I never understood this statement until I was in a position to help.
There was a time in my life when there was often not enough money to put food in the fridge, let alone give back to the community where I lived. I tried to volunteer where I could, but my opportunities were limited.
Now that I have a successful business, I am fortunate to be able to give help to those who need it.
Over the years Sonshine Girls Painting has:
- Sent kids to camp
- Supported the Nanaimo Bailey Studio and the renovation of the VIU Theatre
- Created a bursary available to local high school students who will be attending VIU. Our Be Brave Award is meant for students who have overcome adversity. As a former student at VIU, I know how cost prohibitive and how scary it can be to venture off to university.
In addition to these planned situations, we have had the opportunity to “gift” paint jobs to organizations or individuals who could use the help. We are fortunate to be working with Sherwin Williams, who often help our efforts by donating paint. Some of our projects include (to name a few):
- Big Sisters
- A woman who’s daughter was in a bad car accident and their house needed to be remodeled
- A woman who’s son accidentally set fire to their kitchen where they were tenants
- And are presently starting a project with The Georgia Strait Alliance
I believe it is important to give where we can and how we can, and that how we give looks different to each of us. Some of us can give millions to charity or foundations, others can give by donating their time or services, and others can help by sharing posts on social media about fundraisers or news updates.
If we all do what we can, we end up being a part of a community that thrives and cares. Nanaimo has been good to me and has been supportive of my business. This is my way of saying Thank You.