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ADVISORY/It's Amazing What You Can Do With Hammers, Paint and Kindness - Volunteer Project and Block Party Planned for Saturday, June 2

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 1, 2001--

More than 300 Washington Mutual volunteers tackle Central Area community revitalization projects during National NeighborWorks Week

WHO/WHAT: In partnership with the Central Area Development Association, more than 350 Washington Mutual volunteers will paint, hammer and mow their way across the Judkins Park Neighborhood in celebration of National NeighborWorks Week.

Founded in 1984 by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, National NeighborWorks Week is an annual campaign to restore homes and revitalize neighborhoods in hundreds of communities across the nation.

       In addition to the day-long volunteer efforts, Washington
       Mutual will also host a community block party featuring:

o Larger-than-life balloon house.

o Community quilt project.

o Kicks for cash event.

o Performances by Emerald City Jazz Ensemble and Tap Central.

o Hard-hat decorating

o Food (expecting up to 750 people) and more.

WHEN: Saturday, June 2, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: 2400 block of Judkins St. and 2400 block of South Irving
St. Media check-in: Thurgood Marshall Elementary School, 2401 S.
Irving St.

WHY: Washington Mutual is the first-ever national sponsor for
National NeighborWorks Week, continuing its commitment to building
stronger communities. The company directs nearly half of its
charitable giving to programs and projects that support affordable
housing and community development initiatives.

Washington Mutual's commitment to the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation is valued at more than $2.6 million and is the company's largest ever financial and volunteer effort in support of a single housing organization.


CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Mary Kelley, 206/377-6878
cellular 206/409-2449