Applications for free house-painting are now available for low-income seniors and low-income people with disabilities throughout Tacoma and Pierce County. Volunteers from Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful do all the work. A program of Associated Ministries, this will be the 25th anniversary year for volunteer crews to be matched with homeowners. There is absolutely no cost to the homeowner, since the painters are volunteers, and the paint is purchased with donated funds.
The deadline for applications is April 15, so now is the time to apply.
To be eligible, applicants must: (1) be a senior (60+) OR have a disability AND be receiving disability income, (2) own their own home in Tacoma/Pierce County, and (3) be low-income. People may apply for themselves or request an application in order to help someone fill it out.
The volunteers paint only the exterior of the house. Homes may be anywhere in Pierce County, ranging from Buckley to Gig Harbor, from the north end of Tacoma to Lakewood and all the way out to Elbe and Ashford. Volunteers do all the work, coming from churches, service clubs, businesses, unions, local government offices, schools, military bases, etc.
Since the program began in 1985, volunteers have painted 1,821 homes. Last summer, more than 1,600 people volunteered with this effort and painted 81 homes. Homeowners are thrilled, as witnessed by these thank-you‚Äôs from three of last year‚Äôs lucky recipients.
Being an 81-year old disabled person, it is truly worth living for seeing so many caring volunteers that took time off from their busy workday to do such wonderful things for others. Now my home and yard have a new lease on life. My neighbors love the way my place is looking too, not a ‚Äúsore spot‚Äù anymore. – Darlyn Hinton
I appreciated the fact that everyone treated me so nicely. I am still in shock at having my house painted. I try to keep my home up, and this will make such a difference.
I don‚Äôt know when I had such a surprise; it was a wonderful summer, and I began thinking I have a little angel sitting here on my shoulder! – Hope Manwill
The people treated me with respect, not as a charity case. The people worked as if it were their home, and they made it beautiful. I tell everyone about the blessing your group gives. Myrtle Portis
For applications and for further information call (253) 383-3056, ext. 106 or visit www.paintbeautiful.org.