• 500 volunteers paint, sweep, rake, clear and pick up during the “Paint the Town” event on Saturday, January 19

    Initiative coordinated by the University Area Community Development Corporation is start to ongoing community transformation projects

     

    WHAT:

    More than 500 volunteers from businesses, government agencies, religious groups, student organizations and service clubs roll up their sleeves to work at the inaugural “Paint the Town” event for the University Area Community. Select homes will be painted and volunteer teams will take on additional projects such as mowing, cutting branches, picking up debris, gardening, painting and cleaning vacant lots. This event is the beginning of a year round community transformation where volunteer organizations can come together to continue and start new projects supporting the “Paint the Town” initiative. Special projects to note include:

    ·         Painting of three homes for residents having difficulty maintaining their home due to physical or financial restraints.

    ·         Cleanup of former Police Athletic League fields for a community garden to be added later in the year.

    ·         Clearing overgrowth on 18th Street corridor by Mort Elementary. This is an initial step paving the way for larger project to support the neighborhood children that walk to school down this roadway.

    ·         Bike registration by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office so bikes can easily be identified if lost or stolen.

     

    WHY:

    This army of more than 500 volunteers from various organizations will come together to show what can happen when you pair belief with a willingness to invest some sweat equity into transforming a community by restoring neighborhood pride, increasing property values and bringing community members together. “Paint the Town” is the launch of the 2013 “Make it Happen” campaign focused on building public and private partnerships with a coalition of agencies, government officials, private citizens, businesses, law enforcement and area residents. The “Paint the Town” event is being sponsored by PNC, Simply Healthcare, Hillsborough County Code Enforcement and University Area Community Development Corporation. Volunteer groups include:

    ·         USF Stampede of Service

    ·         Avesta

    ·         University Village Residents

    ·         Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office-District I

    ·         University Area Apartment Coalition

    ·         Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful

    ·         Alpha Phi Alpha: Men of Tomorrow (MOT)

    ·         Hillsborough County Code Enforcement

     

    WHERE:

    University Area Community Development Corporation

    14013 North 22nd Street, Tampa, FL  33613

    Volunteers to meet at the Community Center at 8 a.m. prior to going to their designated work sites. The University Area Community encompasses four square miles with more than 50,000 at-risk residents.

     

    WHEN: 

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

    8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

     

    HOW:

    To register an individual or team of volunteers, contact Cesar Hernandez at 813-558-5212 or chernandez@uacdc.org.

    To be a sponsor or to donate goods or professional services, contact Sue Hutson at 813-558-5212 or shutson@uacdc.org. The UACDC wish list for “Paint the Town” and additional volunteer projects for 2013 includes:

    ·         Quality exterior paints

    ·         Painting supplies

    ·         Flowers and shrubs

    ·         Landscaping services

    ·         Minor home repair services

    ·         Roofing services

     

    ABOUT UACDC:

    The University Area Community Development Corporation, Inc. (UACDC) is a 501(c)(3) public/private partnership whose mission is children and family development, crime prevention, and commerce growth. Its primary focus is the redevelopment and sustainability of the at-risk areas surrounding the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida. The UACDC was named nonprofit of the year for public and societal benefit by the Tampa Bay Business Journal in 2011 and 2012. It is headquartered in the University Area Community Center Complex, owned by Hillsborough County and operated by the UACDC, which is located at 14013 North 22nd Street in Tampa. For more information about UACDC, please visit www.uacdc.org or call Sue Hutson at 813-558-5212.

     

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