BY TIM GOBBLE
Fort Madison Partners
FORT MADISON – The Paint-A-Thon has proven to be successful and we want to continue that success here in Fort Madison, but need the public’s help to pull it off. The dates have been set: week of April 26 thru April 30, 2021. During the week of April 26th, teams will prep the house and start painting as soon as prep work is complete.
WHAT IS “PAINT-A-THON”?
The Paint-A-Thon is an event in which volunteer groups paint the homes (owner occupied) of low-income 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. This community beautification effort is a great way to help those who qualify to maintain their property (therefore helping your 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.
Who Can Volunteer?
The Paint-A-Thon is a major volunteer event. It takes 15 to 20 people per house to paint a home and one volunteer leader. Volunteers will need to be available at some point during the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the week of April 26th. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age (parental/guardian signature on waiver will be required) to be a part of a team and willing to put in the work to get the house ready, painted and yard cleaned up. 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 point of contact that can then pass information along to their volunteers (teammates). We will be looking for people who can crawl up ladders (if needed) and 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- knowing any limitations they may have. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. To guarantee a 2021 Paint A Thon t-shirt, the volunteer list will need to be turned in (emailed) by March 26th.
The Paint-a-Thon is a collaborative effort between Community Action of Southeast Iowa, Kempker’s True Value & Rental, Inc and Fort Madison Beautification Foundation. This is a partnership venture to get something started for the betterment of Fort Madison. Monitory or supply donations are being accepted to help off-set costs associated with the supplies needed for the Paint A Thon.
For more information on how to get involved, please call the Partners office at 319-372-5471.