Monday, April 9, 2018

Project HAND Fundraiser: Painting Allentown Green

Here it is, ladies and gentlemen, the latest update to ALEC's service project, Project HAND! As you may know, our students have been working hard to learn about their community and come up with a project to best serve their community. If you don't, check out our latest blog entry about Project HAND here.

To summarize, our Project HAND Team decided to focus on trash collection in Allentown by installing trash cans and coming up with a campaign to encourage the community to stop littering. Of course, trash cans cost money. A lot of money. In fact, it costs about $1,000 to buy a single trash can, install it, and include it on the city's emptying cycle. Wow!

Painting Allentown Green



To raise this money, we have come up with a fundraiser idea: Painting Allentown Green.
Where: 831 E Warrington Ave (across from Zone 3)
What: An instructional painting event where you will paint your own canvas while enjoying mocktails, mingling, and raffles. You will be able to take home your painting, your supplies (painting tray, paint brushes, etc.) and your drinking glass.

Each ticket will cost $40. Space is limited at 40 people total, so register quickly!
If you have any questions, feel free to visit our FAQs
Still have questions? Email us at or call us at ALEC at 412-620-8282

After the Fundraiser

Once we have raised some money towards Project HAND, we will use it to carry out our project. In the next couple of weeks, we will be planning multiple parts of the project to prepare. We have already started discussing how we can help the fundraiser, for example by selling our coloring book or making a banner.
More importantly, we have started planning our litter prevention campaign. Last Monday, we brainstormed cool slogans to put on signs around the neighborhood. Because a trashcan only does so much as long as people don't use it, we want to use signs to encourage neighbors to reduce litter.

We've already come up with some cool ideas and will turn these rough drafts into real signs very soon!

Tameara focused on protecting the trees from litter
Our newest student Delshawn was really good at coming
up with clever slogans and lines to promote throwing away trash
If everything goes as planned, we will install the trashcans and hold an event to kickoff our litter reducing initiative. We hope to have shirts, games, and a dedication to our new trashcan and signs!

We are SO excited about how Project HAND has evolved, but we need YOUR HELP to make it a reality. Help us spread the word about the fundraiser, the project, and our awesome kids!
Their vision is to make Allentown a better place for all, and we want to help them reach that goal.

Thank you so much for your help so far, we could not do any of this without you!
Until next time, when there is less trash on our streets!

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