City of Goodyear, Arizona
For Immediate Release: Aug. 20, 2010
Graffiti Buster Pilot Program
GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Aug. 20, 2010) After 30 days, 75 gallons of paint, and more than 100 volunteer hours, Goodyear's Graffiti Buster Pilot Program has succeeded in removing graffiti from 27 properties.
After the graffiti was identified, photographed and reported to Neighborhood Services in the Police Department, a volunteer went door to door to get permission to repaint from homeowners. Neighborhood Services bought the paint and, through a generous donation, obtained a paint sprayer for the volunteer to use. Then, unsightly graffiti was repainted, as were walls and fences that had previously been covered with paint that didn't match.
As the graffiti began to disappear, neighbors began to reach out. Some waved to the volunteer as they passed by, others shouted encouragement, some offered a cool bottle of water. A few thanked the "painter" with gifts of vegetables from their gardens or hugs from the heart. With the graffiti gone, residents seem to be enjoying their communities more, getting out and about for evening walks and bike rides.
Neighborhood leaders in Goodyear say graffiti is one of the top priorities that must be addressed. City officials hope to expand this Graffiti Buster Pilot Program into a city-wide effort to restore and maintain the City of Goodyear as a graffiti-free community, and are seeking sponsors to help fund the cost of paint and supplies.
For information about volunteering, sponsoring, or supporting the Graffiti Buster program, contact Lili Schuett in Neighborhood Services at 623-882-7801 or email@example.com