By Carolyn Marnon – Volunteers are being sought for the 23rd Annual Friends: People Helping People event in Wayne on Saturday, September 7. FPHP helps residents, usually elderly or disabled, to paint and spruce up the outside of their homes.
Neighbors usually nominate a homeowner for the assistance. A committee goes out to view all the homes and evaluate how much help would be needed. They determine what would need to be done, what would be appropriate to do and how much of the work the group can handle. The homes to be considered must have a homeowner. Homes with a landlord are not eligible.
The 2019 home belongs to a disabled couple. Before the official paint party on September 7, volunteers will power wash the home and do any caulking or repairs of old wood needed. On paint day, all who wish to volunteer are asked to meet at HYPE Athletics Western Wayne, 4635 Howe Rd, at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served and then everyone will be told the location of the house. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt to wear. If you would like to volunteer but have never painted before, there will be instructors on-site to teach proper house-painting techniques. A coat of paint will go on in the morning, lunch will be served (normally pizza), and then a second coat of paint goes on in the afternoon. Volunteers should expect to be done by 2:00 p.m. You do not have to stay the whole event. You can come paint in the morning and leave when you need to.
Everything is donated to FPHP.
If there is rain on September 7, the event will be rescheduled for September 14.
If you would like to volunteer, please call Wayne City Hall (734) 722-2000 or Al Damitio (734) 787-1870.