Valero, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation plant 500 trees

Valero, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation plant 500 trees

Valero partnered with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to plant 500 trees in the Labranche Wetlands today.

Ten Valero volunteers arrived at the site around 7:30 am and worked until about 2:30 p.m. The weather was beautiful and the volunteers had a great time.

Valero has had a partnership with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation for many years now.

“We are so pleased to partner with Dr. John Lopez and the LPBF on another valuable project for our community,” said Taryn Rogers, Lead Community Relations Specialist.

Not only did Valero provide manpower, but earlier this year, the Valero Energy Foundation contributed $17,000 toward this project.

Also recently, for a fifth consecutive time, Valero Energy Corp. has been named to The Civic 50, a list of the 50 most community-minded major companies in the United States by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.

Valero was recognized once again as the top energy-sector company on the list. The Civic 50 provides a national standard for superior corporate citizenship and showcases how companies can use their time, skills and other resources to improve the communities where they do business.

In 2017, Valero employees logged more than 153,000 volunteer hours for hundreds of community projects, translating to $3.7 million in saved out-of-pocket labor costs for nonprofit organizations. Valero, its employees and charitable organizations also generated more than $54 million for worthy charities or causes, through direct donations or fundraising – a more than 24 percent increase from the year before.

Employees of the Valero St. Charles Refinery logged more than 10,000 volunteer hours in 2017. In addition, employees pledged $735,770 to the local United Way for 2018, with additional donations and a company match projected to bring total plant contributions to $1.1 million. The facility distributed $600,000 in 2017 to 41 area children’s charities from the Valero Texas Open and Benefit for Children.

The Civic 50 honorees are public and private companies with U.S. operations and revenues of $1 billion or more, and are selected based on four dimensions of their U.S. community engagement program including investment, integration, institutionalization and impact. The companies are scored from an extensive survey and ranking system, the only one that exclusively measures corporate involvement in communities.


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