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Recapping the 23rd Annual Community Paint-A-Thon

September 13, 2010

In spite of inclement weather, the 23rd annual Community Paint-A-Thon kicked off this past weekend.  The event saw volunteers from local businesses, churches, community organizations and youth groups come out to help local seniors and people with disabilities by painting and updating their homes.  In all, over 500 volunteers came out to serve.

Never in the 23 years of the event has it rained, but on Saturday morning the teams were greeted by light rain showers throughout the area.  However, two teams from Motorola were able to complete their projects.  Motorola team leader Chris Morton said this was their 10th year participating in the event.  “It’s very satisfying to be able to help our neighbors in the community.  We’re also able to work side by side with employees from the office that we don’t get to see on a regular basis.  That’s an added benefit,” Morton said.

When Morton arrived on site, the homeowner was already prepping the home by scrapping off old paint.  “I really appreciate the support of the volunteers, because I couldn’t do this by myself.  Unfortunately even though I’m willing to put in the work, my body is not,” said the homeowner.

Morton noted that the homeowner was helpful through the whole process.  “She is constantly asking what she can do to help us.  Seeing that makes you want to help even more.”

The teams primed and painted the house, along with a little light carpentry work.  The teams came prepared for the work, sawing wood and replacing siding and panels that had rotted away.

Motorola on the job

The Paint-A-Thon coincided with the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day meant to bring together communities to serve those in need.  With a little luck the weather will cooperate this coming weekend so the rest of the teams can finish their work.  Thanks to everyone who participated, making this year’s Paint-A-Thon another success!

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