Zions Bank employees Summer Dewsnup and Richard Bean, among others, helped provide the home of Sandy and Keith Shaw with a new coat of paint. Photo courtesy of Zions Bank.
LOGAN — A Logan home received a makeover this week thanks to the efforts of three dozen volunteers. The home of Sandy and Keith Shaw in Logan was one of 30 such homes to receive a fresh coat of paint and landscaping improvements during Zions Bank’s 30th annual Paint-a-Thon service project.
More than 36 local bank employees and their family members helped the Shaws with new paint, landscaping and yard clean-up. The Shaws were nominated by the Meals on Wheels program to receive the service and were set to have their house painted last year before the Paint-a-Thon was postponed due to the pandemic.
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. Throughout the week, more than 1,600 Zions Bank employees and their families in Utah and Idaho volunteered to clean, scrape and paint 30 homes.
“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 Summer Dewsnup. “We look forward to this service project every year and find great satisfaction in transforming the homes and yards of our neighbors in need.”
According to Zions Bank, the average age of this year’s homeowner who received assistance 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.
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.
The volunteer program launched in 1991 and since that time over 1,200 homes have been painted 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.