Our goal is to ensure every one of our neighbors has a happy, healthy place to call home. Together, let’s make our communities the best they can be.

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 2002, 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 2018 recipient

Compass Housing Alliance

The Compass Housing Alliance's Shoreline Veterans Center is a transitional housing program for veterans who have experienced homelessness. The Shoreline Veterans Center serves approximately 50 individuals each year.

A shared kitchen, outdoor areas, and community rooms promote community building. Veterans in the program receive training on becoming good neighbors, paying bills on time, and keeping living facilities neat and clean. Residents and staff cook together, as well. On-site case managers and building specialists promote safety, assist with locating permanent housing and coordinating benefits, and ensure physical and mental health needs are met.

Compass Housing Alliance serves 10,000+ each year through all of their programs.


Applications are open May 13, 2019 through July 26, 2019. Painting a Better Tomorrow will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Apply online now

Or download a printable application.


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 Michell Filleau-Maas, 425.460.8232, with questions or to volunteer.

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