Paint Your Heart Out Tampa is a city-wide program that enables citizens, businesses, clubs, and organizations to lend a helping hand to low-income, elderly citizens in our community. Over the past 26 years, volunteers and sponsors have given of themselves to paint the homes of more than 2,600 grateful and deserving homeowners. Over 2,000 volunteers comb out throughout the city on one day each year and paint 100 homes.
Paint Your Heart Out Tampa is a one day volunteer effort to paint the homes of the low income, elderly residents of Tampa. The idea for this program was borrowed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and brought to Tampa in 1988. In September of that year, a fifty member Steering Committee was formed to organize the first Paint Day, which was to be held in the spring of 1989. Throughout the year, homes are identified for painting. Weeks before paint day, usually in April, powerwash teams are sent out to wash down wach home. Teams from the city trim and remove excess brush that may inhibit access to the home be the paint team.
Teams of 15- 25 are formed from various churches, businesses and city departments. Some teams have been painting for over 20 years! These teams are matched up with a home. On Paint day, they will meet at the home and before the day is over, the house takes on a new look, transitioning from an old tired abode to a bright clean home.