The Smile Affect Painting it Forward

Giving Back to the Community

A smile can go a long way. Just ask Patricia Wildenborg, Doug Welch, or Jennifer Pederson. They were the recipients of The Smile Affect project. That’s right. Affect with an A because this project truly touches the feelings of those it effects.

The Smile Affect

With this project, we paint it forward by giving away a full exterior painting transformation to a deserving family. We started by asking the community for nominations, and boy, did you respond! With so many great nominations, our team decided to choose not one, but two deserving families for our first Smile Affect project.

Our second annual Smile Affect turned out even more response from our wonderful community. We had an overwhelming amount of people come together in helping to nominate Patricia Wildenborg. We updated her home to a bright blue color that she selected and built her a new ramp at the front entry of her home. Thank you for introducing us to Pat and her family. 

More Than a Smile

The Smile Affect project is more than a single event. It’s a movement to make people smile. That could be something as simple as a handshake or a hug or smiling at someone as they pass by. It could be buying coffee for the next person in line or letting someone with just one or two items cut in front of you at the checkout line. The Smile Affect is about putting a smile on someone’s face. 

For Patricia, Doug, & Jennifer every stroke of the brush made their smiles grow.

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2019 Recipient

  • Patricia Wildenborg

    Patricia had multiple nominations for our annual Smile Affect project by family and community members. She was nominated for the work she's done in our community and how many peoples lives she affected in being a school teacher and an active member of her church. Family and friends gathered to help us welcome her as our 2019 recipient of the Smile Affect. 🙂 

    "I was this years recipient and I appreciate it very much. I think it was a terrific crew, they did a great job, and they enjoyed themselves while doing their job."  -Pat Wildenborg


2018 Recipients

  • Doug Welch

    Doug had multiple nominations for our inaugural Smile Affect project. Doug was nominated for the work he does in the community with comments such as, “this guy changed my life, this guy helped me out." What does Doug do that has had such a great impact on so many? He builds wheelchairs for dogs who are paralyzed or don't have their legs — for free.

    For this project, we replaced a water damaged wall then scraped and masked before painting the full exterior of Doug’s home.

    “I have had the best month that I’ve had in years with what Smile-A-Mile has blessed me with. It was more than just a house painting; it was a house makeover.”  -Doug Welch

  • Jennifer Pederson

    Jennifer had a ton of nominations as well. This is the first home that she has owned and we went the extra mile, taking down an ugly old tree, refastening gutters, and caulking window trim before we scraped, masked, and painted.

    "I'm so thrilled and excited! The difference is amazing and truly makes me smile. Thank you so much!"  -Jennifer Pederson