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/Minwax) - America has a long history of volunteerism, and for 20 years one company encouraged such efforts with the Community Craftsman Award. It has given grants for projects like an afterschool wood-finishing jobs-training program and a guild program to design, build and finish beds for children with special needs.
Now, the reward has been renamed the Minwax Do Good With Wood
Award. It recognizes the very different ways people express themselves by working with wood. The program is open to anyone who has been involved in a wood-finishing project, through school woodshop classes, clubs, guilds, parent organizations, DIY groups, craft or hobby groups or on their own.
The Grand Prize is $5,000 plus a workshop with wood-finishing expert Bruce Johnson and a supply of product valued at $1,000. The Second Prize is $2,000 and a supply of Minwax products.
In addition, through the end of the year, one entry will be randomly picked each month to receive two gallons of Minwax Wood Finish interior wood stain and two gallons of Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane, in any color and sheen.
The winners get fame as well as fortune. Every project submitted has a chance at being featured on the Do Good With Wood Hall of Fame on the company's Facebook page, where it can inspire others, too.
To enter, send a description of how you helped your community through wood finishing, plus a photo of your project to the following address: Minwax Do Good With Wood Award, Brushfire, Inc., 2 Wing Drive, Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927.
For more information or to submit your entry online, visit minwax.com. The competition deadline is Dec. 31, 2012.