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Fort Madison Paint-A-Thon Set For April 2022

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For Immediate Release:

The Fort Madison Paint-A-Thon is set for 2022: the week of April 22-April 29th– with painting thru that week. During the week of April 25th, teams will finish prep on the house and start painting as soon as prep work is complete. Volunteers are needed so get your group (friends from work, service organization, church group, etc.) together and call the Partner office: 319-372-5471.

 

“We have had a number of applicants this year with homes in ALL states of repair/repainting needs” states Tim Gobble, Fort Madison Partners Executive Director. “I am looking for not only volunteers that are willing to help paint, but also those knowledgeable- and with the tools- to help with some of the repair/replacement needs for the homes as well.  Our goal will be 3 or 4 qualifying homes depending on volunteers”.

 

WHAT IS “PAINT-A-THON”?

The Paint-A-Thon is an event in which volunteer groups paint the homes (owner-occupied) of individuals living in the city limits of Fort Madison. This event allows homeowners with financial and physical limitations to have their homes painted free of cost so they can use their income to cover other important costs, such as medication, groceries, and utility bills.  Residents will apply to have the exterior of their homes painted, then volunteer groups from civic groups, churches, and businesses lend a helping hand to paint, and local businesses and residents donate supplies.

 

Who Can Volunteer?

The Paint-A-Thon is a major volunteer event. It takes 20 to 30 people per house with one volunteer leader.  Volunteers will need to make themselves available at some point during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week.  Volunteers must be 16 years old or older (parental/guardian signature on waiver required between the ages of 16/17) to be a part of a team and willing to put in the work to get the house painted. Waivers will need to be signed by all volunteers.   Teams of volunteers are needed from businesses, churches, schools, industry, social service and civic groups, etc.  “We will need a “Team Leader” to be a contact that can then pass the information along to their volunteers (teammates) and help prepare for the home selection process”.  “We will be looking for people who can crawl up ladders (if needed) and are able to stand for long periods of time during this process.  All are welcome to participate but the team leader will be responsible for delegating the tasks to those team members”, states Gobble. This project is great for anyone looking for an opportunity to help out others in the community.  If your group is interested in volunteering, contact Fort Madison Partners via email at tgobble@fortmadison.com or by calling 319-372-5471 by April 1st.

What Happens?

Once Community Action has qualified the house(s) and they have been inspected, a team of volunteers from the community will be assigned to scrape, prime, and paint each house. Homes are painted throughout the week of April 25th- work times will be set by the team leader. Team leaders will coordinate with their team and visit the home prior to April 25th to evaluate the needs of the home regarding prep work such as debris removal, power washing, scraping of peeling paint, caulking and spot priming, etc.

Fort Madison Partners is currently looking for sponsorships to offset the incidental costs of paint supplies, yard equipment, home prep needs, etc. as well as volunteer needs such as water, snacks, etc. These sponsorships will be promoted through volunteer t-shirts, media, and social media outlets. Kempker’s True Value & Rental, Inc. has once again agreed to supply all the paint that is used and Community Action of Southeast Iowa will help choose the houses to be painted and do small repairs if necessary.  There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available, so give us a call.  Monetary or painting supplies donations will also be accepted.

Volunteers will be needed from many community organizations, businesses, industries and citizens to help paint with their “team”. This community beautification effort is a great way to help those qualifying candidates maintain their property (therefore helping local property values), increase energy efficiency, beautify the community and lend a helping hand to someone that may not be able to do it on their own. The Paint-a-Thon is a collaborative effort between Community Action of Southeast Iowa, Kempker’s True Value & Rental, Inc, and Fort Madison Partners.  This is a partnership venture to get something started for the betterment of Fort Madison and one funding source to the Fort Madison Beautification Foundation- a 501c3 Not for Profit organization.

For more information on how to get involved, please call the Partners office at 319-372-5471!

 

For additional information about this press release, please contact:

Tim Gobble

Fort Madison Partners

319-372-5471

Written by: Leah Jones

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