More than 25 volunteers from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) came together Saturday, November 19th, to paint the home of Mabel Diaz, a low-income senior, airport officials said.
The Team LAWA employee volunteer brigade participated for the first time in the United We Paint project in Inglewood.
Los Angeles World Airports is the City of Los Angeles agency that owns and operates Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and three other city airports.
The effort was part of the United We Paint Coalition’s goal of beautifying more than 150 sites throughout Southern California.
Diaz is legally blind, has diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis, airport officials said. Her home is more than 50 years old and has not been painted in more than 20 years.
Team LAWA is a program of the LAX Community Relations Division, which is designed to support airport neighborhoods in ways that reflect the LAX commitment to balancing the need for regional economic growth with the needs of local communities.
“This is an excellent opportunity for us to give back to our neighborhoods to the east of the airport,” said Diana Sanchez, Community Relations representative and manager of Team LAWA.
“We are always looking for ways to help out in our surrounding airport communities and this United We Paint project is a perfect opportunity to make a contribution to our community in a fun and meaningful way.”
Hundreds of families were nominated throughout Southern California to have their home painted free, and from those nominations, a local advisory board selected homes to paint along with schools and community buildings.
Each home will be adopted by one of the affiliated associations, organizations or companies that make up the United We Paint Coalition.