Keeping Dreams Alive


On April 10, 2019, Associated Ministries honored our partners and volunteers, who help us build a stronger community throughout Pierce County at our Keeping Dreams Alive luncheon. This year’s winners have given their time and talent to ensure that activities at AM have been successful this past year.

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Volunteers and Partners of the Year!

Community Partner of the Year: Habitat of Humanity

When our long-term paint supplier, Parker Paint, was sold in 2014, Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity stepped up to begin providing paint for the Paint Tacoma Beautiful program. Each summer, they donate approximately 300 gallons of Valspar body paint to the homeowners we serve, and to the volunteers who paint their houses. This partnership enables our homeowners to have a wonderful selection of colors to choose from; enables our volunteers to have high quality paint to work with; and enables our staff to continue offering this great service to the community. Thank you to Tim Crabb, Habitat’s paint specialist, who mixes all the colors with a smile; to the interns who work with him, and to Maureen Fife, Habitat’s Executive Director, for your exceptional generosity!

Faith Partner of the Year: Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El is an amazing partner with Associated Ministries in every sense of the word. AM is proud to partner with a faith community that is leading the way in social justice, inclusivity, and being active in growing the interfaith community in Pierce County.  Temple Beth El has been a long-time participant in the annual Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude at Thanksgiving, the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Redeeming the Prophetic Vision interfaith gathering, and Temple’s sisterhood has been a big supporter and actively involved with the Interfaith Women’s Conference.  Additionally, Temple Beth El was the catalyst for bringing about the Standing United with Compassion group (Pierce County Faith Response), members of the faith community ready to respond to hate crimes against other faith communities in our county.  Thank you, Temple Beth El, for your work in making this community a better place to live!

Volunteer Group of the Year: Coordinated Care– PTPB Team

Three years ago, Pam Cowley of Coordinated Care approached Associated Ministries; they wanted to take part as volunteers with Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful.  Not only did they want to paint for a day, they wanted to make a difference in the life of the homeowner, and adopted the home from start to finish.  Since that time, Coordinated Care has had a paint team participating every summer; given each homeowner the gift of their time and helping brighten their home, and their days. With a mission of treating people with kindness, respect and dignity, Pam and her crew from Coordinated Care truly are truly keeping dreams alive for those in need!

Individual Volunteer of the Year: Pat Roundy

Whether it is participating in workshops to combat racism, attended Community Quarterly Meetings to learn about concrete steps to address homelessness, or celebrating at interfaith events such as the annual Interfaith Celebration of Gratitude and Iftar dinners, Pat Roundy has been there. Pat is a long-time volunteer who has also volunteered with Paint Tacoma-Pierce Beautiful, the Interfaith Women’s Conferences, Gala and Auction, Lead the Way Home Breakfast fundraiser and served on the AM Board of Directors. We honor Pat for her willingness to serve in many capacities with AM and her ongoing dedication to her community.

We are grateful for their gifts and welcome others to join us as we continue to unite people of faith and good will to build a stronger community! For more information about getting involved with AM, contact Wendy at

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