Volunteers help neighbors Paint the Town
Maxine Evans has lived in her Penland Park mobile home for 21 years -- and this weekend, it was time for a new look.
Volunteers spray-painted her home blue Saturday, and it didn't cost her a dime.
"I'm low-income, a widow, disabled; I could never afford to do this," Evans says.
Her home is one of nine around Anchorage to receive fresh coats of paint during the annual Paint the Town program, sponsored by NeighborWorks Alaska.
"We get out into the neighborhoods, it allows us to interact, see what's going on, and bring corporate partners into neighborhoods so they can see what's going on in our community," says Jim MacKenzie, NeighborWorks' director of strategic development.
Sherwin-Williams provided the paint this year, as a longtime donor but a first time participant.
"It makes us feel good helping other people, it's a crazy world right now, anything we can do to help make it better, we're all for it," said district manager Rich Younts.
Evans' home wasn't the only address that needed help.
Volunteers from Anchorage International Rotary donated their time to help paint the Columbine Street home where the unidentified owners has lived for the last 40 years. The work can be challenging.
"You don't want to paint over something where it's got air bubbles underneath it, because it will just pop off the new paint, and you won't be doing as good a job as you can be," said Rotarian Jonathan Tarrant.
Meanwhile, back at Penland Park, Evans was feeling blue -- and that wasn't a bad thing.
"This already looks so much brighter, it does, doesn't it? I love it," Evans said.
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