Twin Cities seeking volunteers for program

Twin Cities seeking volunteers for program

By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
They’re still brushing up in the Twin Cities.
With a little more work to be done, the successful Let’s Paint the Town program is returning for a fourth summer in Fulton and South Fulton.
Let’s Paint the Town — a grassroots community revitalization campaign — was launched in May 2010 in the Twin Cities after nearly 200 people met with Sam Koltinsky of Princeton, Ky., who shared how the success of the project he implemented in 2006 impacted his own community and others where it had spread.
Prior to that, a couple of people had already approached Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce executive director Thea Vowell and discussed the possibility of something to improve the appearance of Fulton and South Fulton. Then someone found information online about Princeton’s own Let’s Paint the Town effort.
Koltinsky expressed a willingness to help when he visited the area, and when Twin Cities resident Jeff Campbell heard about the project, he also came on board to help.
The first local work day was held June 5, 2010, when community volunteers tackled painting a building in South Fulton and a building in Fulton. The project proved successful and several other buildings were painted in the months that followed throughout the summer of 2010 and again during the spring and summer of both 2011 and 2012.
Mrs. Vowell recently announced Let’s Paint the Town is returning for another season — with the first work day set for Saturday.
She explained there were a few projects that weren’t finished last year, when the number of volunteers had dwindled considerably from when the effort was first launched three years ago.
“We do have a few more buildings that we want to do,” she told The Messenger.
Those spearheading the revitalization effort under the umbrella of the Twin Cities Restoration Foundation are still trying to coordinate this summer’s work with the owners of the buildings which had been identified as possible projects.
Past volunteers have also helped point out some buildings they would like to see painted.
The work site has not yet been announced for Saturday’s first work day of the 2013 season, but Mrs. Vowell said anyone interested in being involved should call the Twin Cities Chamber of Commerce at (731) 479-7029 to volunteer. They may leave their name and phone number or email address in order to receive an update and work day location information.
The chamber may also be contacted by email at twincitieschamber@bell south.net.
“We will send out an update and let everybody know where we’ll be (working),” Mrs. Vowell said. “They will be contacted.”
Volunteers are urged to call in advance since coordinators would like to know the number available to help.
Mrs. Vowell said project coordinators feel like Let’s Paint the Town will be an ongoing effort, but perhaps not to the same degree as in the past. She said there is the possibility of future improvements that could include flower beds and other things to spruce up the community’s appearance.
“I drive through town all the time and see stuff we can do,” she said.

Published in The Messenger 5.27.13

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