LEWISTON – Earlier this week, 20 local bank workers and their family members rolled up their sleeves and helped give Alison Smith’s Lewiston home a makeover as part of the 30th annual Zions Bank Paint-a-Thon project.
Smith’s home is one of 30 homes in Idaho and Utah that recently received a fresh coat of paint and a landscape lift during Zions Bank’s 30th Annual Paint-a-Thon Service Project.
Smith, 59, has deep roots in the community as a graduate of Lewiston High School and Lewis Clark State College. She also raised three children at home who graduated from Lewiston High School.
In addition to beautifying neighborhoods, the Paint-a-Thon project aims to help elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners take pride in their homes and maintain their independence, read a press release from Zion’s Bank. Throughout the week, more than 1,600 Zions Bank employees and their families volunteered to clean, scrape and paint 30 homes in Idaho and Utah.
In addition to painting, Zions employees provide yard cleanup, pruning, mowing, planting and minor repairs as needed by homeowners. The cost of all paints and supplies is covered by Zions Bank.
Projects completed during the week-long event (June 6-10) were selected with the help of submissions from the public, state housing agencies, community organizations and local churches.
“After Paint-a-Thon was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to be back in our communities to mark our 30th Paint-a-Thon by transforming 30 homes,” said Zions Bank employee and Paint-a-Thon team captain Cari Miller. “We look forward to this service project each year and find great satisfaction in transforming the homes and yards of our neighbors in need.”
Started in 1991, the Zions Bank Paint-a-Thon began as a volunteer project. Over three decades, Zions Bank employees have put aside summer hobbies for one week each year — volunteering after work evenings and on Saturdays — to paint more than 1,200 homes in Idaho and Utah.