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The Mission of Brush Up Buffalo is...
   
   
 

Brush Up Buffalo is a not-for-profit organization whose primary mission is the revitalization of Buffalo, NY neighborhoods. Brush Up Buffalo organizes an annual, one-day event that brings together sponsors, donors of goods and services, and teams of community-minded volunteers to paint the exteriors of low-income, City of Buffalo homeowner's homes.

Each year, Brush Up Buffalo selects a Buffalo neighborhood for the one-day event. Teams formed from the 500 - 1,000 volunteers from businesses, unions, community groups and city and county government, work with members of the Painter's District Council #4 to paint, on average, 15 - 20 homes -- all in one day -- and at no cost to the homeowner.

The most obvious result is the beautification of 15 - 20 Buffalo homes each year, but there are other benefits of Brush Up Buffalo which are less obvious but every bit as significant to the short term and long term health of the Western New York community at large:

volunteers, sponsors, and donors are given the opportunity to help homeowners who take pride in their homes and, for one reason or another, just need a little help
volunteers gain access to residential areas that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to appreciate for their contributions to the quality of life: traditional, pedestrian neighborhoods that are rooted in historical significance, surrounded by historical landmarks, steeped in cultural diversity
volunteers, homeowners, sponsors and donors collaborate in the creation of an event that enhances community pride, and the health and value of City neighborhoods
helping others feels really good, painting with friends (old and new) is actually a lot of fun, there's a party afterward, and it's a great way to spend a Saturday in June!