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WALDORF, Md. -- Each year, with the full support of their employer, Besche Oil employees donate thousands of hours of personal time to support charity, community and educational activities across Southern Maryland. The company also donates money to local, regional and national programs that help improve the lives of others.
Already this year, Besche Oil and its business partner CITGO Petroleum, have made a donation of $105,000 to the College of Southern Maryland. The donation will go toward the Trade Training Center, according to an announcement by the oil company.
Michael A. Besche, president of Besche Oil, noted the company’s employees contribute more than 4,400 hours annually -- an average of more than 12 hours each day of the year -- on programs that are near and dear to their hearts.
"We also donate approximately $20,000 each year to a variety of local programs and charities," he said. "When my father started this company back in the late 1940s, communities were much smaller and it was easier to get to know your neighbor. Maybe we are old-fashioned, but we still feel strongly you must give back to your friends and neighbors in order to be successful."
In addition to the College of Southern Maryland, for which Michael Besche serves as chairman for the Capital Campaign, Besche Oil also supports the American Red Cross, several local Boy Scout troops, the United Way of Charles County, Md., and a variety of other charity and community programs, the company stated.
Several Besche Oil employees, from senior management to sales and support teams, are also actively involved in volunteer fire and emergency response organizations across Southern Maryland. Other employees support groups such as Habitat for Humanity and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer research.
"Besche Oil is an inspiration as to how so many employees at every level in the company are committed to volunteer work. It is truly an integral part of the corporate culture," Amy Wright, a regional marketing program manager for CITGO Petroleum, said in a statement. "Through the charity activities of all the locally owned CITGO stations, as well as our corporate involvement with Muscular Dystrophy Association, CITGO sees many examples of small businesses doing good in their communities. However, from the personal example set by Michael down to the accounting team, sales people, and IT manager, the employees at Besche Oil set the bar high. They are truly an example to us all."
Since 1948, Besche Oil has been supplying local gas stations with fuel and ensuring that individual homes have the heating oil they need in Southern Maryland communities.
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