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Paint The Town –Ready to Paint and Party

05/09/14 at 02:08 AM by Jillian Hanes

Paint The Town™ is less than one month away, and we are so excited to bring back our original design – focusing our revitalization efforts in a few neighborhoods and reintroducing our Block Party!  Saturday, June 7, 2014 marks Neighborhood Housing Services’ 32nd annual Paint The Town™ event, and by going back to our roots we hope to a) create an even larger and lasting impact within neighborhoods in the community, and b) encourage more camaraderie between the teams.

Where We Came From

In the early eighties, NHS saw a need for revitalization within the Vista neighborhood. The staff put a map of the neighborhood up on a board and placed several overlays on top of it. The overlays tracked seniors, problem properties, and houses that needed to be painted along with a few other demographics. NHS discovered that two-thirds of the homes that needed paint belonged to seniors.

NHS coordinated with a local company to donate paint, and solicited enough volunteers from the corporations that were funding our organization to make 20 teams.  Volunteers focused their efforts in the Vista neighborhood – painting homes, building flower boxes and porches, and landscaping yards. “It was a lot of fun,” says NHS board member, Shirley Randolph. “We all felt like family.”

After a successful Saturday of painting, NHS held a picnic for all of the volunteers on the lawn in front of our office.  We served hot dogs and sodas – a small token of appreciation for the volunteers’ hard work.

Looking Back, Expecting  A Bigger Impact

As the program grew, Paint The Town™ spread out all over Treasure Valley – making it harder for people to notice an impact within our neighborhoods. For 2014, Paint The Town™ is going back to its original design– focusing our revitalization efforts in Boise’s Bench neighborhoods to create an even larger and lasting impact in this area. 

This year, 59 teams of volunteers from small businesses, large corporations, universities, faith-based groups, financial institutions, civic and non-profit organizations, government agencies, and local media stations will paint and revitalize 51 homes for low-income Boise Bench homeowners who are unable to physically and financially do it themselves.

Where’s The Party At?

Paint The Town™ would be nothing without our new and recurrent teams of volunteers who help us each year.  NHS would like to show our gratitude for your spirit of volunteerism by bringing back the Block Party – an afternoon of celebration and camaraderie for our volunteers, recipients, neighbors.

The party is a free event and will be held at Cassia Park from 3pm-7pm after the painting is done on June 7th.  Block Party attendees will enjoy:

  • Music by 94.9 The River
  • Free BBQ
  • Buy A Bucket raffle prizes will be given away during this time (Buy A Bucket now to get in to win!)
  • Arts & crafts, face painting, photo booth, free massages
  • Booths from: Paint The Town™ sponsors, NHS, Boise Parks & Rec, and Central Bench Neighborhood Association


How To Get Involved

Though our team registration is now closed, you can still contribute to our Buy A Bucket campaign, a fundraiser where donors give to help cover paint costs.

NHS is always looking for financial contributions, in-kind donations, and media opportunities as well. Paint The Town™ 2014 is sponsored by: Kwal Paint, KTVB, 94.9FM The River, Citi Cards, Hewlett Packard, Kelly Moore Paints, Fred Meyer, ACAR Realtors Community Foundation, Idaho Central Credit Union, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Gorilla Capital, and Intermountain Gas Company.

One easy way to show your support is to like us on Facebook and Twitter.

We believe we have the best volunteers, sponsors, and donors in the Northwest, and we can’t wait to paint and party with you!

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