November 15, 2017
Specializing in both interior and exterior paint jobs, Jon and his brother David are looking to shake up the industry. “We wanted to make an impact while looking after other people,” Jon says.
Being a family-run business, Jon felt it was important to treat The Urban Painter team like family as well. In lieu of hiring subcontractors (a common practice in construction), the brothers opted to hire 30 employees full-time with benefits.
One of those benefits is paid time off for volunteering. The Urban Painter is heavily involved in the community, donating regularly to Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and doing annual pro-bono projects for non-profit spaces like Decidedly Jazz Danceworks – a project that Jon says was lots of fun.
“It gets our team out to do something that doesn’t feel like work, and improves the space for an organization that does a lot of good for the community.”
In partnership with the City of Calgary, The Urban Painter has also been facilitating paint can drives since 2016. By picking up unused paint in exchange for a donation of non-perishable food, The Urban Painter simultaneously helps people declutter their garages of old paint cans, ensures that unused paint is properly recycled, and generates donations for Calgary Interfaith Food Bank. To date, the company has diverted about 1,500 gallons of paint, with hopes of quadrupling that number next year.
“We want to continue being involved in the Calgary community. To do more, and do better,” Jon says.
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