The number of deteriorating homes in the Omaha metro area is alarming but 78 will be getting cleaned up and a new coat of paint on Saturday. Tom Pettigrew started Brush Up Nebraska in 1989 as a community service to help low income elderly and permanently disabled homeowners maintain their home. Since then volunteers have painted more than 2,570 homes in the metro area.
Pettigrew says 1,800 volunteers will take part in Saturday’s event. Many have been busy this week scraping and preparing homes for paint. He says several teams are doing minor repairs for the homeowner and one eager team is tearing down a garage that was determined unsafe.
This annual event is possible because of all the volunteers taking time from their busy schedule to help and from the donations of more than 75 businesses, companies and individuals. All services and supplies are provided and there is no cost to the homeowner.