Nonprofit expo connects Chevron workers to volunteer opportunities

Representatives of the nonprofit organization Groundwork Richmond present at a nonprofit expo held at the Chevron Richmond Refinery on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

They repair kennels at the Richmond’s Milo Foundation, help fix meals at the Bay Area Rescue Mission, knit winter clothing for clients of the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program, and sponsor and mentor local students in such programs as Project SEED and Junior Achievement.

Year-round, hundreds of Chevron Richmond Refinery employees can be seen throughout the community lending a helping hand. That’s in large part due to The Chevron Way, a companywide credo that sets high standards for performance, safety and environmental protection and also emphasizes and encourages community participation.

Last week, the Refinery hosted its annual nonprofit expo inviting community organizations needing volunteers to connect with Chevron employees looking for opportunities to help out in the community.

Over a dozen organizations serving the local community set up information booths in the Richmond Refinery’s cafeteria during lunch time to chat with employees.

Nicole Jones, executive assistant at GRIP, presents at the Chevron Richmond Refinery nonprofit expo on May 16, 2019.

They included Rosie the Riveter Trust, which hosts a summer camp for local girls, among other activities, Groundwork Richmond, which works to green the community and provide STEM education opportunities for local students, and Girls Inc. of West Contra Costa County, which provides various programming for underserved young women.

Nicole Jones, executive assistant at GRIP, said the annual expo is a great way to reconnect with returning volunteers, to meet new ones and to coordinate services with fellow nonprofits.

“It’s an opportunity to network with each other, and to continue to build that relationship with Chevron,” added Cristal Banagan, associate director at Girls Inc. “It’s mutual sharing of information that you can’t get inside your office.”