Paint Your Heart Out
Paint Your Heart Out is an annual service project done in collaboration with Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity and heavily supported by local contractors, tradesmen, businesses and service clubs. Each year, a number of houses are painted by volunteers for homeowners who need a helping hand. It was initiated in the spring of 2014, designed to help elderly, disabled, and needy residents while beautifying Punta Gorda. PYHO does more than paint homes. It sends a message of pride and builds a sense of community spirit and unity that lasts long after this day of service is over.
This year, TEAM Punta Gorda and Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity organized a small army of more than 140 volunteers to provide eight homes in the greater Punta Gorda area with a much needed face lift. On Saturday, February 18 these dedicated volunteers worked wonders in just a few hours. This year, many of our volunteers came from the Rotary Club, Isles Yacht Club, Suncoast Credit Union, Green Thumbs Garden Club, Charlotte State Bank, Young Professionals, the Gilchrist Pickleballers as well as City staff, their families and many other Punta Gorda residents.
Individual homes selected for painting share several characteristics. Among them is the homeowner’s need for financial assistance, pride of ownership and suitability of the exterior for painting. In addition to exterior painting and in the case of this year’s homes $10,000 in repairs, shrubs were pruned where required. One home was also chosen to be landscaped by TEAM’s Beautification Committee. Donated mailboxes from the Punta Gorda Home Depot, painted by local artists from the Visual Arts Center, will be installed at each home.
PYHO TEAM Co-Chairs Sue Carman and Pete Krumsiek are planning, once again, to “Paint Your Heart Out” on February 3, 2018. It looks to be a very special event, given that it is our fifth anniversary. If you would like to become part of next year’s campaign or know of a needy person whose house needs a fresh coat of paint please send an email to PYHOTEAMPG@aol.com
Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors
Punta Gorda Rotary
Gulfview Construction Management
Higher Power Outfitters
M2 Strategic Solutions
Suncoast Credit Union
Thornberry Custom Home Builders, Inc
Group of [Bibi Sattar, Safraz Islam, Greetha Narayan & Sushila Cherian]
Harbor Home Builders
Peace River Distributing
Wooster Brush Company
Visual Arts Center