Bank crews clean, paint Wellington resident's home
Fifty homes throughout Utah and Idaho have or will receive makeovers by Zions Bank employees during the company's 19th annual paint-a-thon service project.
Bank employees will trade in balance sheets for brushes and rakes to paint and help landscape homes spanning from St. George to Logan, including Carbon County.
The Carbon County project involved the Wellington home of Rose Oliver, who is 77 years old.
A crew of employees from the local Zions Bank recently completed clean up work and painted the Wellington residence.
More than 3,000 Zions Bank employees and their families are volunteering to clean, scrape and paint homes in the state's largest single-employer volunteer event of its kind.
The paint-a-thon benefits low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners, pointed out the representatives of the banking company.
The average age of the 2009 homeowner is 73, with an average monthly income of $1,400.
Projects completed during the weeklong event were selected with the assistance of state housing agencies, community organizations and local churches.
Utah has the sixth most rapidly increasing population for people ages 65 years or older in the in the United States. In addition, the state ranks third for the longest life expectancy of residents, according to the Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services.
"We look forward to this rewarding service project every year," said Zions employee and paint-a-thon team captain Robin Jensen. "As community bankers, we're proud to help our elderly neighbors by fixing up their houses, enabling them to live independently in the homes they love while maintaining their dignity and health."
In addition to painting, Zions employees have provided yard clean-up, pruning, mowing, planting and minor repairs as needed by homeowners.
The cost of purchasing all paint and supplies is contributed by Zions Bank.
Launched in 1991,the paint-a-thon began as a volunteer project for a dozen homes along Utah's Wasatch Front.
During the past 18 years, Zions Bank employees have put aside summer pastimes for a week each year, volunteering in the evenings after work and on Saturdays, to paint a total of 678 homes throughout Utah and Idaho.
Not counting the dollar value of volunteer hours through the years, the bank has donated more than $744,000 toward beautifying homes throughout Utah and Idaho.
"For 19 years now, Zions Bank's paint-a-thon has given our employees the opportunity to help meet the needs of local homeowners," said Scott Anderson, the company's president and chief executive officer.