Posted by: universallearningcentreblog | January 19, 2011

A Fly on the Wall by Dana M. Jean

Unloading books

Unloading Box After Box

The boy in the picture yesterday may have witnessed a scene like the one in this photo.  25,000 books translated to over 500 boxes and quickly filled the shelves to over capacity.  It became quickly apparent that our small space was indeed way too small.  By far.  A fly on the wall would probably have been getting a good chuckle out of the team trying to figure out what to do with the overflow and how to unpack and organize such a large load of books in just one week.

Pictured here is Chris Barnicle who kindly volunteered for the week to help unload and shelf books.  Chris has been a friend to ULC for years, and in all reality, has been with us since before ULC was even a formal organization.  At present, he is serving as Director of Global Operations and is currently planning, among other things, a fundraising event in Virginia (more details to follow in a future blog).  We’re not entirely convinced Chris knew what he was getting himself into, but he was more than a good sport and in fact had a wonderful trip.  And, truth be told, it would have been nearly impossible to complete the task of unloading, categorizing and shelving the 25,000 books without him.

Outside of ULC, Chris works for Capital One.  Prior to Capital One, Chris worked with both large and small companies and managed to stay involved with both the local and global community through his time as a Big Brother in New York City, on the Board of Directors in New York City Street Projects, and over two years spent in Guatemala as a volunteer with the United States Peace Corps.  He received both his Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

In addition to Chris, in blogs to follow, you will meet the rest of the volunteers who travelled to Haiti in October as well as the ULC staff.  We’ll also share pictures of the community and some of its members.  To finish off this post, however, we thought we’d leave you with this picture of Chris enjoying the local cuisine.  Doesn’t it make your mouth water?! Chris Eating

Chris Noshing on Haitian Home-cooking

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