Marsh Run Benefits From Massive Volunteer Effort

CASTO Employees Paint Patio Fences Behind 33 Buildings

The corporate volunteers came in waves, 18 at a time on some days. 

And on Sept. 16, the volunteers, employees of the CASTO real estate company, completed one of the most significant volunteer efforts in recent Homeport history: the painting of 140 wooden privacy fences behind all 33 buildings at the Marsh Run apartment rental community.

“It looks very, very nice,” said long time Marsh Run resident activist Cindy Streeter.

The freshly painted white fences add pride to the community on the East Side of Columbus, said Cheryl Blevins, on-site leasing and property manager for Community Properties of Ohio

They also entice outdoor activity, said Morgen Wade, Homeport Manager of Volunteer Engagement. “It’s where children play and the parents grill. The patio area is important in the overall quality of life of the residents.”

CASTO’S commitment of 180 hours of labor would have been very expensive if professional painters were required, Wade said. United Way, under its Columbus Volunteer Challenge, provided $400 for 20 gallons of paint, rollers and refreshments.

Debbie Zink, a CASTO vice president, said the fully integrated real estate services firm has engaged in several community volunteer activities over the years for charities, especially when children benefit.

When the chance to volunteer at Marsh Run became available, the organization jumped at it.

“We just like to give back to the community we live in and work in,” Zink said.

A total of 32 CASTO employees visited Marsh Run on four afternoons in August and September. Groups of employees began at opposite ends of the community, eventually meeting up in the middle.

 “It was a good feeling knowing we accomplished the whole thing,” Zink said.

(Individuals or businesses interested in participating in volunteer efforts to the benefit of Homeport community residents are urged to contact Morgen Wade at 614 545-4817 or