroom!
These are what the luffa gourds will look like when they are done growing!
We our proud to have built this Purple Martin House! Amy says “It was very time consuming but it turned out nice.”
C L the cookin’ man getting ready to open up the No Limits Hot Dog Cart for the day. More more more please C L! Those hot dogs are soooo good! Great job!
The day lilies out front of the No Limits sign have begun to bloom! They are so pretty!
These day lilies have got it goin’ on! Pretty pretty!
David, Maryann, and Zel working hard on lunch making day!
Cook on my people, cook on!
Brandon giving the flowers water. Good job!
Amy cool maxin’ and relaxin’ on a beautiful day! Very pretty picture!
For lunch making day this month we had chicken salad and Mexican corn cups! It was the bomb!
Three people working hard! Kyle and Zel are loading the old shed to be delivered to C L, and Rachel is mow-mow-mowin’! Keepin’ No Limits looking beautiful!
Our vegetables are growing up well! In this box we are growing cucumbers and three types of lettuce donated by our friend and board member Laurice Hohlt!
Brandon using one of his favorite tools, the power washer, to clean up the shed pieces before delivering them! Good job!
Our first strawberries of the season. David says “They are some very merry berries!”
Fertilizing the baby trees to help them grow!
Amy, Kyle, and Sherry building the Purple Martin House that was bought with funding from the Billie Fitzgerald Spring Memorial Grant provided by the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District! Amy says “It was hard work and we hope the birds love it!”
Close up shot of our monthly self advocacy lesson with Rachel. Amy says “She is a good teacher!”
Kyle and Brandon playing in the sand box! Just kidding, they were weeding the cantaloupe box. Great work!
Zel givin’ C L and Denise’s dog Charlie kisses! How sweet!
Pretty Amy picking out a pretty inspirational quote to write on the white board before program begins!
Brandon working on his continued education requirements to maintain his Master Naturalist certification! Good work!
All smiles for new pollinator garden equipment! Thank you to the Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District (ESSWCD) for granting No Limits funding through the Spring 2019 Billie Fitzgerald Memorial Grant! We were able to purchase a Purple Martin house, a brand new gardening hose…
…and a CoCoRaHs rain gauge to measure rainfall in Tasley (which will also assist the Eastern Shore of Virginia Chapter of Master Naturalists too!) Not pictured is our new trellis for our native vine type flowers! Thank you so much again to the ESSWCD!
Working hard on Kiwanis Comfort Dolls. Brandon says “They are so comforting they might make you fall asleep!”
Brandon helping out with yard work. Don’t cut your fingers off, only the bushes! (just kidding and great work Brandon!)
Thank you to Claudia Underwood for donating a citrus tree and native Spiderwort to add to our pollinator garden!
Plant on Brandon, plant on!
Brandon having a good time volunteering to set up the Master Naturalist Picnic!
Brandon says “I’m just enjoying the picnic with my buddies! It was fun!” (Brandon is enjoying a picnic with other Virginia Master Naturalists)
Rachel brought her new puppy Jake to see everyone! Steve said he thinks Jake will be a great swimmer and we all couldn’t agree more!
Jason got to meet the puppy too. Aww!
Iesha (the very first Kate Award Winner) came by to visit and to show her support for the No Limits Hot Dog Cart! It was so good to see you Iesha, and thanks for coming!
Last Friday, April 26th, No Limits members and staff were provided with 2 awesome opportunities! The first opportunity was a trip to visit with members and staff of the Mill House Clubhouse for survivors of brain injury located in Richmond, VA!
Brandon checking out the Mill House members’ fish tank!
C L, Matt, and Brandon visiting with members and staff from the Mill House!
From the VBIC website, the VBIC is a statewide advisory council comprised of consumers (i.e., survivors of brain injury and family members, caretakers, and representatives of survivors); licensed, registered, and certified healthcare professionals; service providers; individuals not affiliated with any brain injury program, state agency representatives; and other ad hoc advisory members.
The mission of the Council is to promote accessible, affordable, and appropriate services for Virginians with brain injury and their families by advising the lead state agency for brain injury, the Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
Emma, Brandon, Matt, and C L waiting for presentation time!
A shot from the No Limits presentation.
Shot #2 from the presentation.
Thank you to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services as well as the Virginia Brain Injury Council for inviting No Limits to speak!
Look at all that stuffing! It’s the most we’ve ever seen. Thank you to Fairfield World for granting No Limits a giant box of stuffing to work on our various sewing projects (including making Kiwanis Comfort Dolls and toys for animals in shelters)!
Everyone having a good time (especially Zel – haha!) making Kiwanis Comfort Dolls. Great work!
We celebrated David’s birthday this week! Happy birthday David, and many more! Amy and Brandon also say “More cake too please! It was soooo good!”
Who wore it better? Zel….
or Emma?! Haha! Thank you Maryann for letting us check out your fire fighting gear it was cool!
Everyone is focused on Kamesha’s last nutrition lesson. Thank you Kamesha and the VA Cooperative Extension’s SNAP-Ed program so much for providing nutrition lessons at No Limits this year. We have enjoyed learning with you and also learned a whole lot! Thanks again.