Posted by: mollyrossiter | April 25, 2009

Paint by Neighbors

The Revs. Phil Rogers and Brian Middleswarth want to paint a house this summer.

Actually they — and about 75 middle school students from four different churches — want to paint the houses of eight homeowners at no cost to the homeowner.

All they need now are the houses.

The two men are preparing for the second annual Paint by Neighbors project, something they started last year to get middle school students in their youth groups more involved in community service while at the same time getting out into the neighborhood in which their churches are located.

Rogers and Middleswarth started the Paint by Neighbors project in Wellington Heights last year in an effort to “get to know the neighborhood we serve.” Rogers is youth pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and Middleswarth is director of teen ministries at First Lutheran Church, both on Third Avenue Southeast in Cedar Rapids.

The two developed the project last year and in one weekend about 60 kids split into teams and painted three houses in the Wellington Heights neighborhood.

This year there are more churches involved and more kids. The focus of the paintathon weekend is the Mound View, Oak Hill Jackson and Vernon Heights neighborhoods, primarily because the majority of the houses in Wellington Heights are two-story homes or taller and “I just can’t put kids that high in the air,” Rogers said.

The groups will paint the houses at no cost to the homeowners. Prior to painting weekend — which this year is in mid-June — Rogers and Middleswarth will come to the houses with paint swatches so homeowners can pick the color they’d like their house painted.

Costs are paid through donations at each of the churches.

Rogers said the groups are looking for single-story, owner-occupied houses in the three neighborhoods. To register your house for a painting project, contact Linda at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, (319) 363-2058.

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