For the past 15 years, Georgia-Pacific Particleboard employees have been putting its carpentry skills to the test to help area elderly and disabled residents with home repairs. Armed with hammers, nails and lumber, they are helping to build a better Diboll.

It’s all part of the Diboll Civic Club’s annual Operation Clean Sweep project that assists residents in need with external home repairs, from painting and roofing to porch construction and general yard cleanup.

“This is a great opportunity to give back to our community,” said Andy Parish, Georgia-Pacific employee and Operation Clean Sweep Volunteer.  “Our company volunteers have many different skill sets—and when combined—we can quickly build a project or complete a home repair that will have a lasting positive impact on the homeowner in need.”

This year the Georgia-Pacific team of volunteers spent two and a half days building a wheelchair ramp for a local homeowner.   According to Parish, the Georgia-Pacific team is looking forward to its next assignment.  “We enjoy being a part of this worthwhile program.  It is extremely rewarding to see the difference we can make in the lives of our friends and neighbors by volunteering just a small amount of time.”

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Helping to build a wheelchair ramp for a local resident are (l to r) Andy Parish, Sherman Thomas, Bruce Thompson, Todd Belschner, and Lee Tamez.  This is the group’s 15th year to participate in Operation Clean Sweep that assists elderly and disabled residents in need of external home repairs.

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