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Community Service Projects

Alaska

 

28 Days | Summer 2018
Community Service Projects

 

Alaska

 

28 Days | Summer 2018

Alaska community service projects completed in partnership with Tetlin Village Tribal Council, local community members and the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Constructed a 12-by-22-foot deck with safety railing and 6-foot-wide stairs at the back of Tetlin’s Tribal Hall:
    • The deck, railing, and stairs were built with rough-sawn lumber treated with UV stain and sealant.
    • Deck constructed with locally sourced spruce and fir; railings constructed with log poles, lag bolts and plate assemblies.
  • Conducted invasive-weed removal with Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge at Moon Lake:
    • Removed more than six trash bags full of invasive plans from this ecologically sensitive biome.
    • Received extensive educational instruction from Wildlife Refuge contact, Tim.
  • Replaced flooring for Tribal Elder Mena in her 175-square-foot living room and kitchen:
    • Spent several hours organizing and cleaning the area.
    • Removed several layers of existing flooring using scrapers and sanders.
    • Removed and replaced a traditional wood stove.
    • Laid laminate flooring over the entire area and included a HardieBacker protective layer underneath the wood stove.
  • Built 14 book and clothing shelves for village community members:
    • Utilized locally sourced spruce and fir.
    • Each participant contributed design ideas for the Alaska community service projects.
  • Conducted a two-day home-improvement project for Tribal Elder Yvon:
    • Cleared trash from the grounds, cut back weeds, hauled a trailer to the landfill and beautified the landscape using hand tools, lawn mowers, rakes, and electric trimmers. 
  • Designed and built a large 7-by-5-foot A-frame structure for Tribal Elder Bernie’s six puppies (soon-to-be sled dogs):
    • Used locally sourced lumber donated by Young’s Lumber Yard.
    • All lumber used was hand-cut using traditional carpenter saws.

Team Alaska

Leaders: Dustin Bellows, Halley Anderson, Ross Mumford

ParticipantsRicardo Garza, Nathan Granetz, Ruby Ramsgard, Alexander Rudolf, Rees Kenyon, Alessandra Huntersmith, Zhi Zhong Chen, Jack Cherico, Ana Kramer, Kaitlyn Zdybel, Rachel Shaw, Kathryn Murphy, Daniel Lurie, Ethan Brooks

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Leaders: Dustin Bellows, Halley Anderson, Ross Mumford

ParticipantsRicardo Garza, Nathan Granetz, Ruby Ramsgard, Alexander Rudolf, Rees Kenyon, Alessandra Huntersmith, Zhi Zhong Chen, Jack Cherico, Ana Kramer, Kaitlyn Zdybel, Rachel Shaw, Kathryn Murphy, Daniel Lurie, Ethan Brooks

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