When you put your heart and soul into the community you live in, good things happen, I am convinced of that. I practice what I preach in that regard, and truly enjoy improving the neighborhoods I live in. We live in a world where it’s easy to text someone or wave at them as they pass in a car with their window rolled up, but never actually speak with each other. Spending the day with the people you live close to, share schools and churches and supermarkets with, that’s living a real life. We read about communities that are victims to tornadoes and hurricanes and the outpouring of neighborhood love and caring that instantly comes about in times of adversity. I say we practice the same thing in good times as in bad. I’m organizing an event coming up called PAINT THE TOWN. It’s a big outdoor painting party that comes about only with the help of The Home Depot, source of infinite goodness in so many ways. In this case, it’s Behr Paint by the gallon, and brushes and rollers and sprayers and drop cloths and items to clean up after ourselves when the painting is all done!
We’re painting beautiful buildings in downtown Waukegan, a city near the lake that has rich history and no shortage of beautiful buildings and a community that cares. Applying fresh paint to buildings in a downtown area rich with history brings a sense of community, particularly when you are doing it with neighbors on a Fall day. In this case, it’s October 15th.
Behr Paints provide a paint that has both a primer and a finish coat, all in one, and so we can accomplish this big task in a single day with the help of hundreds of volunteers. The colors are being picked by the building owners, and the volunteer teams are starting to amass. People are volunteering to feed volunteers a hearty breakfast and a good lunch, and the radio station will provide great music all day long to keep us energized.
I thank The Home Depot for their generosity, and Behr Paints for their generosity and their expertise, too. And to all that will sacrifice a day of their lives to be a member of the community, I promise you a day of good conversation, renewed community spirit and plenty of paint !