Thank you for your positivity and enthusiasm this week. Your morning costumes always helped me to start my day off on the right foot and you have inspired me to serve with passion and selflessness both this week and beyond. When I remember your attitude I was able to look beyond my exhaustion and focus on the reason that we were here this week. I hope that I will be able to exude the same passion in my life as I finish school, establish a career and build relationships with each community I encounter. Thanks again for making this a spring break I’ll never forget. -Jenny, Butler University
I want to thank you again for the wonderful experience you provided our group. Although I have participated in and led several service trips, this was my first domestic one. Because of the work you do, it exceeded all of my expectations. Each service site that I visited and each local person I connected with had a unique impact on me, and your stories brought the big picture together perfectly. I really appreciate all the work that you do to connect people to a greater purpose and empower us to mobilize in every small way. I hope our work made a difference, but I know that the difference begins now, with 50 people from Ohio State ready to fight the good fight for the rest of our lives. Thank you for creating that experience for us.
Thank you for providing us with so many incredible experiences-from introducing us to Katrina survivors like Jerry, to providing us with so many delicious local foods, to leading us to dance in New Orleans, to helping us find the beauty in everything around us. We feel so grateful to have met you.
Words can not describe how amazing this trip has been. It was truly an honor to have met someone like you. You are one of a kind. I hope this is not good bye but see you later. I’ll always remember “ordinary people can do extra ordinary things.”
You created the perfect environment that allowed us to grow as individuals and as volunteers. Your hard work does not go unnoticed. I look up to the way you view the world and the work and and dedication you have to helping others.
Y’alls love for people and service made this trip (and getting up at 6:30 am) so much easier, fun and worthwhile! Thank you for everything you do. PS the food was awesome.
It’s people like you that give all of us the confidence to be ourselves. Keep doing what you’re doing because you’re rocking it.
You have been a wonderful host. The atmosphere you create is peaceful, amazing and inspiring. Thank you for the amazing food, words of wisdom, and a smile that lights up the entire room!
There are not ways to express all of our gratitude. Your warm heart and beautiful personality will stay with us forever. Thank you for the laughs and memories. Keep doing that Hoo Doo that you do so well!
You really know how to spread the Love...you slather it on real good!
Thank you for a PHENOMENAL week! I wish I could find the words to appropriately thank you for being one for the kindest, warmest, welcoming, loving and selfless people I have ever encountered. You have taught me so much about personal growth and the incredible and mighty strengths of both indivuduals and groups. I am so thankful to be able to carry that with me for the rest of my life. Also if you see your cousins: Ms Marvel, the Mini Muffin Fairy, Tin Man, Mother Teresa or Big Foot thank them too! They made for a great start to the day. We love you! Shine on and keep dancing and loving always!
Your musical taste is on point and made me want to dance in front of people more than ever!
You are quite an amazing person. The things you do for the Earth and humanity remind me there are good people in the world.
I speak of you often to those I meet. I often share the story of the Oak Tree. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of the magic that is life.
Thank you for blending structure and fun so well; you made the trip as successful as it was enjoyable. Keep on keeping on.
People like you bring me so much hope in that your spirit this week has shed light on a lot of troubles I’ve been facing lately. Thank you for creating an environment where I was free to be me.
I can’t say that I’ve met a cooler person than you. I will definitely always remember your spirit and remember you as a role model. I can’t thank you enough for giving us such a memorable, wonderful week.
Hiring the Merry Green Marvel for our 8th grade class trip to the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota for 8 days was a brilliant decision. Not only did we enjoy enjoy a great guide and driver on our journey, Steve was a flexible, experienced and integral part of our trip.The well organized kitchen made for efficient food prep and clean up time allowing us to maximize our time for activities. Above all with patience and ease Steve shared music, a wealth of experience and an overall nurturing atmosphere. We felt quite at home on the bus , snuggled next to huge windows with panoramic views. -Jenny Allen Waldorf teacher
To travel on the Merry Green Marvel will undoubtedly become a unique and cherished experience for anyone fortunate enough to do so.Begin with the comfort of an Amtrak train and the luxury of being able to laydown in a number of different cozy nooks and add to that the option of listening to an expansive and most excellent collection of music.The collective experience of “All hands on deck” meal prep and clean up provides the perfect conduit for social bonding and personal ownership of one’s journey.The captain of the remarkable ship, Mr Steve Lawless, provides an integral part of the joy and wonder of traveling on the Merry Green Marvel.As a driver he is pragmatic, skillful and safe. As a guide he bears a wonderful combination of humor, wisdom, and heart that is at once fun, enlightening and comforting to be around.I feel lucky to have had the experience and hope it will not be my last.-Ronald Schirmer, Waldorf teacher
You turn passion into action. That’s true leadership.-Chance, Tarleton State
I appreciate you share so many good stories with us. It’s a wonderful experience for me to do service here. I made a lot of new friends and we made some changes to the world. (maybe just a little bit) Volunteering is a wonderful thing for me to do because I gain a better understanding of people, environment, culture and all different things. Lin Lin, Ohio State
You have been an amazing leader this week. From the inspirational speeches to the cooking your service is incredibly impactful reaching the corners of the world. The stories you told will live forever with all of us inspiring the future generations of service. The role you took was honestly incredibly challenging, but your enthusiasm during this trip uplifted us all. This trip and your work have motivated me to do more for those around me and remember that the little things matter. -Kunal
From South Carolina Public Radio