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Volunteers Strive to Inspire Others

By Mike Ruben, State Journal

1261 days ago   Article ID# 1105704
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CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA (State Journal) - They call it the “We Believe Project.”

Two young women from Indiana are devoting their summers to helping charitable causes as they work their way across America. Egle Vaitiekute, 23, and Sylwia Pilat, 22, began their journey in 2010 with a six-state trip through the storm-torn south.

West Virginia is the 10th of 16 states they plan to visit this summer. They arrived in the Mountain State on July 4 after assisting with an African American Festival in Baltimore. They plan to continue volunteering their time each summer until they mark all 50 states off their list.

“We believe that if we all come together we can make the world a better place,” Vaitiekute said.

The friends from Purdue University are assisting with Habitat for Humanity construction project in Kanawha County. They spent July 5 painting the block garage of at new home site in North Charleston.

“We help with Habitat for Humanity. We work with the visually impaired and the disabled,” said Vaitiekute, a Purdue graduate who works as a waitress with the exception of the summer months. “We want to help change people’s lives by providing hope and to be an inspiration for others to do the same.”

Pilat said they get as much back as they give.

“Volunteering has so many benefits,” said Pilat, who will be a college senior this fall. “I’ve learned new skills, visited so many different places that I would not have been able to see and met so many wonderful people. We enjoy helping others, but we get a lot from it, too.”

From Charleston, the duo will travel to the mountains of Virginia to assist with maintaining the Appalachian Trail.

Their journey is documented in their daily blog at www.webelieveproject.org.

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Updated 1261 days ago   Article ID# 1105704

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