Zions Bank Paint-a-thon
Homes in Idaho and Utah get a fresh coat of paint.
The 27th annual Zions Bank Paint-a-Thon, a celebrated company tradition, marked another successful year of revitalizing homes in local communities. Throughout the June service project, more than 3,120 Zions employees and their families volunteered to clean, scrape and paint 45 homes in Idaho and Utah belonging to low-income elderly, disabled and veteran residents. Improvements also included yard cleanup, mowing, planting and minor repairs as needed.
The average age of this year’s homeowners was 71, with an average monthly income of $1,808. Projects completed during the annual weeklong event were selected with the assistance of nominations from the public, state housing agencies, community organizations and local churches.
This year’s effort was assisted by many generous volunteers, including Utah Rep. Angela Romero, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Salt Lake City Council’s Andrew Johnston, St. George Mayor Jon Pike and Boise State University’s Buster Bronco.
“Each year, we look forward to providing meaningful service to our aging neighbors,” said Chad Dilley, senior vice president of channel strategy and 2017 Paint-a-Thon chair. “This year’s effort has been so fun, and it is rewarding to see the impact we are making on our communities.”
Launched in 1991, Zions Bank’s Paint-a-Thon began as a volunteer project for the benefit of a dozen homeowners along Utah’s Wasatch Front. Over the past 27 years, Zions Bank employees have put aside summer pastimes for a week each year — volunteering in the evenings after work and on Saturday — to paint more than 1,100 homes throughout Idaho and Utah. Not counting the dollar value of volunteer hours through the years, the bank has donated more than $1 million toward beautifying homes in the two states.