Valspar Employees Paint Local Habitat House

May 11, 2016: Habitat teamed up with Valspar to celebrate National Neighborhood Week!

To mark the start of the summer painting and home improvement season, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh partnered with Valspar to help low-income families and to strengthen communities through Valspar’s National Neighborhood Week, May 9-14.

Employees from Valspar’s Pittsburgh and Sewickley facilities volunteered their time and skills with Habitat on May 11 at a Habitat home rehabilitation site located in East McKeesport. The Valspar team prepared and painted the interior of a  4-bedroom Habitat house, which, once fully completed, will be sold through a 30-year interest-free mortgage to a qualified local partner family.

“We are grateful for Valspar’s partnership on this home, and for donating paint for all the homes and projects that we complete locally,” says Dr. Howard B. Slaughter Jr., Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh’s President  & CEO. “Habitat works to holistically assist limited-income families with their homeownership and home repair goals.  Partnerships like this are the key to rejuvenating and revitalizing homes, communities and ultimately families.”

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More than 500 employees from Valspar’s 30 U.S. locations are volunteering with Habitat organizations across the country during National Neighborhood Week. In addition to volunteers, Valspar is providing more than $2 million in cash and product donations to support 51 Habitat organizations, including more than $54,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh.  

“National Neighborhood Week is all about creating opportunities for children and families to build better futures,” said Kimberly Welch, Valspar vice president of Communications and chair of The Valspar Foundation. “Our employees are excited about volunteering with their local Habitat to contribute to its mission of helping families in need have a decent, affordable place to live.”

Valspar donates paint for every Habitat home built, repaired or refurbished in the United States — a total of 2.5 million gallons through the end of 2015. Valspar also is a founding partner of the A Brush with Kindness program, which helps low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain their homes. The program helps transform neighborhoods by painting, landscaping and providing minor exterior home repairs for people in need, many of whom are elderly, veterans or disabled. Since co-founding the program in 1998, over 15,000 families have been helped through A Brush with Kindness.

Thanks so much for all that you do to support us, Valspar!

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