Chevron Richmond volunteers helping new neighbor Milo Foundation

Chevron Richmond refinery electrician Eddie Bigness is a regular volunteer at Milo Foundation.

The Milo Foundation recently moved its animal adoption center from San Rafael to Point Richmond for the benefit of extra space and fewer noise restrictions, but one of its neighbors – the Chevron Richmond refinery – is providing an additional benefit: volunteers.

Last week, nearly two dozen refinery workers went through a volunteer orientation with Milo Foundation founder Lynne Tingle.

Starting this week, Chevron Richmond is encouraging its employees to volunteer every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m., or on their own time. Volunteers are needed to walk dogs, socialize puppies and kittens, brush cats, clean kennels, wash dishes and more.

Andrew Friedrich, a chemist at the refinery, said he often passes the Milo Foundation at 220 S. Garrard Blvd. while walking from the refinery to Point Richmond for lunch.

“I can easily take a dog for a walk on my lunch break,” Friedrich said.

Eddie Bigness, an electrician and animal lover, saw the volunteering opportunity on the Chevron Richmond website and paid a visit to the center on his own time. Next thing Bigness knew, he was not only bonding with the animals at the center but also building a set of kitty condos and painting walls.

“We brought our own tools,” Bigness said.

Tingle said she truly appreciates the extra help and hopes Chevron Richmond volunteers will spread the word about the Milo Foundation, attracting even more help from community members.

“Stop in, grab a dog and head over to the Great American Hamburger [& Pie Co.],” Tingle said.

The Milo Foundation is a “no-kill” nonprofit organization that provides sanctuary for homeless animals in Northern California until permanent homes can be found. Along with its 5,000 square-foot adoption center on Gerard Boulevard, the Milo Foundation has a 283-acre sanctuary in Mendocino County.