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Volunteers Battle Graffiti with Paint

Posted on June 20, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Catholic Charities Junior Board Wins the Battle in Washington Heights

Battling graffiti and vandalism that once marred walls and attitudes at a Washington Heights elementary school, Catholic Charities Junior Board volunteers arrived armed this month with paint brushes and determination.

The appearance of the school, I.S. 143, is important because it provides the setting for safe, supervised after-school programs run by Catholic Charities’ Alianza Dominicana La Plaza Beacon.  Here children find an alternative to the streets thanks to tutoring, homework help along with cultural activities, arts and recreation. Programs foster children’s development and leadership through community service and hands on experiments with science, technology, engineering, math and even robotics.

Staff and program participants first painted the murals in the 1990s to combat gang insignias and painted scribbles sprayed on school grounds.  But murals need to be maintained. So Catholic Charities Junior Board members for the past three years – and now, for the past three Saturdays, volunteered their talents and determination.

Catholic Charities Junior Board introduces young professionals to the varied programs and works of Catholic Charities through volunteer opportunities, social gatherings, faith-based events and philanthropic support.  Activities, like the mural painting, are fun, hands on and make a difference.  Moreover, they cultivate the next generation of leaders who celebrate their faith by serving those in need in our community.

Thanks to persistence and paint Catholic Charities Junior Board is winning the battle against graffiti in Washington Heights one mural and one school at a time.

Read more about Catholic Charities Alianza’s programs for children.

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Find friends and inspiration in this photo album of the event.