Students and Community Work Together

Tigers in Service and the Hays Rotary came together for the 3rd annual Paint-A-Thon on September 7th.  Over 100 students signed up to paint two houses in Hays from 8am – 3pm.  Tigers in Service Co-director Becca Kohl says that her group was happy to get involved again this year.
“Our purpose is to provide opportunities for students to volunteer in the community. It’s a really good way to completely intermix all different social groups and everybody throughout the college and build a community by helping out the Hays community.”

Kohl added that Tigers in Service doesn’t have membership.  Instead, the students in charge organize volunteer efforts, seek student volunteers for various efforts, and help student volunteers track service hours to earn credit for their work as part of other organizations.

Greg Sund, Hays Rotary President, told Hays Post that the annual Paint-A-Thon has been a success every year. Sund says that the project is aimed at helping low income, elderly, or disabled people that need their house painted but don’t have the means to do it, either financial or physical.  He adds that assistance comes from more than just the students that show up on the day of the event.

“Paint for one house was donated by Home Depot and the other house’s paint was donated by Heartland Building Center. And then, we also had a nice arrangement worked out with Dominos where for lunch, for every pizza we bought they donated one, so that was wonderful to have that arrangement.”

Sund added that the event has been successful each year, and has grown in popularity each time.  The only challenge the  Rotary ran into was getting houses to apply to receive the free house painting.  Sund said that they will use the next year to encourage people to apply for the service.  He says this event was a huge success and everyone should be proud of their work.

“I really appreciate all the people and businesses that were involved.   It’s a great community project.”