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NATIONAL REPORT -- Giving back through community service efforts and charity donations is a positive force that keeps many retailers and suppliers of this industry moving ahead. On a regular basis, Convenience Store News highlights these philanthropic efforts in this special section.
Here are the latest company spotlights:
Aloha Petroleum Ltd.
Aloha Petroleum is collecting funds through its statewide collection canister program to be donated to the American Red Cross to assist with Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines. The company will match all funds collected up to $10,000. The specially marked canisters will be in participating Aloha and Shell Aloha Island Mart locations through Jan. 31.
Aloha Petroleum has used its collection canister program to support dozens of nonprofit organizations including the March of Dimes, Aloha Harvest, American Heart Association and, most recently the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii.
C.N. Brown Co.
This fall, CITGO marketer C.N. Brown celebrated its 26th annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Golf Tournament and its most fruitful fall mobile program to date. Combined, these initiatives raised nearly $130,000 for MDA programs throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Over the last 28 years, C.N. Brown has donated nearly $4.5 million through company-sponsored events to the MDA, becoming one of the largest supporters within the CITGO network. As MDA's largest corporate sponsor, CITGO has raised more than $160 million since 1986 to help provide health care services for MDA families nationwide and to rally local communities to raise awareness and help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular disease.
Exxon Mobil Corp.
ExxonMobil donated $100,000 to the Red Cross to provide disaster relief assistance for the victims of recent tornados in Illinois and across the Midwest. The company’s donation is being directed to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which is providing food, shelter and supplies across five states to help people affected by the devastating tornadoes and severe weather.
ExxonMobil employs almost 1,000 employees and contractors at its Joliet, Ill., refinery, located about 45 miles southwest of Chicago. It also serves more than 380 independently owned Exxon- and Mobil-branded stations in the affected area.
Global Partners LP
Global Partners’ retail gasoline dealers, Alltown convenience stores and New England Mobil gasoline distributors, are participating in ExxonMobil's Educational Alliance Program, a nationwide initiative to enhance math and science learning at K-12 institutions.
More than 200 schools throughout the Northeast will receive educational grants for materials and programming such as learning tools, lab supplies and educational trips. Grants will be awarded this month to schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Since 2000, the Educational Alliance Program has awarded more than $18 million to schools through Exxon and Mobil retailers.
Royal Dutch Shell
The Shell Group is donating $2.5 million in response to the catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan that recently struck the Philippines. This donation will be used for rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts in the areas badly hit by the typhoon.
In addition, Shell’s companies in the Philippines donated Php 30M (approximately $750,000) to the Philippine National Red Cross, ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya Foundation-DZMM TLC, and GMA Kapuso Foundation to extend immediate relief such as food and water, medicine and personal hygiene products, medical supplies and medical missions, and fuel assistance to impacted communities. Retail stations all over the country also have been mobilized as drop-off points for all in-kind donations. Furthermore, Shell staff participated in various volunteerism activities of partner organizations, such as telethons and repacking of relief goods.
Meanwhile, employees of various Shell offices worldwide are likewise arranging voluntary donation channels and, in several countries, these funds are being matched with a corporate donation.
For the 27th year, Stewart's Shops is doing what it can to help a number of local charities across the state through the Stewart's Shops Holiday Match program, which kicked off on Thanksgiving Day. Donations will be collected at participating stores through Christmas Day and be matched by the company.
All of the money raised will benefit charities that help children under the age of 18, and the organizations will receive their money in March. Last year, more than 1,400 organizations benefited from the program.