Chemistry Students Volunteer to Repaint Pomona Home with Paint Developed in Class


Chemistry Students Volunteer to Repaint Pomona Home with Paint Developed in Class
Cal Poly Pomona chemistry students join professor Chuck Milner to repaint a home in Pomona.
Chemistry student finds a perch to paint from on a beautiful day in Pomona.
Student volunteer at ground level applies a fresh coat to a home chosen for refacing by the Willie White Park Focus Group.

After spending a quarter developing high quality paint for a paints and coatings class on campus, the students and professor decided to put the product to good use in the community.

Chemistry professor Chuck Milner and student volunteers from the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society repainted the home of a Pomona widow who otherwise could not afford the service. The Willie White Park Focus Group had chosen the home based on need. Years of Southern California sun had worn the paint on her stucco and wood framed home on East Grove Street.

In May, the student volunteers spent a full Saturday to renew the woman's home,  using the same durable, environmentally-friendly paint used for the Hollywood sign during its recent makeover.

This is the third time the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society has repainted a home in a low-income area. The campus organization was recently honored by its national organization as the outstanding chapter of the year.