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Paul Diguiseppi on The American Cancer Society’s Mission

Currently the owner and operator of a full-service drywall and painting company, Paul Diguiseppi has been involved in the construction industry for decades, giving the Norco, California, community quality homes and buildings that are built to last. However, Paul Diguiseppi has also been involved as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, giving the national community quality time that has contributed to the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society is an organization that helps people get well, stay well, and fight back against cancer by providing valuable access to care through its programs and by searching for viable cures through its research. As the largest voluntary health organization, the American Cancer Society, along with its millions of supporters and volunteers like Paul Diguiseppi, is on a mission to prevent cancer and save lives, both locally and internationally. Research, education, advocacy, and service are key components of the Society’s mission, as well as more than three million volunteers who have dedicated their time and service.

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Global Vision International: Volunteering for Change

By Paul Diguiseppi

Global Vision International (GVI), an organization that connects volunteers to important projects around the world, had been actively trying to better the world for nearly twenty years, and in that time has developed more than 150 volunteer programs. Some of the projects sponsored by GVI increase access to quality healthcare, provide educational opportunities for children in need, and get children active through sports training. The organization also trains individuals to teach English as a foreign language. When individuals can speak, read, and write English fluently, they gain access to better jobs that drastically improve their standard of living.

Additionally, the organization actively works to conserve wildlife and ecosystems, understanding the imperative for biodiversity and a healthy planet. This focus on conservation includes our oceans, which greatly impact life on land. GVI volunteers have also helped build new infrastructure for housing, healthcare, and other necessities. Visit the GVI website, http://www.gviusa.com, for more information about volunteering opportunities and the impact that this organization has made.

About the author: Dedicated to supporting populations in need, Paul Diguiseppi contributes to GVI, among other international charities.

Do-It-Yourself Drywall Textures: Hopper Guns and Spray Cans

Paul Diguiseppi founded his own drywall company in 1982 and has since branched out to run West Coast Drywall, Inc., a successful California and Nevada company. Paul Diguiseppi has offered to share some techniques that can be done at home for finishing and texturing drywall.

Drywall presents a smooth surface that can be customized to create a unique look in your home. If the drywall is new, make sure all the seams are taped, smoothed, and finished. Always start texturing by adding primer to the walls.

Some common texturing methods:

Hopper Guns—These are typically small-scale machines that can be rented, where a powdered material is added to a hopper and mixed with water. Air pressure squirts the mixture out of a hose and evenly applies it to walls. It can create everything from a light texture to a thick texture.

Spray Cans—Pre-mixed texture materials are sold in spray cans. This small solution works best on patches and problem areas. Practice with it first.

Paul Diguiseppi on the Dangers of Drought to Homes

The consequences of severe and prolonged drought to people and crops have been widely known for millennia. With much of the western United States suffering under drought conditions, cities and states are working hard to get their citizens to conserve water and to manage supplies of freshwater more carefully.

Often gone unnoticed until recently, perhaps, is the damage that droughts do to homes and buildings. Depending on the soil content, the lack of moisture in the soil can cause internal damage to a home’s doors, drywall, or plaster. Subsidence issues or foundation cracking also can result.

Homeowners need to be on the lookout for the internal signs of foundation problems. One indicator is the appearance of cracks in the walls and fireplace; this is particularly important to observe if the home is located in an area struggling with drought. At the early signs of trouble, homeowners should consult with a reputable construction firm to assess the damage and determine its source.

About the Author: Paul Diguiseppi has been involved in home construction for more than three decades. He is the President of West Coast Drywall located in southern California.

Drywall Explained

By Paul Diguiseppi

Drywall, often called Sheetrock, debuted in 1916 but did not take hold on the American construction scene until after World War II. Drywall has since become one of the top building materials in the country, seeing use in almost every new construction in the United States. Before its invention, building interiors featured a combination of lath and multiple layers of plaster. The plastering process took a great deal of time because one layer had to dry completely before the next could be applied.

While many people are surrounded by drywall at home and work, most do not know that gypsum serves as the material’s main component. Gypsum, a mineral found throughout the world, is sandwiched by a layer of heavyweight paper that can be treated to resist fire and mildew.

Paul Diguiseppi has fulfilled duties as President of West Coast Drywall, Inc., since 1982. The California business specializes in both residential and commercial construction.

Paul Diguiseppi: Ways to Help Disadvantaged Children

California drywall entrepreneur Paul Diguiseppi actively supports a number of charitable causes, including Compassion International, an organization committed to improving the plight of impoverished children around the world, and World Vision International, which sponsors children in developing nations. Diguiseppi indicates that individuals can help disadvantaged children in a number of ways.

1. Be a mentor to a child without a mother or father. Organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters match children with responsible adults who are willing to give their time to help fill the void of a missing parent.

2. Make a donation. Even if you do not have the financial resources to make a monetary donation to an organization such as Compassion International or World Vision International, you can still help by donating items you no longer need, particularly clothing. Check for drop boxes in your local community, or contact organizations such as the Salvation Army.

3. Consider becoming a foster parent and taking a parentless child into your home. You will be giving the child the structure and emotional support she needs to have a happy, healthy life.

4. Contact your local United Way chapter to find volunteer programs that benefit children.