Although 8-year-old Livi Howland was capable of sweeping up the nails other volunteers had pried from planks of wood, what she really wanted to do was join the adults in their labor.
“That’s not as much fun,” Livi said when someone offered to find her a broom. A few minutes later, her mother, Erin Howland, supervised as she and her twin brother, Mac, carefully used hammers to coax the metal-ware from salvaged wood.
The attitude among volunteers like the Howlands, who spent their Monday completing the Baltimore nonprofit Civic Works’ day of service, was that every little bit helps.
A smaller turnout did not hamper the group of several dozen people who volunteered to...