More Than 40 Homes Spruced Up During Zions Bank’s Paint-a-Thon
In its 28th year, the week-long annual service project assisted elderly low-income, disabled, and veteran residents.
Zions Bank’s annual Paint-a-Thon was a success in its 28th year of painting homes for senior citizens throughout Idaho and Utah. This week-long service project helps low-income elderly, disabled and veteran residents who wish to remain in their beloved homes.
A total of 42 homes were spruced up in June by more than 2,800 Zions employees and their families. Volunteers also provided yard cleanup, mowing, planting and minor repairs as needed.
The cost of paint and supplies is contributed entirely by Zions Bank, which has donated more than $1 million toward brightening the homes of community members since 1991.
“We know senior citizens cherish the opportunity to remain in their homes as long as possible, so this is our way of helping them accomplish that goal,” said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson. “Every year, Zions Bank employees look forward to Paint-a-Thon and helping our neighbors spruce up their homes and yards when they can no longer do the job themselves.”
"This is where his identity is."
Joseph Dansie is one such homeowner with strong ties to his Salt Lake City craftsman home, which received a fresh coat of New England gray paint during Paint-a-Thon.
“He has a rosebush in back that his great-grandfather brought from England when they migrated to the United States,” Anderson said. “So this home is important to him. This land is his land. This is where his identity is.”
Dansie, 70, was brought to tears by the bank’s generosity. “Zions Bank is going to put a new roof on for me to go along with the paint,” Dansie said. “I owe it all to you and I thank you so very much.”
Dansie made equally as big of an impact on the employees who worked on his home.
“It was so enjoyable to chat with him and hear about the history of his home, which means so much to him,” said Lewisa Lucero, who works in Zions’ Treasury Management department. “I had the pleasure of refreshing the white paint on the small piece of wood with his house numbers. It's a simple scrap of wood with numbers attached. It took me less than five minutes to paint. But to Joseph, it's a memory of his father who wanted his house numbers to show up better from the street when he owned the home before passing it on to Joseph.”
Service Uplifts Homeowners and Employees
There were plenty of heartwarming moments to go around. In Francis, Utah, more than 85 high school students from South Summit High School joined Zions Bank volunteers at Jack Prescott’s home to help revive the exterior.
Prescott, 75, is a dedicated supporter of the school’s sports teams, knows the players by name, and attends every game. The students used the Paint-a-Thon as an opportunity to surprise Prescott, and to express their deep appreciation to their biggest fan.
Although homes are the primary focus during Zions Bank’s annual Paint-a-Thon, sometimes other unique opportunities arise. For example, this year the team in Moab, Utah, revitalized a local daycare center that has greatly impacted the lives of many local children and their families.
Employees at one project home went above and beyond the usual painting and yard work and fixed the homeowner’s stairs, donated a television set and raised more than $1,600 to repair her garage and make other small home improvements. Even local businesses get into the action, generously donating supplies as well as food to fuel hungry workers.
At the end of the week of hard work, it’s not just the homeowners who benefits from this service.
“For most people work is where you show up in the morning and leave in the evening,” Lucero said. “But for me, for one week a year, when I leave the office in the evening I meet back up with my work friends to contribute sweat equity to the community. It's hot, it's tiring, it's dirty, but you can still count on me to show up because it's sooooo worth it!”