My brother and I had the pleasure to meet your “Yellow Crew” after they had been re-deployed from Coos Bay to Waldo Lake. They had been blown off the coast by the remnants of Typhoon Pabuk. Everything they had was wet…
We met your crew leaders and their crew while we were camped out at the “Horse Camp” when they pulled in late in the afternoon on Monday September 30, 2013. My first impression of your team leader was a very positive one. She introduced herself and we chatted for a minute or two. Then she asked if it would be OK if they set up their camp close by. That impressed me. So many times people will just set up camp right next to another camp without asking. We helped them pick one of the drier spots to set up their tents. It was a joy to be camped out fairly close to their camp.
My brother has a generator and some spotlights on stands. We set up one of them to give them adequate lighting to be able to set up their campsite. We also invited them to join us around the campfire as we had dry firewood and it had been raining pretty hard for three days. They accepted our invitation to warm up around our campfire. What a joy it was to get to know them! We offered help to them many times but they mostly politely stated that they were OK. They did ask if we knew where they could find drinking water and we were able to give them direction of where there was potable water.
My brothers son had joined Northwest Youth Corps many years ago, so my brother had an idea of what to expect. He had nothing but good things to say about the experiences that his son had had. I had never heard of your organization before but from what I observed, NYC seems to be a great organization. My brother and I are both retired military and were impressed with the leadership that your team leaders and your youth exhibited. Very impressive! You run a tight ship.
All of the youth that I had the opportunity to get to know a little bit are exceptional young adults. It was very refreshing to see their work ethic and their positive attitudes. Thank you for the work that you and your organization does. You and your organization DO make a difference.
Frank E. Hupp