As a 9/11 Day of Service, 17 Community Paint-A-Thon teams comprised of 290 volunteers painted a total of 20 homes. Forty one were members of Senior Corps-RSVP of Northern Cook and Northern DuPage counties who helped to paint 12 of these homes. Teams that participated came from area corporations, high school youth groups, local church groups, and community groups as well as individuals on September 15 & 16, 2017.
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 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.
This year there were two new teams – Arlington Heights Countryside Church and WEIS Builders that joined the returning teams – many of them have been participating with the program for over 20 years. WEIS Builders also donated the funds to pay for the 30th Anniversary Community Paint-A-Thon t-shirts for all the volunteers. Many of the participating teams take ownership of their assigned home project and go well above and beyond in helping to make a positive impact for both the homeowner and all the wonderful volunteers.
This year our teams also painted six group homes belonging to an area nonprofit Clearbrook – that provides support and housing for disabled adults and children. All of the residential homes were located within the cities of the ten townships of the Paint-A-Thon program.
In the past 30 years Community Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted 834 homes, with the help of 17,027 volunteers and using approx. 15,419 gallons of paint. This major accomplishment has been completed by volunteers caring about their communities and neighbors.
Many thanks to all the AWESOME teams who helped to make the 30th Annual Community Paint-A-Thon an OUTSTANDING day of service!