‘It feels good to help those who can’t help themselves’: ‘Paint Your Heart Out’ applications open
Paint Day, as it’s known, isn’t until May 14; but applications for help are now open
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Each spring, the Shreveport-Bossier City community unites around some of Shreveport’s most vulnerable residents to add a little color to their lives.
Paint Your Heart Out is an annual day of service that allows groups of volunteers to paint the homes of the city’s elderly and disabled residents.
Paint Day, as it’s known, isn’t until May 14; but applications are now open.
Those who are age 62 or older, or disabled, can fill out this application online to potentially have their home painted for free. Applicants can also call (318) 673-7528.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.
“They never forget the volunteers, they never forget the staff of Community Development and they certainly don’t forget how good their house looks after a fresh paint job,” said Marcia Nelson, who’s been helping organize Paint Your Heart Out for three decades.
For the past 30 years, teams of volunteers from throughout the region have revitalized homes in need of tender loving care. More than 1,000 volunteers converge on dozens of homes throughout Shreveport.
“I’ve had so many calls from people about wanting to volunteer,” Nelson said. “This is going to be bigger and better for the 30th anniversary.”
Paint Your Heart Out is an essential service offered to the city’s residents as it helps uplift and refresh older neighborhoods, Nelson said.
“We have lots of areas with slum and blight that we want to improve upon. It makes an aesthetic impact to neighborhoods in the community,” she explained. “It makes the neighbors want to get involved, so it’s like a domino effect.”
Volunteers can start registering around the start of December. Groups interested can apply through the city’s website.
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