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Article updated: 9/8/2012 3:04 PM

Northwest suburban homeowners get painting help


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.

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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