Nailing It Down — NeighborWorks wins 2012 Business Recognition Award for non profits

We at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor are so honored to receive Greater Grays Harbor Inc.’s 2012 Business Recognition Award in the non-profit category!

This honor, bestowed on us Saturday night at a classy ceremony at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, is much appreciated.

We do work hard here and it’s great not just to be recognized by Greater Grays Harbor Inc., but more importantly to have accomplished our mission of providing housing opportunities for all citizens of Grays Harbor.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to spend the whole column today tooting our own horn, because we have some kudos of our own we want to give out.

But before we move on we wanted to share a few words about this organization from Callie White, communications director of Greater Grays Harbor Inc.:

“NeighborWorks earns this award not only for its three-year commitment to Paint the Corridor that has dramatically improved the look of our main streets that we see as a community and that our tourists see, but also for its commitment to grass roots revitalization and improving the lives of people who live here,” said Callie.

“NeighborWorks has done that by giving them a healthy, safe place to live and encouraging others to improve their homes and neighborhoods,” she said.

Thanks, Callie and Greater Grays Harbor Inc., we’re truly honored and humbled to be among the other honored businesses!


Just as we appreciate and receive the kudos from our community, we have to pass along some praise of our own.

As Callie mentioned, we’re currently wrapping up our third year of Paint the Corridor.

Yes, we did spend much time and energy organizing the volunteer paint crews to prep and paint owner-occupied homes along the Hoquiam and Aberdeen 101 and 109 highway corridors.

However, if it weren’t for the hundreds of volunteers and dozens of generous businesses, we could never have tackled 65 homes over the last three years. Their efforts, in concert with the Stritmatter vision and funding that was delivered to Vision 2020 for an outcome, have all helped to not only beautify Aberdeen and Hoquiam, but also to present a fresh community face to the millions of folks that visits us every year.

We also want to thank those owners who have painted their own properties in the last few years.


Each volunteer deserves his or her own shout out, but today we’re just going to give you some highlights of our helpers that we haven’t mentioned in previous columns.

Thanks to the law offices of Strittmatter Kesler Whelan Coluccio. They tackled their third home on Lincoln in Hoquiam.

Thanks to the Grays Harbor Community Hospital team led by David Quigg and Paula Rice.

This team prepped and painted a very tough house on Emerson Ave. in Hoquiam.

Thanks to the City of Aberdeen team, lead by Councilman Frank Gordon, who adopted the house at Simpson Avenue in Aberdeen.

And thanks to the Coast Guard Grays Harbor team that made a great effort on a two-story Emerson Avenue house, under the leadership of Amanda Distasio.

Thank you goes out to the Youth Action Committee team, under the leadership of Jade Shaw, for making a great transformation to a house on Emerson Ave.

Another nice paint job was completed on Lincoln Street by Team Virgo, lead by John and Rebecca Scott, thanks for joining us!


Let’s give a shout out to the members of the VFW hall on Market Street in Aberdeen.

Although not originally on the list, they jumped right in to paint their own building this past week, giving the whole area a fresh look.

We were pleased that Paint the Corridor had enough primer and paint to give them and that they had the volunteers who knew just what to do with it.


Thanks to hard-working volunteers and a spectacularly long dry spell, most of the homes are complete. If you are a part of a team that hasn’t finished your house yet, please give us a call so we can plan together how to get ‘er done!


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Dave Murnen and Pat Beaty are construction specialists at NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County, where Murnen is the executive director. This is a non-profit organization committed to creating safe and affordable housing for all residents of Grays Harbor County.

Do you have questions about home repair, renting, remodeling or becoming a homeowner? Call us at 533-7828, write us or visit us at 710 E. Market St. in Aberdeen.