Before Paint Comes Prep
After our first official Prep the Town day, we caught up with some volunteers to find out how they heard about Paint the Town and their overall experience.
Aaron heard about Paint the Town through his Fifth Third Networking group and this was his first Give Back Cincinnati event. He is not new to the volunteer circuit by any means, as he has spent the past year volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Prep the Town was just another opportunity for Aaron to get involved with the community and use his hands to help others. After the scraping and priming was done Aaron quoted, “Everyone was a little worn out but had a good time. We had some hard working people in our group and met some great people at the after party”.
Joel has been a part of other Give Back Cincinnati events in the past but this is his first year with Paint the Town. When asked the reason Joel was inspired to get involved with Paint the Town, he responded, “I used to travel a lot for work, and never really felt a connection. Once I had more time and was able to start volunteering, I felt more at home. I like the atmosphere at the other Give Back Cincinnati events and I knew this would be a good time”. Beyond Paint the Town, Joel has also participated in the Back to School day at Finneytown High and assisted with opening day at Fountain Square. Joel did not arrive with a team initially as do many Give Back volunteers and their team quickly got acquainted on the ride over to the house in addition to the happy hour following all the hard work. Unfortunately, Joel will not be able to join us for the Paint the Town event but he was left with a job well done helping to prepare for the big day. “It was a great feeling to put in a hard day’s work and see the progress we made. The house is going to look great with a new paint job,” Joel commented.
Finally, we checked in with a Paint the Town veteran who felt for sure it would rain for the big day – we hope he is wrong! Michael saw a story for Paint the Town a few years ago and he has been hooked ever since. He was inspired to get involved with a fun, community event and was able to interact with young, enthusiastic volunteers. Michael will be attending Paint the Town, but we have our fingers crossed that the rain will hold off and turn his bad luck around.
All 3 volunteers had great interactions with their team leads and homeowners. A few homeowners even got to work and pitched in on the priming. We look forward to Paint the Town on June 11 to see the transformation of all these homes!