Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Opens Applications for their Community Revitalization Program Fresh Paint Days
OKLAHOMA CITY (June 1, 2018) – Fresh Paint Days (FPD) is an annual, free, revitalization program available to anyone living in any of Oklahoma’s communities.
FPD is a program through Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) that provides community groups with free paint and a stipend to improve buildings in their area. Applications open June 1 and close July 31. Paint is delivered in late August throughout the state and projects are completed through the month of September.
In 2005, FPD was created with the collaboration of KOB and H-I-S Paint in Oklahoma City. The program is intended to help volunteer groups restore the face of their community, utilizing the donated paint from H-I-S Paint. H-I-S Paint collects unused paint through the year, and in turn sponsors the program by giving the surplus paint to communities. Affording that this paint is deterred from waste collection. H-I-S Paint has donated thousands of gallons of paint in the 13 years the program has been in existence.
“H-I-S Paint is excited to continue our partnership with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful as we work to reinvigorate communities throughout Oklahoma through the Fresh Paint Days program.” Said Ken Wise, Director of Marketing and Product Line Management
The applicants selected are provided a stipend for supplies, sponsored by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. In 2017, 44 community groups participated, 63 community structures were painted and 28 counties were reached.
Following the completion of the different projects, an online contest determines the finalists in the ‘Communities Primed for Change Contest’, which is a comparison of the projects’ before and after shots. Last year, Collinsville Downtown, Inc. won the award at our Environmental Excellence Celebration for best visual impact.
Fresh Paint Days represents what can be achieved with the collaboration of state, nonprofit, and corporate agencies uniting to achieve a goal for the benefit of communities in our great state.
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1965 and is a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, which is a nonprofit organization with a national network of nearly 1,000 participating organizations working together to improve communities through litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. Our mission is “Empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy sustainable environment.” More information at www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com