By Mike Aldax Chevron Richmond contributed $6.3 million in 2016 to improve local schools and to support workforce development and job training programs in Richmond and West County, according to the company’s annual Community Giving Report. The report, released last month and posted in full below, includes a complete list of local organizations and events that received funds from the company’s community giving program.
Nearly $4 million was provided to boost economic development in West County, just over $2 million was given to empower education programs and roughly $550,000 went to youth, public safety and community programs, according to the report. That includes $200,000 for the Contra Costa County Office of Education, $85,000 for funding teachers’ classroom project requests through DonorsChoose.org, $70,000 for helping the Bay Area Rescue Mission provide services to the homeless and needy, and a combined $100,000 for funding programs that train youth and adults for jobs and careers, such as RichmondBUILD and YouthWORKS. The funds also contributed to festivals and fundraisers organized locally.
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The largest contribution of 2016 went to the eQuip Richmond program, a five-year, $10 million program targeting communities in Richmond and North Richmond that aims to develop innovative, collaborative plans toward creating jobs, growing small businesses and expanding job training opportunities. Chevron Richmond’s community investment program “is focused on assessing local needs and taking action to help remove barriers to success,” said Andrea Bailey, the company’s community engagement manager. “There is a lot to be excited about in Richmond and I am proud of the people and organizations that we partner with,” Bailey said. “We share a renewed spirit for what Richmond can become and are committed to helping make that vision a reality.”
The 2016 Community Giving Report report does not include programs funded through the $90 million community benefits agreement with the city of Richmond connected to the upcoming $1 billion modernization of the Richmond Refinery. Those funds, distributed over 10 years, are being used for a number of programs to improve education and quality of life in Richmond and North Richmond. Of the $90 million, $35 million is funding the Richmond Promise college scholarship program for all high school seniors, and roughly $40 million is slated to be spent on various projects and programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.