who qualifies?

Older, disabled, or Veteran homeowners of single-family residences who are financially disadvantaged and who are physically unable to paint their homes themselves are eligible. The homes must be owner-occupied and in sufficient condition so that scraping and spot priming are the only preparations needed.

Once houses have been identified, inspected and the residents qualified, a team of volunteers from the community will be assigned to scrape, prime and paint each house. All homes are painted on the same day. Team leaders must visit the home site prior to Paint Day to do prep work such as scrape peeling paint, caulking and spot priming. On Paint Day, teams are expected to meet in the morning and complete the project by the end of the day.

Catholic Charities serves as the Intake Agency and is responsible for screening applications, verifying income and determining financial eligibility. Catholic Charities does not discriminate on the basis of religion, sex, race, national origin, sexual preference or economic status.

Valspar Coatings® is the paint partner.

For an application and/or additional information, please contact:
Catholic Charities
Attn.: Community Paint-A-Thon
1801 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-2410
Phone: (847) 253-5500

Downloadable Application:
Homeowner Application


The house must be no larger than two stories or exceed 25 feet high. The house must be structurally sound and not in need of major repairs. A homeowner or adult family member must be present when volunteer team is at the home. The homeowner is not intending to sell the house within the next two years. The household income must be within the following guidelines:

Household income:
Yearly - $36,000*
Monthly - $3,000*

*Note: Income is not the only criterion. Medical expenses and other special circumstances will be taken into consideration in determining financial eligibility.