Annual Partners’ Paint-A-Thon Set for April >

Three or four homes on the slate for 2022 beautification effort


FORT MADISON — The annual Paint-A-Thon at Fort Madison is scheduled to begin next month.

Home preparation and painting will begin on April 22, and Fort Madison Partners is seeking groups of volunteers and individuals to help make this critical beautification effort another success in 2022.

Painting, as always, will begin as soon as the prep work is complete.

Volunteers are needed, so get your group together (work friends, service organization, church group, etc.) and call the Partners office at 319-372-5471.

“We’ve had a number of applicants this year with homes in all states of repair/repaint needs,” said Tim Gobble, executive director of Fort Madison Partners.

“I’m not only looking for volunteers who are willing to help paint, but also people with the skills – and with the tools – to help with some of the home repair/replacement needs. Our goal will be 3 or 4 eligible households depending on the volunteers”.


The Paint-A-Thon is an event in which groups of volunteers paint owner-occupied homes within the city limits of Fort Madison. This event allows homeowners with financial and physical limitations to have their homes painted at no cost so they can use their income to cover other important costs, such as medications, groceries and utility bills. Residents will apply to have the exterior of their homes painted, then volunteers from civic groups, churches and businesses will help paint, and local businesses and residents will donate supplies.

Who can volunteer?

The Paint-A-Thon is a major volunteer event. It takes 20 to 30 people per house with a volunteer facilitator. Volunteers will be required to make themselves available at some point between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. throughout the week. Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older (parent/guardian signature on waiver required between 16 and 17) to be part of a team and be willing to work to paint the house. Waivers must be signed by all volunteers. Volunteer teams are needed in businesses, churches, schools, industry, social services and civic groups, etc.

“We will need a ‘team leader’ to be a contact who can then relay information to their volunteers (teammates) and help prepare for the home screening process,” Gobble said.

“We will be looking for people who can climb ladders (if necessary) and who can stand for long periods of time during this process. All are welcome to participate, but the team leader will be responsible for delegating tasks to these team members. »

This project is ideal for anyone looking for an opportunity to help others in the community. If your group is interested in volunteering, contact Fort Madison Partners by email at [email protected] or by calling 319-372-5471 by April 1st.

What happens?

Once Community Action has qualified the home(s) and they have been inspected, a team of community volunteers will be tasked with scraping, priming and painting each home. Houses are painted throughout the week of April 25 and working hours will be set by the team leader. Team leaders will coordinate with their team and visit the house before April 25and to assess home needs for prep work such as: debris removal, pressure washing, chipping paint scraping, spot caulking and priming, etc.

Fort Madison Partners is currently seeking sponsorships to offset incidental costs related to painting supplies, yard equipment, home prep needs, etc. as well as volunteer needs such as water, snacks, etc. These sponsorships will be promoted through volunteer t-shirts, media and social media. The actual value and location of Kempker, Inc. again agreed to supply all the paint used and Southeast Iowa Community Action help choose the houses to paint and make small repairs if necessary. There are still a few sponsorship opportunities available, so give us a call. Monetary donations or painting supplies will also be accepted.

Volunteers from several community organizations, businesses, industries and citizens will be sought to help paint with their “team”. This community beautification effort is a great way to help qualified applicants maintain their property (and therefore improve local property values), increase energy efficiency, beautify the community, and lend a helping hand. hand to someone who might not be able to do it on their own. The Paint-a-Thon is a collaborative effort between Community Action of Southeast Iowa, Kempker’s True Value & Rental, Inc and Fort Madison Partners. It is a partnership venture to start something for the betterment of Fort Madison and a source of funding for the Fort Madison Beautification Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

For more information on how to participate, please call the Partners Office at 319-372-5471!

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