Submitted by Associated Ministries
Associated Ministries is excited to enter its fourth decade of helping senior, disabled and low-income homeowners through the Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful (PTPB) program. The program has provided the opportunity for volunteers to gather together as teams to paint over 2,100 homes since it began in 1985.
A vital new partnership launches this year: Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring the paint for this year’s projects. Habitat for Humanity’s generous donation of 350 gallons of high quality paint supports the impact Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful continues to make in the lives of low-income homeowners. “We are thrilled to partner with Associated Ministries for Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful. Restoring our community’s existing housing stock is an important step to giving everyone in Pierce County the opportunity to thrive in safe, decent, affordable homes” said Maureen Fife, Chief Executive Officer of Pierce County Habitat for Humanity. “We’re grateful to be part of such an amazing project that touches the lives of so many low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners.”
Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1985, the same year that Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful was started. With similar missions of bringing people together to help one another, this partnership and the shared connections to the community will help create new energy for groups to work together. “When we work together, we are able to maximize our resources for the greater good of our community,” said Amy Allison, Director of Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful. “We are deeply grateful for the spirit of abundance and generosity offered to us by Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity.”
This year, Associated Ministries recognizes the work of the members of Spanaway Lutheran Church who will paint their 25th Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful home. According to John Herem, Crew Leader for Spanaway Lutheran Church, “Expressions on homeowners’ faces, as they watch their homes transform makes PTPB worth every minute. Homeowners often get emotional, weep with joy, and give us hugs as we leave. We also receive compliments from the neighbors. They love seeing the neighborhood improved. At times, our work inspires the neighbors to start cleaning up their property.”
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join this summer’s PTPB crews and it is easy to do online at www.paintbeautiful.org. This is a great opportunity for a team-building activity as volunteers help preserve affordable housing, help neighbors in need, make communities more beautiful and have fun!
Wendy Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org, 253-383-3056 x 117) will be happy to answer questions and get volunteers signed on.