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Community Paint-a-thon

The Community Paint-a-thon is a unique community partnership designed to paint the exterior of homes owned and occupied by persons with limited financial resources, who are at least 60 years of age, a veteran, or have a permanent disability, making them unable to do the work themselves. Only the exterior of the house may be painted as part of Paint-a-thon. The house must be a single-family residence, occupied by its owner(s) and in need of paint.

The 2024 Community Paint-a-thon

September 6-7, 2024

Download 2024 Community Paint-a-thon Brochure

Training & paint pick-up date TBD:

Volunteer Recruitment
From May to July, HandsOn Suburban Chicago signs up individuals and groups of volunteers from the community. Minimum age allowed to participate is 14. Contact Donnie Graham, Paint-a-thon Coordinator, to be added to our mailing list.

What happens?
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. New team leaders are expected to attend a training session. Team leaders must visit the home site the week before 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.

Apply to have home painted
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. Habitiat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley-A Brush of Kindness is the paint partner.

Submit Homeowner's Application to and/or for additional information, contact:

Catholic Charities
Attn.: Community Paint-a-thon
1801 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005-2410
Phone: (847) 253-5500



10 Township Locations:
Elk Grove
New Trier