SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - More than a dozen painters and worked turned out to volunteer their time and materials Wednesday for a day-long labor of love at The Boys & Girls of Santa Barbara, Inc. on East Canon Perdido Street.
Paint company Sherwin-Williams is behind the effort, known across the country as 'National Painting Week,' now nearly a decade strong.
"We team up with the Boys & Girls clubs and YMCA organizations, mostly," said Brandt Schoenbeck, Sherwin-Williams District Manager. "We just reach out to different areas and just check and see if they have any projects that we can help out with. This year happened to be the interior and a multi-purpose room and the front of the building here as well."
Sherwin-Williams employees teamed up with other local painters and workers to give the 1947 facility a much-needed and fresh coat of paint.
"It's all for free," said Harmony Agh, Development and Marketing Manager at Boys & Girls Club. "They're donating all the paint, all the materials. they've been here since 7 a.m. in the morning and they plan to work until the end of the day. We we can't wait to see how it looks, we're so excited to show the kids!"
"This is our opportunity to bring some color and some life back into some organizations, not for the notoriety of it but just to be able to do that," Schoenbeck said.
The national event happens each year during the months of April and May and helps kick off paint sales the first week of June at Sherwin-Williams businesses.
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