What Is Paint-It-Forward?

Over 10 years ago, ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING was invited to participate on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. On the show, ALLBRiGHT Cheif Solutionist Josh Abramson and his team of painters helped transform a needy families 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 create his own charity paint program so he and his team could give back to their local community.  Since that time, Paint-It-Forward and similar programs adopted by many painting contractors across the United States and Canada has grown into a movement.

Since completing the first Paint-It-Forward event, and now with other painting contractors joining the movement, our combined efforts over the years have reached a goal of over $1,000,000 worth of free painting services and materials delivered to deserving families and nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada. 

Watch the video below to learn more about the Paint-It-Forward program, and how it has positively impacted the lives of not only the ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING team, but also the lives of those we are fortunate enough to serve through the movement.



How Paint-It-Forward Works

Each year we ask our local community to submit stories of a nonprofit organization or people they know who are in need of painting but can't afford it due to some difficulties in life that they may have experienced.  Once these stories are submitted, the ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING Happiness Team and its customers vote on the top candidates and announce the winner soon after.  The recipient receives up to $10,000 worth of free painting services.

All of our employees (and even some family members) volunteer their time to the recipient.  A freshly painted building or home can brighten their outlook and bring a little painting happiness into their lives.  

Submit a Family or Nonprofit Organization in Need 

If you know of a family, school, or other nonprofit organization in need of a fresh coat of paint but that can't afford it,  we'd invite you to submit their information in the Nominee Info form on the right.


Josh Abramson started ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING in 1987 with the goal to not only provide painting happiness through the company's commercial and residential painting services, but to also 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 nationwide charity program, Paint-It-Forward.

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 the local 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 its painting services" - Josh Abramson

Past Events

Check out a few of our past event articles and videos below:


Paint-It-Forward Videos

ALLBRiGHT Paints It Forward at the Teen Project in Los Angeles - abc7 News 


11th Annual Paint-It-Forward Event


10th Annual Paint-It-Forward Event


The Red Door - A Closer Look at Our 10th Annual Paint-It-Forward Event


9th Annual Paint-It-Forward Event


2015 Partners For Potential Paint-It-Forward Event


ALLBRiGHT Grants Major Donation to Children’s Hunger Fund

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.

2014 Paint-It-Forward Event

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 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.

7th Annual Paint-It-Forward Event

6th Annual Paint-It-Forward Event


Painting Contractors: Join the Paint-It-Forward Movement

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 successess with other participating painting companies. 

Paint-It-Forward Photo Gallery 

Winners of the 2015 National Humanitarian Award

The above picture is of Joshua Abramson receiving the 2015 National PDCA Humanitiarian Award for the second time.  We also received this honor in 2013.  See 2013 National PDCA Humanitiarian Award ceremony.  

Paint it PinkOther Community Initiatives We've Started

Here are just a few other social and community initiatives that we created to continue our support of local families in need.


During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING donates 5% of all the proceeds from Paint-It-Pink projects to the Circle of Hope and other breast cancer support centers.  Each October, customers are encouraged to sign up for our Paint-It-Pink campaign where not only does 5% of the job go to help those in need, but we will also discount their project 5%.  This way, everyone wins!  

Check out some of these amazing breast cancer survivors

Read more about how ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING supports Circle of Hope with Paint-It-Pink

Paint it SmartPaint It S.M.A.R.T.

Each summer ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING selects a few young adults from single-parent families to participate in this internship-style program. Juniors in high school through college-age students who find themselves wanting to learn a trade but don't have anyone to teach them can submit their application telling us why they should be selected for this paid summer training program. Paint It S.M.A.R.T. stands for Single Mothers And Responsible Teens.   

Read more about Paint It S.M.A.R.T.

Read the Signal Newspaper Announcement


ALLBRiGHT 1-800-PAINTING is an award-winning residential and commercial painting company. We use premium products and superior painting techniques that provide beautiful, lasting results. In every detail of every project, our paint technicians are devoted to the utmost professionalism and customer satisfaction.  We offer free estimates and guarantee our work. Our personalized customer service make us the brightest choice for your painting needs!

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