Over 10 years ago, ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING was invited to participate on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. On the show, ALLBRiGHT Chief Solutionist Josh Abramson and his team of painters helped transform a needy family’s residence into their dream home. It was a truly inspirational and uplifting experience for everyone involved.
When the project was complete, Josh was so inspired that in 2005, he decided to start Paint-It-Forward as a way to give back to his local community. Since that time, Paint-It-Forward and similar paint charity programs have been adopted by other painting contractors across the United States and Canada – it has truly grown into a movement!
We are proud to announce that since completing the first Paint-It-Forward event, our combined efforts have reached a goal of over $1,000,000 worth of free painting services and materials delivered to deserving families and nonprofit organizations.
Each year we ask our local community to nominate a family or nonprofit organization that is in need of painting services but that can’t afford it. Once we’ve received nominations for an upcoming event, our Painting Happiness team and our community vote on the candidates and we announce the winner soon after. The recipient receives up to $10,000 worth of free painting services and supplies.
All of our employees (and even some family members) volunteer their time at each Paint-It-Forward event, which we typically hold at least twice a year. We’ve learned that a freshly painted home or office space can brighten the outlook and bring a little “Painting Happiness” into the lives of the recipients.
Josh Abramson started ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING in 1987 with the goal to not only provide Painting Happiness through the company’s painting services, but to use his tima and talents to improve his local community.
30 years later, Josh has been able to achieve that goal by starting and continuing to grow multiple charity programs focused on serving his local community, including Paint-It-Pink, Paint It S.M.A.R.T, and the Paint-It-Forward movement.
Josh has been recognized for his focus on giving back and has received the National PDCA Humanitarian Award in both 2013 and 2015. He was awarded the 38th Assembly District’s Small Business of the Month for April 2017 for his contributions to his community through Paint-It-Forward, and has been featured on a segment of Senator Bill Bradley’s American Voices.
“Painting is a vehicle that we use to bring happiness to a lot of people. We are a for-profit company that truly wants to give away our painting services.” – Josh Abramson
Check out a few of our past event articles and videos below:
ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING has pledged $25,000 to deliver hope to children in crisis over the next three years as part of The Children’s Hunger Fund’s “Think Inside the Box” program, which aims to send 25 million meals to kids in need during 2015. This donation also includes $7,000 worth of painting services and $500 worth of painting materials and supplies by Dunn Edwards Paints for the charity’s Los Angeles Distribution Center in Sylmar. This donation celebrates the 10-year campaign started by ALLBRiGHT’s President, Josh Abramson entitled “Paint-It-Forward” and is the largest single donation the company has made to date.
On Thanksgiving Day 2014, the ALLBRiGHT painting crews came to work to bless someone they did not even know. They completely transformed a non-profit school called Village Tree Preschool into something wonderful and beautiful for its school children and staff, by donating their painting skills and services. Dunn Edwards also donated all the paint supplies and materials to make this happen. This non-profit preschool was started by the Stanford family to help families struggling with cancer that cannot afford daycare while going through treatment and dealing with all the medical bills. They founded this first-of-its-kind preschool after Mr. Stanford was diagnosed with leukemia and they found themselves struggling to pay the bills and find an affordable place for their two children to go to school. Mr. Stanford is now in the final stages of his cancer and one of his last wishes was to see the school painted anew.
First to receive ALLBRiGHT’s Paint-It-Forward painting charity giveaway in 2014 was Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF). CHF is a relief and development organization whose mission is to deliver hope to suffering children, both locally and around the world, through something called a Food Pak, a box of bulk food that feeds a family of four for a week. Next, ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING chose the Espinoza Family, who just a few months prior lost Alma, mother of four and loving wife to breast cancer. ALLBRiGHT’s paint crew came in and completely made over the interior and exterior of the home that Alma had dreamed of to be painted in colors she had already chosen before her passing.
If you’re a painting contractor operating in the United States or Canada and would like to join the Paint-It-Forward movement, visit our National Paint-It-Forward page here and submit your information for a complete guide on starting and growing your own charity program. We would also invite you to join the Paint-It-Forward Facebook group here to share your stories and successes with other participating painting companies.