Kaysville home receives new paint from Zions Bank volunteersJun 16, 2022 10:34AM ● By Becky Ginos
KAYSVILLE—As part of Zions Bank’s 30th annual Paint-a-thon project, a Kaysville house received a makeover last week – one of 30 homes across Utah that received a fresh coat of paint.
More than 50 bank employees and their families rolled up their sleeves to paint the home of Ron Johnson, 64. Johnson has been living in his home in the Willow Pines Mobile Home Park for 25 years. He also grew up in the same neighborhood.
Along with beautifying neighborhoods, the Paint-a-Thon project aims to help elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners take pride in their homes and maintain their independence, according to Zions’ spokesperson Julianne Gee. Throughout the week, more than 1,600 Zions Bank employees and their families volunteered to clean, scrape and paint 30 homes in Utah and Idaho.
In addition to painting, Zions employees provided yard clean-up, pruning, mowing, planting and minor repairs as needed by homeowners. The cost for all paint and supplies was contributed by Zions Bank. Local pizza joint, The Pizza Place, is providing food for one of the days of Paint-a-Thon.
The average age of this year’s homeowner is 75, with an average yearly income of $24,489. Projects completed during the annual week-long event were selected with the assistance of nominations from the public, state housing agencies, community organizations and local churches.
“After Paint-a-Thon was canceled in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, we’re so excited to be back in our communities to mark our 30th Paint-a-Thon by painting 30 homes,” said Zions employee and Paint-a-Thon team captain Michelle Paskett, “We look forward to this service project every year and find great satisfaction in transforming the homes and yards of our neighbors in need.”
Launched in 1991, Zions Bank’s Paint-a-Thon began as a volunteer project for a dozen homes along Utah’s Wasatch Front. Over the three decades, Zions Bank employees have set aside summer pastimes for a week each year – volunteering in the evenings after work and on Saturday – to paint 1,221 homes throughout Idaho and Utah. Not counting the dollar value of volunteer hours through the years, the bank has donated more than $1.3 million toward beautifying homes in the two states. l