From repairing homes and gifting gas cards to donating supplies and feeding the community, Valero sprang into action to support its employees, community partners and neighbors in St. Charles Parish following Hurricane Ida’s Category 4 landfall on Aug. 29.
“As we all know, it has takes a collective effort to support ongoing restoration and recovery efforts,” Valero Vice President and General Manager Jerry Stumbo said. “Valero stood ready to support our employees, community partners and our neighbors. I am so proud our dedicated and hard-working team at Valero St. Charles.”
Once it was safe to do so, Valero deployed its own post-hurricane relief teams who assisted the company’s Louisiana employees with much-needed items such as food, fuel and supplies. The company also organized equipment and labor to help with employees’ home repairs and debris cleanup efforts.
Within one week of landfall, Valero had supported its employees’ recovery with 9,400 meals, 156 homes repaired, 35,000 gallons of fuel for vehicles and generators, 700 gas cans, 60 pallets of water or sports drinks, 200 chainsaws, 200 residential generators and 300 extension cords.
Valero also announced a contribution of $500,000 to agencies on the front lines directly serving communities affected by Hurricane Ida. Valero’s contributions were divided among three agencies that serve the New Orleans and South Louisiana areas, including St. Charles Parish.
The American Red Cross received $250,000 in support of relief needs, including shelter, cleaning supplies and other basic necessities to those displaced from their homes. Convoy of Hope received $200,000 for distribution of hygiene kits, and another $50,000 was contributed to Second Harvest Food Bank for meals for affected families.
Working hand-in-hand with the St. Charles government, Valero also helped feed emergency responders, school personnel and residents in neighborhoods near the refineries with more than 5,400 meals and hundreds of cases of bottled water.
“Thanks to Valero for the donation of sandwiches which were distributed in a few neighborhoods in need,” St. Charles Parish President Matthew Jewell said. “They are also helping to feed essential personnel and first responders… we are all extremely grateful.”
In an effort to express appreciation to first responders, Valero also held a series of fuel card giveaways for St. Charles Parish Hospital and St. Charles Parish Government employees, as well as St. Charles Parish firefighters.
“I am so proud to be part of the Valero team, especially in times like these,” St. Charles Parish Councilman Bob Fisher said. “As St. Charles Parish Councilman District VI, I feel both fortunate to serve my community and see all of the support my company gives to St. Charles Parish.”