Veterans Village seeks volunteers to help paint apartments


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Want to support those who served in the military and now need assistance? Here is a good opportunity. And it’s not just a one-day event. In effect, there could be several opportunities or several days to help.

Veterans Village in Cocoa needs volunteers to paint the interior of four apartment buildings that house veterans.

Veterans Village provides transitional housing for homeless veterans for up to two years if necessary and prepare them for a life of independence. Some of the veterans are provided training and help with finding employment. Some stay 90 days while others stay a year or more until they are back on their own. Volunteers of America works with other nonprofit and governmental agencies to find the assistance the veterans need to get employed and live independently.

The veterans at the village must have had a general or honorable discharge and have served at least one day following training. The program accepts males, females and a limited number of families who are homeless or in imminent risk of becoming homeless.

Volunteers of America established Veterans Village in 2002 and has since helped many veterans return to independence.

There are three more weekend opportunities to help Veterans of America serve these veterans. The first weekend of painting was scheduled for July, but there still are three other weekends of work planned.

Volunteers of America is asking for veterans to help paint the interior of four apartment buildings. Three buildings remain. One building each weekend is to be painted — Aug. 19 and 20; Aug. 30 and 31 and Sept. 20 and 21. Each building contains 10 two-bedroom apartments.

But of course, the volunteer opportunity is not just for veterans but anyone willing to help paint. Some residents of the apartments who are physically able will also be helping to paint.

All the supplies are being furnished by Habitat for Humanity. The funding for the veteran’s project is through TD Bank.

“What is needed is about 40 volunteers each weekend,” said Michelle Auclair, the community specialist for Volunteers of America Veterans Village. “I’m trying to get commitments.”

Auclair said the Home Depot Foundation is painting the exterior of the four buildings. The recruited volunteers will paint the interior of the apartments all the same color. Each apartment houses two veterans.

“The goal is to paint one building each weekend,” she said.

To help, contact Auclair at 321-252-4367.

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