Paint The Town ™

Volunteer teams serving veterans, disabled, and senior neighbors since 1982.

 

Save The Date

The 40th annual Paint The Town™ is in June 2022. NeighborWorks® Boise will begin receiving applications for volunteers, recipients and accepting donations in the Spring of 2022.

Volunteer To Help

Form a team to paint a deserving neighbor's home and help give them hope. You can create your own team of 10-30 people or we can help find a team for you.

Make A Donation

These proceeds will go toward buying paint and supplies for this year's Paint The Town™ and you will be entered in a raffle to win some awesome prizes!

Paint My House

Must be over 65, a veteran, or disabled and unable to have your home painted due to physical or financial constraints.

Become a Sponsor

Choose from multiple sponsorship levels to find a good fit.

Paint The Town™

Homes Painted
Number of Volunteers

As one of the longest-running volunteer events in Idaho, thousands of volunteers donate their time and resources each year to fix up and paint homes for neighbors unable to do it themselves.

If you cannot wait for an opportunity to get involved in the community, check out Rake Up Boise™! Happening this fall.

“My Paint The Town™ team painted my house and changed the entire vibe of the home I once shared with my husband. I truly didn’t know if I would ever be happy again after his death…They fixed damages on the outside of my house that transformed a house in need of TLC, into one that is beautiful and welcoming. They gave me some of my pride back and helped me realize it was time to start a new chapter in my life.”

– Sandi, Paint The Town™ recipient

“We decided to apply after seeing what had been done in the area by PTT. I love the whole concept of PTT. Making the people who can’t do it for themselves feel good about having something new and bright to come home to, it’s amazing. There are so many here who came out to help and they’ve done such an incredible job! They have done so much more than just paint.”

-Charlotte, Paint The Town™ recipient

“I honestly believe Paint The Town™ has made me a better person and leader (and maybe a better painter). It is so incredible to see the finished product, and the look on the owner’s face always brings tears to my eyes.  I am thankful Paint The Town™ exists. Thank you to NeighborWorks® Boise for coordinating such an amazing program for our community.” 

 

-Julie Schott, Paint The Town™ volunteer

FAQ's for Teams

My team doesn’t haven’t experience painting. Can we still join?

Yes. However, we will require new teams to participate in training to help ensure quality standards are met.

How many people need to be on a team?

Prepping and painting a home is a lot of work! We recommend teams be made up of at least 10 people.

I don't have a team to join. Can I still participate?

: Contact paintthetown@nwboise.org to be put on a volunteer list. We will do our best to assign you to teams who would like extra help.

What will we learn and cover when being coached? What work is required? Do we have to paint the entire house in one day?

: No - we recommend that you split up the project into multiple visits. Paint The Town™ volunteer teams are responsible for the following:

  • Preparing the house for paint (taping and covering windows and other areas, removing dust, loose paint, and debris)
  • Applying primer to bare wood spots & caulk for appearance and energy conservation
  • Painting the house exterior
  • Clean up
I’ve registered to volunteer with Paint The Town™. What happens next?

Thanks for volunteering! Mid May you will be notified of your assignment. We will give team captains the contact info for their homeowner. You will then reach out directly to your homeowner and find a time to meet them and visit the house to assess the prep work that needs to be done. The kick-off event/ paint and supplies pick-up party is Saturday, June 4. Please come and kick off this exciting event! Painting can be done anytime throughout the week, as long as arrangements are made with the homeowner.

What supplies are provided by Paint The Town™? What supplies do teams need to get?

: Paint The Town™ provides primer and paint. Your paint kit will also include paint trays, shop towels, a bucket, roller frames and naps, brushes, drop cloths, tape, caulk, caulking gun, and trash bags.

Teams may want to bring: Wire brushes, ladders, pruning tools to trim shrubbery, spray bottles, extra buckets, wire hangers to hang buckets on ladders, brooms, lawn equipment, ropes to tie back larger bushes, hammer, screwdriver, pliers, nails to tack trim back in place, small screws to re-attach gutters and downspouts, rakes, to get debris away from foundation and porch footings, putty knives, sponges to clean wet paint off windows and smooth out caulk, and ice, cooler, water, snacks

Why is there a $100 team registration fee?

This fee helps cover some of the administrative costs of organizing this event.

How else can I support Paint The Town™?

Buy A Bucket (of paint). Donate to help cover the costs of supplies and paint. And as a bonus, you will be entered in a drawing to win some great prizes.

When will we have our assignments and the supplies?

Assignments will be sent to team captains by May 13, 2022. Paint and supplies pick up will be June 4, 2022, at NeighborWorks® Boise’s office parking lot: 3380 W Americana Terrace.

FAQ's for Residents

What are the selection procedures for Paint The Town™ candidates?
  • Staff receives and reviews Paint The Town™ application for completeness and income qualification. Each homeowner’s circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Staff and volunteers conduct interviews.
  • Homes are chosen for evaluation and lead testing in April. (We cannot paint lead-positive homes for safety reasons)
  • Interviews and paint evaluation do not guarantee your home will be painted. They are a part of the selection process.

Homes and volunteer teams are selected and matched in May.

When is Paint The Town™

If your home is selected, your team captain will contact you by early June. Paint The Town is the week of June 6—June 11. Team captains will arrange days and times with you.

I am filling out the Candidate Application. What qualifies as a disability?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides specific definitions for a person with a disability. A person with a disability is defined as an individual who: has a disability as defined in Section 223 of the Social Security Act; OR is determined to have a physical, mental, or emotional impairment which is: expected to be of long, continued and indefinite duration; AND substantially impedes his or her ability to live independently; AND is of such a nature that such ability could be improved by more suitable housing conditions; OR has a developmental disability as defined in Section 102 of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

Will I get to choose what color my house is painted?

If your home is selected for evaluation, our Paint Evaluator will visit with you and show you our color options.  Based on his/her experience and your home’s current color, he/she will recommend certain paint.  (Please note that we only require volunteers to apply one coat of paint, so we will not be able to make drastic color changes.) We will obtain your approval before proceeding.

I live outside of Boise. Do I qualify for Paint The Town™?

Paint The Town™ will now focus on Ada County, including Boise, Meridian, Kuna, and Star. NOTE:  If you’re a Nampa resident, you may qualify for Brush-Up Nampa - (208) 468-5472.

When will I find out if I have been chosen for Paint The Town™?

All applicants will be notified whether they have been chosen for this year's project by mid-May.

How can I support Paint The Town™?

Although this program is provided at no cost to you, you may support the program by contributing to our Buy A Bucket campaign.  Your donation will help cover the cost of paint and get you into a great prize drawing. Donate today.