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Local business Paints it Forward
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Lancaster Painting employees gather for an all day painting session of the exterior home for their 2014 Paint it Forward project. - photo by Photo Contributed

Generosity was in the air on Saturday as local company Lancaster Painting employees donated their time to offer a complimentary paint job to a local community member as part of the company’s annual Paint it Forward event.

“I do believe it's something that our crew looks forward to every year. It’s kind of hard to explain the feeling we get out there, but it really makes us all feel good,” said Jennifer Beede, client advocate at Lancaster Painting.

The Paint it Forward event is a nomination based program which allows community members to submit people or organizations they think would benefit from a complimentary paint job. At the annual Christmas party, members of the company vote on the projects and this year they settled upon Anastasia Briggs, a woman who was submitted by her daughter for an exterior paint job on her house.

“It has been a rough few years and the house really needed the work,” said Briggs. “The house was a dark brown with dark green trim and very faded, it was worn out and due for a new paint job.”

With the help of Lancaster Painting, Briggs selected the new colors for her home including ‘tree branch’ for the body, ‘divine white’ for the trim and ‘rustic red’ for her front door. The company also made minor fixes on the home and spent the afternoon with Briggs conversing and enjoying lunch.

“They all seemed to really enjoy the day, too. It was nice to see a company that seems to take very good care of their employees. Everyone was very friendly they all seemed to really like each other as they worked well together and I can’t believe they did it so fast,” said Briggs.

The event was made possible due to contributions by  other companies, including: Sherwin-Williams, Paul’s Paint, Noah’s Water and 7up of Modesto, Greg Farnam Consulting ,Mike and Carol Vincent and Lighthouse Communications.

“Paint it Forward gives us a chance to give back to our community and it really has us come together as a team and do something for others. It is as a team bonding experience as well as an outreach project,” said Beede.

Nominations are accepted year-round for the Paint it Forward event and those interested in nominating a local community member or organization can find the criteria and application on the company's website: