Friday afternoon of May 27 will find approximately 900 volunteers from Pine Cove Christian Camp painting and landscaping in Tyler’s Connally Heights neighborhood. The volunteers are college students from 147 universities across the United States who have arrived in Tyler where they will be working on staff at Pine Cove throughout the summer.
“It is wonderful that Pine Cove includes this volunteer opportunity as part of the summer experience for their camp counselors each year,” said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass. “It is a tremendous benefit to our community when 900 young people come to give their volunteer hours helping with Tyler community projects.”
The afternoon event is a collaborative effort involving eight local organizations and businesses and the Connally Heights residents. Pine Cove is providing the labor. Valspar is donating the paint and Lowe’s is tinting the paint at no charge. Sam R. Hill Lumber and Harry’s Building Supply are providing supplies, and the City of Tyler is providing ladders and dumpsters. The event is being coordinated by Mission Tyler and Habitat for Humanity of Smith County. Habitat chose the location of the event based on its previous relationship with the Connally Heights residents and Gloria Tilley, the neighborhood’s advocate.