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The Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches is searching for seniors and others, who need their homes painted as part of the nonprofit’s annual Metro Paint-A-Thon.
The charitable event is meant to physically assist low-income seniors and people with disabilities so they can live independently in their homes, according to a released statement from the Council of Churches. As part of the event, thousands of volunteers scrape, prime and paint homes at no cost to the homeowner.
The Metro Paint-A-Thon, which has been held since 1984 in more than 45 cities throughout the Twin Cities metro area, is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 4-5, but the Council of Churches is already searching for homeowners to assist.
Since the event started, Metro Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted more than 6,250 homes across the metro area, event organizers say.
To qualify for Paint-A-Thon, homeowners must:
— Own and occupy a single-family home, in need of paint, but not in need of major repairs
— Live in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington county
— Be 60 years of age or older, or have a permanent physical disability (if under 60)
— Meet monthly income guidelines
For more information, call the Metro Paint-A-Thon office at 612-276-1579. You can download an application at paintathon.gmcc.org. The deadline to apply is May 4.