PLEASANTON, Calif. – For those who know him, 23-year-old Fil-Am Kevin Smith is no stranger to helping those who are less-fortunate and this is why with each stroke of the brush Smith hopes to help his fellow kababayans.
From June 15-19 Smith has been doing live demos for the patrons of the Alameda County Fair as part of his 30 for 30 campaign, where he provides 30 original pieces at $30 each and all proceeds go towards his nonprofit organization Save-A-Tahanan, Inc (STI).
“Basically we’re just helping poor families in the Philippines have a better life,” said Smith.
Smith’s landscape paintings are inspired by the iconic Bob Ross from the television program “The Joy of Painting”.
And Smith is motivated to help his kababayans after seeing so much poverty during the numerous trips he took with his family to all parts of the Philippines.
STI is celebrating 30 years as an organization of Fil-Am families giving back to the homeland and says they are getting a lot of help from the proceeds from Smith’s artwork.
Frederick Esteves of STI said, “Recently we started the scholarship program where we help students with their tuition fees and then what we do which is unique is we coordinate with the schools so we give the tuition payment to the schools directly.”
Smith hopes that more young Fil-Ams can also find their own ways of giving back to the Philippines.
“If they feel like doing it then go for it. What do you have to lose,” asked Smith. “They come first. It’s not about you. It’s about them and that’s what it’s all about.”
STI’s fundraising continues with a 30-for-30 barbeque event in Fremont scheduled for September.