APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE FOR FRESH PAINT DAYS
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) officials today announced application submissions are open for Fresh Paint Days, an annual program that gives Oklahomans paint and funds for painting supplies to improve buildings in their area.
Jeanette Nance, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Executive Director, said the program is meant to empower community members to transform a community structures in need of a facelift into a building of pride. She said it is a win-win situation for everyone involved.
“Many times people may assume a building is tired looking because of owner neglect, but through this process we have found that is not often the case,” said Nance. “The absence of resources – time, funds, people or a combination of those things – contributes to a lack of painting and care throughout the years. Fresh Paint Days takes out many challenges, making it easier for citizens to come together and make a positive impact.”
Nance said the program would not be sustainable without the generous support of its two major donors – HIS Coatings of Oklahoma City and Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). HIS Coatings donates pre-mixed paint in over five colors from which selected candidates can choose. PSO provides monetary stipends for painting supplies for volunteers to use during the paint application process. The applicant must secure the volunteers to paint the building.
In its nine-year history, the program has provided 4,000 gallons of paint and $36,000 for painting supplies, enabling more than 230 buildings to be improved in over 100 communities in 63 counties throughout Oklahoma. In total, more than 5,000 volunteers have donated their time to this program.
Complete projects will be entered in KOB’s Community Primed for Change contest, which highlights before and after photos and asks the public to select the most impactful renovation. The Top 3 projects are then eligible to win the Best Visual Impact Award, which is chosen by HIS Coatings owner, Joe Cox and presented at KOB’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony in November. In 2014, Greer County Conservation District was recognized as the Best Visual Impact Award for work on a building utilized by the school in Mangum.
Applications can be submitted online now through July 31 on the nonprofit’s website – keepoklahomabeautiful.com. More information about project requirements, project calendars and past projects also can be found on the organization’s website.
Posted on 06/02/2015
by Megan Moran filed under