Unhappy with a growing graffiti problem in its community, the Sales and Marketing Committee of the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association worked over the last couple of months on the donation of a clean-up truck worth about $12,000 to Tucson’s graffiti abatement program.
The committee also funneled its community outreach efforts to support the Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank during the summer months, when contributions for the program fall off dramatically.
Council member K.R. Yarbrough Construction donated a Ford F250 truck to help the city eradicate graffiti. The vehicle was refurbished with contributions from Gaslight Print Shop and Southern Arizona Glassworks, and it was supplied with a 185-psi compressor by Borderland Construction.
The council collected more than 4,700 diapers to add to the diaper bank’s dwindling supply. The diapers are distributed to the elderly, disabled, babies and toddlers.
Nearly 2 million diapers were requested last year by social service agencies, churches and schools, Cheryl Smith, the director of the diaper bank, told the Tucson Citizen.
The diaper bank is especially valuable to the working poor, who find it difficult to afford the monthly $80-$100 cost of diapers, Smith said. Twenty percent of the bank’s diapers go to the elderly, many of whom live on fixed incomes.
The home builders council also collected more than $6,500, which is beling split between the two recipients.
NAHB Awards Recognize Philanthropic Work
To recognize the enormous philanthropic work of HBAs and members, NAHB and the National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, are sponsoring two awards programs that honor the generosity of the home building industry:
The National Housing Endowment Home Builders Care Project of the Year Award is open to home builder associations and councils affiliated with NAHB. The annual program recognizes an outstanding community service project developed and implemented by a local or state HBA or council affiliated with NAHB.
The National Housing Endowment Builder Achievement Award for Outstanding Community Service Award is open to builder, developer and remodeler members of NAHB and honors their exceptional philanthropic endeavors.
Complete award descriptions and entry forms for both competitions are available on the NAHB Web site at www.nahb.org.
For more information, e-mail Niki Clark, or call her at 800-368-5242 x8061.