Perhaps the most significant effort, however, was the annual Bay Area Rescue Mission Back to School Festival at Nevin Park on Wednesday. After the final school bells rang out, hundreds of young students and their families headed to the park for an afternoon of fun and to receive a ton of school supplies. They were treated to games, carnival style popcorn, shaved ice cones and bouncy houses. Many of the activities were constructed and manned by Chevron employees. Meanwhile, the Rescue Mission’s grill masters served up delicious grub. Toward the end of the three-hour event, local author Summer Brenner read from her book, “Richmond Tales: Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle,” to the large crowd of families, then let each child bring home a copy. “Chevron Volunteer Week allows us an opportunity to make a big impact in the community while also forming friendships with our neighbors,” said Stacy Moffitt, community engagement specialist for the Chevron Richmond Refinery. And it’s also a company-wide effort that had about 2,000 Chevron employees signing up to volunteer on projects Bay Area-wide. Volunteers from the Richmond Refinery worked with a total of 20 local agencies and organizations on projects to improve their community. They included Boys and Girls Club of El Sobrante; City of El Cerrito; City of Richmond; East Bay Regional Parks District; East Brother Light Station Inc.; Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano; Girls Inc of West Contra Costa County; Golden Gate Audubon Society Inc.; Greater Richmond Interfaith Program; Groundwork Richmond Inc.; Milo Foundation; NIAD Art Center; Playland Not at the Beach; Playworks Education Energized; Project Pride Recreation Center; Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL); The Watershed Project; and YMCA of the East Bay.