Connecting People with Purpose - Celebrating 50 Years of Volunteering


As each fall arrives hundreds of Paint-A-Thon volunteers are ready with brushes, scrapers, and rollers in hand, eager to help restore the exterior of local homes greatly in need of a facelift. Days later, when their work is completed, they are rewarded with smiles and hugs from the homeowners.

This September marked the 32nd Community Paint-A-Thon. Teams that participated came from area corporations, high school youth groups, local church groups, community groups, as well as individuals; all of whom were interested in being a part of this vital community restoration and beautification program enabling seniors, the disabled and veterans to remain in their homes. Over the past 32 years 17,410 Community Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted 876 homes using approx. 15,753 gallons of paint!

The annual two-day Paint-A-Thon is a unique community partnership of HandsOn Suburban Chicago, Catholic Charities, and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley. Paint-A-Thon volunteers paint the exterior of homes owned and occupied by persons with limited financial resources, who are physically unable to paint their homes. Yet, like most of us, they still want to stay in the home and neighborhood they've known for so many years.

Again, this year WEIS Builders donated the funds to pay for the 32nd Community Paint-A-Thon t-shirts for all the volunteers. We were happy to welcome the Pepsico Foundation as a significant HandsOn Suburban Chicago Paint-A-Thon sponsor. Many of the participating teams take ownership of their assigned home project and go well above and beyond in helping to make a positive impact for both the homeowner and all the wonderful volunteers.

Many thanks to all the AWESOME teams, partners, donors and sponsors who helped to make the 32nd Annual Community Paint-A-Thon an OUTSTANDING day of service!

Jordan Friedman
Executive Director
HandsOn Suburban Chicago

32nd Annual Community  Paint-A-Thon 

            224 Number of painters participating in project this year
              78  Number of youth participating in program this year
                    8  Average hours each painter donated to the program
         1,826 Number of hours for all volunteers (based on average)
       $5,000   Weiss Builders donation for Paint-A-Thon T-Shirts
$23,665.22  Cost of paint and supplies
$49,101.14  Volunteer value of project to the community*
  $4,042.56  Average value to each homeowner

*Calculated by multiplying the total hours worked by each volunteer by $26.89 per hour (2018 Illinois rate)  from the Independent Sector for the value of a volunteer in Illinois.

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