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Past IBTTA Service Projects

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2018 Milk & Honey Farms, Harrisburg, PA

On Sunday, June 24, 2018, IBTTA and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) led nearly 150 volunteers at a community service project at Milk & Honey Farms (link is external), a nonprofit farm that focuses on veterans and provides fresh fruit and vegetables for those at risk for hunger in South Central Pennsylvania. Milk & Honey Farms is and operated by Army Veteran Tim Wallace. For the past ten years, the IBTTA Service Project is associated with the Maintenance & Roadway Operations Workshop.

2017 Bastion Veterans Community of Resilience, New Orleans, LA

Bastion, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is an intentionally designed neighborhood in New Orleans for returning warriors and families with lifelong rehabilitative needs. Through their powerful community model that empowers neighbors as volunteers in a warrior’s care plan. Their strategy is "Community as the Intervention."  At Bastion, warriors and families live in a planned community alongside other purpose-driven adults. The community is designed to foster informal neighboring and enduring relationships. Bastion sustains a thriving recovery from the wounds and casualties of war, a critical step closer to their goal of creating a holistic center with medical, mental health, legal, vocational and therapeutic assistance and programs. 

In 2017, in partnership with Rebuilding Together New Orleans and with the support of our many sponsors, more than 60 IBTTA volunteers converged on the Bastion Community for a day of service. In a day of meaningful and exciting projects, we planted, built, installed, dug, and constructed throughout the community, bringing them one step closer to a completed community. This property will serve as the replicable model for national expansion. Learn more.


2016 Building Bridges at Fort Adams, Newport, RI

Fort Adams, named after President John Adams, is a former United States Army post established on July 4, 1799. Today, the Fort is a part of the beautiful Fort Adams State Park located in Newport, Rhode Island. The majority of the Fort and state park is in good condition and used for a variety of purposes that serve the community, including hosting the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Unfortunately, some parts have been kept from public access for over 60 years due to deteriorating conditions and in need of extensive funding and rehabilitative work and attention in order to make it accessible to the public. This year, IBTTA, along with over 200 volunteers, including the local Boys and Girls Club and the James L. Maher Center, a group that works to integrate individuals with developmental disabilities into the workforce, contributed to the restoration of the fort by constructing two bridges across the original moat of the Fort, building staircases, and carrying out an assortment of smaller projects throughout the grounds.



2015 White Fields, Oklahoma City, OK

On Sunday, May 31, 2015, IBTTA volunteers spent a full day working on projects, big and small, along White Fields staff and residents. On a 140-acre campus of residential cottages and facilities, White Fields cares for abused and neglected boys and provides a place to call home. We had projects for everyone at every skill level. Many of the Oklahoma Turnpike's local contractors donated in-kind materials and heavy equipment in preparation for our arrival. The project list included rebuilding a small fishing pond and creating a nearby seating/hanging out area for families; an asphalt sealing, patching and lining project; tree planting (to the tune of 57 trees, all of which were donated), painting in the cottages – and even cooking for all of the volunteers. The Kansas Turnpike maintenance group also joined us and donated much-need signage for the campus.


2013 Camp Sunshine, Portland, ME

On Sunday, May 19, 2013, IBTTA volunteers took over Camp Sunshine whose mission is to supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family—the ill child, the parents and the siblings. Nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake, we went to work mowing, raking, mulching and debris cleanup, painted 3,000 feet of fencing, stained and built a dock on the lake and much more. Camp Sunshine is staffed almost entirely by volunteers (2,500 of them annually!) and since its inception, has provided a haven for over 40,500 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.


2012 The Harvesters, Kansas City, MO

On Sunday, October 14, 2012, IBTTA worked with Harvesters, a Community Food Network that feeds hungry people throughout a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Our work at Harvesters involved a facility/grounds improvement project at the main food distribution warehouse. The work of our volunteers provided support to the Harvesters organization that helped to feed more people in the Kansas City community.


2011 Hands On Nashville, Nashville, TN

On Sunday, October 23, 2011, attendees had the opportunity to assist Nashville’s flood recovery by participating in a special waterway clean-up project aimed at unclogging the natural water flow by removing trash and debris from a local waterway and its neighboring banks. This project was IBTTA's highest level of effort, most challenging and most talked about to date. View our Video.


2008 Rebuilding Together, New Orleans, LA

On Sunday, October 12, 2008, IBTTA joined forces with Rebuilding Together™ New Orleans (RTNO), a local affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc. and a program of the Preservation Resource Center, to sponsor the home of a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Through its charitable Foundation, IBTTA raised funding to support the construction and administrative costs associated with this project as well as gathered a group of energetic volunteers to paint the house of our sponsored family. We spent a day with our colleagues and friends to make a positive difference in the lives of a New Orleans family.