Hundreds of Chevron Richmond Refinery employees have been allowed to take time off work this week in order to commit acts of community volunteerism – part of the annual Chevron Volunteer Week.
About 450 Chevron workers registered to volunteer on 45 projects supporting 19 nonprofit partners during Chevron Volunteer Week, which kicked off this past Saturday with a Coastal Cleanup at Shimada Friendship Park, according to Stacy Moffitt, community engagement specialist for Chevron Richmond.
The employees have been performing a wide variety of tasks throughout the community. They signed up to prepare meals for residents at the Bay Area Rescue Mission, to paint offices at Community Violence Solutions, to work on the Richmond Greenway with Groundwork Richmond and to prepare canvases for NIAD Center artists. They’ll also be helping to serve pancakes at the upcoming YMCA of the East Bay annual Pancake Breakfast.
One of the week’s largest annual events happens at Nevin Park in Richmond’s Iron Triangle neighborhood on Wednesday, Sept. 20. Dozens of employees will assist in a free Back-To-School carnival and celebration for local families. The event, held in partnership with the nearby Bay Area Rescue Mission, runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the expansive park at Macdonald Avenue and 5th Street, where kids will enjoy carnival food and games, receive free school supplies and listen to a reading of a Dr. Seuss book, and explore some STEM activities and visit the Mobile Fab Lab.
“We really enjoy developing and strengthening our friendships in the community, but also Chevron Volunteer Week allows us to have a large positive impact in a short period of time in the community,” Moffitt said.