Volunteers cleaning up River Park North

Volunteers cleaning up River Park North (Image 1)

Employees of a large corporation in Greenville are giving back to the community by volunteering their time to cleanup River Park North.

“It’s incredible, it’s really stuff that makes a difference,” said Justin Duncan.

Justin Duncan with the Student Conservation Association tells me it’s important to take care of nature.

“We really want to preserve it, conserve it as long as we can. They are our natural lands and public lands and it’s what we were founded on, we love it.”

About 50 volunteers and their families from Domtar Corporation cleaned up the park Saturday. One group planted peppers, watermelon and cucumbers while another cut down weeds. Angela Mclawhorn, an employee for Domtar, says she likes that her corporation cares about giving back.

“It makes you feel good. It really does. You get up on Saturday, I know it’s your day off, it’s one of the two days you get off during the week but you get up and come out and you’re able to do it with your co-workers and make a difference too. So that’s great to me.”

Mclawhorn says she has a passion for volunteering.

“I wanted to make a difference, and I wanted to be an example to my grandkids of what they need to do to improve the environment. You can’t take things for granted; you have to take care of what you have been given.”

Duncan says everyone who volunteers makes a difference in society.

“We have the possibilities to change people’s lives from the bottom to the top or the top to the bottom. It’s extremely important.”

The organizations have been working together for three years and will continue to volunteer their time. The Domtar Corporation houses about 300 employee’s right here in Greenville. They design, distribute, and manufacture a wide variety of fiber-based products.