More than 1,100 volunteers 'Paint the Town' in Norwood
Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
8:06 AM, Jun 8, 2013
10:57 PM, Jun 8, 2013
NORWOOD, Ohio - More than 1,100 volunteers from a Cincinnati-based young professionals organization helped paint nearly three dozen homes Saturday in Norwood.
The annual Paint the Town event was hosted by the organization Give Back Cincinnati, a nonprofit group that promotes helping communities through volunteerism.
Volunteers from 34 different corporate-sponsored teams were assigned to paint homes in Norwood owned and occupied by residents who are unable to physically and/or financially do the work on their own, according to Give Back Cincinnati Vice-President of Operations Curtis Bailey.
One such resident was 78-year-old Betty Wills, who has had two open heart surgeries and needed help updating her home. Wills called the volunteers' efforts to pain her home a shade of breezy blue with a sand-dollar trim a "blessing."
"When you are on a fixed income and you can't do it yourself, then you are in trouble if you can't get help. This is a blessing for me," Wills said.
Norwood has offered similar "blessings" to residents of Norwood in recent months. The volunteers painted the middle school and high school in the community during Give Back Cincinnati's annual Back to School event.
Bailey also said Give Back Cincinnati recently held a "community conversation" with community leaders in an effort to learn more about the community and what members of the organization can do to help.
"Norwood is a great community and they needed our help," said Bailey, whose organization plans to hold a total of 26 service-based events in 2013. "We are trying to develop community. We go where we need to be."
The next Pain the Town event will be held in Latonia, Ky.