Hi. I’m Walking Bob and as I headed down Eighth Street on my walk last Saturday morning, I saw a whole caravan of Brooks Painting Inc. vans, and the tall antenna of a TV news van. When I stopped to check out the commotion, I found that they had converged on Summer House, the winner of the 2010 Charity Paint Giveaway.
This is the fourth year that Jeremy Brooks, shown being interviewed, and his Brooks Painting have taken the lead in offering local charities the opportunity to receive up to $10,000 worth of painting services and labor to beautify and safeguard their facilities. There were 1,700 votes this year and Summer House only beat the runner up, Dixon Montessori Charter School, by 2%. Past winners were the Yolo County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Center in Woodland, The Sharp Family Home in Vacaville, and the Davis Little League.
Summer House is a home for a dozen adults, each with their own room, and provides 24-hour support and supervision for adults with developmental disabilities. The program works to develop daily living skills, independence, decision-making, problem solving and community involvement. Erin Plank-Ryan, the Director of the Davis Summer House, http://summerhouseinc.org said it had been fifteen years since the exterior of the block-long house was painted, so everyone was excited to watch the transformation.
Brooks Painting Inc. coordinates the Charity Giveaway and provides the bulk of the labor, although Jeremy was quick to share credit with the many other organizations that come together to provide materials, labor and support, as you will see by the banner at the end of the blog.
I felt lucky to be there because what I witnessed on September 11 looked more like family helping family than it looked like a charity project. The Brooks paint crew, office crew, and relatives were having such a good time together that I wasn’t surprised to hear one man tell me he had half a dozen family members who either work for Brooks or were there to volunteer today. A glance at their website http://BrooksPainting.com/ or Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/BrooksPainting reinforces the family feeling across the organization.
The Summer House residents and staff felt like another family under the gentle guidance of Erin and Program Director, Julie Hunter. The residents were eager to thank the painters and work crew and glad to have their moment on television when that opportunity arose. They were like brothers and sisters, or at least cousins, supporting and helping each other around the facility and obviously pleased with the new look of their home.
Melissa Cabral from Channel 31 was on hand to document the beginning of the event and the Brooks crew taught her how to use the paint sprayer so she could spray paint the name of her station on the wall. Of course the grafitti was quickly removed by the Brooks crew once the TV van drove away. You can see a brief report at http://cbs12.com/video by going to a September 11 video titled, “Charity Home Gets Makeover from Volunteers.”
The banner shows the organizations who contributed including: The Graduate-lunches; Ink Monkey-shirts; A Touch of Glass-window cleaning; Kelly Moore-the paint; Studio 66-the website; Short Stuff-the banner; Roof Masters-roof repair; Styers Construction-dry rot repair; Wyman Design-overall design, and of course, Brooks Painting Inc. who coordinated the process and provided close to twenty-five people to do the work.