More than 20 volunteers helped paint new Salvation Army dental clinic space


Paint It Forward, a community service initiative of local business 180 Painting, together with Sherwin Williams and more than 20 volunteers painted at The Salvation Army’s new dental clinic at 3033 Winkler Avenue on Saturday, October 22.

Paint It Forward’s 39th project is not for the faint of heart as volunteers gathered to paint five dental operatory rooms, one laboratory, a patient waiting room, reception area and storage in the 2100 square-foot space. The Fort Myers district of Sherwin Williams donated 25 gallons of paint for the job. “We think it’s a great cause,” said Eric Franklin, Field Representative for Sherwin Williams.

Chuck Carter, founder of 180 Painting and the motor behind the Paint It Forward initiative was pleased to see a record number of volunteers on this project.

“We are humbled by the way the community has rallied around our efforts to serve those in need,” said Major Tim Gilliam, Area Commander and leader of the local Salvation Army. “From Dr. Gardner’s generous donation of this space, to Sherwin Williams providing the paint; the Paint It Forward initiative providing the leadership and our wonderful volunteers providing the labor, this is evidence of what a great and giving community we are part of.”

The space is located in the Gardner Orthopedics building – the former VA clinic – and was donated by Dr. Ronald Gardner for the expansion of The Salvation Army’s no-cost dental services offered by local, volunteer dental professionals to poor and uninsured individuals. The Salvation Army anticipates that the new clinic will be operational in January 2017 and this face lift is one of the first steps in preparing the new space to open to the public.

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