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Refinery workers awarded for volunteer work

Donald Shaw (center), vice president of the Mandan Golden Age Club, awards Certificates of Appreciation to the Mandan Tesoro Refinery and its workers for the volunteer projects they completed on low-income senior citizen's homes last fall. On the left is George Stroh, technical manager, and on the right is Ray Wangler, refinery superintendent. Submitted photo

Donald Shaw (center), vice president of the Mandan Golden Age Club, awards Certificates of Appreciation to the Mandan Tesoro Refinery and its workers for the volunteer projects they completed on low-income senior citizen’s homes last fall. On the left is George Stroh, technical manager, and on the right is Ray Wangler, refinery superintendent. Submitted photo

Mandan Golden Age Club expressed its appreciation to the workers of the Mandan Tesoro Refinery for their volunteer work in assisting seniors through an annual project the refinery manages.

Each year since 1991 the refinery employees do a community service project for area seniors on their own time and the refinery pays for the materials, so there is no cost to the seniors. They build wheelchair ramps, build and install handrails on steps, build or repair steps and porches, install new doors and other projects in need.

Wangler said they specialize in doing projects that increase safety and quality of life for the elderly in our community. Mandan Golden Age Services employees provide a list of low income people who need work done on their homes and the refinery coordinators review the projects and determine which ones they can do, and then organize teams of volunteer refinery employees who turn out to help with the projects.

Each year between 25 to 50 percent of the refinery’s employees turn out to help.