ExxonMobil devotes its energy to not only operating safely, but also to being an important part of the community. Each year, we pay more than $50 million in local taxes, and are the largest contributor to educating Beaumont public schools. In the Beaumont area, our operations generate 1 out of 7 jobs. Our activities produce direct and indirect benefits to communities wherever we do business — an essential way is through the development of a globally competitive local workforce and local supply chain.
Understanding and addressing the interests of societies and communities where we work is an important component of maintaining a successful and sustainable business. We strive to support the Beaumont area economy through community investments that spur local development and improve quality of life, particularly in the Charlton Pollard, South Park and Amelia neighborhoods.
Community outreach efforts are vital for the area we operate, and our employee resource groups are constantly participating in various volunteering events at the Beaumont Independent School District, Lamar University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Southeast Texas Food Bank and other local non-profits. Below is a brief overview of our community outreach efforts.
Winter Storm Uri Response
Southern, Midwestern and Northeastern areas of the country experienced a major winter storm that will be historically known as Uri. Immediately after the storm, we were able to donate pallets of bottled water to our friends at Christus Southeast Texas, Southeast Texas Food Bank, The Salvation Army of Beaumont and Nutrition & Services for Seniors.
We were happy to help these organizations in our community in response to the winter storm. Together, we are Southeast Texas Strong!
- Donated 25,000 gallons of fuel to Jefferson County and the City of Beaumont to fuel first response vehicles.
- Provided 2,500 gallons of hand sanitizer to Jefferson County, City of Beaumont, Baptist Hospital and various United Way agencies.
- Donated over $5,000 in Exxon and Mobil gas cards for front line hospital workers, and delivery drivers at Nutrition and Services for Seniors and the Southeast Texas Food Bank.
- Provided over 500 care packages to front line hospital workers, as well as educators at our Beaumont Independent School District Partner Schools.
- More than 150 cloth masks sewn by our employees was donated to Baptist Hospital.
- More than $2,000 in school supplies donated to the Southeast Texas Food Bank’s “School Tools” program.
The United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County has three primary pillars – improve education, help people achieve financial stability, and promote healthy living. Their mission is to provide visionary leadership in uniting the community’s resources of donors, volunteers, and organizations to address community needs in a trustworthy and accountable way.
Each year, ExxonMobil employees participate in the United Way annual campaign. During the 2019 campaign, employees met the site wide giving goal of $610,000, making 2019 contributions to the United Way by ExxonMobil and its employees total more than $1 million.
Additionally, employees from different business teams committed to volunteer at different United Way agencies in a 13 Day(s) of Caring program in the community.
Most recently employees, site management and the public and government affairs team volunteered with the United Way of Beaumont and Jefferson County for their 4th annual “Day of Caring.” The event included a community distribution to approximately 500 families financially impacted by COVID-19 and Winter Storm Uri. Families received a food box, books and a gift card to HEB.
- Our employees donated over $3,000 to purchase supplies to donate to storm victims in Lake Charles via the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce.
- Storm relief supplies donated to the Beaumont NAACP.
- Donated 15,000 gallons of fuel to the Cities of Orange, Texas and Vinton, Louisiana for first response vehicles.
- Provided portable showers to the City of Vinton for emergency response workers.
Charlton-Pollard Community Trash Bash
Beaumont teamed up with neighbors in the community, including the Charlton-Pollard Neighborhood Association, Port of Beaumont and Kinder Morgan, to host a trash bash in efforts to help keep the community clean.
Volunteers worked together within the neighborhood disposing of trash from morning to noon, and held a lunch following their great work.
Stay at Home STEM
ExxonMobil Beaumont launched the “Stay at Home STEM” program in April 2020, a few weeks after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The objective of the program is to encourage exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through experiments that can be done at home with household items. Click here to watch previous Stay at Home STEM sessions.
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ExxonMobil’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day a Success for 70 Local Students
ExxonMobil hosted its annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IAGTED), collaborating with five Beaumont Independent School District (ISD) schools. The event connects female students with ExxonMobil volunteers to perform problem-solving activities and interactive experiments, all geared to boost interest in future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). More than 70 middle school students performed experiments, such as squishy circuits and straw towers, to learn the basic engineering principles that ExxonMobil applies to everyday operations.
To maintain existing COVID-19 safeguards, ExxonMobil and Beaumont ISD augmented the annual event to include physical distancing and virtual components. A team of more than 20 ExxonMobil volunteers facilitated the event and represented the company’s Women’s Interest Network (WIN). WIN, one of ExxonMobil’s Employee Resource Groups, exists to foster individual and collective growth of women at ExxonMobil, facilitate impactful mentoring, and sponsor initiatives to improve personal effectiveness, business acumen, and professional development.
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Southeast Texas Food Bank
The Southeast Texas Food Bank recognized ExxonMobil Beaumont as a Gold Award recipient for the 2020 President’s Volunteer Service Awards (PVSA).
The program, administered by the U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service and the Points of Light Foundation, honors individuals and companies who serve more than 100 hours annually with a registered nonprofit organization. As a 2020 Gold Award recipient, ExxonMobil employees successfully volunteered more than 500 hours to support the Southeast Texas Food Bank’s mission to address food insecurity in our neighboring communities.
Other community involvement
ExxonMobil employees participate in numerous activities year around. Employee resource groups at each site in the Beaumont area provide professional development, community outreach, cultural awareness, family support, mentoring and networking opportunities to our employees. To learn more about ExxonMobil’s involvement in the community, click here to read our latest Exemplar newsletter.