It takes a village to paint a corridor


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.


 The Teams:

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.

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