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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com) with your interests or questions.