66 community structures across Oklahoma have been chosen as projects for Fresh Paint Days. This KOB program is designed to encourage volunteers to seek out structures and renovate them with the creative use of resources. 47 community groups will participate this year.
Fresh Paint Days is a program founded on the collaboration between H-I-S Paint and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. KOB, with the help of sponsors, provides the paint and a stipend for supplies; selected communities supply the volunteers. This program has helped to revitalize communities across Oklahoma with a fresh coat of paint.
H-I-S Paint and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful started the Fresh Paint Days program in 2005.
“H-I-S Paint is proud to have participated for the past 10 years in the Fresh Paint Days in Oklahoma initiative and we are eager to see the transformations for 2017,” said Joe Cox, founder and CEO of H-I-S Paint. “We know that each gallon of paint that we donate helps to Keep Oklahoma Beautiful by transforming communities one building at a time.”
When the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) began to support the program, KOB was able to offer participating groups a cash stipend to purchase supplies and make the program entirely cost-effective for participating groups.
“Public Service Company of Oklahoma is pleased to continue its support of Fresh Paint Days, and of the individuals and organizations who work hard to make their communities great places to live and work,” said James A. Evers, with State Governmental & Environmental Affairs for PSO. “For more than 100 years, PSO has been an active participant in efforts to promote and help the cities and towns we serve to develop and grow. Backing Fresh Paint Days continues our pledge to support our great state.”
Natalie Evans, the projects coordinator for KOB, works with potential participants throughout the application process.
“I am consistently amazed by the vision these groups have for brighter, more beautiful communities,” Evans said. “These participants were chosen because of that vision, and we are excited to support them as they endeavor to revitalize their communities. Fresh Paint Days truly is a great opportunity for these groups to reinstate community pride.”
CL Boyd, an Oklahoma equipment company, is providing three pressure washers to assist with the revitalization efforts. This year’s equipment recipients are BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center in El Reno, the Town of Carnegie, and the Town of Stratford.
This year’s participating organizations are as follows: Anadarko Chamber of Commerce, City of Anadarko, Apache Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Asbury 2nd Saturday, BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center, Town of Carnegie, Cherokee Main St., Cheyenne High School BPA, Choctaw Nation Going Green, Chouteau Chamber of Commerce, Claremore Main Street, Collinsville Downtown, City of Comanche, Delaware Nation, Town of Delaware Youth Committee, Town of Dewar, Town of Disney, Downtown Cushing Revitalization Association, Durant Historical Society, Earlsboro Community Development Committee, El Reno Chamber, City of Erick, City of Eufaula/Team Up to Clean Up, Town of Foyil, Guymon American Legion, Guymon Hispanic Advisory Board, Hugo Chamber of Commerce, City of Konawa, Locust Grove Arts Alliance, Town of Macomb, Muskogee Police Department, Newkirk Main Street, City of Newkirk, OKC Farmer's Market District, Okeene Historic Preservation Group, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce/City of Okmulgee, Okmulgee County Community Garden Corporation, Piedmont Chamber of Commerce, Pride in McAlester, Town of Reydon, Seminole Main, Town of Stratford, City of Stroud, Vici Lions Club, Walters Public Library, and Wilburton Main Street.
The groups will have 30 days to complete their projects using donated paint from H-I-S Paint of Oklahoma City and a stipend from Public Service Company of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, and funding from the Anschutz Foundation.
These organizations will compete for the “Best Visual Impact Award” through the ‘Communities Primed for Change’ contest. Finalists will be chosen based upon their ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. Winners will be announced at the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful 27th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration on November 18, 2017.