By Malea Guiriba
Hastings News, Posted March 4th, 2011
Earth Day is coming early to Hastings. From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hastings Branch Library, Flagler College Students in Free Enterprise will present Conservation Cadets Day. Earth-friendly activities and information will be the order of the day as the SIFE kids help Hastings reduce, reuse and recycle.
For the past 27 years, volunteer teens and adults from St. Catherine's have been coming to St. Augustine for week-long stays on two occasions each summer to perform a variety of tasks for the elderly and others in need.
There were nearly a dozen that mid-July afternoon performing a variety of activities at Bing's home. Add to that workers from the Housing Partnership, and it was difficult to find a spot to talk that wasn't occupied by someone painting a portion of the house, cutting lumber or performing one of a number of other tasks required to transform Bing's home.
Volunteers from St. Catherine's Catholic Church in Orange Park work on the Bing home as part of the church's Urban Plunge project. Volunteers with Urban Plunge have been coming to St. Augustine to perform a variety of tasks for the elderly and disabled for the past 27 years.
Weatherization includes fixing leaks in appliances — such as a gas stove — and improving insulation. Making the house less leaky also improves air quality.