RRP Ends Community Volunteer Painting Program

DANVILLE, IL - June 6, 2011 — There will not be a 15th year for the Provena United Samaritans Medical Center Foundation HALO Painting Blitz program.

Over its first 14 years, the partnership among HALO, the city of Danville and area volunteers had painted nearly 150 homes and several park buildings in Danville, as well as completed projects in Catlin, Georgetown, Oakwood, Westville and Tilton. Eligibility for recipients for painting assistance was based on financial, age or disability requirements.

"We are so saddened and disappointed about the situation," Kathy Richard, director of HALO, said in a statement. "We had homes approved to paint this year, volunteer teams and sponsors in place, and we just aren't able to make it happen."

The issue, according to Richard, is Environmental Protection Agency rules regarding lead abatement in residential-renovation projects. Those rules require certification and training for those who disturb painted surfaces in homes built before 1978. The rules don't apply to homeowners.