Back in 2015, Hammersmith Management Vice President of Operations Leslie Johnson was recruited by a coworker to volunteer for a Paint-A-Thon project. And since then, she has been a regular volunteer for the program.
Johnson immediately felt a connection to Brothers Redevelopment’s mission of providing housing and housing services to low-income, elderly, and disabled Coloradans. It’s one of the reasons why she has painted eight houses through the Paint-A-Thon and serves on the organization’s Local Social fundraiser committee. Her commitment to serving low-income and/or disabled homeowners is the reason Brothers awarded her the Roland Buteyn Heart of Service Award in 2019 that honors Paint-A-Thon volunteers whose efforts shine and reflect the passion and compassion behind the program that paints around 100 homes for older adults each year.
“I feel like I end up receiving more than I give when I volunteer, and that is true with my experience with Brothers,” said Johnson. “The connections with Brothers staff, program recipients, and my coworkers is priceless.”
Each year, Hammersmith celebrates its HammerTime Day of Service which provides a paid day off for each of the organization’s team members to volunteer or serve for the Paint-A-Thon or other nonprofits. The Paint-A-Thon resonates with Hammersmith team members because it’s a chance to bond with each other, accomplish a project together and directly improve the life of a deserving Coloradan, Johnson said.
Hammersmith and Johnson’s commitment to the Paint-A-Thon is felt throughout all of Brothers and its clients. But the company’s work to make the Local Social possible is just as important.
This year, Hammersmith is sponsoring the Local Social — an annual fundraiser that benefits the Paint-A-Thon. The fundraiser, which falls on Sept. 9, will feature a live DJ, food, an open bar, games and more.
“Hammersmith has a special connection with Brothers because our work is all about homes, homeowners, and communities. One of our goals as a HOA management company is for all homeowners to have pride of ownership,” said Johnson. “That sense of pride not only builds a community and increases property values. But it also decreases violations and issues. The Paint-A-Thon instills and reignites pride of ownership while also providing our team with a meaningful way to give back.”
Tickets for the Local Social are on sale for $75 and include a catered dinner from Biscuits and Berries, access to an open bar, door prize entry and more. To purchase tickets and find more information about the event, click here.
“I attend a lot of fundraisers, and the Local Social is my favorite. The best thing about it is how approachable it is,” said Johnson. “It’s not a fancy black tie gala. The food is fabulous, the games are awesome, the music is jamming, and the drinks are flowing. It’s a fun night with a great purpose, and I can’t wait to attend again this year.”