As someone new to the HandsOn Jacksonville family, and an outsider looking in on the Blueprint for Leadership Program, I can readily say that I have been humbled and impressed by the things they accomplish. From the minute I showed up around 6 A.M. that morning, I understood that this wasn’t your average group of volunteers. Each person greeted me with a smiling face and a warm introduction, followed immediately by a full and heavy workday that involved completely revamping the backyard and indoor areas. I watched in awe as these people teamed up to transform the Family Nurturing Center from a drab and dull building into a shining and bright home.
The inside walls were painted, and the floors were waxed, while other volunteers put together various new toys, bicycles, and board games for the children. All of this going on without complaint, and with some of the best teamwork I’ve seen among people doing something for free, and for a good cause. As I took their pictures, these amazing people managed to shine through all of the gritty and difficult yard work that they would be doing for the next 6-7 hours, and they accomplished something most landscapers could not have by converting a plain and empty backyard into a beautiful picnic area complete with tables, patio furniture, and even a basketball hoop.