Nailing it Down: Paint the Corridor 2012 is scheduled to kickoff in July

We’re nearing the July 2012 kickoff for the community’s third Paint the Corridor effort and we’re again opening the opportunity to your volunteer team to make a huge difference that keeps on giving!

Are you interested in joining with some friends, coworkers or family members to help spruce up our town? If so, give us a call!

A Little History

Envisioned and funded by the Stritmatter Family in 2010, Paint the Corridor became an immediate action plan for Grays Harbor Vision 2020. NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, with our more than 30 years of creating housing opportunities and managing construction projects, was a natural partner to organize the event.

The first Paint the Corridor was a smashing success — bringing the community, individuals, municipalities and businesses together to give the face of our two towns a lift! 24 houses later, it turned out to be a lot of fun!

In 2011 the success was repeated — and so was the fun. Another 24 more homes were painted – this time using the new “painting on Grays Harbor” strategy — having a kickoff date, but not counting on the weather not to rain on event day!

So for the past two year’s we’ve helped organize this super volunteer event that preps and paints only owner-occupied homes along the State Highway 101 and 109 corridors through Aberdeen and Hoquiam. So far, we’ve tackled a total of 48 homes and hope to add another 24 or 25 freshly painted homes this summer.

Again this year, the Paul Stritmatter family as well as the law offices of Stritmatter, Kessler, Whelan, Coluccio are giving the project a great start with a generous donation.

Project Update

Right now we are talking with this year’s chosen homeowners along Simpson, Sumner, Emerson, Lincoln, Perry, Alder and Park. We’re trying to find 24 or 25 homeowners from the houses we’ve identified as needing a paint job, who would be willing to let volunteers tackle the task. Watch for the team signs as they get placed.

Rental properties aren’t eligible for the program, but we’re hoping that this flurry of activity will encourage rental property owners to step up and paint their houses to help our community and protect their investment.

At the same time, as we’re putting together the list of houses needing paint with owners willing to welcome Paint the Corridor volunteers, we’re also working to make sure we have some 300 to 400 hard-working volunteers to make this happen. We have no doubt that Harborites will hear the call once again to dress up their town and help out their neighbors with the same brush stroke! However, we don’t have those numbers yet and we’d love to see more teams sign up.

You can just show up at the 9 a.m. kick-off event on July 28 at the Barrier West Warehouse, across from the Home Depot main entrance road on Commerce Street and you will be assigned a team. However, what would be particularly helpful for us is if you would organized a team — probably 7-10 plus people is best — and then give us a call to say you’ve got a group ready to tackle a house. It’s particularly helpful to have at least one person on the team who is adept at spray painting houses.

As we mentioned earlier, we learned from the first year that even in the summer, the weather around here can be unpredictable. So instead of trying to schedule the actual paint day, we just schedule the kickoff day so that we can all get together, sign the forms, get our T-shirts, hear some guidelines and helpful hints, then pick up the prep and paint supplies needed while sharing a donut and cup of coffee. And that’s it!

That means that you and your team have the freedom, working along with the residents of the home, to schedule your prep and paint days to suit your schedules.

We tried this method last year and it worked to a T.

Give Us a Call

So, if you’d like to be a team leader or have other questions about this year’s Paint the Corridor event, give us a call at 533-7828. Ask for Dave!

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 opportunities for all residents of Grays Harbor County.

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