NeighborWorks Salt Lake Coordinates Over 250 Volunteers In Community Building Effort that Adds Curb Appeal to Blocks across the County
SALT LAKE COUNTY, UT – For the 33rd consecutive year, NeighborWorks Salt Lake has coordinated more than 250 volunteers to spruce up the exteriors of homes throughout Salt Lake County in their signature “Paint Your Heart Out” event. This event provides a meaningful community building experience for volunteers while helping out deserving homeowners and improving the curb appeal of the entire block. On August 11, 2018 from 9 – 12 PM, 13 volunteer teams sponsored by local organizations will be working with local homeowners who are elderly, disabled, veterans, and/or have limited income to transform their homes with a fresh coat of paint.
NeighborWorks Salt Lake is a local nonprofit organization with a mission to build on the strengths of neighborhoods, creating opportunities through housing, resident leadership, and youth and economic development. We work in partnership with residents, government, and businesses to build and sustain neighborhoods of choice. NeighborWorks founded Paint Your Heart Out in 1985 as a manifestation of its mission in a one-day event: matching volunteers with homeowners who could use some neighborly help to paint their homes to benefit the homeowner, their block, and the strength of our community.
Historically, Paint Your Heart Out has focused on homes in Salt Lake City’s Westside neighborhoods; however, this year the event has expanded county wide to celebrate the fact that NeighborWorks’ lending products are now available to residents of the entire county.
The “Behind-the-Scenes” aspects of Paint Your Heart Out also reflects NeighborWorks’ mission. For the last 19 years ProCom Painting has helped spearhead this event by providing hundreds of hours of professional painting and guidance. Additionally, Paint Your Heart Out is supported by sponsors and volunteers from a diverse group of community-minded partners, including Andeavor, Bridge Investment Group, Wells Fargo, the Danna Foundation, PPG Paints, Rose Park Lion’s Club, Pitney Bowes, Sutherland Lumber Co., the Young Professionals of Salt Lake City, Veritas Funding Old Mill, USARA, Giv Group, US Bank, Washington Federal Bank, the Gardner Policy Institute, Rocky Mountain Power, and the FDIC.
NeighborWorks Salt Lake invites the press to join them on August 11 between 9 and 12 PM at the home of Skylar and Shain Shields in Salt Lake City. Shain, a veteran who is disabled, and his wife Skylar recently welcomed identical twins. Improving their 100-year-old home to make it healthy and safe for their newborns has been quite the undertaking, one that NeighborWorks Salt Lake is happy to lend a hand to help with during Paint Your Heart Out.
From homebuying resources to community gardens to adult recreation programs, our intern Angela Tran has rounded up the best of Salt Lake County's cheap-and/or-free resources that you should be taking advantage of NOW.
1. NeighborWorks Salt Lake (all incomes)
NeighborWorks Salt Lake is a non-profit that focuses on comprehensive neighborhood revitalization in Salt Lake County by helping people buy homes, fix homes, and get involved in their community.
A helpful resource for residents is their Paint Your Heart Out event that is held every August. Paint Your Heart Out brings volunteers together to paint homes for the elderly, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and households with limited- or fixed-income.
Additionally, their Westside Leadership Institute helps silent community leaders gain the tools, skills, and resources to make change in their neighborhoods.
2. Utah Community Action (households with limited incomes)
Utah Community Action is a multi-faceted agency that helps low-income residents be self-sufficient. One of the programs they offer is Head Start, which is a key player to prepare children for school and provides basic medical attention. Not only that, this agency help individuals:
3. Neighborhood House (households with limited incomes)
The organization’s aim is to provide quality, affordable daycare and support services for children and adults. For children, there are programs that help maximize their learning ability and potential. As for youths, there is a safe and fun place for them to go to while they are not in school. Lastly, for the adults there is supervised emotional, cognitive, physical, and social/spiritual care for those in need. To find out more information, here is a link: https://www.nhutah.org/
4. Wasatch Community Gardens (all incomes)
The mission is “to empower people of all ages and incomes to grow and eat healthy, organic, local food.” Wasatch Community Gardens have been around since 1989 to improve the quality of our community food. People can come together to learn how to:
5. AAA Fair Credit Foundation (all incomes)
A non-profit organization dedicated to help each of us as consumers to take control of our financial well-being. There are programs and services which provide:
6. Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA)
As the world is changing, family needs change and our individual roles change, YWCA has been respondent to the needs and aspirations of local women.
By bettering the lives for all women, families and communities will be stronger. The non-profit organization offers programs to improve the well-being of women in Utah through safety, opportunity, and advocacy. There are lots of great resources on their website.
7. Salt Lake County Parks & Recreation (all incomes)
Along with living in busy cities, there are various of recreation centers found throughout Salt Lake County. These recreation centers are a great place for people of all ages to play, enjoy themselves, and meet others in the community.
At these recreation centers there are sporting supplies available for use, fitness equipment, child care, playgrounds, swimming pools, classes, and clinics. Not only that, there are events that occur each month for the recreational centers. Following this paragraph is a link to a general website to find recreational resource: https://slco.org/parks-recreation/
8. Salt Lake County Community Services (all incomes)
Looking for something fun for the family and friends?
The county has many fun and engaging services for each of us to enjoy, whether you are a resident or visitor, there are community services and events you could attend.
Such services include ZAP, a program which provides funding to enable growth and development of the interconnections of our society and environment. The Clark Planetarium is a fun educational resource to learn more about our daily lives and wonders of the universe. Of course, there are much more services found on the county’s website: https://slco.org/community-services/
9. Utah Transit Authority (UTA) (all incomes)
A public transportation system that helps those who do not have a car of their own to move around the county and beyond. The services they offer is an electric rail system, bus, paratransit, and vanpool.
It is a great way to move around the city, to get to know others, and to be worry free. You could ride and not worry about getting stuck in the mist of car traffic and you could also be doing work that you need to make up for or to prepare for. To plan your trip, visit their website on https://www.rideuta.com/
10. Libraries in Salt Lake City (all incomes)
Located near your home, the libraries can be found throughout the whole county. In Salt Lake County, there are two library websites, one is for the Salt Lake City called The City Library and the other one is the County Library.
On both websites, they have great resources for people of all ages. There are also local events that are held in their facilitates which span from learning a new language to watching a documentary to learning how to start a business, which allows everyone to come together as a community to get to know each other. Learn about their events here.
11. Department of Workforce Services (all incomes)
Finding a job can be hard and there may be responsibilities that each of us need help with. The Department of Workforce Services helps people of various of backgrounds with different types of needs.
They offer temporary assistance for unemployment, housing and community development, child care, refugee services, rehabilitation, and much more.
Through each of the links, there are other resources that you could find that may be of help. Overall, it is a great place to start looking for job-related resources: https://jobs.utah.gov/index.html
Stressed out about taking care of your home and wondering where to look for great help? These five resources will help improve and renovate your home.
1. NeighborWorks Salt Lake’s Paint Your Heart Out
Best Free Paint Job for Seniors, Individuals with Disabilities, Veterans, and Limited- or Fixed-Income!
Every August NeighborWorks Salt Lake holds a one-day event where there are teams of volunteers to paint houses for free. But, this is not a hand out. It is a community building event where neighbors are helping neighbors. The goal is to help those who are not physically or financially able to paint their homes. To know if you can qualify, apply at their page: https://www.nwsaltlake.org/paintyourheartout.html
In addition, NeighborWorks offers Home Improvement loans to help Salt Lake County residents make health, safety and efficiency repairs to their homes. Rates and terms are tiered based on income. Learn more: www.nwsaltlake.org/homeimprovementloans
2. ASSIST - A Community Design Center
Designed for Senior Citizens and Low-income Homeowners, a Great Source for Emergencies
As houses are aging, there are rising concerns with serious home repairs, especially for those with limited or fixed income. With the Emergency Home Repair program that ASSIST offers, critical home repairs are provided at no cost and no liens will be placed on the homes of qualified households. Local, licensed and insured contractors are hired to assure quality repair.
3. Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity
Great for Revitalizing Homes’ Integrity, Externally and Internally
To take care of homes outside and inside, Salt Lake Valley of Habitat for Humanity offers critical home repair, which can range from energy efficiency to major repair needs. Another program offered is “A Brush of Kindness” and it maintains the exterior and landscape of resident’s homes. There are qualifications such as needing to repair to improve health and safety of family, family intends to stay in home for at least the next three years, and family are within 30-60% area median income. Apply here at https://www.habitatsaltlake.com/how-to-apply/neighborhood-revitalization/
4. Salt Lake City Housing and Neighborhood Development
Salt Lake City Cares for You!
The city has a Handyman Program for seniors and individuals with disabilities whose income is below 80% of area median income. They will require income documentation to let them know you can qualify. Another program offered is the Home Repair Program, which allow homeowners to obtain no and low interest loans to address health, safety, and structural issues with your homes. There are reliable and competitive bids from qualified, licensed and insured contractors.
5. Utah Community Action’s Weatherization
Excellent Way to Save on Home Energy Costs
Utah Community Action helps low-income individuals and families cut the cost of the energy it takes to heat their homes. Some common improvements are reducing excessive air infiltration and reducing heat loss through walls, ceiling, floors, doors, and windows. Weatherization is not a remodeling or rehabilitation program, but it make homes more comfortable to stay in. Homes that qualify are ones that have never been weatherized or was weatherized before September 30, 1994. To learn more, here is a link: https://www.utahca.org/weatherization/
NeighborWorks Salt Lake’s Westside Leadership