March 19, 2019  

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Sherwin-Williams Day of Service to Impact the Southern Miss Campus

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For the past five years during National Painting Week, Sherwin-Williams gives back to the community by donating fresh coats of paint to local organizations and gathering places.

This year, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Child Development (3400 Morningside Drive in Hattiesburg) will be on the receiving end of this day of service, with volunteers scheduled to paint the building's exterior on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

“It is always great to be able to help out our local organizations and personally to be able to help out my alma mater,” said Shane Boyd, Sherwin-Williams residential sales representative. "This project will also give me a sense of pride as I drive by the building multiple times a week.”

Much preparation has gone into getting the structure paint-ready including, pressure washing and replacement of deteriorated wood. More than a dozen Sherwin-Williams employees, 19 parents from the center, and a few volunteer professional painters from Grover's Painting and Clark Painting have also volunteered to help paint the Southern Miss facility. 

“We are happy to donate a little of our time and material to help Sherwin-Williams achieve this painting project in a single day,” said Michael Deans of Grover’s Painting.  “We have done and are doing this weekend because of our relationship with the university and it is an opportunity to give back.”

This year Sherwin-Williams donated 2.8 million square feet of paint for community projects, during National Painting Week and all year long. 

“We are expecting the largest volunteer turnout that we have ever had,” said Corey Papp, Sherwin-Williams commercial sales representative. “As a father of two daughters who attend the University, I couldn’t be any happier that this year’s project will be at The University of Southern Mississippi.”

During National Painting Week, neighborhood Sherwin-Williams stores across the U.S. and Canada give back by volunteering nearly 25,000 hours of their time to make a colorful impact in their communities. 

“This is a great honor not only for our Center but for our community as well," said Stephanie Haney, director of the Center for Child Development. “The children, families, and staff of the CCD are forever grateful for this day of service and the outpouring of support that we have received from the community. This opportunity cultivates a fresh image for our facility and now I am beyond pleased to be able to say that our outside appearance matches the remarkable quality care and education that happens on the inside.”