Keep Akron Beautiful and the Summit County Historical Society Win National Painting Week Ohio Grant

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Akron, Ohio - Keep Akron Beautiful (KAB) was one of the Keep Ohio Beautiful grant winners of the National Painting Week Ohio Program sponsored by Sherwin Williams. Designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies, the program enables these groups to renew a community structure in need into a beautiful asset through the application of fresh paint and a lot of volunteer elbow grease. During the United Way Day of Action on Friday June 20, 2014 (rain date June 27th), the Summit County Historical Society (SCHS) in Akron and KAB will complete the painting project of the Historical Society’s Wash House at the Perkins Mansion mobilizing corporate volunteers from FirstEnergy.

Keep Ohio Beautiful received many applications from across the state, and four grant winners were chosen based on their applications.  The other three winning projects are in Cincinnati, Vermillion and Youngstown. The grant recipients receive 40 gallons of exterior paint and painting supplies, along with Sherwin-Williams employee painting expertise! Two of the Ohio awardees will receive an additional $500 gift card at the end of the project for community improvement projects, based on painting project reporting and the winner of two criteria: best visual impact and best community revitalization story.

National Painting Week, in its third year, has already made an impact in Cincinnati, OH with the Paramount Project. Tim Baechle, Vice President of Marketing at Sherwin Williams said, “We are proud to bring National Painting Week to Ohio and to the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee. It is a valuable new program and I encourage community groups in Ohio to take advantage of this great opportunity.”

“Through our partnership with the Sherwin-Williams Company, National Painting Week in Ohio empowers community groups to take a direct role in community revitalization efforts,” explains Michael Mennett, Executive Director of Keep Ohio Beautiful. “Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint on a public library or community center sends a strong message that we care about our communities. We invite the media to stop out at the site to see corporate volunteers in action preparing the campus for the Historical Society’s 90th anniversary in July on Day of Action – Friday June 20, 2014.

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Keep Akron Beautiful mission statement: “Improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management.”