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Odd Fellows Hall gets fresh coat, thanks to Sherwin-Williams

David Crume, manager of the Sherman-Williams store in Oak Harbor, organized volunteers to paint the Odd Fellows Hall. - Connie Ross / Whidbey News-Times
David Crume, manager of the Sherman-Williams store in Oak Harbor, organized volunteers to paint the Odd Fellows Hall.
— image credit: Connie Ross / Whidbey News-Times

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Hall in Oak Harbor got a fresh look Saturday.

Volunteers from Sherwin-Williams paint store were joined by other volunteers from the community in applying a fresh coat of paint to the building’s exterior. In the process, they completed some minor repair work.

This project was held in conjunction with National Painting Week, held annually by Sherwin-Williams stores.

During Painting Week, the stores offer painting ideas, tips, inspiration and more from do-it-yourself bloggers and Sherwin-Williams employees.

It is also when thousands of Sherwin-Williams employees donate time and store products to update and refresh local nonprofits, churches, schools and other community organizations.

David Crume, manager for the Sherwin-Williams store in Oak Harbor, organized this year’s community project. He said that corporate Sherwin-Williams leaders wanted local stores to participate in a community project; for the local region, the company decided to do a project in Seattle.

Crume, however, wanted to do something in his own community and chose to help the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, commonly known as IOOF, which is a global altruistic and benevolent fraternal organization.

“I decided to do my own,” he said. “I went through and looked at probably 30 different nonprofits, and I found the IOOF.”

The goal for the Odd Fellows project was to repaint the outside and make some necessary repairs to the building, Crume said.

Crume worked with IOOF members to select paint colors, but added the decision was ultimately up to him.

For about a week and a half before Saturday’s event, Crume said volunteers were working on repairs, including rebuilding a retaining wall used for storage. Before volunteers repainted the building, much of the maintenance was completed.

“Saturday’s goal was just to get it all painted,” he said.

On Saturday, the 16-member work crew comprised of half Sherwin-Williams staff and half Oak Harbor volunteers painted the IOOF hall.

According to Crume, everything they set out to fix was completed, except for replacing the gutters. Crume said he is still missing a few parts, but that the gutters will be up by the end of the week.

Last year, a total of 425 Sherwin-Williams stores participated in community projects across the country, according to the company’s website. This year, almost 150 community projects will be completed in April “from Seattle to Tampa,” for the National Painting Week, by roughly 1,400 Sherwin-Williams stores, according to the media contact for National Painting Week, Hillary Call.

Projects include painting historical landmarks, baseball fields, Habitat for Humanity houses, churches and schools.

 

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