How Paint-It-Forward Works
Each year we ask our local community to submit stories of a nonprofit 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 the employees (and even some family members) volunteer their time to a family or nonprofit organization in need. A freshly painted building or home can brighten their outlook and bring a little painting happiness into their lives.
ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING was founded 27 years ago and is a full service painting company serving Los Angeles, Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley, and Ventura County. The “Paint-It-Forward” campaign has grown to over $1,000,000 worth of giveaways as Abramson has shared the initiative with other painting contractors and service providers across the country.
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ALLBRIGHT Grants Major Donation to Children’s Hunger Fund
The Paint-It-Forward Program Brings a Brighter World to Children in Crisis
(Los Angeles) Children’s Hunger Fund announced today that Southern California painting company ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING has pledged $25,000 to deliver hope to children in crisis over the next three years as part of the CHF’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 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.
The Distribution Center for Children’s Hunger Fund is a valuable resource for the local community and the world. Bulk food arrives via donations by individuals and corporate entities, which is then packed by a robust team of volunteers. They bag and pack the food into a Food Pak box, which is 20 pounds of food and sufficient for up to 48 meals. Last year over 17,000 volunteers served in the Distribution Center and sent out nearly 56,000 Food Paks from Los Angeles alone. CHF staff then trucks the Food Pak boxes around the Southern California region, as well as ships them via sea containers around the world to Africa, Mexico, the Caribbean, Philippines, and Latin America. The boxes are then distributed into the communities by trained local volunteers.
The donated funds will send Food Pak boxes to help children in need, especially orphans rescued from human trafficking. ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING donation will significantly improve the quality of the building’s interior, making the facility more attractive and pleasant for the volunteers and staff that keep the Center humming. In addition to distribution, the Los Angeles facility also houses the international headquarters for Children’s Hunger Fund.
“We started the Paint-It-Forward campaign back in 2005 when we got invited to work on the TV show Extreme Home Makeover on ABC to help a local family in need” says ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING president Josh Abramson. “We realized then that we could keep doing this same thing without a TV show – we could use the talents we have been given to help someone in our local community. Since then, we have given away over $100,000 of painting services to bless and help others in need.”
Children’s Hunger Fund was thrilled when Abramson’s staff presented the donation, which was unexpected but greatly appreciated.
“We are so thrilled to be the recipients of such a generous donation,” says Children’s Hunger Fund Founder and President Dave Phillips. “This will provide food and other aid to serve children in crisis, who are some of the most vulnerable in our world today. And the painting services will make packing the Food Paks a little brighter for the volunteers who work so diligently every week.”
Updates on the progress of Think Inside the Box can be followed at ChildrensHungerFund.org/THINK.
About Children’s Hunger Fund
Children’s Hunger Fund was founded 24 years ago in the greater Los Angeles area to serve needy children. Since then, 99% of total contributions—over 1 billion dollars in food and other aid—has been distributed through programs serving more than 20 million children across America and in more than 72 countries around the world. Close to 20,000 volunteers are utilized each year to maximize their reach and impact while minimizing overhead. Children’s Hunger Fund strives to operate with total financial integrity and efficiency and is listed by CharityNavigator.org, MinistryWatch.org and Forbes.com as one of the most cost-effective charities in the nation. More info at ChildrensHungerFund.org
We Started our 10th-Year Anniversary of Paint-It-Forward with this...
On a gloomy afternoon Wednesday, March 18, 2015 ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING painted a brighter day by awarding the first “Paint it Forward” give away of the year to a local nonprofit organization, Partners for Potential, Inc. This organization is committed to providing the tools, training, education, and general assistance needed to excel in life for adults with development disabilities. Visit their website to learn more about Partner’s for Potential,
Claire Moynihan, Chief Executive Office for Partners for Potential, gave the Painting Happiness Team a tour of the interior of the center which was recently under construction to be compliant with all the ADA requirements mandated by the City of Santa Clarita. Since the interior renovation project was 3 times the cost and time than was initially projected, they unfortunately did not have enough funds to beautify and paint the exterior. When Partner’s for Potential learned about ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING’s “Paint if Forward” Program, they reached out to us requesting some help in hopes to paint the exterior of their 4,000 square foot facility.
The ALLBRIGHT 1-800-PAINTING Painting Happiness Crew and office staff all came together to support this beautiful cause and helped paint the exterior of the building. The team was very excited to meet the members of the center and see firsthand what incredible individuals they truly are. Sure, it was just the painting of a building, but not just any building. This building represents the hopes, dreams, and futures becoming a reality in the Partner’s for Potential Center.
Winners of The 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.
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. 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.
Other 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
Paint it Pink
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 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.
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