Community Volunteers

Community Volunteers

A Brush with Kindness

Valspar created the vision and is the driving force behind an innovative Habitat for Humanity program named A Brush with Kindness. Habitat for Humanity is fulfilling its vision for neighborhood revitalization through home building and A Brush with Kindness delivers services that support this vision. Volunteers outfitted with paint and supplies transform neighborhoods by painting home exteriors, providing minor repairs and landscaping; these tasks can be difficult for low income, disabled and senior homeowners. Projects are identified based on the greatest possible impact to the appearance of a neighborhood.

The inspiration for this initiative began in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The initial community outreach with A Brush with Kindness proved to be such a resounding success that 15 additional U.S. cities launched the program in 2006. Now, 50 additional communities plan to bring this "kindness packaged in a paint can" to their neighborhoods. With financial donations and in-kind support from Valspar, Habitat for Humanity is making dreams come true for homeowners who need it most. A Brush with Kindness is just one example of how Valspar gives back to its communities.

Valspar employees donate many hours to non-profit organizations, thereby helping to improve the quality of life in their communities. The Community Volunteer Award honors those employees who have performed exceptional volunteer service in their communities. The award recognizes the individual's commitment of personal time away from work.

Other Highlights

Rockford, IL – Community Paint-A-Thon

20th year of program; Valspar has provided the paint for this project plus a volunteer team every year.

Wheeling,IL – Community Paint-A-Thon

21st year of program; Valspar has organized, provided volunteers and donated the paint for all 21 years of this event.

Pittsburgh, PA – Rebulding Together

Pittsburgh has donated paint since 1997. Have provided a volunteer team and product since 2002 and has been a full sponsor since 2005.

South Africa

Valspar South Africa has participated with Habitat for Humanity for many years to do an annual house build for aids orphans and their care givers (usually a grandmother). Valspar provides the building materials and the manpower for one week to raise a house. This year, we built two houses in the Shongweni area, north of Durban.