The 23rd annual Community Paint-A-Thon kicks off tomorrow, September 11, 2010. The Paint-A-Thon is a unique service project in the northwest suburbs of Chicago where volunteers paint the homes of seniors and community members with disabilities who have limited financial resources. This year’s event was organized by a partnership among The Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago, Catholic Charities-Northwest Senior Services, Habitat for Humanity and Valspar Paint.
The project requires the support of many community organizations and, most importantly, the time and effort contributed by volunteers. The end result is that the lives of the homeowners, volunteers and supporters have been enriched through their service, and the community’s appearance is improved.
This year 25 houses have been selected with 550 volunteers donating their time and effort to the project. The volunteers come from a variety of businesses, churches, community youth organizations and high school groups. All homes are painted on the same day.
The Paint-A-Thon also coincides with 9/11 National Day of Service. In 2009 President Obama officially made 9/11 a National Day of Service and Remembrance as a way for Americans and others to remember the victims, survivors, volunteers and heroes of September 11th.
We want to thank Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Valspar Paint, and all the volunteers who are coming together to serve. It’s a greatly appreciated service for their local communities, and also an excellent way to honor those that lost their lives and loved ones on September 11th, 2001.