From left, Valspar Foundation’s Susan Carter, Spring Valley City Administrator Deb Zimmer and Tim Penny, president of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation get together with a can of paint that will be used on the Spring Valley Community Center.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
From left, Valspar Foundation’s Susan Carter, Spring Valley City Administrator Deb Zimmer and Tim Penny, president of Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation get together with a can of paint that will be used on the Spring Valley Community Center. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The city of Spring Valley received 23 gallons of Valspar paint for the Spring Valley Community Center as part of a Picture-It-Painted program.

The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation awarded $18,434 worth of Valspar paint to 20 projects across the region. Picture-It-Painted is a partnership between SMIF and Valspar Corporation in support of community beautification and restoration projects throughout southern Minnesota.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer said the city is looking for volunteers to help paint the interior of the community center June 25, 26, 27 and 28.

Since 1998, SMIF and Valspar Corporation have awarded over 8,000 gallons of paint valued at over $175,000 to more than 200 projects in southern Minnesota. The grant is awarded to projects that will have a visual impact, provide a public benefit to the community and involve volunteer participation.

"The Picture-it-Painted program reminds us that collaboration shapes and improves our communities. These projects involve a number of volunteers and will provide their communities with an asset they can enjoy for years to come," said Tim Penny, SMIF president/CEO. "We are pleased to support these projects that will improve the look of our region."

SMIF, a donor-supported foundation, invests for economic growth in 20 Minnesota counties. The foundation has provided more than $50 million in grants and loans within the region during the past 28 years.