Vinton area event calls upon community volunteers to make an impact through exterior home repair projects

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH), in partnership with AmeriCorps NCCC,  Farmers Savings Bank & Trust, Thrivent Financial, HACAP and the East Central Iowa Housing Trust Fund, is set to host a five-day exterior painting and repair blitz through its A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) program. Monday, June 19th through Friday, June 23rd, volunteers will gather in neighborhoods in Vinton to work on three owner-occupied homes. The blitz week is part of a larger effort to complete at least a dozen projects in the area this summer and fall.

The scope of work will include painting, landscaping, and exterior repairs in an effort to make improvements in neighborhoods affected by the flood of 2008 and more recent devastating storm damage. Staff and volunteers will meet at Hummel Park (NW corner of 2nd Ave & 5th Street) in Vinton each day at 8 a.m. before departing to their respective job sites for full work days. See below for more details on times and locations.

ABWK is a neighborhood revitalization effort currently focused in Vinton, Iowa. CVHFH partners with homeowners who meet both financial and need-based requirements to provide critical exterior repairs on owner-occupied homes. Partner families pay back a no-profit, no-interest loan to cover the cost of repairs, along with completing 25 hours of “sweat equity” work whenever possible. CVHFH launched the ABWK program in 2010, completing several dozen projects since that time in both Linn and Benton Counties.

*The following is the schedule for active build sites during the five-day blitz period (each day’s scheduled work is contingent upon favorable weather):

Monday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 21: 603 G Ave / 705 A Ave

Thursday, June 22 – Friday, June 23: 6054 30th Ave Dr.

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to building and rehabilitating simple, decent, and affordable homes in partnership with families in need in Linn and Benton counties. Partner families make a down payment, invest hundreds of hours of sweat equity into the construction of their homes and other Habitat homes, and make monthly mortgage payments on a zero-interest loan. Since 1988, Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity has built or rehabilitated more than 140 homes. Cedar Valley Habitat aims to serve up to 20 additional families in 2017, through a combination of projects, including new construction and exterior painting/repair projects. Learn more at, or follow us on Twitter @cvhhinfo, and like us on Facebook