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Autumn Volunteer Opportunity at Northern Tier

September 30, 2013 11:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Who: Members of the Charles L. Sommers Alumni Association (SAA)

When: Starting Saturday, October 12, and continuing through Friday, October 18.

Project: To remove and replace old insulation in cabins, and to install ridge and turtle vents in cabins and staff living quarters.

Purpose: Proper ventilation and insulation will help keep the buildings cooler in the summer, warmer in the winter, and avoid moisture and mold problems.

Skills Needed: Carpentry, roofing, general labor and a desire to enjoy the best time of the year at Northern Tier!

Volunteers Needed: Whether you can spend part of a day or the entire week, any extra set of hands will help for any part of the work week. Like any volunteer-led and directed project, the more volunteers the better.

Protective Clothing/Gear: Volunteers should bring/wear long-sleeved shirts, work pants, work gloves and hats to reduce exposure to fiberglass fibers. Although the Base will provide safety glasses and dust masks, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses, masks and/or respirators.

Overview: This past June, the ventilation and insulation of every structure at the Base was assessed by a volunteer, Chuck Barson, a professional from Colorado in the insulation business. Chuck spent over two weeks assessing each structure. It came as no surprise that he identified many issues with either ventilation, insulation or both. This project is focused upon the cabins and staff living units, also known as SLUs. Old, damaged insulation will be replaced with new insulation, while ridge and turtle vents will be installed in the cabins and SLUs. We know the fall is a busy time of year and that this is short notice, so whether you can join for part of a day or more, your help is greatly appreciated. 

In order to properly plan for food and lodging, you must contact Jon Gehrke, the Ranger, to RSVP. 


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