BY TOM BUSSELBERG
BOUNTIFUL — Banks are joining other businesses to make a difference in their communities.
Those efforts range from painting and sprucing up the homes and yards of the elderly and those in need, to shelving food at the Bountiful Community Food Pantry.
For seven hours on Tuesday, seven employees of global financial firm Goldman Sachs unloaded and organized food donations at the food pantry.
Evan Child, vice-president of technology, coordinated the crew, all of whom were from Davis County.
This was the 10th year the financial giant sent out employees to volunteer in the area, he said.
“We love things like this,” said Food Pantry Director Lorna Koci.
Meanwhile, Zions Bank employees recently fanned out to paint homes throughout Utah and Idaho, including the home of Lori Noker of Kaysville.
The Noker home was one of 50 across the state that received a fresh coat of paint and landscaping during its annual Paint-A-Thon. The bank supports elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners, a press release from the bank said.
Other firms also have a strong tradition of giving back to their communities. That includes Lifetime Products of Clearfield. More than 800 employees recently spent much of a Saturday sprucing up the grounds at the Ogden Nature Center.
“Lifetime is more than just products. We’re people who make a difference in everything we do ђ both inside and outside of our factory walls,” said Lifetime President Richard Hendrickson.
“We’re proud to be a worldwide company, but it’s important to us to always give back to the community here at home where we operate and are headquartered.”
Many other businesses provide similar volunteer efforts in the community. For example, America First Credit Union’s The Greater Good has employees working on community beautification, education and Warm the Soles Kids shoe drive.