#GivingTuesday Paint Love Supporter Spotlight : Lydia Mays

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Mark your calendars- Giving Tuesday is November 28th! 

Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, (Sunday to rest!) - there is now Giving Tuesday- a national movement to give back to the community by supporting local non profits. To gear up for our Giving Tuesday campaign, we will be highlighting a few Paint Love supporters with #WhyIGive posts. 

First up is Dr. Lydia Mays! Lydia is a Paint Love supporter in every capacity- a donor, artist, and volunteer! 

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Why I Give

I give to Paint Love because they fill a gap in connecting artists to children in schools and organizations. With funding continually cut for Arts in Education, Paint Love illustrates the need for a focus on connecting artists to schools and on a larger scale, points to the need for more funding to honor the Arts.
— Lydia Mays

If funding for the Arts matters to you, too, help us by donating to Paint Love on #GivingTuesday and make sure you leave us a note to tell us #WhyIGive! 

More about Lydia!

Lydia is the founder and CEO of See Beautiful - a philanthropic organization that encourages people to see and create more beauty in the world. This year, Paint Love was also selected as a recipient of a $1,000 See Beautiful Milestone Grant. 

Lydia has brought young members of the See Beautiful Club to volunteer with Paint Love- their favorite is working with the kids at the Ronald McDonald House! 


Lydia is also a children's book author and illustrator and has led numerous projects with Paint Love over the years.

This summer, she taught a book making workshop as part of our summer series at GSU with the kids from Camp Peace at the Women's Resource Center. 

See more of Lydia's past projects making paper flowers with the See Beautiful Club here and Lydia leading 260 kindergarteners in a project modeling illustration styles of favorite children's books here

Paint Love couldn't function without the support of people like Lydia. So from all of us at Paint Love, thanks for your support! 

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Donor Spotlight: Keyonda Noel

This year Keyonda Noel became the Chairman of the Paint Love Board of Directors. Noel first joined the Paint Love team as a donor in 2014, when her colleague, Paint Love co-founder Aaron McKevitt, told her about his wife Julie’s idea for the nonprofit.

Since then, Noel has found a simple way to work donations into her everyday life: “I enjoy couponing and looking for super sales, so it was more from a standpoint of giving funds and donating materials,” says Noel. “As I look for things for my home, I’ve added Paint Love to that list.” Noel is the web manager at Gwinnett Medical Center, but she dedicates her extra time to furthering the Paint Love mission.

 For Noel, passion for the Paint Love mission is second nature. “People spend 5 bucks on a Starbucks coffee. That same 5 bucks can buy an easel and change a kid’s life so I think it’s worthwhile, I really do. Whether it’s your time, your money, your talents, I definitely think that [donating to Paint Love] is something you should do,” says Noel.

As a mother, Noel recognizes the importance of art to a child’s sensory and motor development. Paint Love donors open the door to this crucial development for children who may love art but don’t have the materials to do it.

“Keyonda is an invaluable member of the Paint Love team,” says Paint Love founder Julie McKevitt. “She donates her time, skills and energy to Paint Love and we are so thankful for everything Keyonda and all of our donors do for us.”

Noel is optimistic about the future of Paint Love, saying that she sees a multitude of wonderful, generous donations that will help the team to build key partnerships, grow and expand. Her ultimate dream is for Paint Love to become a national nonprofit, extending the model that Julie McKevitt has designed to spread to other states and areas that are in need.