People who like to give are giving their best to keep Alexandria’s fire hydrants in the red.
Fire hydrants are built to last for decades. After a while, though, like the disc jockeys on KIK FM, they start to show their age.
Alexandria Light & Power is responsible for maintaining the city’s fire hydrants. Megan Chisholm, marketing and communications director for ALP, came up with a plan. In 2018 Megan thought, “Let’s see if some not-for-profit Alexandria groups might be interested in creating 1,265 masterpieces.” They were. So, organizations like the Elks Lodge, the Rotary Club, the Jaycees, the Boy Scouts and churches were handed a brush and paint and told, “Go for it.”
This “payment for service” by ALP is a lot cheaper than hiring professional painters.
The groups get a map indicating where to find their targets.
The number can vary. For example, this year the Rotarians are painting about 60. They receive $20 per hydrant.
What a great project…the Alexandria Fire Department, ALP, the painters, and your neighbor’s dog…everybody’s a winner!
ALP keeps an eye on the fire hydrants. It’s quite a number. How many? If you had 1,265 in the pool, you’re a winner! If you want to go buy your own hydrant, be ready to shell out $3,500. Not including a second coat of paint.
If your non-profit is interested in this fund-raiser, contact Megan.