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Painting a Better Tomorrow

Changing the world one brushstroke at a time

Painting a Better Tomorrow, or PBT, is a one-day event that brings MBAKS members and community volunteers together to paint a local service organization’s facility. Frequently, the first maintenance item to be removed off an operational budget is painting, so many of our recipients have gone years without this much-needed improvement.

Since 2003, we have painted hundreds of thousands of square feet for area service organizations. Past recipients include nonprofits working to eliminate poverty, special education programs, and more, across King and Snohomish counties.

Melissa and Joseph Irons, Irons Brothers Construction, volunteering with Painting a Better Tomorrow Volunteer protecting the floors in a YouthCare facility Volunteers outside of a YouthCare facility A group of volunteers painting a kitchen in a YouthCare facility A volunteer painting a YouthCare facility A volunteer painting a YouthCare facility Volunteer paints a Kindering facility A group of volunteers paint a Kindering classroom Painting a Better Tomorrow volunteers stand outside the Kindering Center in Bellevue Volunteer paints a Kindering facility Volunteers paint a Kindering facility A Painting a Better Tomorrow volunteer shows off her paint roller Volunteers painting a Solid Ground facility Volunteers painting a YWCA facility PBT volunteer taking a well-deserved pizza break Painting a Better Tomorrow volunteers outside of the Jacob's Well Vision House in Shoreline Terri and Kevin Kartak of AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet volunteering with Painting a Better Tomorrow Volunteers paint Friends of Youth apartments

Meet our 2019 recipient

Volunteers of America Western Washington has been active in the Northwest for more than 100 years. They offer a multitude of services, from food banks to preschools and youth activities to rural services and emergency housing for women and children.

Volunteers of America Western Washington

This year's Painting a Better Tomorrow will take place at VOAWW's Everett location, home to dispute resolution and Meaningful Day programs, as well as a call center. Among other things, VOAWW's dispute resolution program is a fair housing counselor that works to mediate landlord/tenant conflicts and prevent evictions. Meaningful Day offers inclusive activities and empowerment for adults with developmental disabilities. The call center provides referrals to community resources such as rent assistance, as well as a 24-hour crisis response hotline.


Recipient applications for our 2020 Painting a Better Tomorrow® service project have been delayed due to COVID-19. Check back for updates. We are looking for projects around 20,000–35,000 square feet in either King or Snohomish County.


Give your time and talents and get the reward of knowing you spent the day giving back to your community, improving the lives of those in need. Help brighten someone’s day, everyday!


Contact our community stewardship team, 425.460.8232, with questions or to volunteer.


A Special Thanks to Our 2021 Sponsor

Signature Sponsor


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