Nailing it Down
By Dave Murnen
and Pat Beaty
We want to take a moment out from fall chores to thank everyone who made “Paint the Corridor,” a success over the summer.
It feels great to celebrate that our hometowns main drags have a more welcoming look!
In case you somehow haven’t heard about “Paint the Corridor,” Here are the basics: The Paul Stritmatter family gave a $20,000 gift to the community through Grays Harbor Vision 2020. That, added to months of planning, weeks of scraping and prepping houses by hundreds of volunteers resulted in 24 more freshly painted houses on Alder, Simpson, Sumner, Lincoln and Emerson. These busy avenues form State Highways 101 and 109, the corridors that course through Aberdeen and Hoquiam conveying millions of visitors and so many of us to work and back.
We at NeighborWorks were privileged to help plan the event and organize the actual work.
But it takes individual team leadership and dedicated teams formed from teacher organizations, student action groups, businesses, city crews, government folks, church folks and independent volunteers to make this massive effort a fabulous success for the second year in a row. Today we want to thank them all.
MANY THANKS TO . . .
- Paul Stritmatter and family for their second generous gift to the community and the foresight to keep the ball rolling.
- Grays Harbor Vision 2020 for including this event in its vision of making Grays Harbor a better place to live, work and enjoy.
- Kelly-Moore Paints for donating quality painting materials plus 375 gallons of top grade primer and Ecoat paint at near cost.
- PASHA Automotive Services (the big car-boat people!) for their fabulous underwriter donation.
- The local media – The Daily World, KBKW, KXRO and for helping us get the word out about this great event.
- The Sticky Mess – a Hoquiam home sign business for crafting the yard signs for each team’s “Paint the Corridor” project house.
- To Rob Paylor for again organizing all the food donations.
- 8th St Ale House-Galway Bay for sponsoring the Kick off event’s venue and breakfasts, coffee, paper goods, utensils and providing pizza to hungry workers for many days.
- Casa Mia for again providing pizza to hungry workers for many days.
- Domino’s for again providing pizza to hungry workers for many days.
- Levee Lumber for donating materials and prepping supplies.
- Home Depot for sprayers, ladders, sign board materials.
- Walmart for 30 Second Cleaner.
- Harbor Tool Rental for the use of sprayers and scaffold.
- Dennis Company for donating 30 Second cleaner.
- Jacknut Apparel for producing 400 colorful T-shirts at near cost so that each volunteer could have one and the event could be commemorated.
- Anita Basich for her generous donation.
- Timberland Bank for a generous donation.
- Twin Star Credit Union for a generous donation.
- Windermere realtors and broker for their generous donations.
- Project Homeowners for your cooperation in letting us paint your houses and in many cases helping the crews to do the work. You each have unique stories and we were pleased to help. Without your “Yes” this project couldn’t have happened.
- Next door neighbors to the project homes for putting up with a little inconvenience. Thanks too, in some cases, for lending a hand, or for being inspired and tidying up or painting your own place. Every bit makes a difference.
- Grays Harborites who honked, waved and otherwise encouraged the effort. We are all in this together and your encouragement made a difference!
- 400 volunteers who donated their time and talents to help prep and paint the houses, organize the event, transport food and materials and make pizzas!!!
Anchor Bank; Bank of the Pacific; Bobcats; City of Aberdeen; City of Hoquiam; Friends of Jack; GH Community Hospital; GH College; GH Realtors; Harbor Educators; Hilliard Paint; Home Depot; Holly Painting; Hoquiam Emanuel Baptist Church; Jockey P2P; Leadership GH; Lopez Family; Newrizons CU; NW Justice; RSVP; Stritmatter Family; Superstars; Timberland Bank; Walmart; Youth Action Committee.
Thanks to all! And let’s all remember to thank and to patronize these community-minded businesses!
We’re planning to do more again next year! If you are interested in donating tax deductible cash, goods or services put us in your budgets. If you want to volunteer to prep and paint houses next year give us a call and we’ll get your name and number for next year. Create a team and join us!
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.