The WSPA South Puget Sound Chapter is seeking volunteers to assist with the Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful Project.
Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful (Tacoma, Washington) organizes volunteer crews to paint the homes of low-income seniors and low-income people with disabilities in Tacoma/Pierce County. During the summer of 2008, more than 1,600 volunteers painted 80 homes.
We are now exploring the possibility of having a WSPA led group commit to painting a home this summer! Because we are a new group, we would be assigned a smaller, rambler house that is not in need of repair. The commitment would be 4 hours on a Saturday or Sunday for 3 to 4 weeks. Pressure washing occurs first, then approximately 2 weeks of drying time, then scraping, then a week later the painting (all dependent on our beautiful Northwest weather, of course). So, it would be a total commitment of 12 to 16 hours in July and/or August. Also, it is acceptable for families and friends to participate, as well as children over age 10.
Please respond to
if you are interested in participating, or if you belong to another organization that is looking for a community project that might wish to work with us.
Why would you want to become involved?
Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful is a great community service project for all sorts of groups. In addition to the primary purpose of the program -- helping someone who can no longer afford to maintain their home -- there are a number of reasons why it's a good project for most groups.
1. It's a short-term commitment": the crew coordinators have two meetings in June ( Orientation & Training;  meeting with the homeowner), and the entire crew has work parties (scraping, priming, possibly making some minor repairs) from mid-July to mid-August, culminating with the final coat of paint being applied on a Saturday in early August. (This is the schedule for most crews, though some schedules may vary if needed.)
2. The results of your labors are immediate, tangible and visible; these days, many of us work and work and work, and we rarely get to see a project come to a conclusion with clear results and consequences. Crews with Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful immediately see amazing changes (often in the homeowner as well as the home) as a direct result of their labors, and it's a really positive experience.
3. It's a community-building and morale-boosting project for any group. Doing physical work together is a wonderful way to deepen friendships and group bonds.
4. It's also wonderful for children to experience this alongside their parents and neighbors: it's a good learning experience about what is possible if we are only willing to put out the energy.
Please consider volunteering today! Email Brenda Cothary (
) with your interests or questions.