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HOUSTON -- ExxonMobil, along with its employee and retirees, contributed a record total of $17 million to the United Way in the Houston and Baytown areas.
"Every year we work hard to serve our community with a special emphasis on the ExxonMobil United Way campaign for our Houston and Baytown companies," Neil W. Duffin, president of ExxonMobil Development Co., said in a statement. "This has been an especially tough year for many folks and our employees and retirees feel honored to give back to the communities and people who are so important to us all."
The announcement was made during a celebration at NCI Ripley House Community Center where checks for $11.3 million and $1.7 million were presented to the United Way of Greater Houston and United Way of Baytown, respectively, the company reported.
ExxonMobil also contributed $4 million through its Volunteer Involvement Program grants earned by employee and retiree volunteers at various United Way affiliated agencies as well as through gifts-in-kind donations, corporate loaned executives and administrative personnel to assist with the heavy work load at already burdened social service agencies.
An additional $2.5 million contribution was made to the United Way Hurricane Ike Recovery Fund earlier this year. All these funds will assist in developing youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and supporting people who are rebuilding their lives.
"We are blessed to have the generous financial commitment and volunteer support of ExxonMobil employees and retirees," United Way of Greater Houston President and CEO Anna M. Babin said in a statement. "The caring spirit of the ExxonMobil family ensures our community's social services safety net will remain strong for those who count on United Way, especially during this year of unprecedented storms."
Charles Kroen of the ExxonMobil Development Co., who also served as the 2008 United Way Central Campaign Manager, added: "It has been an honor to serve in this capacity for the campaign and I have been humbled by our employees and retirees who continue to give so tirelessly of their resources. The long tradition of selfless giving continues at ExxonMobil."