September 7th marked the 26th annual Community Paint a thon as 494 volunteers in 27 teams painted a total of 25 homes. The day before, teams completed necessary preparations which included scraping and also removing any foliage obstructing the project. Participants included teams from area corporations, youth groups from high schools, local church groups, and community groups as well as individuals; all interested in being a part of this vital community restoration and beautification program.
Community Paint a thon is a unique community partnership designed to paint the exterior of homes owned and occupied by persons with limited financial resources who are at least 60 years of age or have a permanent disability making them unable to do the work themselves. The goal of this program is to provide dignity to homeowner and enable them to live independently in their community by restoring the outside of their home.
The Steering Committee is comprised of area nonprofits and corporations that meet monthly to plan and execute the program each year. Each home project entails not only of painting the exterior of the home but also all the prep work; which can take as much or more time than the actual painting. Prep work that can be required: scraping, sanding, caulking, priming and landscaping prior to being able to paint the home, which is all the responsibility of each team assigned to the home. Many teams go above and beyond by planting flowers & bulbs, painting or providing new yard furniture, fixing & painting mail boxes and building planter boxes.
Community Paint a thon has a long history of helping those in need. Over the past 26 years, 734 homes have been painted by approximately 15,331 volunteers using over 14,300 gallons of paint, all donated by Valspar Coatings in Wheeling/Chicago. This year there were 6 new teams (Allstate Helping Hands, Calvary Church Young Adult Group, Fellowes, Inc., Immanuel Lutheran Church, North Shore Senior Center, & Taiwan Presbyterian Church – TPC) which joined the 21 returning teams. Motorola Solutions once again had 3 teams to paint 3 homes mobilizing 75 employees from their Schaumburg location. This year 5 of the homes that were painted belonged to veterans.
For more information on Community Paint a thon, contact Annette Sommer, Regional Community Outreach at 847.228.1320.