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Brush Up Buffalo’s 15th Event to Take Place in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood
Brush Up Buffalo’s 15th Event to Take Place in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Buffalo, NY – Brush Up Buffalo, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization focused on revitalizing City of Buffalo neighborhoods, recently announced that it will repaint 15 low-income homes with the help of 400 volunteers in the nationally-designated Buffalo Promise Neighborhood on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

Designated avenues and streets for Brush Up Buffalo 2011 – Westminster, East Amherst, Stockbridge and Berkshire – are in a relatively tight cluster and are near Westminster Community Charter School, where Brush Up Buffalo will set up operations for check-in and lunch.  (Parking will be at the Erie County Medical Center parking lot, with shuttles to the school.)  At least 25 volunteers will be needed to paint on each house; no prior painting experience is necessary. Teams from local organizations are encouraged to register online at www.brushupbuffalo.org.

At a recent press conference, Brush Up Buffalo board members were joined by the Honorable Bonnie E. Russell, University District Common Council Member for the City of Buffalo; Dr. Yvonne Minor-Ragan, president of the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood; Mark Bower, principal of Westminster Community Charter School and; Brenda McDuffie, president and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League.  Together, they explained the importance of community revitalization in the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood in zip code 14215, which is one of just 21 “Promise Neighborhoods” in the U.S. to receive a highly-competitive federal grant for improved education and social services.

“We’re excited to be a partner in a neighborhood that has so much potential and is literally making history right now,” said Brush Up Buffalo President Roseann Scibilia.  “It’s a special way to celebrate our landmark 15th event.  The repainted homes will certainly add a psychological boost to the neighborhood.  However, we need still additional volunteers and sponsorship to make it happen.  Quite simply, the more money we raise and the more volunteers we have, the more houses we are able to paint.”

Volunteers are asked to meet at the Erie Country Medical Center between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event and are strongly encouraged to bring ladders.  Upon arriving by shuttle at Westminster Community Charter School and checking in, volunteers will receive breakfast and a t-shirt.  Drinks and some paint supplies are provided at the houses, which are within a short walking distance of the school.  Lunch, music and games will be available back at the school upon completion.

More than 250 homes have been painted in the City of Buffalo since Brush Up Buffalo’s inception in 1996.  Last year, volunteers painted 15 homes in the Kensington-Bailey Neighborhood.  Sponsors to date for Brush Up Buffalo 2011 include Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Bank of America, Citizens Bank, Cricket Communications, Buffalo Entertainment Book and Wooster Brush Company / MAP Sales.


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