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UMA Volunteers Paint for a Cause

Twenty-one UMA volunteers put their painting skills to use at a Paint Your Heart Out Tampa (PYHOT) event on Saturday, April 16.

The group and other volunteers spent nearly five hours painting the house of homeowner Ruby Lindsey, an elderly resident in Tampa Bay. Lindsey spent time bonding with the volunteer team and thanking them for their hard work. Lindsey’s granddaughter-in-law is also a UMA graduate.

“Coming together to paint Ms. Lindsey’s home was an incredible experience,” said Hailey Wood, UMA’s senior social media content marketing specialist and the coordinator of the PYHOT event. “Ms. Lindsey and her daughter were so appreciative and cried tears of joy when they saw the careful handiwork of our volunteers. I’m proud to be a part of this hardworking and giving group of people here at UMA.”

PYHOT has helped paint houses for low-income, elderly community members in the Tampa Bay area since 1988. The group has orchestrated the painting of 2,700 houses with the help of more than 67,000 volunteers. To qualify, homeowners must be over 62 years of age, own and live in the home and reside in Tampa, among other qualifications.

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