Saturday October 27 bloomed with a slight fall weather chill but as volunteers gathered at Hacienda Mobile Home Estates in northern Morgan Hill, the sun established itself and we were treated to beautiful weather throughout our project labors.

Rotary project leader Judy Henry greeted volunteers in front of the Hacienda clubhouse, gave them their t-shirt and directed them to project location. Morgan Hill Rotarians were joined by a group of youthful Japanese friends and by longtime Rebuild project partners Jody and Mike McRoberts and their daughter Shannon, photographer for the day.

We met mobile home owner Tom and our project manager from Rebuilding Together, Lynn Alens. We also got acquainted with the mobile home on the property, placed there in 1976 and never painted before, so in real need to a fresh coat. Tom had done extensive prep work prior to Saturday, removing window shades and moving rocks that blocked skirt panels that needed some repair as well as painting.

One group worked on skirt panel repair while most volunteers spend the entire project time priming and painting the home. We started about 8:30 and finished about 2:30 with a well-deserved pizza break at lunchtime.

The skirt panel team was hindered by a PVC drain pipe that blocked panel placement and against Judy’s advice, cut the pipe shorter to avoid the blockage. Roger Knopf, who cut the pipe, awarded a necklace of PVC pipe segments to Judy during the lunch break, further cementing the camaraderie and good vibes we all had as project volunteers. 

Owner Tom was thrilled with the results after interacting with us all during the day. Thanks to our leader Judy and fellow Rotarian volunteers Lisa Bjarke, Chris Foster, Roger Knopf, Ken Murray, Jan Reed, Brian Sullivan, and Steve Tate, it was a fun and fulfilling day!

For more on this story, see the article in the Morgan Hill Times.