Volunteers give historic St. George home a makeover in support of Air Force vet

Volunteers participate in Zions Bank’s 29th annual "Paint-a-Thon" service project, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Zions Bank, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The historic St. George home of retired Air Force veteran Eric Barlow and his wife, Blanch Empey Barlow, received a makeover last week during Zions Bank’s 29th annual “Paint-a-Thon” service project.

Volunteers participate in Zions Bank’s 29th annual “Paint-a-Thon” service project, St. George, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Zions Bank, St. George News

Built in 1897, the 1,000-square-foot stucco house has been in the Empey family for three generations at its prominent downtown location on the corner of 400 South and 100 West.

According to a press release issued by Zions Bank, more than 100 local bank employees rolled up their sleeves to spruce up the yard and give the historic house a fresh coat of paint, donated by Ideal Paint Solutions.

Along with beautifying neighborhoods, the Paint-a-Thon project aims help elderly residents take pride in their homes and maintain their independence.

The average age of this year’s homeowners is 71, with an average yearly income of $21,700. Projects completed during the annual weeklong event were selected with the assistance of nominations from the public, state housing agencies, community organizations and churches.

Throughout the service project, which continues across the state during June, more than 3,000 Zions Bank employees and their families are volunteering to clean, scrape and paint 42 homes in Utah. In addition to painting, Zions employees provide yard cleanup, pruning, mowing, planting and minor repairs as needed by homeowners.

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