25 – 29 April Projects and how you can help

Hello All,
 
Yogie and Friends has a big project coming up the week of April 25th – 29th. The Navy Construction Battalion (Sea Bees) on Barksdale Air Force are coming out to help us prepare the property behind the habitats for the buildings from Cellexion to be easily moved in place. They will clear, grub, and level the area for the buildings to be used as den houses. This is the kind of work they are trained in and we are getting skilled volunteer help. This is amazing and we are thrilled to have them. You have no idea just how much so.
 
We want to best utilize this week to get as much stuff done to the Yogie property as possible. We realize we are talking about weekdays that people normally work, but often, as with us military, there are opportunities for volunteers to come out and help during the weekdays. Companies love community involvement and usually encourage their workers to get involved. We are hoping that we can get a lot of help this week.
 
We have a lot of small projects as well that can be done quickly with skilled help. The projects are as follows:
 
Carpentry
Install window in Admissions/Gift shop building
Fix bathroom wall (there are several cuts in the wall due to electrical repairs)
Repair weather stripping on exterior doors.
Finish trim work in building and especially over side exterior door.
Install heavy duty peel and stick floor in Admissions/Gift building.
Install small awning type roof over both exterior doors to prevent leaks and help with rain coverage.
Repair cedar fence and gate as needed.
Possibly metal fence pole installation and overall fence maintenance or repairs.
 
Landscape
Mow and weed eat
Clear brush around property near fences and growth of limbs on fence.
Remove Pampus grass bush near fence (this stuff does cut, so it takes work and care of the person doing it)
 
Feeding Volunteers
Since we will have several volunteers out there helping. We are often asked by others who cannot do the more physically labor intensive work how they can help. We thought about this and thought "How about helping feed them?" We have so many fans who are amazing cooks. We have a grill, outdoor refrigerator for sodas and we do have Powerade and water for everyone, a covered picnic area, and plenty of shade and places to rest. If this is something you could or want to help with, then please let me know. It’s probably a good idea for us to have a schedule of who could do what days. I had made a list of things I was going to buy myself like hotdogs, hamburgers, etc., but thought maybe I could enlist the help of others regarding this too. There may be businesses who can donate with this.
 
Miscellaneous
Bring sunscreen if you feel you need it.
Bug Spray
Closed toe work shoes.
Work gloves
Hats
Sunglasses
Common sense clothing. (No clothing that could get caught in machinery or jewerly. We have seen people lose fingers to rings being caught in stuff. It is for your safety as well as the animals. We don’t need an earring ending up in a big cats digestive tract).
 
 
Our volunteers must be 18 or older (17 for active duty military). Most kids will be in school, so it isn’t an issue anyway. We do ask that you not bring any young children with you during this work detail due to safety issues. Nobody will be able to watch them.
 
We plan to start work at 9 A.M. (The Navy guys will be there earlier because of equipment work). This will be for the entire week. Please let me know what you can volunteer to do and what days. Some may be able to help everyday, but we realize this isn’t necessarily going to be the case. Whatever you can do is greatly appreciated.
 
This is a great opportunity for Yogie and Friends to get so much important work done. I realize that some of the work detail is supportive work and repairs, but it is all in support of these great animals.
 
We have a deadline of July to get the buildings from Cellexion on the property, into place, and modified (that will require another major work detail later) as den houses for the cats. If we don’t get the work done we will not be able to renew our license with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF). We don’t know what that means to the future of our 17 resident animals.
 
Please feel free to crosspost this to people you know who are able to help.
 
For the cats!
 
Jenny
Cell 318-286-1145 


Yogie and Friends Exotic Cat Sanctuary.
128 Fob Lane
Frierson, LA 71027
318-795-0455
www.yogieandfriends.org  
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