Throughout Richmond this week, you may be seeing a lot of people in Chevron t-shirts picking up litter, constructing playgrounds and playing with local kids.
More than 500 Richmond Refinery employees are participating in the annual Chevron Volunteer Week, and they were lined up to work on about 50 community improvement projects.
The wide variety of projects included picking up trash at Shimada Friendship Park for Coastal Cleanup Day, tearing down an aging playground at a Richmond nonprofit empowering local girls, assisting in the construction of a pocket park at Ohio and 42nd Street, and lending hands in the Bay Area Rescue Mission’s kitchen.
Chevron employees even dabbled in a bit of art, assisting the Richmond Main Street Initiative, a group working to revitalize downtown, with the Art in Windows exhibit near BART.
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.