CREATED Aug. 18, 2013
Omaha, NE - Dozens of volunteers in Council Bluffs and Omaha worked hard all day Saturday to brush up the metro. In an effort to spruce up neighborhoods, folks grabbed their paint brushes, paint and buckets and went to work on homes needing a touch up. It's all in effort for the first year of "Paint-A-Thon." Participants hoped giving homes a fresh coat will help improve neighborhoods and cut down crime.
"It makes it so it doesn't look as run down. It shows an appearance of cleaning up and taking care of things," said Dan Rhoades who participated in Paint-A-Thon, "it's more of a deterrent for crime and to let people this isn't a rundown property and neighborhood."
Paint-A-Thon was part of "Brush Up Nebraska" which celebrated it's 25th year of cleaning up neighborhoods. "Brush Up Nebraska" paints the exterior of homes for folks who are unable to do so. One group of volunteers in north Omaha did more than paint. When they noticed the yard of an 88-year old Navy vet, the Offutt volunteers decided to trim hedges and cut down trees.
"We've painted the house, we've trimmed the weeds, he said he was just to old to get out here and didn't really want to bother with it but when we told him we were going to cut it, he got really excited," said team leader of the 338 training squad at Offutt, Joe Ramos. He said his team knows the sacrifice the veteran made for his country and they're more than willing to do extra work. "It's really touching close to home for all of us, helping out a fellow vet," said Ramos.
Hundreds of volunteers stopped in several communities Saturday including Bellevue, Gretna, La Vista, Ralston and Papillion.