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Volunteers wanted for annual Paint the Town event in Tampa

Posted at 7:18 AM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 07:20:38-05

TAMPA, Fla. — The University Area Community Development Corporation is calling on all volunteers for Saturday’s Paint the Town project.

It starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m.

Paint the Town is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We’re going to get hundreds of volunteers, residents, business owners, as well as different students in the community,” said University Area CDC CEO Sarah Combs.

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It will bring together community members as they pull up their sleeves and invest into cleaning and beautifying neighborhoods in the Uptown University Area.

Many residents have a hard time maintaining their homes because of physical and financial constraints. Volunteers will paint and repair houses, clean streets, as well as plant bushes and flowers.

“We’re really trying to improve the university area community and make it a safe place for families,” said Combs.

Residents say this event helps them take pride in their community.

“As a community resident we appreciate the stuff that the UA CDC does for the community. It’s an overwhelming feeling,” said resident Damian Gordon.

Paint the Town is a small part of bigger revitalization efforts.

The main concern neighbors have is safety in the area.

“We’re excited about the opportunity for this area. We want to make sure that residents get to continue to call this community home. We want to ensure that residents get to stay in this community,” said Combs.