Zions Employees Lend a Hand

Annual Paint-a-Thon Spruces Up Homes in Idaho and Utah

Ali Hardy | Photos courtesy of Zions Bank Sep 12, 2018
paint a thon volunteers in price utah

Residents who face challenges maintaining their homes received a helping hand during Zions Bank’s 28th annual Paint-a-Thon service project. In June, more than 2,800 Zions employees and their families volunteered to scrape and paint 41 homes in Idaho and Utah belonging to low-income elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners.

The week-long event has made a visible impact in local communities for nearly three decades. In addition to painting, volunteers help with improvements such as yard cleanup, mowing, planting and minor repairs. 

The program helps elderly residents take pride in their homes and maintain their independence. The average age of this year’s homeowner was 74, with an average yearly income of $23,000. Paint-a-Thon projects are selected with the assistance of nominations from the public, state housing agencies, community organizations and local churches.

“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,” says 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.”

Launched in 1991, Zions Bank’s Paint-a-Thon began as a volunteer project for a dozen homes along Utah’s Wasatch Front. During the past 28 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 1,181 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.

elderly couple standing in front of their home
South Salt Lake
people painting
South Salt Lake
paint a thon volunteers in vernal utah
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Salt Lake City
paint a thon volunteers in fruitland
people painting inside a building
Wood River Valley
blue house with a paint a thon sign in the yard
South Jordan
paint a thon volunteers in midvale utah
paint a thon volunteers in st. george
St. George
paint a thon volunteers in summit county utah
Summit County
paint a thon volunteers in rexburg
paint a thon volunteers in boise idaho

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