April 17, 2006
MORRO BAY, Calif. - Through the Community Center at Cal Poly, volunteers are heading out to Morro Bay on Sunday, April 23, 2006, to paint a group home operated by OPTIONS Family of Services. Paint and some needed supplies were donated by the Morro Bay Miner's Ace Hardware Store.
OPTIONS is expecting 20-25 student Week of Welcome (WOW) Team Leaders to pick up a paint brush or roller and paint the exterior of their group home Sunday, during what is one of the largest group and volunteer efforts that Cal Poly puts together throughout the year.
According to Dan Pronsolino, coordinator of The Community Center at Cal Poly, "we expect that approximately 800 students - including Greek organizations, student clubs and other intramural organizations will be participating in projects all throughout the county on Sunday.
"The Community Center sponsors various Days of Service throughout the academic year," Pronsolino said. "These events are one-day opportunities for students and community members to engage in service that benefits their community."
For a nonprofit organization like OPTIONS, it means being able to complete a time-consuming and costly project in only one day due to the help of these student volunteers and local business donations.
Said Mike Mamot, Chief Executive Officer of OPTIONS, "It's been close to ten years since we've have the manpower and resources to paint this house. Both the residents and the neighbors are looking forward to getting this accomplished."
OPTIONS is a private non-profit organization providing positive choices for people with developmental disabilities and/or traumatic brain injury. On a daily basis, the organization serves over 200 individuals in northern Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties with a staff of 170.
OPTIONS provides comprehensive services in housing, day centers, and training in independent living skills - from one-on-one support and functional services, to vocational services and assistance with community integration for business, as well as social and recreational needs.