Building and business owners in downtown Marysville, Plain City, Richwood, Milford Center, Unionville Center and Magnetic Springs are being invited to request help with spring cleaning and painting projects as part of the United Way Community Care Day, to be held May 22.

Building and business owners in downtown Marysville, Plain City, Richwood, Milford Center, Unionville Center and Magnetic Springs are being invited to request help with spring cleaning and painting projects as part of the United Way Community Care Day, to be held May 22.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce, the city of Marysville and Uptown Plain City specifically will focus on painting in the historic uptown districts through a new campaign called "Paint the Town" through which building and business owners can take advantage of the opportunity to have general aesthetic improvements made to their buildings.

Local donations of volunteer hours, paint, supplies and funds to beautify and revitalize downtown business districts are part of the program.

"We're excited to bring 'Paint the Town' to Union County and work in conjunction with United Way Community Care Day," said Eric Phillips, CEO and executive director of the Union County Chamber of Commerce. "We recognize the important role our historic business districts have in the overall well-being and quality of life of our communities."

The major focus of "Paint the Town" will be painting first-floor exteriors of downtown buildings, including window trim, doors, facades and railings. Business or building owners will be required to complete all prep work, such as scraping, caulking and priming prior to the May 22 Community Care Day.

Complete guidelines are available in the "Paint the Town" brochure and project request form.

Downtown business and building owners have until 5 p.m. Friday, April 20, to submit their requests to participate in the project. Request forms can be picked up at the chamber office, (937) 642-6279 or by contacting Jason Stanford; business development manager, at jstanford@unioncounty.org.

Groups and individuals who wish to volunteer their time for Community Care Day on May 22 can register online www.unitedwayofunioncounty.org or by contacting Dave Bezusko at (937) 644-8381.