On November 18 & 19, Team Rubicon from the Philadelphia region united to help the volunteers of the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild prepare Gazela for the winter by installing a greenhouse structure over the deck of the ship. This structure protects the vessel from snow and ice, while providing a shelter for the volunteers to continue to work aboard during the winter months. In just two days, the entire framework was assembled.
Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters. At Team Rubicon, “disasters are our business but veterans are our passion”. Team Rubicon strives to find ways to continually engage volunteers outside of active disasters. It enables more people to be able to volunteer and serve with the team, and it benefits communities close to home. Team Rubicon chose Gazela as a unique project that many of the military veterans who served in the navy, coast guard, and merchant marines can connect with. According to Jenna Brandolini from Team Rubico, “winterization of the ship is a bit like disaster prevention; it helps to preserve a piece of Philadelphia’s history.”