A Tale of Two Paint-A-Thon days

 08/12/2013 | 02:00 PM 

news0813_2The depth and breadth of the Brothers Redevelopment Paint-A-Thon came to life two days in July.

On July 19, a team of volunteers from Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors took on its first-ever Paint-A-Thon, making a monumental difference for an Arvada homeowner.

On July 20, DEVO (Denver Employees Volunteer Opportunities) celebrated its 10th year with the Paint-A-Thon by fielding seven teams to paint seven homes. In those 10 years, DEVO has had as many as 13 teams painting 13 houses on what has become known as DEVO Day.

New team or veteran team, large employer or smaller company – the scope of work for the two entities is more similar than different. The goal is always the same: Caulk, seal and paint the homes of senior homeowners who financially or physically are not able to get the job done themselves.

To date, the 2013 Paint-A-Thon home count: 82.

In Arvada, Mary Waddell’s home received a much-needed facelift on July 19 thanks to the team from Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors. The Denver firm organized a team to participate in the Paint-A-Thon, help in the community in a visible way.

“I was overwhelmed with what needed to be done and I wanted some help – but I wasn’t expecting it to be as wonderful as it has been. The volunteers are wonderful. They are working hard but also having fun.”

Waddell, 78, has lived in her home for 42 years. Her husband died eight years ago. Since he died, she has lived on his small life insurance policy, which is now gone. “I’m pretty frugal,” she said. “I get by, but I can’t do the repairs that need to be done.”

“Our team enjoyed getting out and volunteering in our community,” said Pinnacle’s Maggie Osterbauer. “The Paint-A-Thon was a great volunteer event for our company as it allowed everyone to participate. I would definitely say we are interested in doing this next year.”

On July 20, seven DEVO teams brushed up their long-standing Paint-A-Thon skills to paint seven homes across Denver.

The Paint-A-Thon is a “great opportunity to partner with other city employees by giving back to the community we live and work in. People have a lot of fun giving back to the community at this event,” said DEVO Chairman Arthur Gilkison. “It really is a very rewarding and enjoyable time.”

The Paint-A-Thon is a volunteer-driven program that receives financial support from sponsors. The volunteers and sponsors are essential ingredients to Brothers Redevelopment’s Paint-A-Thon, said Chad Nibbelink, Brothers volunteer manager.

Brothers Redevelopment began the Paint-A-Thon in 1978. In that time, more than 6,700 homes and homeowners have benefited from the Paint-A-Thon.

In 2012, 107 homes were painted thanks to 2,129 volunteers serving 14,020 hours. Brothers is on pace to match or exceed that number this year, the 35th Anniversary Season.

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