Council Bluffs “Paint-A-Thon” set for August 17th


April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Organizers with “Project Paint-A-Thon” say applications are currently being accepted through June 7th for a volunteer event designed to benefit homeowners age 60 or over, or who are permanently disabled. Applicants for the 25th Annual Brush Up paint-a-thon who live in Council Bluffs, or, Douglas and Sarpy Counties, in Nebraska, must meet financial guidelines listed on the official application, which is available by calling Southwest 8 Senior Services at 712-328-2540, or by calling 2-1-1. All applications must be returned by June 7th in order to be eligible for the August 17th event.

An independent Selection Committee made up of professionals from housing and human services will identify homeowners who are qualified. Homeowners selected will have their homes painted at NO COST. Volunteers paint the exterior of selected homes in August of each year.

The Paint-A-Thon was established in 1989, as a “Community Partnership” to spearhead a community-wide effort to paint the homes of older adults and disabled homeowners who are unable to either physically or financially, paint their homes. Since the program’s inception, volunteer teams have painted 2,495 homes. The goal for 2013, is to paint 80 homes, with the help of over 2,500 volunteers.

The event is made possible through the support of numerous companies, businesses and individuals, who donate materials and other forms of support for the volunteer teams.

(8-a.m. News)