Paint Your Heart Out

Paint Your Heart Out- Clearwater (PYHOC) is a non-profit organization comprised of local business and community groups partnering with the City of Clearwater to help disadvantaged homeowners to have their home painted. The program relies solely on sponsorship and donations which are utilized for supplies to support event day and reward our volunteers.

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PYHOC has benefited approximately 608 low income/disabled homeowners over the course of its 27 years. The homeowners were interviewed and verified as eligible prior to paint day. During the interview process the paint color selection is determined as our commitment is painting only the exterior of the home from 8:00am-12:00pm on paint day. PYHOC provides the paint teams with the paint based on the home square footage along with a supply of rollers, paint brushes, paint trays and a few other items to assist with the project.

The Mayor visits each home on paint day to thank the volunteers. Clearwater Fire Department visits each home and installs new smoke alarms, and Papa John's provides a gift bag for a personal pizza for each homeowner.

This is an annual event which we successfully completed this past Saturday March 24th, with 12 homes painted by 12 teams of approximately 15-22 volunteers per team. Immediately after painting, all volunteers attend a come as your after party for lunch at the park behind City Hall. An assortment of donated gifts are raffled to the volunteers for their participation.

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This is my 2nd term as PYHOC-Board President and I've been a member of the organization since 2006. Bouchard Insurance has been a sponsor since 2008 and provides a monetary sponsorship, a donation of raffle items for the after party, and a paint team of volunteers. In appreciation of Bouchard Insurance's 10 years of continued sponsorship, we were recognized and given an award at this year's annual event.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Samantha Almaraz is an Account Manager at Bouchard Insurance in the commercial insurance department. Samantha works on a team that specializes in commercial residential properties. | Connect on LinkedIn