OGDEN -- Lucille Green opened her screen door Monday evening and smiled broadly. There stood a volunteer in a yellow shirt.
Green welcomed him with a cheery, "Come on in!"
The spry 91-year-old was happy to visit with anyone who came by, as volunteers from local branches of Zions Bank steadily showed up to paint her home.
Employees are giving Green's home a major face-lift -- scraping off old paint, putting on new paint and sprucing up the overall exterior of her home.
The Zions Bank "paint-a-thon" has been going on for 23 years. The program is set up to help selected senior citizens in Utah and Idaho stay in their homes.
Travis Allred is a commercial lender at the Ogden branch and has volunteered as the team captain of the Ogden paint-a-thon for the past few years. The paint-a-thon is all volunteer, and Allred said he has about 100 volunteers for the project this week. It's something the employees look forward to each year, and "they are very receptive," Allred said.
This year, Green's name was selected with the help of Your Community Connection.
After she was chosen, she sat down with the selection committee and went over all the details of the paint job to be done. Green picked the paint colors.
Sherwin Williams provides the paint and supplies.
Green couldn't stop smiling while talking about the house-painting.
"I was surprised and happy," she said.
Green has lived in the home just north of 12th Street for about 30 years. She decided to go with a brown color similar to what was already on the house because that's what she likes.
"Whatever is easiest and cheapest," she said.
Volunteer Tammy Nelson eagerly put on her bright yellow "paint-a-thon" shirt and went to work. Nelson works at the Ogden main branch and has volunteered for the past few years.
"It's a fun project, and it's good to be out in the community," she said as she flicked big pieces of paint off the house.
Nelson also plans to do another shift later in the week, if needed.
"I always like to come the first day, because I'm not a painter. I like the prep," she said with a laugh.
Jaren Bevan said he has participated in the paint-a-thon for the past 10 years. He has also worked on the homeowner selection committee.
"A lot of times people are skeptical about the bank paying (for the project), which is kind of sad," Bevan said. "We genuinely want to give back."
Over the years Zions Bank has painted 888 homes and donated more than $973,000 back into the communities in Utah and Idaho.