OAK HARBOR, Wash. (NNS) -- Sailors from Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 contributed 448 man hours in a community relations project with Ryan's House for Youth Sept. 26-27.
Service members participated in removing and sorting the contents of two barns on the property. As a part of their volunteer project, the group of volunteers separated scrap metal, reusable items, trash and hazardous material.
"The help the Navy has provided is absolutely wonderful," said Carol Frank, a volunteer at Ryan's House. "This opens up the opportunity to fix the barns and turn them into workshops and art centers. The amount of work the Navy volunteers have put in during two days would have easily taken us six months to do."
Established 16 years ago, Ryan's House provides a safe environment for students ages 12-24 who have experienced difficult circumstances in their home life to receive mentorship, clothing and nourishment.
"Having the guys and girls from the Navy come and volunteer is uplifting for all of the kids and gives them hope," said Frank.
The service members laughed and smiled as they worked and many look forward to future volunteer projects in their new Whidbey Island community.
"The community has graciously welcomed VP-4 to the island," said Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Moss. "It is nice to give back to the community in a way that shows that we are thankful and here to contribute in a positive way."
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