Paint-a-Thon project spruces up se­nior’s home

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Jan­ice Helmick

This old house once knew the chil­dren, this old house still knows the wife, this old house was their safe haven in the hard­ships in their life. This old house heard chil­dren’s laugh­ter and it heard their many shouts, then it stood in dis­re­pair with the new homes all about.

This old house is oc­cu­pied by an 85-year-old widow with lim­ited mo­bil­ity, and it was nom­i­nated for a paint project by John Wal­lace of Neigh­bor Works, who de­liv­ers her Meals on Wheels. The project was car­ried out by a team from Zions Bank, and the re­cip­i­ent was so ex­cited to have her house painted.

Zions Bank has been per­form­ing the paint-a-thon projects for 27 years and this year has 44 teams in Utah and Idaho, from St. Ge­orge to Boise. The team that worked on this project comes from the Zions Bank branches in San­taquin, Payson, Span­ish Fork, Provo, and Orem. The team cap­tain for this project was Bryan Halver­son, Span­ish Fork Fi­nan­cial Cen­ter Man­ager. Bryan has been work­ing on the paint-a-thon projects for ten years.

Ev­ery year Zions Bank em­ploy­ees do­nate their evenings for a week to paint the house of a per­son in need. They paint af­ter work and bring their fam­i­lies to help. The em­ploy­ees sign up for the day of the week, what equip­ment they can bring and how many peo­ple they will bring with them. Some mem­bers of Bryan’s team were Janet San­ford, who has been do­ing this ev­ery year since the project be­gan, and Chad Bishoff who brought his wife Brooke, who came for the first time, and their four chil­dren in­clud­ing their 10-month old son James. Chad and his friend, Sam Jex, were on the roof paint­ing the eaves. Sam Jex has been bring­ing his daugh­ter, Sadie, who is 11 years old, for three years. This year they were joined by his wife El­iz­a­beth.

We counted about 20 peo­ple on the front and sides of the house which in­cluded those named above and Rock Boul­ter, Isa­iah Young and his wife, Amanda Lamb­son, Rachel Dun­lap, Paul Perry, his wife Jen­nifer and his daugh­ter, Bo­ryana who is 6 years old. This was also the first year for Jen­nifer Deem. Richard Ma­son of the Provo of­fice has been com­ing for four years, and Scott Ne­beker of the Provo of­fice has been com­ing for five years.

Those who were work­ing on the back of the house were Char­lotte Grotegut who has been com­ing for six or seven years, Dave, Alexandra, and Tawni Ship­ley who have worked on three houses, and two young girls, Ju­lia and Hailey.

Jones Paint and Glass do­nated the paint and sup­plies, and a meal of Hawai­ian chicken and rice on Mon­day night was do­nated by Kepi Heimuli who is a bank em­ployee. Tues­day and Wed­nes­day’s din­ners were do­nated by Glade’s Drive In and Costa Vida in Span­ish Fork. We com­mend Zions Bank, Jones Paint and Glass, Glade’s Drive In, Costa Vida, and Kepi Heimuli, and all of the vol­un­teers for this project.

It is great to see these things go­ing on in our com­mu­nity.

Photo by Ed Helmick

On June 12 vol­un­teers from Neigh­bor Works painted the home of a de­serv­ing se­nior.

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