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.