David and Debbie Bethers watched in amazement Monday evening as dozens of volunteers began transforming their home and yard.
Vines that had covered an entire side of the house were removed, weeds were pulled at the base of the house and trash and tree limbs already filled a dumpster at the side of the house after only a couple hours.
The couple, both of whom grew up in Benjamin, have lived in the Springville home since 2003, but taking care of and maintaining it has gotten harder. David Bethers has multiple sclerosis and is quadriplegic, making it impossible for him to do much of the house and yard maintenance on their one-third-acre yard.
“We really worked on our backyard hard,” Debbie Bethers said. “Then David got sick ... and so, it’s just been me. So, it really needed a face lift.”
Last time the house needed to be painted, Debbie Bethers said she took a whole week off work to do it by herself.
The volunteers were Springville Zions Bank employees participating in the company’s 29th-annual Paint-a-Thon service project. More than 150 employees and their families signed up to participate by volunteering their time painting and landscaping a home. Across Utah and Idaho, more than 3,000 Zions Bank employees and their families are performing similar projects on 40 homes throughout the week.
Chad Bishoff, the Springville Zions Bank branch manager and team leader for the Paint-a-Thon, said the goal of the project, which runs through Wednesday, is to replace rotten wood in the house’s eaves, paint the entire house and clean up the yard by removing unwanted vegetation or trash.
Paint-a-Thon is aimed at helping people who are elderly, disabled or military veterans take pride in their homes and be able to maintain their independence, according to a press release. Bishoff said the Betherses were recommended to him for the service project through someone he met through Kiwani’s Club.
Other businesses also pitch in resources to make the Paint-a-Thon happen, Bishoff said. Sunroc Building Materials donated the wood to replace the eaves, and Two Jack’s Pizza is donating food to feed the volunteers on Wednesday.
“You just get a lot of people that come and support and help,” Bishoff said.
David Bethers expressed gratitude at what the volunteers were doing, especially considering that before Monday, they had never met a single person doing the work on their home.
“I think they’re just really special,” Debbie Bethers said. “I can’t believe they’re doing this.”