Councilman calls for donations for paint program

By Josh Ellerbrock -

LIMA — Lima City Councilman Derry Glenn is asking the community to donate supplies and manpower to help fuel the 6th annual spring paint program organized for 6th Ward residents.

The paint program was created to help elderly and low income residents get what they need to put on a fresh coat of paint onto their houses and keep neighborhoods looking fresh.

Glenn said he’s already received 15 calls from homeowners requesting the service. Program applicants are evaluated on case-to-case basis to see how the program can help those who request it.

Last year, the program served 32 homeowners, and this year, Glenn’s goal is 100.

“We just want to make sure the neighborhood looks good,” Glenn said.

The biggest shortfall for the program has been the amount of paint the program has on hand, and Glenn is looking to some of the larger companies in the region to donate the hundreds of gallons of paint that multiple house projects would require.

“We don’t say no to paint. We will accept it. Don’t worry about the color; we’ll make it happen. … We can mix the paint if we have to get the color right.” Glenn said.

Glenn is also looking for volunteers. He estimates that the program will need roughly 50 dedicated volunteers to meet the 100-house goal. The program is also accepting donations to pay for paint supplies, such as brushes and rollers.

The 6th Ward is the southernmost ward in Lima, extending south to East Breese Road, north to Faurot Avenue and hemmed in by Central Avenue on the east side.

Volunteers, those looking to donate to the program and potential program applicants can contact Glenn at 419-905-9572.

By Josh Ellerbrock

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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