The Bucket Brigade, co-sponsored by Pride, Inc., Advantage News, and Sherwin Williams has been painting homes for area residents since 1988. The program matches volunteer teams with homeowners who are no longer able to maintain their homes without assistance. In order to qualify for the program, homes must be one-story, owner-occupied residences. Most of the homeowners that benefit from this program are seniors who simply cannot handle such a huge job alone. Other recipients are those with physical or financial limitations that prevent them from doing the work. Volunteer teams complete the painting at no cost to the homeowner.
Our exclusive paint supplier is Sherwin Williams. They donate the first 300 gallons of paint, then sell the remaining 500-800 gallons to us at cost. They visit each homeowner to measure the job and discuss color options. Obviously we could not provide this program without their ongoing support along with donations from other organizations and individuals.
Dale Neudecker, a Pride, Inc. Board member created the Bucket Brigade project in 1988. That first year his volunteer teams painted 23 homes. Since then, the project has grown up to 50 volunteer teams annually and more than 1380 homes have been painted in River Bend communities.
The Bucket Brigade Committee consists of approximately 20 members, who visit each nominated home to evaluate its qualification for the program. In addition to accepting nominations for homes, the committee is also seeking volunteer teams to participate in the program. The teams usually consist of 10-15 members. They select the home they wish to paint from the list of approved nominations. This gives the team an opportunity to select a home that matches their particular abilities.