110 GALLONS OF PAINT AND 200 CUPCAKES
Confined to a wheelchair. A single mom struggling to care for three kids and her mom. An elderly, disabled homeowner with a disabled son. Just a few of the homeowners whose homes are being repaired and painted as part of Community Housing Solutions’ sixth annual Paint the Town event.
This year’s Paint the Town was the largest ever, with 160 volunteers painting 13 homes in the Glenwood neighborhood, 8 of them in a single day. Volunteers gathered Saturday morning at Grace Community Church to begin the day with a meal together. During breakfast, Patricia Wisneski, President of the Greater Glenwood Neighborhood Association, spoke to them, “You just don’t know how much this means to people in this neighborhood, and how hard they work to encourage homeownership.” Ms. Wisneski choked up as she continued, “These homes that you’re painting – it will make a tremendous difference in the life of this entire community.”
The Glenwood neighborhood was identified as having a high rate of distressed properties, and selected for the 2016 painting and repair blitz. Glenwood families who lack financial resources and the physical ability to paint and repair their own homes were identified by Community Housing Solutions’ staff.
Teams of volunteers ranged from corporate groups to faith communities to students. Sponsors and groups included: Sherwin Williams, Bank of America, Carolina Bank, Lincoln Financial Group, United Guaranty, United Healthcare, ITG Brands, Wells Fargo, Guilford College, First Friends Quaker Meeting, Grace Community Church, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Westover Church, First Baptist Church, First Lutheran Church, “Fitness, Faith and Fellowship,” Biscuitville, the Central Carolina Cake Club, and Crawford’s Creations.
Members of the Central Carolina Cake Club donated 200 cupcakes for volunteers’ snacks and 10 full-size cakes for homeowners. While their homes were being painted, the cakes were presented to delighted homeowners by volunteers with kind words and big smiles.
What is community? This week, it began with 110 gallons of paint and 200 cupcakes, bringing together 13 homeowners in need and 160 willing hearts.