Dustin O’Brien Receives Small Business of the Year Award
Dustin O’Brien, owner of O’Brien Painting, credits his parents, Don and Anthy O’Brien, for instilling in him the value of community service. The owner of O’Brien Painting grew up learning the business by watching, and later working alongside, his father before inheriting the 43-year-old business 2005. “They would insist that we get involved in the community,” said O’Brien, 37. “It’s super rewarding and it makes you feel good. If you give to Petaluma, Petaluma gives back.”
O’Brien has been involved in several recent community improvement projects. He helped paint the structures and benches at Walnut Park, which was restored with volunteer labor. He has worked with Rebuilding Together Petaluma. And he has contributed his time or donated to other Petaluma nonprofits including COTS, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma Women’s Club and Peace Officers Association of Petaluma.
For O’Brien’s efforts, O’Brien Painting was honored with the Small Business of the Year award at the Petaluma Community Awards of Excellence on April 20, 2017.
Born and raised in Petaluma, O’Brien began working for his father when he was 12 years old. He said he has always liked the business of painting. “In our business, you get to know people, and it really connects you to the town. Also, you get to make things look good, and there is a creative aspect to it.” O’Brien said he thrives on the community work outside of his regular jobs. One of his biggest projects was the Walnut Park restoration. He painted the police substation in the park and the restored gazebo. He is currently working on painting the adult day center on Howard Street for Petaluma People Services Center.
O’Brien serves on the board of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of California, Inc. and the Redwood Empire Chapter of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America.
Reprinted with Permission: Matt Brown, Petaluma Argus-Courier Staff (May 15, 2017)
PDCC Members Reaching Out
The Redwood Empire Chapter completed a Paint Out Project. The project was a new paint job on the Salvation Army Church in Petaluma.
The church was in need of new paint to match the new food bank building just built on the property. The PDCC group masked the building and applied over 20 gallons of new paint to the body and trim of the church. With the savings, the Salvation Army can put the funds into the community, helping folks who really need a hand.
The Sacramento Valley Chapter provided support to Wind Youth Services.
Wind Youth Services provide over 12,000 meals a year, over showers, laundry services, hygiene essential, food, water and other survival supplies. Each youth has an Advocate assigned to work with them on life skills, clinical support and family support. Academic as well as employment assistance is also provided. Wind Youth currently has over 200 youths who are actively working with the Youth Advocates. Wind Youth Services provides services to youths living on the street. Nothing good happens living on the streets.