Spring makeover: Ready, set, action!

Hello neighbours: Here’s what you need to know about getting involved in the Spring Makeover for the WALES Group building – including what’s happening when, where and who you need to talk to!


Neighbours in the Mount Hope neighbourhood have organized a makeover weekend for the WALES Group portable building. Kathy, Mark, Patrick, along with Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region staff and others have done the assessment work to determine what needs to be done and will be organizing the ‘order of operations’ for the weekend.

We need YOU too! We need neighbours with a variety of skills. There’s a job and task for everyone!


Our mission, should you choose to join is to spruce up the WALES Group portable building with some fresh paint, patching drywall painting ceiling tiles and some general cleaning. Sign up for a few hours or all day, it’s your choice! Tasks include:

  • Friday evening: 5 – 8pm
    • Drywall patching and prep & priming
    • Prime & paint metal doors
  • Saturday: 9am – 4pm
    • Priming & painting in kitchen/dining room, common room (both rooms about 22×25)
    • Priming & painting washrooms (three stall each, 8×5)
    • Painting hallway (10×5)
    • Finish painting metal doors
    • If we have enough people and supplies we can also paint the entrance
  • Sunday: 10am – 3pm
    • Painting ceiling tiles
    • Finish remaining areas to be painted
    • BONUS PROJECT: Stain outdoor ramp at the front of the building

If handy projects are not your thing, there’s still lots for you to contribute!

  • take pictures or video to be shared after the event (send to kathy.mortimer@gmail.com or niki.stevenson@eafwr.on.ca
  • make some food to feed the hungry volunteers (maybe, wheel over a BBQ if the weather is nice)
  • clean up at the end of the day & prep for next crew
  • participate in cleaning tasks
  • organize drop in volunteers
  • hang out and talk to people working


Friday May 24 – Sunday May 26, 2019, various hours over the course of the weekend. The times outlined above are general guidelines but additional time can be accommodated.


Simply contact Kathy Mortimer (kathy.mortimer@gmail.com) or by phone/text at 519-279-1711 to indicate when you are available & what kind of tasks you are able to do. Kathy has a super rad spreadsheet and will plug people into the schedule as you volunteer.


WALES portable building, behind Sacred Heart School & Church, accessible from entrance at 91 Moore Avenue or 14 Braun Street.


Neighbours helping neighbours; that’s what this is all about. WALES – Working Adults Learning Empowering Skills – is a program of Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region on Moore Ave. Led by participants, with the support of staff, every person at WALES creates a plan for achieving their future goals. People learn to discover their strengths and gifts and how they wish to connect and be involved in their community.

Neighbourhood families and WALES have done a lot together over the years, including neighbourhood music festival, community gardening, street hockey, CSA food pickups, the annual seedling sale, little free libraries, delivering posters and flyers, monthly potlucks, and likely more!

In the past year, EAFWR has been able to upgrade the exterior of the WALES Group building and neighbours saw an easy way for us to help finish the job inside with a spring spruce up. This is a chance to work together and share neighbourhood skills, time and talents with a neighbour that also contributes a great deal to the vibrancy of this place we all live.


As you can imagine, a HUGE amount of work and preparation happens behind the scenes before the patching, painting and cleaning ever begins. Thank you Mark Sisson for working with Brad Swanson at Swanson’s Home Hardware on Park Street to make sure we have the supplies we need to get started on the job.

Operators are standing by to take your call….. don’t delay, reserve your volunteer slot now!

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