Founded in 1985, Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful (PTPB) organizes volunteer crews to paint the exteriors of homes of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Tacoma, Lakewood, and communities throughout Pierce County each summer. Since 1985, a total of 2,144 have been painted. In 2014, more than 400 volunteers helped to paint 32 houses!
- The home must be located within the city limits of Tacoma or Lakewood.
- Homes must be owner-occupied (i.e. no rentals).
- Homeowners must be low-income, based on HUD low-income guidelines (listed in application).
Mail completed application to:
Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful
901 S. 13th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
Participation of younger and able-bodied homeowners in painting crews is encouraged, as well as friends, relatives and neighbors of any homeowner selected for home painting.
Volunteers will work with eligible applicants to assess the needs of their homes and to verify their financial status. All financial information requested is necessary and will be used for evaluation and confirmation of eligibility.
Low-income requirements are determined by HUD (up to 80% of median household income for the area, based on household size) and are one of the tools used to determine eligibility.
How It Works
A Full Crew requires approximately 15 volunteers that can work in shifts of 4-8 hours. It generally takes 3-4 shifts to get a home prepped and painted, often with a few days’ break in between completion of different parts of the job (to allow for drying). Work shifts are scheduled by the crew according to their own schedule, and can take place on weekdays, evenings or weekends.Paint Crew Registration Individual Volunteer Registration
Each crew selects a Crew Leader, who attends a training in early June and coordinates the crew’s work shifts. Houses are assigned in mid-June and are completed by end of August. Technical advice is available to the crews from volunteers with painting expertise.
Hate painting? There are other ways to get involved! Needs include making minor repairs (such as replacing broken windows), hauling trash, preparing and delivering snacks to paint crews, delivering supplies and paint, light office work, and “before” and “after” photography.
Funding and support for PTPB was provided during the 2014 paint season by the City of Tacoma, City of Lakewood, Florence B. Kilworth Foundation, Sequoia Foundation, Gray Lumber, Exchange Club of Tacoma, Parker Paint/Sherwin Williams, Nichols Trucking, City of Tacoma Environmental Services, and State Farm.
We welcome new building materials, painting and prep supplies, and basic landscaping tools (hand and power).
We are a 501(c)3 organization and we will gladly acknowledge your donation. Please note donations are subject to needs, availability of storage, etc. Please contact us for further details. 253-426-1516.
PTPB Contact Info