For groups looking to revitalize the face of their communities, Fresh Paint Days (FPD) is a beneficial and free program, available to anyone in Oklahoma communities.
FPD is an annual Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) program that provides Oklahoma community groups paint and funds to improve buildings in their area. Applications open June 1 and close July 31. Paint is delivered in late August and projects are completed throughout the month of September.
Founded in 2005, Fresh Paint Days was created with the collaboration of KOB and H-I-S Paint of Oklahoma City. The program was intended to help groups restore the face of their communities, with H-I-S providing paint for communities in need. H-I-S Paint collects the leftover paint throughout the course of the year, and in giving this excess paint to communities, this paint is deterred from waste collection. This creative solution not only provides H-I-S an opportunity to repurpose surplus paint, but benefits communities in need of a facelift.
H-I-S Paint has donated thousands of gallons of paint in the 12 years the program has existed.
“For the past 12 years, we’ve been a proud partner of the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Fresh Paint Days program, providing roughly 11,000 gallons of paint to help communities throughout Oklahoma fill budget gaps,” Cox said. “It’s been an honor to help these small communities in Oklahoma as a part of this program.”
The selected groups are provided a stipend for supplies, sponsored by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. In 2016, 49 community structures were restored in 38 communities, with participation in 29 counties.
CL Boyd, of Oklahoma City, is providing pressure washers to three FPD participants to assist with their projects, selected through an essay contest.
“With the collaboration of efforts by H-I-S Paint and KOB to utilize and reuse surplus paint, therefore ‘recycle’ it, we can change the face of Oklahoma’s communities one building at a time,” said Jeanette Nance, Executive Director of Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. “We love that we are able to provide this his program that does so much good to keep Oklahoma beautiful!”
Following the projects’ completion, an online contest determines finalists in the Communities Primed for Change contest, which is a comparison of the projects’ before and after shots. In 2016, Cheyenne High School BPA won this contest, earning a $1,000 cash prize.
Fresh Paint Days exemplifies what can be achieved with the collaboration of state agency, nonprofit, and corporate entities when pursuing a unified goal of benefitting communities.
Apply today to make a difference in your community!