Assistance League of Visalia developed this program for members who needed a philanthropy for a few hours on a weekend. Members who enjoy painting and a little bit of geography paint large-scale United States maps on elementary and middle school campuses. Students and staff use the maps for both play and educational purposes, and Assistance League of Visalia volunteers are often called back to repaint or refresh maps that have worn out due to daily use. This program benefits the entire school community and reaches our largest audience. We paint approximately 5 to 7 maps a year in the fall and spring when the weather permits.
Volunteers for map painting can expect to donate 4 hours to paint a new map and 2 hours to refresh an existing map.
New maps are painted on Saturdays and repaints of existing maps may be done after school on a week day, usually Wednesdays or Fridays.
Volunteers are given a map template with the colors for each state. Painting is done with painter's poles and rollers or brushed on by hand. The activity gives lots of time to talk and get to know each other. This is a more physical actvity that can include bending down or sitting on concrete.