September 7, 2013 7:16 pm
Updated: September 9, 2013 9:59 am

Take Pride Winnipeg helps brush up city


WINNIPEG — Taking pride in your neighborhood and home means sprucing it up on occasion, but for some, it can be a daunting task.

That’s where Take Pride Winnipeg and it’s Brush UP volunteers stepped in to help Saturday.

“We paint homes for those who are either physically or financially unable to paint the outside of their homes themselves,” said Tom Ethans, executive director of Take Pride Winnipeg.  “Then we get teams of companies to get their employees, as a team-building exercise, to come out and paint the homes.”

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Pearl Milan was one of the lucky homeowners selected for the program.

“I was thrilled to pieces, to tell you the truth, because I have never won anything like this in my entire life,” Milan said. “When someone came to help me after all these years, I was really lucky.”

Volunteers painted five city homes on Sept. 7.

Homes were chosen and painted by the volunteer businesses, including Manitoba Public Insurance, Earls on Main and Starbucks.

Earls on Main staff were happy to help but told Global News they’re not professionals.

“Not by any means — painting my elbows, painting other people’s legs and faces and stuff,” said Earls bartender Brett Intrater. “Not professional by any means; none of us are.”

Homeowner Janet Figler said she’s thankful for their hard work.

“What a service. I’ve applied for grants before, and this is the first one I have ever received, and it’s really great.”

Nearly 100 people applied for the service and this summer nine houses have been brushed up, all in an effort to make Winnipeg look a bit better.

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