Equestrian Connection (EC), a provider of equine therapy for special needs children and adults, benefitted recently from the collaboration of Rust-Oleum, Boys Scout Troop 672 and Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation.

Parents of Joey Dimock Troop 672

Seeing the need for a fresh coat of paint on EC’s 16-year-old horse stall doors, LCVFSF asked Rust-Oleum’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Jim Stinner if the company would donate the paint and equipment to get the job done. Stinner not only agreed, but he also offered to bring Rust-Oleum associates to do the preparation and the painting.

Jim Stinner, Senior Vice President Rust-Oleum Consumer Marketing

Here’s where Joey Dimock Memorial Boy Scout Troop 672 entered the picture.  The troop was looking for a community service project.  So, it became part of the prep/painting team along with volunteers from LCVFSF.

Rust-Oleum’s associates finish painting a barn door

 Volunteers from the three organizations collaborated part-time over a two-week period to bring new life to an old barn.  It’s a big barn with 20 horse stall doors.  All told, it took 200-plus hours of volunteer time to complete the job.

“Everyone at Equestrian Connection is thrilled with the barn’s new look,” said Diana Schnell, EC’s co-founder and Executive Director.  “We’re so grateful for all the love and labor that went into this work.”

    Rust-Oleum, LCVFSF and Equestrian Volunteers take a break 


 “Equestrian Connection has been very generous in its support of the Veteran community,” said Paul Baffico, LCVFSF founder and president.  “Being part of this partnership is our way of saying ‘Thank You’ for all that they have done on behalf of Veterans and their family members.”