Brush with Kindness
By Eileen Persike
Habitat for Humanity of the Northwoods has built homes for more than 17 area families. This year the non-profit organization is looking to stretch its wings and help needy families with home remodeling projects through the Brush with Kindness program.
“We’re kicking this off this year,” said Habitat president Ray Burgan. “Small remodeling projects can benefit a lot of families.”
At this point, the organization is seeking families to get started. There is an application for anyone interested in getting some assistance with a home improvement project, there are income restrictions, and families must own their own home.
“The homeowners would provide the materials and we would provide the labor,” Burgan said, “We’re looking for small one-day projects like interior painting, installing a sink or faucet, that sort of thing.”
The Brush with Kindness program was started by Valspar Paint about a decade ago, inspired by a Minneapolis, Minnesota community outreach program. According to Valspar, by 2013, 2,000 families benefited from the program.
Applications are available:
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
1875 N. Stevens St., Rhinelander
320 Oak St., Woodruff