Paying it Forward Results in Huge Impact
There are multitude of reasons that people volunteer to give back or to pay it forward. Some people want to make a lasting difference, others simply give from the goodness of their heart. Over the 25 years that Southern Painting has been in business, each office has found it as way to strengthen and develop deep roots within the communities they serve in very individual ways.
As we close in on the season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to highlight some of the opportunities they have taken to pay it forward and share with you the impact it has made.
An opportunity typically reserved for pro athletes and other celebrities, Southern Painting recently had the chance to work with the Make-A-Wish® Central and South Texas office, fulfilling a wish that was 2 years in the making for RJ.
RJ, a young boy in Seguin, Texas, is immobile due to neurological and immune disorders, and spends most of his days in a room that has seen little change over the years. With outdated wall color, worn carpet, and very little room to stock much needed medical supplies, the Southern Painting San Antonio office knew this was the perfect wish to grant.
The result: The stunning transformation of RJs living space with a more cool and trendy wall color picked out by RJ and his mother. Crews were brought in to install built-in shelving in the closet to better organize supplies, lay new ceramic tile flooring and paint the ceiling, walls and trim throughout the room. RJ added his own touch of style to the décor, and now and he has a personal and inviting space that will serve his needs for years to come.
The impact: RJ’s mother, Monica, says “The room looks so good, and we’re grateful to everyone who helped make this a reality for RJ. The room is going to make such a difference for him mentally and health wise. We’re so thrilled!”
The blessing to work with Make-A-Wish® and help a young boy’s dream come true has left a lasting impression on Brandon Smart and Yoni Villatoro, owners of the two San Antonio offices involved in the make-over. Mark Collins, Founder of Southern Painting, expressed his thoughts saying, “It was our honor to donate the hours and materials needed to remodel RJ’s room and bring a fresh coat of color into his life! Yoni and Brandon wanted to join in an effort to give back to their community, and helping make RJ’s wish come true was the perfect opportunity.”
Walk For PKD
The annual North Texas Walk For PKD is a cause near and dear to the hearts of one Southern Painting family. Dale Altenhofen, owner of the Southlake and Mid-Cities offices, has had personal experience, having been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) a few years ago. The life-threatening genetic disorder is one that will impact the rest of Dale’s life, and he’s not alone: his three children also have a 50% chance of developing the same condition.
The result: Dale and his wife, Brenda, have made it their mission to join forces with the North Texas Chapter of the PKD Foundation to raise funds at the Walk for PKD held in October in Southlake, Texas every year. Dale and some of the other local Southern Painting offices not only use their advertising dollars to raise awareness within the community, but also use their feet to ‘walk the walk’ in hope of bringing awareness to a disease many people suffer from but know very little about.
The impact: The people that suffer with PKD living in our North Texas communities have a presence and a voice they never had before. Although there is no cure for polycystic kidney disease, money is needed to help support research to treat the disease. “Last year the Walk for PKD in Southlake raised enough funds to rank 3rd in the nation”, said Brenda Altenhofen. “This year, we hope to do even more.” The Southern Painting team would love for you participate in this year’s walk on October 21st at Southlake Town Center. You can also “Do It For Dale” by touching the link and donating to PKD research. (Our own resource page will tell you all about PKD, including a section of answers to commonly asked questions that may be very helpful.)
Are You Ready For Some Football?
What Southern Painting owner would pass up the opportunity to join the Dallas Cowboys? Well, maybe not as a tackle on the field, but as a partner to tackle childhood obesity through Play 60 Fitness Zone. That is exactly what Jon Box, owner of the Southern Painting Dallas office did!
The result: Jon, his staff and crews enjoyed working side-by-side with Cowboys players and personnel, as Southern Painting donated time and materials to paint the new Play 60 Fitness Zone at Williams Preparatory school. The Play 60 Fitness Zone is designed to help children get up and get moving!
The impact: A paint job to reproduce an end zone combined with unique fitness equipment created the perfect playing field encouraging the children to stay in shape and remain committed to being active for a lifetime. “I have always been a physically active person in life, so joining forces with the Cowboys and others was the logical choice for me,” said Jon. “I can’t describe the look on the faces of the kids and how it made me know I had gotten involved in the right cause.”
Supporting Our Military
Steve MacMeeken, owner of the Collin County and North Dallas Southern Painting offices, loves to hear the roar of the engine as a jet takes off down the runway. Quoting a famous line from a movie, Steve declared, “I feel the need, the need for speed!”
What better way to participate than going full throttle to support the local military community?
The result: Steve’s office stepped in and became a sponsor of the Air Power Expo at the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth. The base relies on sponsors to help pay for the cost of the bringing in the many air show expositions, historical aircraft, and explosive pyrotechnic displays to thrill the crowd; all free to the public. Any amount raised over and above the cost of the show benefits the U. S. Navy MWR (Office of Morale, Welfare and Recreation), helping families of the military.
The impact: The public at large and families of those who serve in the military were blown away by the precision flight of the spectacular U.S. Navy Blue Angels along with other exciting air show demonstrations.
But that is not all, the men and women who serve abroad were happy to know that their dependents were being offered the type of service and support they need in their absence. Steve’s final word on the subject: “Hoorah!”
The Impact of Paying It Forward
Southern Painting knows it’s truly a blessing to live and work with wonderful people in such amazing communities. Each of these owners cherish the opportunity to give back to their neighbors. To add associations like Dare to Dream, the North Texas Food Bank, local schools, churches and others to the list of charity involvement over the years is simply a reminder of the privilege of developing those deep personal and professional roots within our communities.
Make no mistake about it, for whatever impact their participation in any event has made in their communities, without the community’s patronage of their businesses, their ability to pay it forward wouldn’t exist. They are truly grateful for the privilege of serving their neighborhoods in business and in civic responsibility, and they look forward to doing so for a long time. As Southern Painting loves to say, “It’s How We Roll.”