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updated: 9/8/2012 3:04 PM

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  • Mark Puccio, a resident of Hoffman Estates and a member of Team Zurich, helps paint Alice Barmann's house Friday in Schaumburg as part of the Habitat for Hummanity 25th Community Paint-a-thon.

       Mark Puccio, a resident of Hoffman Estates and a member of Team Zurich, helps paint Alice Barmann's house Friday in Schaumburg as part of the Habitat for Hummanity 25th Community Paint-a-thon.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Alice Barmann watches as Dan Wilmer, a Yorkville resident on Team Zurich, paints her house in Schaumburg Friday.

       Alice Barmann watches as Dan Wilmer, a Yorkville resident on Team Zurich, paints her house in Schaumburg Friday.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Husband and wife Steve and Nancy Middleton of Team Zurich paint Alice Barmann's house on Friday. Nancy works for Zurich Insurance, which formed a team of volunteers for the Community Paint-a-thon.

       Husband and wife Steve and Nancy Middleton of Team Zurich paint Alice Barmann's house on Friday. Nancy works for Zurich Insurance, which formed a team of volunteers for the Community Paint-a-thon.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

 
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Alice Barmann, an elderly Schaumburg widow on a fixed income who approached Schaumburg Township for assistance last year, recently learned that her home had qualified for the 25th Community Paint-a-thon, taking place this weekend in 10 north suburban Cook County townships.

The event, organized by Arlington Heights-based HandsOn Suburban Chicago in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity and other community organizations, arranges for volunteers to paint the exterior homes of senior citizens, veterans and/or the disabled who have limited financial resources and are unable to do the work themselves. Catholic Charities screens applicants. Valspar provides the paint.

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On Friday, five people who were part of a team from Zurich Insurance in Schaumburg, were scheduled to work on Barmann's house. Another 18 people were scheduled for Saturday. She expressed her gratitude to the volunteers and township officials in a phone call to the Daily Herald.

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